Coping with the weather, p16
Lowry without matchsticks, p35
Interior thoughts, p33
3 Leading article 7 Portrait of the Week 9 Diary P. J. O’Rourke 10 Politics James Forsyth 11 The Spectator’s Notes 14 Barometer 16 Mind your language 19 Rod Liddle 21 Ancient and modern 22 Matthew Parris 25 Letters 27 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer
12 Hacking the world China is already engaged in online warfare. How can we fight back? Fraser Nelson 14 To catch an oligarch
New laws in America and elsewhere could ruffle the cool of Russia’s elite Owen Matthews 16 Boris’s winter of discontent How London’s Mayor can defeat his great enemies: snow and tube strikes Andrew Gimson 20 Maternity ward sadists Women should not endure needless pain in the cause of ‘natural’ birth Carol Sarler
BOOKS & ARTS
Boks 30 Sam Leith Working the Room,
by Geoff Dyer 32 Robert Cooper The Sounds of Crime,
edited by Maxim Jakubowski 33 Elfreda Pownall on interior design 35 Andrew Lambirth L.S. Lowry, by T.G. Rosenthal 37 Ian Birrell 22 Days in May, by David Laws;
5 Days to Power, by Rob Wilson Bookends Lewis Jones 38 Juliet Townsend on children’s books
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the spectator | 4 December 2010 | www.spectator.co.uk The pleasures of Colin Self, p42
Sugar, spice and swearing, p45
Take a seat, become an artwork, p40
s 40 All join in The heyday of participatory art
Niru Ratnam 42 Exhibitions The Glasgow Boys; Colin Self
Andrew Lambirth 44 Cinema Monsters
Deborah Ross 45 Theatre Kin; The Rivals
Lloyd Evans Music Damian Thompson 47 Opera Glyndebourne on Tour
Michael Tanner 48 Dance Fela!; 7734
Giannandrea Poesio Olden but golden Charles Spencer 49 Radio Kate Chisholm 51 Television Simon Hoggart Culture notes George Hull
Life 55 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 56 Real life Melissa Kite 57 Motoring Alan Judd 57 Bridge Janet de Botton
And finaly . . . 60 Chess Raymond Keene 61 Competition; Crossword 62Status anxiety Toby Young 63 The Wiki Man Rory Sutherland Your problems solved Mary Killen
It will only take one bad snowy day to confirm the comforting stereotype that Boris cannot cope Andrew Gimson, p16
Eating a Thai curry cooked by an artist might well be participatory, and even tasty, but it adds little to our understanding of democracy Niru Ratnam, p40
As a general rule, the bigger the VIP, the more interested in tittle-tattle they are Toby Young, p62
P.J. O’Rourke (Diary, p9) is the author, most recently, of Don’t Vote — It Just Encourages the Bastards.
Andrew Gimson (‘White mischief’, p16) is the Daily Telegraph’s parliamentary sketchwriter, and Boris Johnson’s biographer.
the spectator | 4 December 2010 | www.spectator.co.uk
Niru Ratnam (Arts, p40) is director of Aicon Gallery, London.
Ian Birrell (Books, p37) is a former deputy editor of the Independent, and worked as a speechwriter for David Cameron during the general election campaign.
Elfreda Pownall (Books, p33) is food and interiors editor of Stella, the Sunday Telegraph magazine.