The man who can fix it, p20
Going Hungary, p42
3 Leading article 7 Portrait of the Week 9 Diary Peregrine Worsthorne 10 Politics Daniel Knowles 11 The Spectator’s Notes 17 Rod Liddle 21 Ancient and modern 25 Hugo Rifkind 26 Letters 27 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer
James Forsyth, Deborah Ross and James Delingpole are away.
Midsummer in Stratford, p45
12 These are Blair’s children The rioters and the state
Harriet Sergeant 13 Appetite for destruction Culture and anarchy in Britain
Theodore Dalrymple 14 John Greening ‘Praise for’: a poem 16 Tottenham notebook Saturday night with the rioters
Ravi Somaiya 18 After the golden age Forty years of funny money
Matthew Lynn 20 The next Berlusconi? Diego Della Valle, darling of Rome
Robin Lee Navrozov 21 Help yourself to self-help The faster way to take in advice
Melanie McDonagh 22 The polar bear problem They’re thriving, and they’re hungry
BOOKS & ARTS
Books 30 Joanna Kavenna Arctic explorers of the 20th century 32 Alexander Chancellor Death and the Dolce Vita,
by Stephen Gundle 33 Patrick Skene Catling The Cat’s
Table, by Michael Ondaatje Allan Massie Tretower to Clyro,
by Karl Miller 34 Christopher Howse Raised on Skiffle, by Roy Kerridge 35 John Spurling
The Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy, by Mervyn Peake; Titus Awakes, by Maeve Gilmore 36 Ed Smith CrickiLeaks, by Alan
Tyers and Beach 37 Hugo Williams The short life of Tara Browne 39 Lewis Jones
Stieg & Me, by Eva Gabrielsson Martin Parker
‘Beyond Descartes’: a poem Bookends Marcus Berkmann
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the spectator | 13 August 2011 | www.spectator.co.uk The yob Olympics, p12–17
Peake’s practice, p35
Arts 40 Barry Humphries The life and brief career of the
Australian artist Charles Conder 42 Exhibitions Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century; Richard Long; Giuseppe Penone; Thomas Struth Andrew Lambirth 43 Dance Mariinsky Ballet
Giannandrea Poesio 44 Theatre The Mother; Blue Surge
Lloyd Evans 45 The Homecoming; A Midsummer
Night’s Dream Patrick Carnegy 46 Cinema Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Chris Ayres 47 Pop Marcus Berkmann Opera Tosca; Otello
Michael Tanner 48 Radio Kate Chisholm 49 Television James Walton Culture notes Ed Rex
Life 53 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 55 Real life Melissa Kite 56 Wild life Aidan Hartley 57 Bridge Susanna Gross
And finaly . . . 58 Chess Raymond Keene 59 Competition; Crossword 60Status anxiety Toby Young Dave Michael Heath 61 The wiki man Rory Sutherland Your problems solved Mary Killen 62 Drink Bruce Anderson Mind your language Dot Wordsworth
Only the illegal acquisition of an expensive consumer durable, preferably a Rolex, will assuage my righteous wrath and end my grief Rod Liddle, p17
True to form, Brecht questions everyone’s assumptions but his own Lloyd Evans, p44
‘The French revolution,’ I said. ‘A good thing or a bad thing?’ ‘It isn’t finished,’ the chateau owner said. ‘More heads need to come off’ Jeremy Clarke, p53
Peregrine Worsthorne is a former editor of the Sunday Telegraph.
Theodore Dalrymple’s Spoilt Rotten: The Toxic Cult of Sentimentality is out in paperback this month.
Harriet Sergeant’s Wasted: The Betrayal of White Working Class and Black Caribbean Boys is published by the Centre for Policy Studies.
John Spurling’s novel A Book of Liszts was published by Seagull Books in July.
Daniel Knowles is assistant comment editor of the Daily Telegraph.
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