The Spectator

2 July 2016

Project Hope

If we hold our nerve and take our time, Brexit willbe good for Britain and the rest of the EU too





It is the ‘European Project’, not the UK, that’s now on the back foot

If we hold our nerve and take our time, Brexit will be good for Britain and good for the rest of Europe too



The great Conservative renewal is now underway

The next Conservative leader will define British politics for a generation



Nicola Sturgeon’s gigantic EU bluff

Only one thing will determine a second Scottish independence vote: whether she really thinks she can win

(Photo: Getty)


Brexit: reasons to be cheerful

A symposium on the benefits of leaving the EU

Momentum Members Rally In Support Of Jeremy Corbyn


Hang on in there Jeremy Corbyn, someone loves you very, very much

Though you look like a tramp, you’re a hit with the ladies / And I’d love to have your little Corbabies

Kisses at the Coliseum for Britain in Europe in Rome


Will the sick man of Europe dare to follow us out?

Nearly half of Italians want to quit the EU too... but for them it would be much more complicated



Will Brexit be Britain’s antidote to The Donald?

If the Conservatives get it right, we will be spared the Trump brand of angry nationalism



Brexit voters are not thick, not racist: just poor

By forcing Britain to quit the EU they have given a bloody nose to an elite that views them with contempt



Why Misbah ul-Haq is Pakistan’s greatest Test captain

He has carried his team to victory after victory from a time of supreme crisis

Extraterrestrial invader: Lance Armstrong

Notes on...

Why it’s still so hard to cheer for the Tour de France

I want to believe, I really do. But this is a sport with a 25-year record of letting down its fans on doping

The Week

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (Photo: Getty)

Leading article

A vote of confidence in Britain (even the bond markets agree)

The EU referendum result was a vote of confidence in the United Kingdom


Portrait of the week

Portrait of the week

Home David Cameron, standing in the middle of Downing Street with his wife Samantha alone near him, announced his resignation…



Trade deals in two years: ‘You’re joking, right?’

Also in Philippe Sands’s Spectator diary: the medical effects of Brexit, and a daughter discovers her French side



When referendum re-runs go the ‘wrong’ way

Also in Barometer: great traffic jams of the world, Wimbledon prize inflation, rollercoaster risk factor


Ancient and modern

Brutus: the Steve Hilton of ancient Rome

Ancient and Modern compares to roles of Brutus to Caesar and Steve Hilton to Cameron

Messenger of peace (Photo:   Getty)

From The Archives

From the Archive: Preparing for peace

Planning for the cessation of hostilities, 1 July 1916



I’m a Remainer. But if I was working-class in Stoke, I’d be for Leave

Also in Spectator Letters: Scotland post-Brexit; EU reforms; voters’ inconsistency; coalition government; and more on the referendum




Did Andrew Cooper's polls lose the referendum? The blame game begins

What purpose did the polling day announcement of a ten-point lead serve except to persuade Remain voters to stay at home?

Spectators notes

The Spectator's Notes

We now need Vote Leave more than ever

Also in The Spectator’s Notes: Osborne’s position; the rhythm of crises; FT anguish; Ireland and Brexit


Emily Hill

Why I lie about voting Leave

We learnt early on: vote Leave and you were for fascists, rabies and the apocalypse


James Delingpole

Be kind to Remainers: now we really are in it together

‘Believe me, nothing except a battle lost can be half so melancholy as a battle won.’ I think this is…


Any other business

Brexit leaves optimists clinging to the life raft of cliché

Also in Any Other Business: Winners and losers - the rich get richer, the poor have to suffer; why should EDF build Hinckley aPoint now?


‘Stack building, Malvern Hills’, by Laura Knight

Books feature

A.E. Housman: the laureate of repression

Housman may have had difficulty expressing himself, according to Peter Parker, but thousands of British soldiers took A Shropshire Lad to the Front

Author Rose Tremain (Photo: Getty)


Rose Tremain’s The Gustav Sonata strikes all the right notes

Her novel of a lifelong friendship set against the backdrop of the Holocaust is a beautiful, moving work of art

A stylish Parisienne catches the eye of a German officer at the Auteuil races, March 1941


Keeping up appearances in 1940s Paris

During the Occupation,Parisian women may have faced stark choices between defiance, compromise and collaboration — but they never lost their chic

Poet Craig Raine (Photo: Getty)


Craig Raine: the critics’ greatest critic

In My Grandmother’s Glass Eye, Raine has nothing but contempt for his poet-critic contemporaries – ‘bad readers’ who ‘get poetry wrong’

Haemophilus influenzae, as seen using a Gram-stain technique


Dr Ali Khan’s guide to the new germ warfare

Globalisation is spreading infection like never before. We should brace ourselves for The Next Pandemic

Sylvia Patterson had a very important question for Beyonce (Photo: Getty)


Sylvia Patterson: my golden years in the music business

The music journalist is nostalgic for the bad old days of Madonna, Blur and Amy Winehouse — who made far livelier copy than today’s frightened, pampered pop stars

A page from Bawden’s scrapbooks


Edward Bawden’s scrapbooks of life

Bus tickets, cigarette cards, letters and exhibition flyers are delightfully juxtaposed in Bawden’s albums — and every page raises a smile

British Machine Gun Corps during the first battle of the Somme (Photo: Getty)


Was the bloodiest battle in history completely futile?

To coincide with the anniversary of the Somme, five books describe the offensive that left over a million dead. But it really did help to win the war, Allan Mallinson assures us

Britten and Pears, photographed by Cecil Beaton


The Britten-Pears relationship: no longer an (open) secret

Their correspondence is the true libretto to Britten’s operas — passionate, moving and intensely musical

Portrait of Marie Antoinette by Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun


How a Swiss banker’s bungling led to the French Revolution

It wasn’t class tensions but lack of cash— thanks to Jacques Necker’s ineptitude — that ultimately did for Louis XVI

hand bloodstains


The latest thrillers have a high foreign body count

New crime fiction —from Pascal Garnier, Seicho Matsumoto, James Sallis and Yuri Herrera — is set in France, Japan, the States and Mexico


‘Sausage Shop’, 1951, by Stanley Spencer

Arts feature

In our fondness for his roses we have cut off Stanley Spencer’s thorns

In his anniversary year, it’s time to see beyond the paintings of wisteria blossom to the angels and the dirt

Tate Modern's new Switch House (Photo: Getty)


Not charging for entry has led to the National Gallery resembling Wembley on match day

But an unintended consequence of free entry is that London’s museums have become accessible pleasure palaces, places of public resort



Notes on Blindness makes the profoundly uncinematic wonderfully cinematic

This extraordinary film, a dramatisation of the audio diary Professor John Hull recorded as he slowly went blind, will make you well up

LA Dance Project (Photo: Andrea Stappert)


A stylish, profound 20-minute dance distillation of Othello at Birmingham Royal Ballet

Plus: new work by Jessica Lang and David Bintley’s The Shakespeare Suite complete a BRB triple bill, and at Sadler’s Wells a disappointing L.A. Dance Project triple bill from Benjamin Millepied

Grant Doyle as Figaro, Beate Mordal as Susanna (Photo: Matthew Williams-Ellis)


A beautiful meditation on the Shakespearean-rich Idomeneo at Garsington Opera

Plus: Longborough Festival Opera glances into the darker corners of Le nozze di Figaro but never plucks up the courage to step into it

More Dane than Thane: Ray Fearon as Macbeth


A spy thriller by a writer with no knowledge of spying or thrilling: Hampstead Theatre’s Wild reviewed

Plus: Iqbal Khan’s Macbeth at the Globe is too smitten by conceptual set-pieces

(Photo: Getty)


No, the crowds at Glastonbury were not bumming out about the EU Referendum

Contrary to the line being put out by the Guardian and BBC, Glasto was actually full of joyous middle-finer-to-the-man rebellion

Czech Composer Antonin Dvorak (Photo: Getty)


The perfect radio antidote to the gathering storm

Bridget Kendall introduces her favourite music on Radio 3's Saturday Classics; Radio 4 retreats to the canals and Kathy Burke joins Patrick Marber and Peter Curran for a sleepover

Colin Morgan as dashing Nathan Appleby


Poldark meets The Exorcist: BBC1’s The Living and the Dead reviewed

The writer Ashley Pharoah, co-creator of Eternal Law and the terrible Bonekickers, owed us a good TV drama – and he’s delivered it



High life

The Brussels dictatorship has enslaved my country; it will not enslave England

You Brits chose freedom — you should be proud; all you need do now is trigger article 50 at your convenience, not Juncker’s


Low life

Here’s one thing that I know Donald Trump is right about

The vote to leave is a beautiful, beautiful thing


Real life

Why I took down my Vote Leave poster

The tofu-munchers had me down as part of an axis of evil consisting of Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Isis


Long life

My dog and chickens have got it right on Brexit

They don’t care whether they control their country; they don’t even know what country they are in


Spectator Wine

Wine Club 2 July

Much has been written about the tip-top quality of the 2015 clarets, the en primeur campaign of which is in…




Congratulations — yet again — to the England women’s bridge team, who last week won gold at the European championships…



Grand tour

The first two legs of this year’s Grand Chess Tour have now been staged in Paris and Leuven. There will…


Chess puzzle

No. 415

White to play. This position is from Nakamura-Caruana, Leuven Blitz 2016. White can now win material. What is the key…



Come fry with me

In Competition No. 2954 you were invited to supply an ode to a greasy spoon, a challenge prompted by a…



2267: Double-edged swords

One of the unclued entries (two words) defines the others (two of which are hyphened), which are all real words.…


Crossword solution

To 2264: The A-Team

‘Harry the King, BEDFORD (19) and EXETER (18), WARWICK (1D) and TALBOT (25), SALISBURY (4A) and GLOSTER (12)’ (Henry V,…

Toby Young

Status anxiety

Labour: My part in its downfall

One of my co-conspirators has suggested we ­resurrect Tories4Corbyn, but I’m not sure it’ll be necessary


The Wiki Man

The referendum was a game of chicken with the voters

And the Remain campaign should have stopped Project Fear from turning into Project Threat

Dear Mary

Dear Mary

Dear Mary: what to do with a dinner guest who attends only to her phone?

Plus: the ‘toilet’ problem again; sustaining a splinter at the house of friends



The Brexiteers will want David Cameron back soon enough

Well, Cameron will now have more time for cooking and for claret: again, let us pray, pro tem

Mind Your Language

Mind your language

Why the plural of ‘referendum’ must be ‘referendums’

The logically preferable form is clear, even if usage remains divided