December 15, 2007
Your heart must be in it
Christopher Caldwell on the impact of Ron Paul, the anti-war congressman running for the Republican nomination and finding unexpected support on the web
Life in Italy as a student priest
A Hollywood actor on the London stage
How those in power take the Almighty's name in vain
The Potemkin Chancellor might be found out now that he is Prime Minister
Tuesday’s announcement that the Treasury will guarantee lending from other banks to Northern Rock is last ditch bid to avoid having to nationalise the bank. But in truth, most of the best options were closed off by inaction back in September.
Hugo Rifkind on his internet TV habit
Paul Johnson counts his blessings
Updating Monoply for the modern economy
Lloyd Evans, The Spectator’s theatre critic, reviews last night’s Spectator / Intelligence Squared debate on the future of Iraq which featured Tony Benn, William Shawcross, Sir Christopher Meyer, Ali Allawi, Rory Stewart and Lt Peter Hegseth.
Full audio of the debate is available here.
‘How’s business?’ I asked the Mr Big of commercial property in a city somewhere north of Watford Gap last week. I won’t say which city, because this Mr Big is so big there – his logo is on office block after office block – that he would be instantly identifiable.
Literary critics of a certain stripe may have been exulting over the death of the author for decades, but happily, in the world of art publishing, monographic studies of the careers and works of individual artists are still alive and kicking. Indeed, almost half of my festive selections fall into that category this year.
Toby Young frets about his Christmas card
Icame across a news item in a newspaper the other day about bad manners at the bridge table leading to a decline in the game’s popularity. Well, it’s true that bridge players can be brusque and impatient — hence the massive drive by bridge organisations worldwide to raise standards of behaviour — but I think this has been somewhat overdone.