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

Walking the corridors of Westminster at the moment is like gate crashing a wake, except for one reason.

James Forsyth reveals that the expenses scandal has delighted the Tories – it has kept Gordon Brown in power.

The Soviets and the Labour party had one thing in common – to keep the forces of conservatism at bay. This engendered mutual co-operation throughout the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. Pavel Stroilov reveals this friendship through the contents of the KGB’s archives.  

Timothy Garton Ash was a student in Berlin when The Spectator asked him to cover what turned out to be the fall of communism. He looks back on the adventure of a lifetime.

The Nutty professor affair has raised questions concerning the working relationship between ministers and advisers. Matthew Parris believes that Alan Johnson is right: the boss should make the decisions; the experts should advise.

And, it is 50 years since Amos Vogel arranged a landmark film screening which catalysed a change in how film lovers, artists and studio chiefs saw the medium. Peter Hoskin celebrates 50 years of American independent cinema.