The Spectator

30 July 2016

Europe’s summer of terror

Our politicians still cannot accept the reality of Islamic terrorism





When will our politicians accept the reality of Islamic terrorism?

We are enduring a summer of terror, but our leaders are in denial

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Islamic fundamentalists have a special loathing for Christianity

Now the persecution of Christians is coming to Europe

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Cavalier King Charles head shot


Why do lefties hate my pedigree dog?

To me, my Cavalier King Charles spaniel is perfect. But I sense disapproval



The left's history of foolishness

They always make the mistake of thinking the enemy is within their own ranks

Vintage Hardcover Books from Early 1900s


Beyond Austen and Dickens: the classic novels that should be on TV

Prestige novel adaptations are a big British export. Why can’t we show a bit more imagination about what to adapt?

The taste of freedom and sunburnt holidays


Why is the weather forecast always wrong?

In Stalin’s Russia they’d have been purged

The Week

British Currency Series

Leading article

The post-Brexit economy is more open than ever

It is dawning on all but the most stubborn Remainers that the world still wants to do business with the UK


Portrait of the week

Portrait of the week

Home The collapse of BHS after Sir Philip Green had extracted large sums and left the business on ‘life support’,…

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In defence of David Cameron

When asked to write the Spectator diary, I diligently collated a list of topics to cover. But the problem is…



Who was the first ‘unacceptable face of capitalism’?

Also in Barometer: the Olympics in numbers, and is there such a thing as the silly season?


Ancient and modern

Ancient and modern: Corbyn’s Labour is stuck in Plato’s cave

Cut off from reality, his faction is mesmerised by shadow puppets

David Lloyd George (Photo: Getty)

From The Archives

The new Secretary for War

From ‘The military situation’, The Spectator, 29 July 1916: We have a new Secretary for War. Mr Lloyd George, as we all…



Letters: Why EU migrants must not be kicked out

Also: bringing back the 11-plus, Sir Edward Heath’s musicianship, the depression of the young; gospel music




What Brexit really means – three key tests for Theresa May

Is UK law supreme over EU law, can the UK make its own trade deals, and will Parliament control our ­immigration policy?

Spectators notes

The Spectator's Notes

To beat Islamist terror, France must close the gulf between church and state

Also in the Spectator’s Notes: in praise of the European Central Bank; and why Scotland did NOT vote Remain


James Delingpole

Why the alt-right isn’t wrong

The Trump-supporting vigilantes of conservatism dismiss the mainstream as spineless cuckolds


Mary Wakefield

How playing Pokémon Go nearly made me lose my mind

‘Augmented reality’ games are self-inflicted psychosis


Any other business

Rough justice, but MPs have got Sir Philip ‘Shifty’ Green bang to rights

Also in Any Other Business: are these our start-up unicorns, and which is the Ministry of Posh?


Sir Walter Scott and some of his most famous creations, by E.F. Skinner


Scottish literature’s long and splendid history

Garry Mackenzie provides a delightful guide — from the Orkneyinga Saga to Ian Rankin’s tartan noir

Crime Scene Investigation


Prince George County, Maryland — among the meanest streets in America

The teenager murdered for his Timberlands and the grandmother for her cheap TV set are among many shocking casualties witnessed by Del Quentin Wilber as he tails the homicide squad



How I survived my nightmare upbringing, by Ariel Leve

A whole new league of parental craziness is revealed in Leve’s account of the violent rages and mood swings of her crude, narcissistic, irresponsible mother

David Bowie, photographed in 1978


Starstruck by David Bowie — and sadly lost for words

Paul Morley — though convinced he’s the pop Boswell for the job — has produced a rushed, repetitive, shambolic biography of his hero

Author Jonathan Ames (Photo: Getty)


You Were Never Really Here: a thrilling hammer horror

Jonathan Ames’s darkly humorous novella of the (literal) smashing of American child-traffickers is exceptionally well done, says Sam Leith

Human hand touching illuminated lightbulb on gray background


Is there no such thing as new science?

In his fascinating book Rethink, Steven Poole argues that what’s commonly hailed as innovation in science and technology is often an old idea

Old Book With Bright Light


St Mark’s Gospel is as good as EastEnders

And even the Archers, according to Simon Loveday’s seriously skewed ‘new look at the Good Book’: The Bible for Grown-Ups

Just two of many controversial Games: Hitler’s racist jamboree in Berlin (above right); and the Stockholm Olympics, in which the brilliant Native American Jim Thorpe — sometimes regarded as the greatest athlete of all time — was stripped of his gold medals

Books feature

The modern Olympics have always been a fiasco

From their first revival in 1896, the Games have been dogged by racism, cheating and other breathtaking scandals, according to two new books by Jules Boykoff and David Goldblatt


Astonishing splashes of colour: historiated initial from a gradual, Entry into Jerusalem (c.1410–20), by Cristoforo Cortese

Arts feature

From purple goats to monkeys bottoms – the joy of medieval manuscripts

Illuminated manuscripts are the best record we have of the elation of colour in the art of the middle ages, as this new Fitzwilliam Museum exhibition shows

One of the two bronze statues of Greek warriors found in the sea off Riace, on display for the first time at the presidential palace in Rome, 1981


My pilgrimage to see the world’s greatest male nudes

Take a slow Italian train to far-flung Reggio di Calabria and there you will find the Riace Bronzes, a glimpse of what ancient Greek art at the highest level was truly like

Tyrone Huntley (Judas) and Declan Bennett (Jesus) in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’


Excellent – even if Jesus is a bit sulky: Jesus Christ Superstar reviewed

Plus: why state-run theatres should commission dramatists who can write plays rather than ex-dramatists like Caryl Churchill who can’t – or won’t

Deejay in club


Electronic Dance Music is not for rebels – it’s for tyrants and drones

EDM DJs rarely succumb to drug death and misadventure. They just turn up, do their thing and get paid like the cynical, corporate shills they are

Thinking inside the box: Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Béatrice) and the chorus in ‘Béatrice et Bénédict’ at Glyndebourne


Are Glyndebourne taking le piss? Béatrice et Bénédict reviewed

Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is stripped bare by Berlioz for this opéra comique, which in Laurent Pelly’s production is long on beauty, short on the grit and grunts of real love

J.T. LeRoy (Photo: Getty)


Engrossing, educative and baffling: The JT LeRoy Story reviewed

To describe this story as multilayered doesn't do it justice. This isn't the peeling back of an onion; it's the peeling back a whole sack of onions

England's Jackie Charlton tackling West Germany's Held (Photo: Getty)


What it was really like to be at the 1966 World Cup

Plus: living with ebola and why radio is one of our great exports

Carol White as Cathy and Ray Brooks as Reg star in Cathy Come Home by Jeremy Sandford 'The Wednesday Play', 1966


Was 1966 really as grim as this BBC4 documentary suggests?

Plus: an utterly charming film with Keith Richards behaving like a genial old grandad and how Brian Wilson made Pet Sounds



High life

A charity that stands out in an age of philanthropic overkill

Team Domenica is about helping people in need, not self-promoting celebrities


Low life

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Provencal-style

As I made my way to the bar for my eighth plastic cup of rosé — and counting — the entire audience thrust its pelvis at me


Real life

It was a fight to the death at Eurotunnel Burger King

Free pizza and desperate, starving people are a dangerous combination


Long life

Why Sir Philip Green should keep his knighthood

He cannot be held responsible for bringing into disrepute an already disreputable system




The rise of Donald Trump in the US presidential race has had at least one very peculiar consequence: millions of…




Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, has added yet another tournament to his extensive list of victories. Although he must have…


Chess puzzle

No. 419

White to play. This position is from So-Giri, Bilbao Masters 2016. How did White make the most of his active…



Heaven’s gate

In Competition No. 2958 you were invited to submit a conversation between St Peter and a well-known figure who is…



2271: I’m not here or there

All but one of the unclued lights can be preceded by the same word, large or small. Solvers are requested…


Crossword solution

To 2268: In state

The unclued lights are US STATE CAPITALS. First prize Stewart Jones, Winchester, HantsRunners-up John M. Brown, Rolleston-on-Dove, Staffs; Gareth Davies,…

Toby Young

Status anxiety

Is More United just the Lib Dems in disguise?

Sadly, there’s more that divides us than unites us, and there always will be

Dear Mary

Dear Mary

Dear Mary: Every summer I go abroad when what I want is to stay in England

Also: a troublesome day at the spa, and how to keep estranged daughters on your side


The Wiki Man

Why aspirin should be reassuringly expensive

Effective ­placebos have to be rare, costly, foul-tasting or ideally all three



Glyndebourne on a summer’s eve was Arcadia

A wondrous moon, the Marriage of Figaro, and Pol Roger

Mind Your Language

Mind your language

Although its use goes back 500 years, we could do with less ‘wow!’ factor

Beloved of the Twitterati, this tired exclamation should be firmly eschewed


Spectator Wine

Wine Club 30 July

We’ve some wonderful summery wines this week, each one from France. Not deliberately so: it’s just that these six wines…