The Spectator

October 20, 2007

Features

Features

Once again, Europe threatens to devour another British PM

In British politics, the Europe question always comes to embody the problems that a Prime Minister faces. So Gordon Brown will fly back from Lisbon with a treaty that emphasises that he is scared of putting things to the country and that he spins just as much as his predecessor ever did. With the ratification process expected to run for six months, Mr. Brown faces prolonged trouble over this document and maybe even his first large scale Labour rebellion. 

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Features

Listen to Adam Smith: inheritance tax is good

Inheritance tax is one levy that makes good economic sense

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Features

The Muslims’ letter to the Pope is not all it seems

The Muslims’ letter to the Pope is not all it seems

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Features

What has this ‘genocide’ to do with Congress?

Public bodies have no role in historical disputes

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The Week

The Week

De quoi avez-vous peur, Gordon?

Tony Blair promised a referendum on the EU constitution to defeat 'Eurosceptic myths'. Is Gordon Brown afraid of such a contest?

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Diary

Diary

Sun columnist Jane Moore on her week

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The Week

Notting Hill Nobody

Tamzin Lightwater's take on the week

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Letters

Letters to the Editor

Promises, promises Sir: Fraser Nelson (Politics, 6 October) suggests that the approach that won David Cameron the leadership in 2005…

The Week

Global warning

It is in listening to other people talk that you learn to appreciate silence. What higher praise of a man could there be than that he is taciturn?

Columnists

Spectators notes

The Spectator's Notes

The Spectator’s notes

Charles Moore on what really did for Ming Campbell

Hugo Rifkind

Hugo Rifkind

By the time they stop being mad, politicians are the right age for the House

This is a column about the reform of the House of Lords. I have a hunch it might not look…

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Columnists

You can admire a roguish old pagan without approving of him

Recently I managed to get hold of a copy of Alone by Norman Douglas. This series of essays about Italian…

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Any other business

Northern Rock: a day to remember

Martin Jacomb says the crisis that led to the first run on a British bank since 1866 should have been foreseen, but that apportioning blame is less important than learning lessons

Any other business

‘Emotions are key. It’s not just about sandwiches’

Judi Bevan learns the distinctive philosophy of the Pret a Manger chain from its founder, Julian Metcalfe

Any other business

Darling must scrap his tax attack on entrepreneurs

Gordon Brown can’t stop himself from meddling, even with his own good ideas. Soon after he moved into No 11…

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Any other business

Piggy in the middle between the grain speculators and the supermarkets

The concentrated aroma of — how shall I put it — deep piggy doo-doo that wafts through your car window…

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Any other business

Why can’t British builders be more like the Poles?

Over the past 20 years or so, I have found myself almost continuously on the client side of building contracts, large and small, domestic, corporate and charitable, in four different countries: Britain, France, Hong Kong and Japan. It is an activity in which optimism is rarely justified by experience: builders the world over tend habitually to under-estimate the time required for any task, to have trouble with supply chains, to misread architects’ plans, and to fall off ladders and take time off to recover

Arts

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Arts

Packing a punch

Robert Gore-Langton on why a Sixties satire on the first world war still has enduring power

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Arts

Restless mind

Exhibitions 1: Louise Bourgeois

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Arts

Subversive narrative

Exhibitions 2: Paula Rego

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Arts

Less is more

Theatre: Shadowlands; Cat’s-Paw; Glengarry Glen Ross

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Arts

Indigestible fare

Opera: King Arthur; Teseo

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Arts

Blurred boundaries

Dance: Giselle — on love and other difficulties; Shaker

Arts

Competitive edge

Alan Howard's 70th Birthday (Radio 4), Words and Music (Radio3)

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Arts

Pointless bickering

Heroes (BBC 2), The Relief of Belsen (Channel 4)

Life

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Life

Live and let let

When renting is the way to go

Life

Losing our heritage

I remember having a conversation with a German friend a few years ago about why there seemed to be no old cottages left in the German countryside.

Life

Invest in Budapest

Harriet Marr-Johnson on why the Hungarian capital is the place to buy

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Life

Prime time

Eddie Lush on why London house prices won't be crashing for a very long time

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Life

Flippin’ amazing

Here is the scientific formula for calculating London’s top property prices: think of a figure, double it, add a few…

Life

Property porn

I need help. I’ve got an addiction. It’s reading property magazines and newspaper supplements and watching property programmes on television.

Diversions

Crossword

All the clues are of a kind, lack definitions and are presented in alphabetical order of their solutions. Each solution has to be assigned to its correct place in the grid.

Diversions

Pseuds’ corner

In Competition 2516, with the impending Turner Prize in mind, you were invited to submit a review by a particularly pretentious art critic of a piece of conceptual art.

Diversions

Chess

Why does Fidé, the world chess federation, insist on drug tests for chessplayers? Earlier this year I discussed this problem in the abstract, but after the recently concluded world championship in Mexico City, concrete examples have arisen.

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Mind Your Language

Mind your language

Mind your language

When the postal strike was in full spate we heard quite a bit about ‘Spanish practices’, or at least we did sometimes.

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Spectator sport

Down under and out

Frank Keating on why it went south for the southern hemisphere

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Dear Mary

Your problems solved

Dear Mary solves your problems

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Spectator Wine

Spectator mini-bar offer

This is our last mini-bar before we start to get ready for Christmas.

Diversions

Bridge

I know I said last week that I was rooting for the US team (which included my friend Zia Mahmood) in this year’s bridge world championships, but that didn’t stop me placing a £100 bet on the team they ended up playing in the finals, Norway.

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High life

Control freaks

Taki on living the high life

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Low life

All in the mind

Jeremy Clarke on his low life

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Life

Bad trip

Melissa Kite starts her new column for The Spectator