Cameron’s missing ingredient, p14
Studio portraits, p41
Painting the town, p35
3 Leading articles 7 Portrait of the Week 9 Diary Daniel Hannan 10 Politics James Forsyth 11 The Spectator’s Notes 14 Barometer 22 Ancient and modern 23 Matthew Parris 26 James Delingpole 29 Letters 30 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer
Rod Liddle and Deborah Ross are away.
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12 Out of the east The Arab Spring has only increased persecution of Christians Douglas Davis 13 Iraq’s Christian exodus Why aren’t we helping more?
Ed West 14 Not too posh, just too rude
On the PM’s politeness deficit Ross Clark 17 In praise of organists
I love these modest virtuosos Ysenda Maxtone Graham 18 A soldier for Labour An interview with Dan Jarvis MP
Mary Wakefield 20 Spare me the fees, please Even the best school isn’t a panacea
The case against Jeremy Bamber Leo McKinstry Boks 32 Blair Worden Thomas Becket, by John Guy 34 James Stourton Buildings of Scotland: Dundee and Angus, by John Gifford Marcus Berkmann The History of the NME, by Pat Long 35 Nicolas Barker As They Really Were, by Keith Middlemas 36 Thomas Hodgkinson A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome, by Alberto Angela Andrew Gimson The Spicer Diaries, by Michael Spicer 37 Life and letters Allan Massie 39 Andro Linklater Double Cross, by Ben MacIntyre 41 Ariane Bankes Sanctuary, edited by Hossein Amirsadeghi
Andrew Gimson 22 Was Chris for real? A bet on human nature
Mick Brown 24 Lack of appeal
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the spectator | 7 april 2012 | www.spectator.co.uk This way to the restaurant review, p62
Box office fairytales, p46
Giving organists their due, p17
Arts 42 Andrew Lambirth A meditation on a painting of the
Crucifixion by David Jones 44 Theatre The Duchess of Malfi; Uncle Vanya
Lloyd Evans 46 Cinema Mirror Mirror
Peter Hoskin Music Peter Phillips 47 Opera Life is a Dream
Michael Tanner 49 Radio Kate Chisholm 51 Television Simon Hoggart Culture notes Andrew Lambirth
Life 55 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 56 Real life Melissa Kite 57 Long life Alexander Chancellor Bridge Janet de Botton
And finaly . . . 58 Chess Raymond Keene 59 Competition; Crossword 60 Status anxiety Toby Young Dave Michael Heath 61 Sport Roger Alton Your problems solved Mary Killen 62 Food Tanya Gold Mind your language Dot Wordsworth
The organist is destined to be heard but not seen, like a Radio 3 presenter. Sometimes he’s not even heard Ysenda Maxtone Graham, p17
The Duchess of Malfi is a Jacobean slasher-play, a straight-to-video Tarantino bloodfest, full of cloaked assassins and scheming dukes Lloyd Evans, p44
Companies pretend to put their customers first, but everyone knows that they don’t. Elaborate systems are set up to protect their employees from the outside world Alexander Chancellor, p57
Contributors oss Clark’s books include The Road to Southend Pier, on CCTV surveillance, and How to Label a Goat, on over-regulation. On p. 14, he considers David Cameron’s manners.
Mick Brown is the author of six books on topics from religion (The Spiritual Tourist) to Phil Spector (Tearing Down the Wall of Sound). On p. 22, he encounters a moral dilemma at Victoria Coach Station.
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Blair Worden’s most recent book is God’s Instruments: Political Conduct in the England of Oliver Cromwell. On p. 32, he reviews John Guy’s life of Thomas Becket.
James Stourton is a board director of Sotheby’s UK and author of Great Smaller Museums of Europe. The new Pevsner guide to Dundee and Angus, which he reviews on p. 34, includes his house.
Andro Linklater’s books include Measuring America, Wild People and Compton Mackenzie: A Life. On p. 39, he reviews Ben MacIntyre’s latest tale of second world war espionage.