Hacks and hacking, p14
End of terrace, p39
The new royal family, p16
5 Leading article 9 Portrait of the Week 11 Diary Nick Cohen 16 Barometer 21 Rod Liddle 22 Ancient and modern 27 Matthew Parris 28 James Delingpole 31 Letters 33 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer
14 What the papers won’t say The shameful omertà
over phone-hacking Peter Oborne 16 Mad for the Middletons They’ve taken our royal family into a different class Sinclair McKay 18 Pushing back against Brussels An interview with David Cameron
James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson 19 Ian Harrow
‘Rotten Boroughs’: a poem 20 Degrees of optimism Taking America’s temperature through addresses to graduates Philip Delves Broughton 22 Krona capitalism
Sweden is waking up from its socialist dreamworld James Bartholomew 24 Thank God it’s Thursday
Whitehall’s four-day week Freddy Gray 30 Peckham Notebook Peter Robins
BOOKS & ARTS
Books 36 Philip Hensher Complete Stories, by Kingsley Amis 38 Paul Johnson Memoirs, by William Rees-Mogg Luke Wright ‘Three Children’: a poem 39 Jane Brown on Italian gardens 40 Matthew Parris The Last Slave
Market, by Alastair Hazell 41 Jane Ridley As Good as God, as
Clever as the Devil, by Rodney Bolt Michela Wrong The Other Barack, by Sally H. Jacobs 42 Simon Baker There But For The, by Ali Smith 43 Hywel Williams Forgotten Land, by Max Egremont 44 Justin Marozzi The Tao of Travel, by Paul Theroux Helen Mort ‘Caceri d’Invenzione’: a poem 45 Alexander Larman The Art of
Camping, by Matthew de Abaitua Bookends Lewis Jones
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the spectator | 9 July 2011 | www.spectator.co.uk Parsons’ pleasures, p47
Into the vortex, p48
Arts 47 Interview Nicholas Parsons William Cook 48 Exhibitions The Vorticists: Manifesto for a Modern World Andrew Lambirth 50 Pop Marcus Berkmann 52 Opera Peter Grimes
Michael Tanner 53 Theatre Richard III; Faith, Hope and Charity
Lloyd Evans 54 Cinema The Tree of Life
Deborah Ross Radio Kate Chisholm 56 Television Simon Hoggart Culture notes Peter Hoskin
Life 61 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 62 Real life Melissa Kite 63 The turf Robin Oakley Bridge Janet de Botton
And finaly . . . 64 Chess Raymond Keene 65 Competition; Crossword 66Status anxiety Toby Young Dave Michael Heath 67 Sport Roger Alton Your problems solved Mary Killen 68 Food Tanya Gold Mind your language
All tabloid papers are even more disgusting in their methods than people realise. They act like a privatised secret police Charles Moore, p13
We need crazies, obsessives, power-seekers and show-offs – they are part of the necessary jigsaw Matthew Parris, p40
The beef is not brown, which is good, because people who like it well done should be made to eat tyres Tanya Gold, p68
Peter Oborne is chief political commentator of the Daily Telegraph and associate editor of The Spectator.
Jane Brown is the author of The Omnipotent Magician: Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
the spectator | 9 July 2011 | www.spectator.co.uk
Michela Wrong is the author of In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz: Living on the Brink of Disaster in the Congo.
Hywel Williams’s Emperor of the West: Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire was recently published in paperback.
Tanya Gold is The Spectator’s new food columnist. She writes for a variety of publications including the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian and the Sunday Times magazine