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Psycho genius, p41

3 Leading article 6 Portrait of the Week 7 Diary Conrad Black 8 Politics James Forsyth 9 The Spectator’s Notes 11 Barometer 15 Rod Liddle 16 Ancient and modern 21 Hugo Rifkind 22 Letters 23 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer 50 Chess Raymond Keene 51 Competition;Crossword 52 Status anxiety Toby Young Dave Michael Heath 53 The Wiki Man

Rory Sutherland Your problems solved Mary Killen 54 Drink Bruce Anderson

Mind your language Dot Wordsworth

Surrendering to the Olympics, p21

Beautiful Burra, p34

10 Party of losers None of the Republican frontrunners look ready to challenge Obama Patrick Allitt 12 The princess factory Dazed in Disney World

Tanya Gold 16 After Mandela At 100, the ANC is not a pretty sight

Richard Dowden 19 Britain needs bankers Finance is our economy’s best hope

Philip Delves Broughton 20 Montserrat notebook Ian Thomson Books 26 Sam Leith Hemingway’s Boat, by

Paul Hendrickson 28 Dan Jones Blood Cries Afar, by

Sean McGlynn 29 Eric Weinberger The Art of

Fielding, by Chad Harbach Bookends Marcus Berkmann 30 Philip Womack Married Love, by

Tessa Hadley Ian Thomson The New Granta

Book of Travel, edited by Liz Jobey 31 Geoffrey Wheatcroft on

John Gross

Arts 33 Interview Tony Hall Michael Prodger 34 Exhibitions Edward Burra

Andrew Lambirth 36 Theatre Noises Off

Lloyd Evans 38 Cinema Mother and Child

Deborah Ross Music Peter Phillips 39 Opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Michael Tanner 40 Radio Kate Chisholm 41 Television James Delingpole Culture notes Lucy Vickery Life 47 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 48 Real life Melissa Kite 49 The turf Robin Oakley Bridge Susanna Gross

Cover by Kyle T. Webster. Drawings by Michael Heath, Castro, Morten Morland, Simon Farr, Holland, Geoff Thompson, Grizelda, Nick Newman, Bernie, Adam Singleton, Matthew Cook, Ian Tovey, Dish, Marc, Tony Husband and Cookson www.spectator.co.uk To subscribe to The Spectator for £104 a year, turn to page 7 Editorial and advertising The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP, Tel: 020 7961 0200, Fax: 020 7961 0250, Email: editor@spectator.co.uk (editorial); letters@spectator.co.uk (for publication); advertising@spectator.co.uk (advertising); Advertising enquiries: 020 7961 0219 Advertising fax: 020 7961 0020 Subscription and delivery queries Spectator Subscriptions Dept., 800 Guillat Avenue, Kent Science Park, Sittingbourne ME9 8GU; Tel: 01795 592886 Fax: 0870 220 0290; Email: spectator@servicehelpline.co.uk Newsagent queries Spectator Circulation Dept, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP, Tel: 020 7961 0200, Fax: 020 7961 0057, Email: dstam@spectator.co.uk Distributor COMAG Specialist, Tavistock Works, Tavistock Road, West Drayton, Middlesex UB7 7QX Vol 318; no 9567 © The Spectator (1828) Ltd. ISSN 0038-6952 The Spectator is published weekly by The Spectator (1828) Ltd at 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP Editor: Fraser Nelson the spectator | 7 January 2012 | www.spectator.co.uk

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