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December 15, 2007

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How, as Mayor, I would help our brave troops

13 December 2007

Boris Johnson is appalled by the indifference towards veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Whatever our views, we should honour those who have performed their duty

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My goose was cooked — and it wasn’t very good

12 December 2007

What's so good about these indigestible birds?

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The reason we drink is that we think it’s naughty

12 December 2007

It's silly to see booze as sinful

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Christmas notebook

12 December 2007

Barry Humphries on battling BT and Australia's new Prime Minister

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In Poland you can’t get hold of a Polish plumber

12 December 2007

Where have all the plumbers gone?

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Humiliation

12 December 2007

The Spectator's short story for the holidays

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How To Be Topp: Ding-dong Farely Merily For Xmas

A seasonal reading from Molesworth

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An American conservative who loves the Constitution

12 December 2007

Christopher Caldwell on the impact of Ron Paul, the anti-war congressman running for the Republican nomination and finding unexpected support on the web

I’m like a nervous schoolgirl with my stuntman

12 December 2007

The actor's stunt double makes him feel like a schoolgirl

The Liverpool that I loved has gone for ever

12 December 2007

Merseyside memories in the European Capital of culture

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A star at Christmas

12 December 2007

Joan Collins's Festive Notebook

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Republicans must heed the voters to beat Hillary

12 December 2007

The battle for the Republican nomination

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Do you believe in the Virgin Birth?

12 December 2007

The Spectator asked a select group including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Charles Moore, AC Grayling, Jonathan Aitken and Christopher Hitchens if they believed in the Virgin Birth.

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Old Ireland lives on in a frozen Christmas swim

12 December 2007

Old Ireland lives on in an Ardmore village custom

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Christian virtue: a man in the prime of his second act

12 December 2007

A Hollywood actor on the London stage

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God’s role in politics is not to underwrite bad ideas

12 December 2007

How those in power take the Almighty's name in vain

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New York Diary

12 December 2007

Tina Brown on why New York Christmases are bigger and bolder than celebrations elsewhere and why Barack Obama is the political toast of the holiday season.

The Week

The Week

Unto us a Child is Born

12 December 2007

The Spectator on what parents owe their children

Diary

Diary

Tamzin Lightwater

12 December 2007

Tamzin's look-back at a tipsy-turvy year for Project Cameron

Diary

Diary

Emily Maitlis

12 December 2007

Emily Maitlis on the Christmas Party circuit

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The Week

Now Gordon Brown has been found out, the Tories should think twice about copying him

12 December 2007

The Potemkin Chancellor might be found out now that he is Prime Minister

Columnists

Vander-Weyer-NEW

Is there an alternative to nationalising Northern Rock?

18 December 2007

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.

Spectators notes

The Spectator’s notes

12 December 2007

Charles Moore on the nature of the season

Hugo Rifkind

Rejoice but remember: the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom

12 December 2007

Paul Johnson counts his blessings

Vander-Weyer-NEW

The lord on the board and the gilded rogue

12 December 2007

Martin Vander Weyer draws lessons for company directors from the morality tale of a long-forgotten City scandal which blighted the life of a celebrated Edwardian grandee

Monopoly: the dangers of playing Gordon Brown’s special edition

12 December 2007

Updating Monoply for the modern economy

This party’s well and truly over

12 December 2007

Christopher Fildes looks back on a turbulent year in the markets and recalls some immutable laws of banking

City Life: Kabul

12 December 2007

Banking Afghan-style

In Tianjin

12 December 2007

The pace of change in China

In Budapest

12 December 2007

In Budapest it is still who you know, not what you know, that counts.

In New Orleans

12 December 2007

How the Big East is recovering post-Katrina.

The Great Iraq Debate

12 December 2007

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.

Vander-Weyer-NEW

Will the property market cause the next savings disaster?

11 December 2007

‘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.

Books

A Christmas Song

11 December 2007

A Christmas Song Why is the baby crying On this, his special day, When we have brought him lovely gifts And laid them on the hay? He’s crying for the… Read more

When the sun finally set

11 December 2007

Margaret MacMillan

Metal

11 December 2007

Kit Wright

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More marks on paper

11 December 2007

Victoria Glendinning

A Yorkshire Christmas Eve

11 December 2007

Vernon Scannell

A Puzzle in Four Seasons

11 December 2007

Greta Stoddart

Perfecting the art of rudeness

11 December 2007

Roger Lewis

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Sunlight on stucco

11 December 2007

Rachel Johnson

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A choice of art books

11 December 2007

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.

Children’s books for Christmas

11 December 2007

The best presents to give this Christmas

A gathering of ghosts

11 December 2007

Patrick Marnham

How to ruin a country

11 December 2007

Robert Salisbury

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Conservative iconoclasts required

11 December 2007

Peregrine Worsthorne

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The full-blown country-house look

11 December 2007

Deborah Devonshire

A master of self-invention

11 December 2007

Anthony Blond

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Surprising literary ventures

11 December 2007

Gary Dexter

Arts

Clemency Suggests

14 December 2007

It seems bizarre to me that book shopping at this time of year should be about negotiating your way through mountainous piles of ‘Things You Never Knew About…’ or ‘The… Read more

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Flemish tour de force

12 December 2007

Martin Gayford on the virtuoso naturalism of the majestic Portinari Altarpiece

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Carnival of crassness

12 December 2007

Stephen Bayley on why he despises December’s tawdry and sentimental retail landscape

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Victorian virtues

12 December 2007

The fight has gone out of Victorian- bashing as a pastime.

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Smoke signals

12 December 2007

Henrietta Bredin tracks the smokers and drug abusers in the operatic canon

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A look ahead to 2008

12 December 2007

Dates for your diary

Subverting Wagner

12 December 2007

Parsifal, Royal Opera House

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Night of disaster

12 December 2007

The Wedding, 15, Key Cities

Scholastic mystery

12 December 2007

Doubt: A Parable, Tricycle; Sweet William, Arcola; Othello, Donmar

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Embracing Grainger

12 December 2007

The 20th century's most maverick musician

World winner

12 December 2007

How the BBC World Service plans to celebrate its 75th birthday.

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Seasonal shortcomings

12 December 2007

The Sopranos (E4)

Life

Diversions

The Impossible Quiz–Answers

2 January 2008

The answers can be viewed here . The questions can be viewed here.

Investigation

Competition

The Impossible Quiz

12 December 2007

asc

Toby Young

Status anxiety

What your Christmas card says about you (and it’s not usually very nice)

12 December 2007

When a person does something to remind you of their superior status, I often wonder whether he or she is fully in control of what they’re doing. Name-droppers, for instance,… Read more

Dear Mary

Dear Mary

12 December 2007

From Edward McMillan-Scott, European Parliament vice-president Q. The problem of the universal greeting has become an obsession. As you may imagine, the European Parliament is a meeting place for people… Read more

Diversions

The Christmas Quiz

12 December 2007

They said it In 2007, who said: 1. ‘All I could make out in their language were the words “Mr Bean”. They were laughing at me . . . making… Read more

Diversions

Bridge

12 December 2007

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… Read more

Diversions

Crossword

12 December 2007

http://www.spectator.co.uk/crossword/2007-12-15.pdf

Diversions

Christmas quiz: the answers

12 December 2007

They said it 1. Able Seaman Arthur Batchelor, after being released by the Iranians. 2. Lord Turnbull (of Gordon Brown’s behaviour at the Treasury). 3. Gordon Brown (launching his Labour… Read more

Diversions

Condensing Jane

12 December 2007

In Competition No. 2524 you were invited to condense a Jane Austen novel into a limerick. You rose admirably to the challenge, and, as befits a competition based on the… Read more

Mind Your Language

Mind your language

Mind your language

12 December 2007

Those who indulge in the ‘infuriating genteelism’ of saying Christmas lunch must be castigated, a reader from Leicester, Mr Clifford Dunkley, tells me. Castigate them, do. But they won’t stay… Read more

Motoring

Speeding questions

12 December 2007

‘When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?’ John Maynard Keynes retorted to a critic. A pity he’s not here to ask the same question… Read more

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Gardening

Botanical exactitude

12 December 2007

As I spend much of my life in a flower bed, bottom up, I rarely consciously make the connection between the flowers that I grow in my garden and their… Read more

TheTurf

The turf

Speaking out

12 December 2007

Upper Lambourn trainer Charlie Mann, who was forcibly retired as a jockey in 1989 by breaking his neck after riding around 150 winners, lists his hobby as ‘having fun’. His… Read more

High life

High life

Joining the hypocrites

12 December 2007

It is that time of year again. The time for peace and goodwill to all men. Mind you, goodwill towards all men is getting harder by the minute, what with… Read more

Real life

Real life

Right of passage

12 December 2007

I realise that I have for some time been approaching my life with all the flexibility of an Orangeman. Every day I march my traditional route to a well-known sandwich… Read more

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Slow life

The price is right

12 December 2007

The Christmas tree is big enough for the children to climb. The small ones could get lost inside somewhere. Every year that guy gets it exactly right. His expertise is… Read more

Wild life

Wild life

Down Mexico way

12 December 2007

Nogales, Mexico After the purgatory of Arizona, I was so happy to cross the Mexico frontier I could have French-kissed the filthy streets. It was just like home in Africa.… Read more

Low life

Low life

On the buses

12 December 2007

There was a bus shelter, but it had no sides and the icy wind was blowing the rain horizontally at us. We huddled together, all eyes on the bus-driver. A… Read more

Diversions

Chess

12 December 2007

http://www.spectator.co.uk/chess/2007-07-28.pdf