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26 January 2013

The rehabilitation game

How our political class set criminals free and then cover up the consequences

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The Week

Leading article

Cameron speaks

26 January 2013

It was almost worth the wait. The substance of David Cameron’s speech on Europe was disclosed in this magazine a fortnight ago, but his delivery was excellent. He offered a… Read more

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Portrait of the week

26 January 2013

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, at last delivered his speech on Europe, postponed during the Algerian hostage crisis. He wanted to ‘negotiate a new settlement with our European partners’,… Read more

Diary

Diary

William Shawcross

26 January 2013

Kofi Annan has just been in town for an evening organised by The Spectator. The 800 seats at the Cadogan Hall could have been sold twice over; the former UN… Read more

Any-Other-Business

Barometer

26 January 2013

Four sworn Barack Obama achieved a remarkable feat last week: he managed to take the oath of office for a fourth time. Under the 22nd Amendment to the US constitution,… Read more

Letters

Letters

26 January 2013

Moore for less Sir: Niru Ratnam (Arts, 19 January) is wrong on a number of counts and omits much else. The sale of Henry Moore’s ‘Draped Seated Woman’ would be… Read more

Features

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The rehabilitation game

26 January 2013

‘They pretend to pay us and we pretend to work,’ said the Soviet worker in the good old days; the British criminal could nowadays say with equal reason, ‘They pretend… Read more

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Playing tag

26 January 2013

The frustrating thing about tagging, or electronic monitoring (EM) is that it could so easily be effective — if only we did it properly. As a former police officer, I can… Read more

The original Mad Mullah: Mohammed Abdullah Hassan of Somalia

What Africa needs now

26 January 2013

Kenya: The Prime Minister has committed Britain to a struggle against the ‘existential threat’ of terrorism in Africa that he says will take ‘years, even decades’ of patience, intelligence and… Read more

The John Major poster, adapted for The Spectator by Carla Miller

Interview with Sajid Javid, the bus driver’s son who may end up leading the Tories

26 January 2013

Sajid Javid seems the very model of a rising young Tory: student politics, then investment banking, then a junior Treasury minister in his first parliament; well-cut suit trousers, crisp white… Read more

Hillary

Revenge of the Clintons

26 January 2013

Republicans turn pale with horror at the idea that Hillary Clinton might be the next president. She is the screeching harridan of their nightmares, made worse by her penchant for… Read more

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Israel Notebook

26 January 2013

Friday night in Jaffa, and it’s a party. Jaffa, to the south of Tel Aviv, is where the cool kids hang, apparently — think Dalston or the meatpacking district, and… Read more

2011 Tribeca Film Festival Kick-Off Party

Celebrity flatmate

26 January 2013

A few years ago, I answered an advertisement on a flat-sharing website and ended up living with a fledgling pop star — I’ll call him Sam. He was not long out… Read more

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Travel: Timeless island

26 January 2013

‘Hong Kong is the most Chinese city on earth,’ says my old friend Jo McBride, who has lived there for more than 30 years. That may come as a surprise… Read more

Something (almost) fresh: a tanghulu seller

Travel: Adventure on the menu

26 January 2013

I think of myself as an adventurous eater. I’ve had kangaroo in Australia, crocodile in Cambodia, deep-fried Mars bar in Scotland… but not much could have prepared me for my… Read more

Columnists

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Will the real radicals please stand up?

26 January 2013

At the next election, all parties will agree that Britain is in a mess. They will disagree about is who is to blame. Both the Tories and the Liberal Democrats… Read more

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The Spectator’s Notes

26 January 2013

In which forthcoming by-election does one candidate’s election address boast that he was the ‘last Captain of Boats [at Eton] to win the Ladies Plate at Henley in 1960’, while… Read more

Rod Liddle

It’s not misogyny, Professor Beard. It’s you

26 January 2013

Oh, this age! How tasteless and ill-bred it is.’ — Gaius Valerius Catullus ‘I do not know whom Mary Beard is but wyth a name lyke that she surely has… Read more

Downing Street’s departures, and Martin Ivens’ redemption

26 January 2013

More turmoil at No. 10, I hear. ‘Cameron’s power network is disintegrating,’ gloated an insider as news broke that two aides close to the cabinet secretary, Jeremy Heywood, are to… Read more

Matthew Parris

How Graham Greene spoilt my tropical rapture

26 January 2013

On the patio of my hotel in Havana… No, begin again. It isn’t really a hotel, it’s a Casa Particular — someone’s home. Delia’s home: a modest ground-floor apartment in an… Read more

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Greek tax-dodgers, Irish horse dealers and Chinese art cheats: please skip this column

26 January 2013

It’s only fair to warn you — especially if you’re Greek, Irish or Chinese — that this week’s column contains negative stereotyping. I’ll leave the transsexuals to Rod Liddle, but… Read more

Books

Scenes from Pride and Prejudice. Left to right: Charlotte and Mr Collins, Mr and Mrs Bennet at home, Lydia claims to be taller than her sisters, Mr Collins is horrified by the idea of reading a novel, Lady Catherine de Burgh with her nephews. Illustrations by Hugh Thomson from Happily Ever After

Whatever happened to dear Aunt Jane?

26 January 2013

In 1818, an unknown critic in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine went out on something of a limb. One day, he claimed, Jane Austen would be among the most popular of English… Read more

FRANCE ADOLF HITLER

A model of micro-history

26 January 2013

Adolf Hitler considered jazz a ‘racially inferior’ form of American black music, and banned it from the airwaves. Germany’s gilded youth flouted the prohibition by playing Duke Ellington in secret… Read more

Mary Martin washes that man right out of her hair in a scene from the ‘overrated’ South Pacific at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in 1945

When the Yankees came

26 January 2013

From the London opening of Oklahoma in 1947 until the age of Andrew Lloyd Webber in the 1970s, stage musicals were regarded as an almost exclusively American art-form. Sometime after… Read more

Telling tales out of school

26 January 2013

The difficult thing about writing a memoir is this: how do you avoid numbing the reader with endless thumbnail sketches of the hundreds of characters who have crossed your path?… Read more

SAUDI NEW CITY

The waiting-room of life

26 January 2013

The decadence of at least two societies or cultures can be seen in Dave Eggers’ new novel, where some bored Americans wait for weeks in a giant cooled tent in… Read more

‘Seated Woman’ — a portrait of Muriel Belcher —by Francis Bacon, 1961

Lost Soho afternoons

26 January 2013

‘And what do you do?’ asked Francis Bacon. ‘Er, I’m a cartoonist.’ ‘You are a chronicler of our age, yours is the art that counts, yours is art made history,… Read more

Oscar Wilde, photographed by Napoleon Sarony

The wilder shores of Wilde

26 January 2013

In 1946, as a Princeton graduate, J. Robert Maguire was attached to the American delegation at the Paris Peace Conference. He befriended an elderly survivor of the Dreyfus Affair, from… Read more

The twin certainties of baptism and burial

26 January 2013

Can there possibly be anything new to say about the old subject of Shakespeare’s sources? As early as the 18th century, scholars realised that he made up very few of… Read more

Arts

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Obsessed with Pinter

26 January 2013

It’s the size of a Hackney bedsit but the ambience is cosily expensive. Sonia Friedman’s tiny office above the Duke of York’s Theatre in St Martin’s Lane has warm, pinkish… Read more

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Bring in the lawyers

26 January 2013

When collectors want to purchase an expensive work of art, they contact their lawyers to write up a contract with the dealer, spelling out pages of contingencies and indemnity clauses.… Read more

Control: ‘Still Life’, 1933, by Giorgio Morandi

Seraphic misfit

26 January 2013

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Estorick Collection and it is fitting that Giorgio Morandi (1890–1964), one of the most consistently popular of the museum’s artists, should inaugurate… Read more

Rediscovering Spotify

26 January 2013

All my life I’ve wanted to be able to write confidently about orchestral performances and I think I may have cracked it. So forgive me while I show off for… Read more

Karl Collins

Seeing the light

26 January 2013

Meet Fenton. He’s a psycho. A year or so back he was banged up for murdering a preppy teenage girl in one of America’s less-enlightened southern states. Enter a campaigning… Read more

A fine presence: Ronald Samm as Otello

Orchestral tour de force

26 January 2013

There is only one test that a performance of Verdi’s Otello has to pass: do you come out of the theatre drained, desperate at the suffering that human beings who… Read more

Shape shifter: Daniel Day-Lewis as President Lincoln

Telling tales

26 January 2013

I cannot tell you about all the things Steven Spielberg can and cannot do. I cannot tell you, for example, if he can make decent goblets from Quality Street wrappers… Read more

Exotic location: Illimani, Mururata, Huayna Potosí, Bolivia, from ‘Lost Kingdoms of South America’

The hard sell

26 January 2013

`The older I get, the less tolerant I become of being treated by television like a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. No offence meant to Dr Jago Cooper but,… Read more

Word challenge

26 January 2013

The first competition had 30,000 entries; the second more than 74,000. How many will be attracted to this year’s 500 Words challenge, launched by Chris Evans on his Radio 2… Read more

Culture_notes

The shock of the old

26 January 2013

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross published The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century five years ago, earning himself the Guardian First Book Award and a finalist citation… Read more

Life

High life

High life

High life

26 January 2013

Paris Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter still evoke the verbose sophistry of Sartre, although the tourist and expensive jewellery trades have replaced the ‘rendez-vous des intellectuels’. Yet the sheer stunning… Read more

Low life

Low life

Low life

26 January 2013

Dr Muk asked me whether I’d heard any more news about the Algerian hostage crisis. Had the number of hostages killed been announced yet, for example? ‘I simply don’t understand… Read more

Real life

Real life

Real life

26 January 2013

Sitting opposite me in an elegant restaurant, my male friend looked deep into my eyes and said three little words. And with those three little words, he changed my world… Read more

Long life

Long life

Long life

26 January 2013

I am writing on what is known as Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year. Or so the Daily Mail tells me. The newspaper claims that Blue Monday… Read more

Wild life

Wild life

Will I survive my mid-life marathon?

26 January 2013

Rift Valley ‘I’ve got a brilliant idea,’ said Jools on the phone, his voice characteristically rising like a commentator on the Grand National as Red Rum comes in for the… Read more

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Bridge

26 January 2013

It took more than total white-out and Heathrow closing its doors to deter 200 avid bridge players from making their way to Hinckley for the National Swiss Teams, probably the… Read more

Chess-Column

Chess

Anand’s Immortal

26 January 2013

There is a scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail where Sir Lancelot’s servant, Patsy, is shot in the back by an arrow and seems to expire. As Lancelot… Read more

Chess-Puzzle

Chess puzzle

No. 230

26 January 2013

Black to play. This is from Rotlewi-Rubinstein, Lodz 1907. Black has already given up his queen and now concluded with a blow that rendered this game immortal. What did he… Read more

Investigation

Competition

Return to sender

26 January 2013

In Competition No. 2781 you were invited to devise a riposte to a nauseating Christmas round-robin letter that would deter the author from ever sending another. My favourite of Lynne… Read more

Crossword-Puzzle

Crossword

2097: Spaced

26 January 2013

In each of 14 clues, the cryptic indication omits reference to one letter of the answer.  These letters must be highlighted, to reveal the name of someone who has had… Read more

Crossword-Solution

Crossword solution

Solution to 2094: A little down

26 January 2013

Corrected definitions were: 12A camper; 15A bairn; 28A plants; 37A yearn; 39A fines (pl. of finis); 43A beard; 6D paras; 19D vice; 25D coin; 40D shot. Missing letters spelt MILES… Read more

Toby Young

Status anxiety

Election fever

26 January 2013

I was at a petrol station in Nakuru, a city in Kenya’s Rift Valley, when I experienced my first moment of genuine terror since arriving in Africa. I was standing… Read more

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Spectator sport

Spectator sport

The football manager as management guru

26 January 2013

The football writers laid on a tribute do for Steven Gerrard the other night, not as you might suppose at Nando’s — but at the Savoy and very jolly it… Read more

Dear Mary

Dear Mary

26 January 2013

Q. My husband uses a wheelchair at airports all over the world but I find it very difficult to know when, and how much, to give the kind attendants. One… Read more

Food

Food

Tanya Gold reviews The Churchill Arms, London

26 January 2013

The Churchill Arms in Kensington is a sort of Winston Churchill fetish bar, full of every conceivable piece of Winston Churchill memorabilia, or toy. Relics of his actual corpse may… Read more

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Mind your language

Lang Syne

26 January 2013

Those of us who only pronounce the words auld lang syne on New Year’s Eve and have a vague grasp of their grammatical function may be cheered by a sign… Read more