The Spectator

In this week’s Spectator | 3 December 2009

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As the world gears up for two weeks of hob-nobbing in Copenhagen, it is plain that climate change has mutated from a debate into a catechism. With so much at stake, says Fraser Nelson, can we afford to dispense with rational argument?

The Schools Secretary, Ed Balls, continues to deny that Islamist extremism is being taught in state-funded schools. Here, Andrew Gilligan shows him the indisputable evidence.

Britain has fought more wars than any other country, but rarely has it suffered two defeats in a row.

James Forsyth believes that particular humiliation is what this country is currently drifting towards, following failure in Iraq with failure in Afghanistan.

All too often, the worlds of public relations and journalism collide. Matthew Parris argues that it’s time for journalists to be honest about their corrupting involvement with PR.

The Swiss’s ban on minarets may seem racist to the BBC, says Rod Liddle, but in fact we should applaud any small battle won in the people’s war against the growing ‘Islamification’ of Europe.

In art, as well as film, politics and popular culture, society is obsessed with youth. This is always seen as inherently positive, but Andrew Lambirth reflects on how the cult of youth can lead to the neglect of distinguished older artists.