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The joy of flight delays, p25

She stoops – but does she conquer?, p48 Wise owls (and drunk ones), p42

3 Leading article 7 Portrait of the Week 9 Diary David Hare 10 Politics James Forsyth 11 The Spectator’s Notes 17 Rod Liddle 18 Barometer 19 Ancient and modern 25 Matthew Parris 26 James Delingpole 29 Letters 30 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer

Life 55 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 56 Real life Melissa Kite 57 Motoring Alan Judd

18 Enemies within

Bridge Janet de Botton And Finaly… 58 Chess Raymond Keene 59 Competition;Crossword 60 Status anxiety Toby Young Dave Michael Heath 61 Sport Roger Alton Your problems solved Mary Killen 62 Food Tanya Gold Mind your language the ZERO ERA 12 Flight of the black swan Nassim Taleb on Cameron, Osborne and the folly of printing money Fraser Nelson 14 King’s gambit How QE will change the country Bill Jamieson

Britain still had its own Nazis in 1940 Jonathan Freedland 20 After Assad, what? The risky rush to pick sides in Syria

John R. Bradley 22 A churchwarden’s lament Babysitting a 12th-century treasure

Ursula Buchan Boks 32 Richard Davenport-Hines on Lawrence Durrell 34 Rory Stewart America and the Imperialism of Ignorance, by Andrew Alexander Connie Bensley ‘Witness’: a poem 35 Allan Massie The Dreyfus Affair,

by Piers Paul Read 37 Charlotte Moore A Small Circus,

by Hans Fallada Jonathan Keates Michelangelo

Volume 1: The Achievement of Fame, 1475-1534, by Michael Hirst

38 Patrick Skene Catling A Shed of

One’s Own, by Marcus Berkmann 39 Sam Leith Hope: A Tragedy,

by Shalom Auslander Bookends Lee Langley

Arts 40 Desmond Shawe-Taylor A history of the monarchy through 50 objects 42 Music Peter Phillips Exhibitions Eden and Other

Suburbs: The Life and Work of Ivor Abrahams; Transition: The Inner Image Revisited Andrew Lambirth 44 Interview Sir Thomas Allen

Michael Henderson 47 Cinema The Muppets

Deborah Ross 48 Theatre She Stoops to Conquer;

Happy New Lloyd Evans 49 Opera Norma

Michael Tanner Dance Double Bill; Men in Motion

Giannandrea Poesio 50 Radio Kate Chisholm 51 Television Simon Hoggart

Culture notes Andrew Petrie

Cover by Morten Morland. Drawings by Michael Heath, Castro, Jonathan Cusick, Kyle T. Webster, Adam Singleton, Bernie, McLachlan, Paul Wood, Nick Newman, Holland, Geoff Thompson, Chris Madden, Mazurke, Percival, K.J. Lamb, Sally Artz and RGJ. www.spectator.co.uk To subscribe to The Spectator for £104 a year, turn to page 29. 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 9572 © 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 | 11 february 2012 | www.spectator.co.uk

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