Secrets of guillemot satnav, p45
Taking a break from poshness, p53
Soldier girl, p54
5 Leading articles 9 Portrait of the Week 11 Diary Roger Mosey 12 Politics David Owen 13 The Spectator’s Notes 17 Rod Liddle 26 Barometer 29 Matthew Parris 30 James Delingpole 32 Letters 35 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer
Deborah Ross returns next week.
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14 They can’t go on like this The beginning of the end of the coalition James Forsyth 15 John Greening
‘Essex Farm’, Yser Canal: a poem 18 An Israeli spring?
The Jewish state should embrace democracy elsewhere in its region Avi Shlaim 20 Rupe swoops The launch of the Sun on Sunday is a classic Murdoch coup William Shawcross 22 Three men and a vote Republican primary season is stuck
Britain as bitterly divided as ever Ferdinand Mount Boks 40 Sam Leith New Ways to Kill Your Mother, by Colm Tóibín 42 Matt Ridley Watermelons, by James Delingpole Connie Bensley ‘Stations’: a poem 43 Byron Rogers The Origins of Sex, by Faramerz Dabhoiwala 44 Marcus Berkmann The Train in the Night, by Nick Coleman Andrew Gimson Keeping Up with the Germans, by Philip Oltermann 45 John McEwen Bird Sense, by Tim Birkhead 46 Ferdinand Mount Ashoka, by Charles Allen Alistair Elliot ‘In the Outer Hebrides’: a poem 48 Eric Weinberger The Real Romney, by Michael Kranish and Scott Helman at the rogues’ gallery stage Florence King 25 Class is back Years of public spending have left
49 Charles Cumming Waiting for Sunrise, by William Boyd Bookends Marcus Berkmann
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the spectator | 25 february 2012 | www.spectator.co.uk Cinematic comfort food, p56
Picking up on Picasso, p51
Arts 51 Andrew Lambirth Picasso and Modern British Art 52 Olden but golden Charles Spencer 53 Interview
Ed Stoppard Robert Gore-Langton 54 Theatre
The Recruiting Officer; A Few Man Fridays Lloyd Evans 56 Cinema The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Olivia Glazebrook 58 Opera Le nozze di Figaro
Michael Tanner Radio Kate Chisholm 60 Television Simon Hoggart Culture notes Lucy Vickery
special 61 Norway Summer in Tromsø
Harry Mount 62 Sweden Skating in Stockholm
Fraser Nelson 65 Scotland The pleasures of Glenelg
J.R.H. McEwen Life 69 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 71 Real life Melissa Kite 72 Wild life Aidan Hartley 73 Bridge Janet de Botton And finaly . . . 74 Chess Raymond Keene 75 Competition; Crossword 76Status anxiety Toby Young Dave Michael Heath 77 Sport Roger Alton Your problems solved Mary Killen 78 Food Tanya Gold Mind your language Dot Wordsworth
Until recently, class was not a live subject for discussion. Its noxious effects had been eradicated by progress, like TB and rickets Ferdinand Mount, p25
Jesus came to challenge precisely what today’s unbelieving believers in faith so prize: the established order of things Matthew Parris, p29
The film is both made and broken by its casting: it’s only watchable because of the greatness of the actors, which also makes it impossible to believe Olivia Glazebrook, p56
David Owen was foreign secretary from 1977 to 1979, and one of the founders of the Social Democratic Party. He sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords.
William Shawcross is the author of Murdoch: Ringmaster of the Information Circus and, most recently, Justice and the Enemy: From the Nuremberg Trials to Khaled Sheikh Mohammed.
the spectator | 25 february 2012 | www.spectator.co.uk
Florence King is an American novelist and essayist. She writes for the National Review.
Charles Cumming’s novels include The Hidden Man, The Spanish Game and A Spy by Nature.
Eric Weinberger taught writing at Harvard from 1999 to 2007.