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CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE
STEPHEN ALLOTT is a business and social entrepreneur
PAUL BARKER is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Community Studies, Bethnal Green
PAUL BROKS is the author of Into the Silent Land (Atlantic Books)
HARVEY COLE is a former leader of Hampshire county council
PHILIP COLLINS is director of the Social Market Foundation
EMMA CRICHTON-MILLER is an art writer and journalist
BOBBY DUFFY is research director of Mori
STEPHEN EVERSON is writing a book on metaphysics and the mind
JAMES FERGUSSON is the author of Kandahar Cockney (Harper Perennial), published in paperback on 4th April
TIM HAMES is an assistant editor, columnist and chief leader writer at the Times
OWEN HARRIES is a senior fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies in Australia
OLIVIA JUDSON is the author of Dr Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation (Vintage)
JONATHON KEATS is the author of the novels The Pathology of Lies (Warner) and Lighter Than Vanity (Eksmo)
TIM KING is a writer and documentarymaker living in France
BEN LEWIS presented the BBC4 series, Art Safari
YIYUN LI ’s collection of short stories, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers , will be published next year by Fourth Estate
BRENDA MADDOX ’s books include Rosalind Franklin: the Dark Lady of DNA (HarperCollins)
TOM NUTTALL is a senior editor of Prospect
MICHAEL PEEL is west Africa correspondent of the Financial Times
ANTHONY ROBINSON is a former FT Moscow correspondent and consulting editor of Vedomost
IAN STEWART is a professor of mathematics at Warwick University
RODERICK SWANSTON is a reader of the Royal College of Music
KEN WORPOLE is writing a book about the landscape and history of 20thcentury Essex
4PROSPECT April 2005
contents Issue one hundred and nine April 2005
20Britain rediscovered NEAL ASCHERSON
Politicians of the left like Gordon Brown want to construct a stronger sense of British identity. What should it be based on?
OPINIONS 12Before and after
BOBBY DUFFY & HARVEY COLE Does giving the voters the facts on issues like the NHS change their views?Up to a point.
MICHAEL PEEL Africa’s biggest country illustrates the western dilemma of how to help corrupt states.
PHILIP COLLINS Academic and vocational education will never be equal. But vocational could be better.
STEPHEN ALLOTT Scientiﬁc research can promote economic growth, but not in the way the government is going about it.
ESSAYS 26Power and morals
OWEN HARRIES Realists argue that foreign policy is necessarily amoral. Liberals want to apply domestic moral standards to international policy. Both of these views are ﬂawed.
TIM HAMES There are ﬁve roads the Tories must avoid:Fortress Britain, Libertarian Paradise, Thatcherism Revisited, Local Everything and Scepticism Rediscovered. Look to New Labour.
36The Yukos affair
ANTHONY ROBINSON The arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky marked the end of the positive phase of the Putin regime and the return of fear. But now there is a new spirit of resistance to creeping authoritarianism. www.prospect-magazine.co.uk
PAUL BARKER Nikolaus Pevsner wanted his guides to show that English architecture could match anything in Europe. His guide to east London, now revised, opened my eyes in the 1960s.
WITNESS 48Britain’s front line
JAMES FERGUSSON Lunar House in Croydon is the dump where most asylum seekers have their claims processed. For Britain to have robust and fair border controls, it has got to start working better.
COLUMNS 10Out ofmind
PAUL BROKS Introducing Broks’s Paradox.
TUMBLER Condi vs Hillary?
TIM KING Strange birth of the French biopic.
MANNEKEN PIS This sporting life.
KEN WORPOLE Cars are killing our gardens.
REGULARS 3Foreword 6Letters 8News & Curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 13Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 75Classiﬁeds 78The generalist DIDYMUS 79The list
69Just don’t call it paternalism
TOM NUTTALL Richard Layard may have hit upon a new deﬁning mission for politics. It’s just a pity he can’t call it what it is.
FICTION 54After a life
YIYUN LI For 28 years, Mr and Mrs Su have kept their daughter hidden away from the world.
REVIEWS 64The fading ofFreud
BRENDA MADDOX Talking cures have their place, but psychoanalytic theory has faded into brain science. Adam Phillips’s attempt to deﬁne sanity is beside the point.
65Return ofthe social novel
JONATHON KEATS Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel about clones is more Henry James than Aldous Huxley. It has Victorian echoes.
67A uniﬁed theory ofmusic?
RODERICK SWANSTON Richard Taruskin’s six-volume history of western classical music is personal, incomplete and magniﬁcent.
CULTURAL TOURIST 72The design concept
EMMA CRICHTON-MILLER The age of the design prize is here. Plus news and listings.
OLIVIA JUDSON Finally, some proper Hollywood sex.
BEN LEWIS Bacon’s pictures are like bacon.
STEPHEN EVERSON Singing while sick.
GeoffMulgan reﬂects on seven years in government
Julian Evans tilts at Cervantes
Anatole Kaletsky on whatever happened to the business cycle
Margaret Drabble reads the Dictionary of National Biography
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