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CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE
has written about education for 15 years
most recent book is The Five Books of Moses (Norton)
Issue one hundred and seventeen December 2005
PAUL BARKER’s Arts in Society will soon be reissued by Five Leaves Publications IAN BLACK is a Guardian leader writer and former middle east correspondent ANDREW BROWN CARL M CANNON
writes for the Guardian
covers the White House for the National Journal is a freelance writer
TOM DE CASTELLA
and journalist is the author of The Story of Film (Pavilion Books)
MARK COUSINS EMMA CRICHTON-MILLER
is a writer and
RICHARD DOWDEN is the director of the Royal African Society STEPHEN EVERSON
is writing a book on metaphysics and the mind books include Environmentalism: A Global History is a television producer
Reports of rising violence and bad behaviour in British schools are routine in the media. But when I spent a year observing an outer London comprehensive, I found a surprisingly ordered environment and wellbehaved children.
DAVID JENKINS is a former chief technology adviser to the BP group OLIVER KAMM
is a Times columnist
10 A French Brixton
is general secretary of the Fabian Society
SUNDER KATWALA TIM KING
22 When will the oil run out? And what happens then?
is a writer living in France
The riots call into question the republican approach to minorities.
works for London Underground is CEO of
12 Cameron’s challenge
If there are 3 trillion barrels left, we should have the time to ﬁnd alternatives to oil. If there are only 1 trillion, then we are in trouble.
David Cameron cannot emulate Tony Blair, but he will change New Labour. ESSAYS
presents BBC4’s Art Safari is a Labour peer
14 Valuing the Tate
26 Too much choice
DAVID LIPSEY SIMON LONG
is south Asia correspondent for the Economist
Should the Tate have bought an Oﬁli?
is the author of Mapping Mars (4th Estate)
15 Hands off our subs
Most of Labour’s public service reforms make sense. But the focus on individual choice is based on a false analogy with the private sector.
There is no alternative to Trident.
first book Send in the Idiots (Bloomsbury) is forthcoming
30 An Indian fall 16 In praise of hedges
OLIVER KAMM RAMACHANDRA GUHA
is director of the Centre for Defence Studies, KCL
PETER R NEUMANN LEWIS PAGE ALI SMITH
Financial markets need hedge funds.
is a former naval officer
is a novelist and writer
18 Tough on trade
In the mid-1950s, Jawaharlal Nehru’s reputation was unassailable. But it later began to tumble. Could he be making a comeback?
is professor of mathematics at Warwick University is a fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the US
What will happen to the Doha round?
36 Life force
19 Inquire within
PETER R NEUMANN
We need a public inquiry into 7/7.
A new book challenges the genecentric view of life by placing energy back at the centre of the story.
2 PROSPECT December 2005
40 Ambitious failure
Zadie Smith’s third novel, On Beauty, has its moments. But its satire of the academy is laboured and its imitation of EM Forster unsubtle.
68 King Google
50 Can Hillary win in 2008?
CARL M CANNON
Google’s clever advertising model will kill the newspapers. But it isn’t always the best search engine.
Conventional wisdom says Hillary Clinton is too polarising a ﬁgure to take the White House in 2008. Conventional wisdom is wrong.
70 Africa’s moderate extremist
TOM DE CASTELLA
For a moderate, Thabo Mbeki has taken some very odd policy positions.
8 These islands
Welcome to the fun-box.
The best kiddie ﬂicks.
20 Letter from Kashmir
62 Private view
India and Pakistan are still squabbling.
What should be called ephemeralism.
56 True short story 44 Washington watch
TUMBLER ALI SMITH
72 Cultural tourist
The battle for “Paki.” Plus Under the radar.
The Republican elite’s weird scribbles.
Without the cancer drug Herceptin, this is how short the story of a life might be.
53 Out of Africa
Africa has big political storms ahead.
Broccoli television. FORTHCOMING Dennis Ross on the prospects for peace in the middle east Catherine Fieschi on symbolic legislation Denis MacShane objects to Christopher Meyer’s memoirs
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64 Watching them die 54 Brussels diary
MANNEKEN PIS IAN BLACK
A former Manneken Pis triumphs.
80 Notes from underground
Robert Fisk is a great war reporter and a partisan chronicler of western abuses in the middle east. But do not expect political insight.
How I became the bigots’ best mate.
65 Auster’s scrapbook
4 Letters 6 News & Curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 13 Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 73 Classiﬁeds 78 The generalist DIDYMUS 79 The list
Paul Auster makes little distinction between ﬁctional and real life stories. His literary world is a scrapbook.
66 Abbado on ﬁlm
The move from CD to DVD in classical recordings can mean seeing more of the orchestra than we want.
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