The Spectator

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The latest issue of the Spectator is released today. If you are a subscriber you can view it here. If you have not subscribed, but would like to view this week’s content, you can subscribe online now.

Five articles from the latest issue are available for free online to all website users:

The idea of President Blair has seen the re-emergence of the Tories’ Blair complex. James Forsyth argues that the Tories’ attempts to scupper the advent of President Blair pay their target the highest compliment; Blair will be flattered.  

Christina Lamb has witnessed over 20 years of war in Afghanistan. She has always maintained that the answer to the war on terror’s Afghan dimension was to send more troops. Now, after 8 years of fighting and no end in sight, she has changed her mind. Victory is not an option.

Whether it is the Mayans’ predictions or the soothsayings of bizarre Christian sects, it seemed we doomed to imminent destruction. Rod Liddle wonders where this yearning for catastrophe comes from. It seems to exist inside most of us, even those who are sane.

The only people who take offence if you Anglicise foreign words are upper-middle-class Caucasian Americans. Americans taking offence on behalf of poor ‘victimised’ foreigners is offensive — to Toby Young.

And Marianne Gray discovers how Ben Whishaw finds an affinity with the very varied characters he plays.

Additionally, all of last week's issue has now been uploaded to the website. Here is a selection of articles from it:

Douglas Davis asks who is Richard Goldstone to judge.

Charles Moore reflects on his relationship with Nothing British.

Peter Jones believes that parliament is self-serving.

Olivia Cole celebrates extremes.

And Philip Hensher reviews David Kynaston’s Voices of Change.