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Diary Susan Hill
Politics Irwin Stelzer 10 The Spectator’s Notes 11 Mind your language 18 Dave Michael Heath 22 Letters 25 Another voice Matthew Parris 26 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer 29 Ancient & modern 54
Cameron calls it quits Con Coughlin He has no stomach for the war in Afghanistan
Karzai’s double game Ahmed Rashid
The cruel killing of Ekram Haque Rod Liddle Why can’t we admit that his murderers were racist? 14
Burkas infringe my liberty Carol Sarler Talking face-to-face is a basic human right
Because she’s worth it Patrick Marnham The scandalous squabble over the L’Oréal heiress’s fortune 18
Dressing down Harry Mount Why are Englishmen such slobs in summertime?
Take the thumbscrews off the banks John Redwood People and companies must be able to borrow again 22
Freddy Gray talks to the ventriloquist Nina Conti 38 Exhibitions: Summer round-up Andrew Lambirth 39 Theatre: Spur of the Moment; The Beauty Queen of Leenane; Henry IV Part 2 Lloyd Evans 40 Opera: La traviata; Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance Michael Tanner 41 Cinema: Beautiful Kate Deborah Ross 42 Television Simon Hoggart 43 Radio Kate Chisholm 44
Books Philip Hensher: The Collected Stories, by Lydia Davis 31 Lydia Davis: ‘My neighbors in a foreign place’: a short story 32 Chris Patten: The General, by Jonathan Fenby 33 Patrick Skene Catling: Matterhorn, by Karl Malantes 35 Anne Chisholm: In Office Hours, by Lucy Kellaway; I Think I Love You, by Allison Pearson 35 Philip Ziegler: Attlee, by Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds 36 Benji Moorehead: A Last English Summer, by Duncan Hamilton 37 Rebecca K. Morrison: ‘But the World’: a poem 37
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Low life Jeremy Clarke
Wild life Aidan Hartley
Real life Melissa Kite
Bridge Janet de Botton
And finALLy . . .
Chess Raymond Keene
Competition; Crossword 50, 51 Status anxiety Toby Young 54 The Wiki Man Rory Sutherland 55 Your problems solved Mary Killen 55
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