The Spectator

In this week’s Spectator | 19 November 2009

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Con Coughlin believes that Barack Obama’s increasing disregard for Britain’s views is no way to treat an ally whose troops have fought side by side with America since September 11. Obama has become our absent ally; he is practising a very special form of disrespect.

It did not strike Matthew Parris, as he set out for a couple of days in Somerset, that he would be lead to Dame Margaret Drabble, to the history of the jigsaw puzzle, and finally to some melancholy reflections on the meaning of life. Religion is like a jigsaw: it makes a picture out of puzzling chaos.

Rod Liddle finds Gordon Brown’s contrition about the British children tragically deported to Australia to be a very Noughties phenomenon — the perfectly pointless non-apology. It's all about saying sorry without actually apologising.

Martin Bright wonders where Gordon Brown finds solace in these darkest of times. Downing Street is the answer, the last refuge of the electorally damned.

This is England, cradle of the beautiful game and home to the world's finest and most advanced league. Therefore, why has our 2018 World Cup bid faltered? The murky world of football politics requires special skills which our team seems to lack, says Mihir Bose.

The decision of Britain’s most notorious anonymous sex blogger to reveal her identify came as a great relief to Toby Young. Finally, people must accept that he is not Belle de Jour.

Additionally, last week’s magazine content is now available to all. Here is a selection of articles.

Rod Liddle wonders why everyone is determined to be outraged all the time.

Sarah Standing laments the return of the ‘bovver birds’.

Hugo Rifkind reckons that running a country is just too bigger job for any one person.

Miriam Gross thinks that Gordon Brown is about to lose his last remaining asset – sex appeal.

Craig Raine reviews T.S. Eliot’s letters.

Simon Hoggart watches the X-Factor so you don’t have to.