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CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE
PAUL BARKER is a senior fellow at the Institute of Community Studies
PAUL BROKS is the author of Into the Silent Land (Atlantic Books)
MATT CAVANAGH is a philosopher and former government adviser
JAMES CLARKE is research officer at the migration research unit at UCL
MARK COUSINS is the author of The Story of Film (Pavilion Books)
MICHAEL COVENEY is a theatre critic
MIKE DIXON is a research assistant at the IPPR
MARGARET DRABBLE ’s latest novel is The Red Queen (Viking)
JULIAN EVANS is working on the authorised biography of Norman Lewis
STEPHEN EVERSON is writing a book on metaphysics and the mind
DEAN GODSON is the author of Himself Alone (Harper Perennial)
DAVID HERMAN is a television producer and writer
RICHARD JENKYNS is professor of the classical tradition at Oxford University
ANATOLE KALETSKY is a columnist for the Times
TIM KING is a writer living in France
BEN LEWIS presented the BBC4 series Art Safari
GEOFF MULGAN worked in Downing Street from 1997-2004.
BHIKHU PAREKH is a Labour peer
NICK PEARCE is director of the IPPR
JONATHAN POWER writes on foreign affairs for the International Herald Tribune
MICHAEL PROWSE is writing a book about the social implications of markets
ALEX RENTON is a contributing editor to Prospect
JOHN SALT is director of the migration research unit at UCL
IAN STEWART is a professor of mathematics at Warwick University
ROSE TREMAIN ’s short story collection, The Darkness of Wallis Simpson is forthcoming from Chatto & Windus
NGAIRE WOODS is director of the global economic governance programme at Oxford University
PETER YORK is the author of Dictator’s Homes (Atlantic Books)
4PROSPECT May 2005
contents Issue one hundred and ten May 2005
TIM KING France is no longer master of Europe, and the scramble for a “yes”vote in the referendum is near-hysterical.
PETER YORK We still love the “legacy”retailers like M&S, but not enough to shop there.
15To catch a thief
DEAN GODSON Iraq’s intelligence service is dominated by ex-Ba‘athists.
ELECTION OPINIONS 18Apolitical economy
ANATOLE KALETSKY A synthesis of Keynesianism and monetarism plus the decline of industry has ended boom and bust.
20New model welfare
NICK PEARCE & MIKE DIXON Britain is developing a new Anglosocial model, liberal but social too.
COVER STORY 24Lessons ofpower
After seven years at No 10, I still believe that government retains a great power for good. The danger is not from hubris, but that governments will believe the myth that they are condemned to mistrust and powerlessness.
MATT CAVANAGH Like the US left in 1968, a section of the British left wants to spite its own face.
22Not black and white
DAVID GOODHART & BHIKHU PAREKH The word “racist”is necessary but devalued. We need more rigour and realism in applying it.
ESSAYS 30Getting a life
MARGARET DRABBLE The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography has been denounced for its mistakes and tendentiousness. But it includes an impressive variety of lives and the online version is a delight.
36Winner still takes all
MICHAEL PROWSE Why are so many Britons retiring on inadequate pensions?Why are trains still unreliable and most urban comprehensives so poor?Blame our winner-takes-all electoral system. www.prospect-magazine.co.uk
JOURNAL 40Search for the middle
PAUL BARKER The butt of jokes, middle England is still the place where politicians most want to be loved. So where is it?
SPECIAL REPORT 46Migration matters
JOHN SALT & JAMES CLARKE There are big migration ﬂows into and out of the UK every year, but in recent years more immigrants have been arriving than ever before.
PORTRAIT 52A rational Quixote
JULIAN EVANS Don Quixote’s role as the father of the Enlightenment is underappreciated. His delusion is the key to reason.
WITNESS 56Learning the Thai sex trade
ALEX RENTON Thailand generates fantasies, both for tourists in search of sex and aid workers peddling lurid tales of trafﬁcking. What are the facts?
COLUMNS 10Out ofmind
PAUL BROKS Driving lessons and frontal lobes.
MANNEKEN PIS It’s Mandy vs Zoellick.
REGULARS 6Letters 8News & Curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 13Numbers game CRUNCHER 15Mini interview JONATHAN POWER 86The generalist DIDYMUS 87The list
CULTURAL TOURIST 80The Maly’s ensemble idea
MICHAEL COVENEY St Petersburg’s Maly Theatre shows the power of ensemble longevity. Plus news and listings.
ROSE TREMAIN Badger can’t stop Antarctica from melting, but at least he can get some ice for his penguin.
REVIEWS 72Does aid work?
NGAIRE WOODS Does international aid help developing countries?Three new books give different answers.
74The English Hitchens
DAVID HERMAN Christopher Hitchens should be considered one of the ﬁnest English critics—literary as well as political— of his generation.
RICHARD JENKYNS Dr Johnson wrote a dictionary to teach people to use English well, but also to record the way they spoke it.
COLUMNS 70Private view
BEN LEWIS Lights, camera, Aktion !
STEPHEN EVERSON Britain’s tenors have depth.
DAVID HERMAN Doctor Who and British identity.
MARK COUSINS Iran’s great freedom.
David Rieff unpicks the reality of Live Aid
Natasha Walter on why Larry Summers is wrong
Michael Coveney criticises British theatre criticism
Daniel Johnson considers chess after the cold war
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