Criminals, the unemployed, and Rod Liddle’s driveway, p20
A silly project named after a genius, p18
What Mugabe has done for
Zimbabwe’s whites, p22
5 Leading article 9 Portrait of the Week 11 Diary Sam Tanenhaus 12 Politics James Forsyth 13 The Spectator’s Notes 16 Barometer 18 Mind your language 20 Rod Liddle 28 Ancient and modern 30 James Delingpole 32 Hugo Rifkind 36 Letters 39 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer
14 Osborne’s tax exiles The 50p top rate is proving to be the coalition’s most costly policy Fraser Nelson 16 Don’t patronise women Why do we need special awards?
Melanie McDonagh 18 Costs in space The EU’s mad attempt to rival GPS
Douglas Murray 22 Mugabe’s children Peter Godwin on Zimbabwe
Aidan Hartley 24 Iceland heats up The banks failed;
the country hasn’t Matthew Lynn 27 Beijing notebook Autumn in the centre of the world Tessa Keswick 28 Behind the blockade Terror is one of Gaza’s few remaining exports Jo Johnson
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Christmas Boks I 42 Philip Hensher Tolstoy, by Rosamund Bartlett 45 Nicky Haslam
Nigel Dempster and the Death of Discretion, by Tim Willis Bookends Peter Hoskin 46 Justin Cartwright Life and Times,
by Nadine Gordimer Anthony Daniels The Mind’s Eye,
by Oliver Sacks 47 Francis King Lennox and Freda, by Tony Scotland 48 Raymond Carr In Search of a Past,
by Ronald Fraser 49 Douglas Hurd Parting Shots,
edited by Matthew Parris and Andrew Bryson 50 Harry Mount The Hemlock Cup,
by Bettany Hughes 51 Mark Girouard Triumvirate, by
Mosette Broderick 52 Judith Flanders The Queen’s Doll’s
House, by Lucinda Lambton 53 Gary Dexter Phantoms of the
Bookshelves, by Jacques Bonnet
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the spectator | 13 November 2010 | www.spectator.co.uk Queen Mary’s Hoover, p52
Lear turns operatic, p65
Distinguished visitors from Budapest, p61
54 William Joll The Man Who Gave
Away His Island, by Ray Perman 55 Books of the Year Arts 58 The art of giving
Igor Toronyi-Lalic 61 Exhibitions Harry Becker;
Treasures from Budapest Andrew Lambirth 62 Dance
Emanuel Gat Dance; Balé de Rua Giannandrea Poesio 63 Theatre
The Palace of the End; Novecento Lloyd Evans 64 Pop Marcus Berkmann 65 Opera Die Schöne Müllerin;
Promised End Michael Tanner 67 Music Peter Phillips 68 Cinema You Again
Deborah Ross 69 Television James Delingpole 70 Radio Kate Chisholm 71 Culture notes Lucien de Guise
Life 77 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 78 Real life Melissa Kite 79 The turf Robin Oakley 81 Motoring Alan Judd 81 Bridge Susanna Gross 83 Wine club Simon Hoggart And fin a ly . . . 84 Chess Raymond Keene 85 Competition; Crossword 86 Status anxiety Toby Young Dave Michael Heath 87 Sport Roger Alton Your problems solved Mary Killen
Next time, the BBC should ask members of the public to come to its studios and break the strike Charles Moore, p13
Authenticity in music is something people work hard to fake, but folk is rich in it Marcus Berkmann, p65
Parenting involves only two things: getting a child to eat and getting a child to put on a coat Melissa Kite, p78
Sam Tanenhaus (Diary, p11) is the editor of the New York Times Book Review and the author of The Death of Conservatism (2009).
Tessa K eswick (Beijing notebook, p27) is deputy chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies, and has contributed to, commissioned and published over 100 public policy pamphlets.
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Jo Johnson (‘Generation jihad’, p28) is the Member of Parliament for Orpington, and a former chief of the Financial Times’s South Asia bureau.
Douglas Hurd (Books, p49) was secretary of state for foreign and commonwealth affairs from 1989 to 1995.
Judith Flanders (Books, p52) is the author of Inside the Victorian Home.