The Spectator

3 November 2012

Features

Features

Whose freedom? Whose press?

Everyone is a journalist now – which makes licensing of newspapers an obsolete idea

Features

What the papers won’t say

The chilling effects of Lord Leveson are already being felt in every newsroom in the country — and it is…

Features

All together now

Spectator editors and writers past and present unite against statutory press regulation

Features

Leveson and Jimmy Savile

Did the press inquiry scare newspapers away from a major story?

Features

What I’m fighting for

Better newspaper regulation isn’t just a cause for lefties and celebrities. Here’s why

Features

Losing the ashes

The Forestry Commission’s carbon fetish is to blame for the failure to act sooner to save our trees

Features

Should Alice marry Bob?

Introducing a new ‘real world’ maths course, designed to engage every sort of pupil

Notebook

London Notebook

What is a real woman? My difficult client, the Australian gigastar Dame Edna Everage, is seriously miffed at BBC’s cancellation…

Features

Sandy in the suburbs

A New Yorker’s storm story

Features

Markets love lame ducks

Investors do best when US presidents are too weak to fulfil policy promises

Features

Reform at last

New rules should ensure better advice for investors

Features

Turning toxic again

Five years after the crisis began, bank shares look no better

The Week

Leading article

Land of the right

Next week, weather permitting, Americans will go to the ballot to choose between an unpopular Democratic president and an uninspiring…

Portrait of the week

Portrait of the week

Home Hitachi bought Horizon Nuclear Power for £700 million, giving it rights to build nuclear power stations in Anglesey and…

Diary

Diary

Air Canada has outwitted the superstorm and I am about to return to Canada after my nine-day stay in London…

Letters

Letters

Objections to gay marriage Sir: Hugo Rifkind (27 October) thinks that religious objections to gay marriage can be ignored because…

Columnists

Politics

The end of the recession, but just the beginning of the PM’s problems

Since the end of the recession was confirmed a few days ago, confidence has returned to at least one part…

The Spectator's Notes

The Spectator’s Notes

‘England shall bide till Judgment Tide, By Oak, and Ash, and Thorn! says Kipling. Possibly we shall have to bide…

Rod Liddle

We journalists can only chase one ambulance at a time

What I really wanted to do for you this week was uncover a totally new story about a racist paedophile…

Matthew Parris

Why a visit to a school persuaded me that young people aged 16 to 18 should have the vote

Let me guess most readers’ reaction to news that Alex Salmond has arm-twisted Westminster into allowing 16- to 18-year-olds in…

James Delingpole

Why on earth do we think badgers are charismatic?

Did you know that the badger is one of the most charismatic creatures in our countryside? It says so on…

Any other business

Branson, Bollywood, Virgin beauties – and a bit less of the usual cynicism

So here I am on a morning flight from Delhi to Mumbai, sitting next to an Englishman in his early…

Books

Lead book review

A family at war

Philip Hensher finds nothing very sinister or sensational about the 9th Duke of Rutland censorsing his own archives

Books

The plight of the Poles

Was a nation ever so beset by calamity as Poland? During the second world war, Polish cities were bombed, fought…

Books

Slippery slopes

Being sent to finishing school in Bavaria in 1936 was a dream for some English girls: there were winter sports…

Books

The worldling’s pleasure

Two women are the only heroes of this book. One is Princess Margaret, whom the author points out was far…

Books

The company of wolves

The 15th century is beginning to supplant the Tudor age in its allure for historians and novelists. It comes replete…

Books

Homage to the Goddess Mother

Cometh the hour, cometh the many men (and women). The 2012 centenary of Captain Scott’s death inspired a series of…

Books

Bionic bore

After wading through 646 pages of narcissistic gush and breathtaking vulgarity in the accents of Dr Kissinger and Dr Strangelove,…

Books

A ladykiller at large

Ever since Sergeant Cuff appeared in The Moonstone in 1868, we English have loved our detectives. Moody Scandinavian fiction might…

Books

Exhibitions of narcissism

The summer exhibition at the Royal Academy, with its overstuffed galleries and motley collection of overblown portraits, twee still lifes…

Books

An exhausting mixture of boredom and concentration

The wartime code-breaking successes of Bletchley Park are deservedly well known.  The story of how they decrypted German and Japanese…

Books

Getting the knives out

It’s odd that this book should be about a cleaner, because it exactly conjures up the emotions I felt when…

Books

Divided loyalties

On his first day at boarding school in Kenya in the early 1950s, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o stood to attention as…

Bookends

The darker side of Dawn

I like Dawn French when she is playing a sinister nurse much more than when she’s a jolly vicar. As…

Life

High life

High life

New York Trains and buses have shut down, people have been evacuated from eastern New Jersey and the southern tip…

Low life

Low life

On the Thursday night, my grandson had another asthma attack. Because my boy had had a few drinks before going…

Real life

Real life

Stefano the Albanian was delighted to hear from me. He was really cross when I got myself a builder boyfriend,…

Long life

Long life

Edward Heath may have been one of the most unsuccessful prime ministers in British history, having presided during his four-year…

Bridge

Bridge

In this country, Andrew Robson and bridge are practically synonymous: he’s the best known, and probably the best, player we…

Chess

Basman forever

Michael Basman is in many ways the most important person in British chess. As a player, he is an International…

Chess puzzle

No. 242

Black to play. This is from Velimirovic-Basman, Student Olympiad 1967. Black has just given up a piece. The justification for…

Competition

Masque of Art

In Competition 2770 you were invited to submit a response, in the style of Alexander Pope, to the recently announced…

Crossword

2087: Golden II

Seven 1D lights are unclued. Across 1 Carnivore longing to enter Gordon’s dining room (5) 6 Female musical figure is…

Crossword solution

2084: The Here and Now

The perimeter quotation is the opening couplet of Marvell’s ‘To His Coy Mistress’. Remaining unclued lights in order 12A, 17A,…

Status anxiety

Decadent Brits

I’m currently in Marrakech for half-term and was planning on writing a column about how disappointed my children are by…

Spectator sport

Ugly face of the beautiful game

Football, bloody hell, as that old bruiser Sir Alex Ferguson twinkled bibulously at the turn of the century. But it’s…

Dear Mary

Dear Mary

Q. I cannot help but notice an alarming prevalence of disturbing eating habits among the middle-aged. Being 13 years of…

Food

Dog stars

Bubbledogs is a restaurant from cinema. It is violently 1980s, American and flash. The sign Bubbledogs shines neon pink from…

Mind your language

Parkour

When I heard on the BBC that an organisation in St Petersburg named after St Basil the Great taught teenagers…