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CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE
FRAN ABRAMS is the author of Seven Kings (Atlantic Books) PHILIP BALL’s most recent book is The Devil’s Doctor (Heinemann) ANDREW BROWN’s
Issue one hundred and twenty-seven October 2006
books include The Darwin Wars (Simon & Schuster)
is a writer and critic. www.lesleychamberlain.co.uk
MARK COUSINS is the author of The Story of Film (Pavilion Books) JASON COWLEY
22 New Labour odyssey
is a senior editor on is a psychiatrist
New Labour was never a middleclass coup. I know; I was there.
JULIAN EVANS is writing the authorised biography of Norman Lewis STEPHEN EVERSON
28 Thatcherism’s ﬁnal triumph
is writing a book on metaphysics and the mind
is the author of The Beautiful Screaming of Pigs (Atlantic)
DAMON GALGUT DAVID B GREEN is deputy editor of the Jerusalem Report magazine JOHANN HARI
Blair has missed the chance to push Britain further leftwards.
32 The Brown revolution
is a columnist for the
What if Gordon Brown had become Labour leader in 1994?
is a writer living in France
36 Lies, spin and deceit
DAN KUPER works for London underground PHILIPPE LEGRAIN’s book Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them is forthcoming BEN LEWIS
On Iraq, it is Blair’s judgement, not his integrity, that is at stake.
presents BBC4’s Art Safari is associate
editor of Prospect
is a writer on the FT
16 Baby bomber
10 The penny drops
is editing a book on writers’ talismans for Rizzoli New York
STEPHEN OPPENHEIMER is the author of The Origins of the British (Constable) JONATHAN POWER
Blair ran rings around us, but we have ﬁnally learnt to deal with New Labour.
A mischievous comment in an internet chatroom for new mothers gets me into hot water. JOURNAL
is a commentator for the International Herald Tribune
11 An Afghan opium deal
44 Lula’s second breath
is chief political commentator for the Independent
STEVE RICHARDS SIÔN SIMON is Labour MP for Birmingham Erdington IAN STEWART
While we destroy Afghan poppies, the world is short of opiates. The solution is clear.
is a professor of mathematics at Warwick University
12 Growth is good
In 1980 I travelled to São Paulo to meet Lula, a ﬁrebrand trade unionist. Twenty-six years later, a wealthier Brazil is preparing to re-elect him to a second presidential term.
is a mother of two, living in Somerset is a former editor of the New Statesman
Don’t believe everything you read—getting richer does actually make you happier.
50 Myths of British ancestry
14 Summer of discontent
DAVID B GREEN
is a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, Washington DC
WILL WILKINSON DAVID WILLETTS
is a Conservative MP
A year ago, Israelis felt in control of their destiny. Now the future looks bleak.
Everything you know about British and Irish ancestry is wrong. Our ancestors were Basques, not Celts, and the Celts were not wiped out by the Anglo-Saxons.
2 PROSPECT October 2006
54 The next middle class
I spent a year observing pupils at an Ilford comprehensive and met the new generation of upwardly mobile Britons. Family values, hard work and religion are all back in fashion—but not politics.
70 Tales of old cities
What does “psychogeography” mean? In the hands of Paul Auster and Iain Sinclair, it is a return to old routines.
8 Out of mind
ROBERT DRUMMOND & ALEXANDER LINKATER
When estate agents go mad.
63 Between the lines
Long live John le Carré.
18 Washington watch
Gordon Brown courts the US right— and are the Dems ﬂoundering?
Penélope Cruz’s new curves.
20 Inefﬁcient markets
72 Private view
Apple’s bully-boy tactics. FICTION
I can’t wait for the art market crash.
41 France profonde
58 The conversation
77 Musical notes
Ségolène Royal glows.
A child soldier leads a priest to speak with the devil in the African bush.
Morons at the Proms.
42 Lab report
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Would the transatlantic bomb plot have worked?
66 Dangerous ideals
57 Brussels diary
Nicolas Sarkozy saves Europe.
Andrew O’Hagan’s ﬁctional account of a wayward and dysfunctional priest is most striking for its discussion of the importance, and trap, of idealism.
More on the end of the Blair era from Sunder Katwala, Hugh Roberts & James Purnell. Plus replies to Danny Kruger
80 Notes from underground
67 The art of Simenon
FORTHCOMING Erik Tarloff on the US midterm elections Jeremy Isaacs on Channel 4 Allan Massie on ﬁction set in classical times
THE NEXT ISSUE OF PROSPECT IS PUBLISHED ON 19TH OCTOBER
I love a bit of crowd control.
4 Letters 6 News & Curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 11 Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 73 Classiﬁeds 78 The generalist DIDYMUS 79 The list
Georges Simenon’s 76 Maigret novels are studies in the art of watching the world go by—and a homage to carefully nurtured intuition.
69 Dawkins the dogmatist
Richard Dawkins’s diatribe against religion doesn’t explain how faith has survived the assault of Darwinism.
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