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5 January 2013

The great aid mystery

Our rulers must know that development aid doesn’t work. So why do they throw money at it?

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The great aid mystery

5 January 2013

Our rulers must know that development aid doesn’t work. So why do they throw money at it?

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Greening’s challenge

5 January 2013

Can the new Development Secretary convince Cameron to take down the aid ‘ringfence’?

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Not-so-special relationship

5 January 2013

Dean Acheson and the myth of Anglo-American unity

Bats

Wind farms vs wildlife

5 January 2013

The shocking environmental cost of renewable energy

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Newborn Notebook

5 January 2013

Looking back, it’s baffling that someone like me — a lover of pleasure and loather of pain, a woman who pops Nurofen like breath mints and cannot sit on the… Read more

The Week

Leading article

Over the cliff

5 January 2013

There is something about the dying embers of a year which causes the world to concentrate on entirely the wrong story. In the last days of 1999 many were fixated… Read more

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Portrait of the week

5 January 2013

Home On the eve of a speech by David Cameron, the Prime Minister, on the EU, Andrew Duff MEP, the leader of the Union of European Federalists, suggested that Britain… Read more

Diary

Diary

Joanna Kavenna

5 January 2013

I am re-reading D.H. Lawrence’s Sea and Sardinia. The opening line runs: ‘Comes over one an absolute necessity to move…’ He expands on the dilemma (I paraphrase): you are afflicted… Read more

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Ancient and modern

Seneca on the Church of England

5 January 2013

Justin Welby, the new Archbishop of Canterbury, may have to confront this year the possible break-up of the world-wide Anglican communion. Perhaps the splendid letter from Seneca the Younger (AD… Read more

Any-Other-Business

Barometer

5 January 2013

The Seacole empire Education Secretary Michael Gove says he wants to rewrite the national curriculum in history to concentrate on figures such as Cromwell and Churchill instead of Mary Seacole.… Read more

Letters

Letters

5 January 2013

Caught in the ratchet Sir: Melissa Kite (‘Hunting for Dave’, 29 December) wonders why the Prime Minister won’t reopen the question of hunting. Is it not just possible that the… Read more

Columnists

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The Cameron election

5 January 2013

One of the first things that the coalition did on taking office was to announce the date of the next election. This was meant to prevent destablising speculation about when… Read more

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The Spectator’s Notes

5 January 2013

‘The rain is ever falling, drip, drip, drip, by day and night… The weather is so very bad, down in Lincolnshire, that the liveliest imagination can scarcely apprehend its ever… Read more

Rod Liddle

If the mice have to face my wife, they’ll have only themselves to blame

5 January 2013

I was in bed by one o clock on New Year’s Day. We did the countdown thing, for the kids, and then hung around for a while looking tired; it… Read more

Hugo Rifkind

Get the church out of the state, and the state will stay out of the church

5 January 2013

So let us return, you and I, warily and wearily, to the topic of gay marriage. Gingerly, in fact, as though with a hangover after an ill-tempered, bickering party. And,… Read more

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Ex-editor sets banking agenda – and £100 says he’ll win the climate debate too

5 January 2013

The sun shines warmly in south-west France, and rabbit bouillabaisse is the pièce de résistance of a New Year lunch at which Nigel Lawson is a fellow guest. The former… Read more

Books

Thrust into the limelight by the rivalry of the press barons. From left to right: Ivanov, Rice-Davis, Keeler and Profumo

Dirty tricks campaigns

5 January 2013

The real scandal of the Profumo Affair, says Lewis Jones, was the rotten state of Britain at the time

Controversial confessions

5 January 2013

Stephen Grosz is a psychoanalyst who has worked in the United States and Britain. Over his career he has been ‘sitting with patients for thousands of hours,’ he writes. Occasionally… Read more

Horrors too close to home

5 January 2013

Reading this new edition of W.G. Sebald’s discursive meditation upon the blanket bombing of German civilians during the second world war took me back to Berlin in the early 1960s… Read more

Women, beware these women

5 January 2013

When Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider read this review, they’ll exchange a pitying smile and quietly start waiting for my distress call. For woe betide any woman who thinks she… Read more

The portrait of a gentleman: Henry James c.1900

A chapter of history

5 January 2013

Michael Gorra’s Portrait of a Novel is a lucid critique of how Henry James came to write a book that would permanently change the art of literary fiction. The Portrait… Read more

Trader Faulkner celebrating the life and work of Lorca

More Lothario than Hamlet

5 January 2013

Ronald ‘Trader’ Faulkner is that relative rarity: an unassuming actor. In their memoirs most actors, after the obligatory two or three chapters describing the hardships at the outset of their… Read more

The further tragedy of unknowing

5 January 2013

Margaret Evison spent Easter 2009 with her 26-year-old son Mark, who was about to go to Afghanistan as a lieutenant in the Welsh Guards. They walked around her garden talking… Read more

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The Diana effect

5 January 2013

My favourite joke of all time concerns Diana Dors, whose real name was Diana Fluck. She was invited back to Swindon, her birthplace, to open a fete. The vicar, terrified… Read more

Arts

‘Interior at Arcachon’, 1871, by Edouard Manet, on show at the Royal Academy from 26 January

Best in show

5 January 2013

Andrew Lambirth looks ahead to treats in store for 2013

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Bourne again

5 January 2013

While most theatres brace themselves for the annual invasion of prancing Nutcrackers and flying snowmen, Sadler’s Wells offers something that is mercifully not as sugary. Never-ending love and magic kisses… Read more

Dutch treat

5 January 2013

The Flying Dutchman, Wagner’s first masterpiece, has had a rough passage in the UK over the past few decades. I recall a production at the Royal Opera in the mid-1980s… Read more

VIVA FOREVER!_

Wrong, wrong, wrong

5 January 2013

I wasn’t the only one desperate that Viva Forever! would be a blast. There were hundreds of us eager to leap to our feet and holler through the Spice Girls’… Read more

Faded opera stars: Pauline Collins and Maggie Smith in ‘Quartet’

Friends reunited

5 January 2013

You know how television is becoming like the movies, more expansive and more expensive? Well, what if the movies were to meet television halfway, becoming smaller and more routine? The… Read more

Pink Floyd In Pink

If the price is right …

5 January 2013

The question of who is going to buy EMI Classics took up most of 2012 and seems destined to run well into the new year. Given that the catalogue in… Read more

Queen Victoria's Children

What the doctor ordered

5 January 2013

I don’t know whose idea it was to put New Year at the beginning of January, but it seems like an odd one. Why not begin each new year on,… Read more

Vision on

5 January 2013

Something strange, very strange is going on. Take two sparky young, very young men, watch them launch their media careers a couple of years ago by creating zany videos and… Read more

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Magical mystery tour

5 January 2013

Pontius Pilate is deciding the fate of Ha-Notsri (aka Jesus) in Herod’s palace. In Stalin’s Moscow, meanwhile, the Devil (aka Woland) stalks the streets. One man, the Master (aka Mikhail… Read more

Life

High life

High life

High life

5 January 2013

Lanza is a noble Sicilian name which I believe appears in Il Gattopardo, Lampedusa’s immortal tale of changing times in Sicily during the 1850s. Prince Raimondo Lanza was one of… Read more

Low life

Low life

Low life

5 January 2013

I’ve been away for three months but now I’m back in my gym shoes, gym glasses and faithful old gym pants with the colour washed out of them and I’m… Read more

Real life

Real life

Real life

5 January 2013

‘They all have very distinct personalities,’ said my friend Hannah, as she invited me to come to her house and pick a bunny. In truth, I hadn’t given much thought… Read more

Long life

Long life

Long life

5 January 2013

We have now entered the New Year in which we know that everybody, with the exception of those who have not yet been born (like our future king or queen),… Read more

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The turf

Breaking news

5 January 2013

It is all about how you impart bad tidings, I suppose, like the wife who told her husband one night, after the first drink: ‘The good news, darling, is that… Read more

Bridge

Bridge

5 January 2013

It’s hard to explain to non-bridge players how much the game means to some of us. It’s not just a pastime; it’s a grand passion. Janet de Botton summed it… Read more

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Chess

Special Ks

5 January 2013

London has seen three World Championship matches in the post-war period, Kasparov-Karpov 1986, Kasparov-Short 1993 and Kasparov-Kramnik 2000. The game I have chosen to start the new year is Kasparov’s… Read more

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Chess puzzle

No. 247

5 January 2013

White to play. This position is from Kramnik-Kasparov, World Championship, London (Game 2) 2000. Kasparov has been struggling to hold a difficult endgame, a pawn down and has now just… Read more

Investigation

Competition

Past regrets

5 January 2013

In Competition No. 2778 you were invited to express your regret, in verse, for New Year’s resolutions not kept. The challenge produced an entertaining outpouring of contrition. I enjoyed John… Read more

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Crossword

2094: A little down

5 January 2013

Definitions in ten clues are a letter down; missing letters, in clue order, spell out the creator of one unclued light (three words) which defines the other seven (including one… Read more

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Crossword solution

Solution to 2092: Attend

5 January 2013

Answers to clues in italics are pie (13), as (15), unled (22) and heel (27).  In each case it is necessary to PUT IN AN APPEARANCE (32 10) to create… Read more

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Status anxiety

A Kenyan education

5 January 2013

I’m currently in Kenya with my family where I’m planning to stay for the next seven weeks. The official reason is to help my friend Aidan Hartley set up a… Read more

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The Wiki Man

Life’s secret menus

5 January 2013

Supposedly the coffee chain Starbucks will sell you a smaller, 8oz cappuccino even though this size and its price is never published on their menu boards — you just have… Read more

Dear Mary

Dear Mary

5 January 2013

Q. I have had the misfortune to have broken my foot and was packed off by my GP to a clinic in Vincent Square for an X-ray. The male receptionist… Read more

Drink

Drink

Waters of life

5 January 2013

Even though they efface the landscape, the snows of midwinter make the deeper symbolism more apparent. The psychic differences between the Northern and the Southern Kingdoms, which long predate Alex… Read more

Mind Your Language

Mind your language

Elven

5 January 2013

Like many, I have just read The Hobbit again, which I hadn’t done since reading it to Veronica as a girl. Even when solemn, Tolkien knows what he is doing… Read more