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CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE
ANDREW BILLEN is a staff writer on the Times
WOUTER BOS is leader of the Dutch Labour party
BETH BREEZE is deputy director of the Institute for Philanthropy
PAUL BROKS is the author of Into the Silent Land (Atlantic Books)
MARK COUSINS is the author of The Story of Film (Pavilion Books)
TOM DE CASTELLA is a freelance journalist and writer
ANTHONY DWORKIN is editor of the Crimes of War website
JONATHAN EVANS is a professor of psychology at Plymouth University
STEPHEN EVERSON is writing a book on metaphysics and the mind
MICHEL FABER is the author of The Crimson Petal and the White (Canongate)
DAVID HELD is a professor of political science at the LSE
JOHN HEMMING is the author of Die If You Must (Pan)
DAVID HERMAN is a television producer and writer
RICHARD JENKYNS is professor of the classical tradition at Oxford University
TOBIAS JONES is the author of The Dark Heart of Italy (Faber)
TIM KING is a writer and documentarymaker living in France
DAN KUPER works for London Underground
ELENA LAPPIN ’s novel The Nose is published by Picador
CHRIS LAYTON is chair of Action for a Global Climate Community
BEN LEWIS presented the BBC4 series Art Safari
MICHAEL LIND is the author of Made in Texas (Basic Books)
THERESA LLOYD is the author of Why Rich People Give (ACF)
FINTAN O’TOOLE is a columnist for the Irish Times
STEPHEN OVERELL writes about work and employment
TOM REED is an east European politics and energy analyst
IAN STEWART is a professor of mathematics at Warwick University
ERIK TARLOFF is a novelist and screenwriter living in London
2 PROSPECT January 2005
contents Issue one hundred and six January 2005
OPINIONS 10 After Van Gogh
WOUTER BOS The Dutch Labour party leader asks what the centre-left should do now.
11 Nonsense on jobs
STEPHEN OVERELL Reports of the death of the job for life have been greatly exaggerated.
13 A split Ukraine?
TOM REED Russia may try to split Ukraine if its supporters lose the next vote.
14 When to intervene
ANTHONY DWORKIN The latest plan for the UN does not solve the intervention riddle.
16 Has Mugabe won?
TOM DE CASTELLA The opposition MDC should boycott next year’s elections in Zimbabwe.
17 Blair’s chance
CHRIS LAYTON Climate change presents Blair with a chance to become a world statesman.
COVER STORY 20Mother tongue
What does the fashion for books about modern usage of the English language tell us?People care about language because it forms part of their identity. But correct usage is not an elite affectation; it is a badge of competence.
ESSAYS 26 Red-state sneer
MICHAEL LIND Many Democrats blame the unenlightened “red states”of America for Kerry’s defeat. But most workingclass Americans remain centrist. Liberals must learn to stop sneering.
32 Indelible paint
BEN LEWIS By announcing the triumph of paintingin 2005, Saatchi is following, not creating, a trend. Painting is indeed “back,”but this time it is more than a fad.
38 Global left turn
DAVID HELD Martin Wolf and I agree about much. But while he regards liberal markets as sufﬁcient for globalisation, I think the world needs a turn to social democracy.
42 Tribal preservation
JOHN HEMMING Fifty years ago, Brazil’s indigenous peoples faced extinction. But thanks to a long campaign, land rights and political protection have been won.