The Spectator

In this week’s Spectator | 26 November 2009

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Prepare for a lost decade. Fraser Nelson and Mark Bathgate believe that zombie banks and high unemployment look set to curse our economy as they did Japan’s. A Conservative government could avoid disaster, but only if it is prepared to face the painful reality.  

A century ago, leading leftwing thinkers such as George Bernard Shaw subscribed to the vile pseudo-science of eugenics. Thought to have been a creed of the past, Dennis Sewell can see those perverse ideas influencing approaches to the welfare state today.

Charles Moore has heard of a remarkable recent gathering at Waddesdon Manor, Lord Rothschild’s famous French chateau in Buckinghamshire. The gossip is juicier than anything that happened in Corfu

Real power in the Cameron Tory party rests not in the shadow Cabinet room but in the suite of offices that Cameron, Osborne and their advisers inhabit. Rather than restore Cabinet government, James Forsyth believes that Cameron intends to govern with GOATS and dragons.

Long anticipated literary mysteries never end in anything very significant. Vladimir Nabokov’s The Original Laura is no exception, says Philip Hensher.

Many of our traditional working dogs are in danger of dying out. Matthew Dennison is convinced that in abandoning the Sealyham and Dandie Dinmont we diminish our heritage.

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

Andrew Gimson charts the history of David Cameron’s political education.

Justin Marozzi explains why new archaeological finds in Egypt’s Western Desert prove that Herodotus deserves his reputation as the Father of History.

Peter Jones wonders what love has to do with marriage.

Charles Moore celebrates the Conservative Research Department’s 80th birthday.

Andrew Lambirth profiles Ed Ruscha, Pop-artist extraordinaire.

Jonathan Sumption reviews a trio of new books on the Treaty of Versailles.