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Contents Contents Contents ContentsTheweekLeadingarticle

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Two weeks to save the Tory party James Forsyth The Nick Clegg bubble could end Conservatism as we know it

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Portrait of the Week

Diary Olivia Glazebrook

The Spectator’s Notes

Diary of a Notting Hill Nobody

Mind your language

Letters

Another voice Matthew Parris

Any other business Martin Vander Weyer

Ancient & modern

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Books Michael Burleigh: The Atlantic and its Enemies, by Norman Stone

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Simon Sebag Montefiore: 25 Chapters of My Life, by the Grand Duchess Olga, edited by Paul Kulikovsky et al

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Joanna Kavenna: The Watkins Boys, by Simon Courtauld

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Quentin Letts: The Rage Against God, by Peter Hitchens

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Christian House: The Conman, by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo

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Anne Applebaum: Molotov’s Magic Lantern, by Rachel Polonsky

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Andrew Taylor: At the Chime of a City Clock, by D.J. Taylor

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Jonathan Mirsky: The Courtesan and the Samurai, by Lesley Downer

Dan Wyke: ‘The Last Man’: a poem

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Arts William Cook takes us on a tour of the Ruhr, 2010’s unlikely European Capital of Culture

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Exhibitions: Paul Sandby: Picturing Britain, a Bicentenary Exhibition Andrew Lambirth

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A new political low Rod Liddle Cleggmania marks the start of X Factor politics

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The great American melting pot Patrick Allitt The US remains the best assimilator of immigrants

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Kissinger’s man from Moscow Alistair Horne Did Anatoly Dobrynin stop the Cold War getting hot?

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New Labour’s new commandments Brendan O’Neill Let’s hope the next government leaves us alone

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Eating disorder Andrew M. Brown In the olden days, fixed mealtimes stopped us getting fat

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Is Goldman Sachs guilty? Philip Delves Broughton Even if it is, governments are too weak to punish the firm

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‘That’s all the holiday snaps — now for the pics of how we got home!’

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Vol 312; no 9478 © The Spectator (1828) Ltd. ISSN 0038-6952

The Spectator is published weekly by The Spectator (1828) Ltd at: 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP Editor: Fraser Nelson

Exhibitions: A Critic’s Choice Selected by Andrew Lambirth Laura Gascoigne

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Theatre: Porn — The Musical; Posh

Lloyd Evans

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Cinema: Centurion

Peter Hoskin

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Music

Robin Holloway

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Opera: The Adventures of Mr Broucek; Prima Donna

Michael Tanner

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Radio

Kate Chisholm

Television

Simon Hoggart

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Life Gardens

Ursula Buchan

High life

Taki

Low life Jeremy Clarke

Real life Melissa Kite

Bridge Janet de Botton

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travel The high and the mighty

Edward Stourton

Singing Japanese

Peter Phillips

Trouble in paradise?

Rebecca Newman

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Mekong: the mother of all rivers

William Dalrymple

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And finaly . . . Chess Raymond Keene

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Competition; Crossword

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Status anxiety Toby Young

The Wiki Man Rory Sutherland

Your problems solved Mary Killen

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