13 JANUARY 2007

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It's the incompetence, stupid

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1 f a week is a long time in politics, then 13 years is a positive eternity. In 1994 it emerged that the new Leader of the Opposition, Tony Blair, had sent his eldest child,...

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CLEMENCY BURTON-HILL The new year is little more than a week old and while everybody else is no doubt still righteously munching lettuce leaves, joining gyms and going teetotal,...

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Brown will find that there's more to foreign policy than disowning Blair

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From the moment that the snatched camera-phone footage of Saddam Hussein's execution emerged, it was hideously clear that the sentence had been carried out in a deplorable...

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The Spectator Notes

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CHARLES MOORE bviously Ruth Kelly is a 'hypocrite', but the hypocrites in her party are more admirable than the consistent ones. At least the former show some human feeling....

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Diary of a Notting Hill Nobody

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By Tamzin Lightwater MONDAY Who would have thought thrift could be so much fun! Am having a ball teaching working people to be careful with their money as part of our 'Live Life...

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How Cameron has made the Tories the only party ready for an election

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The Conservative are assumed to be in financial trouble. Fraser Nelson reveals that the truth is just the opposite: the Tory leader has set up a successful fundraising machine...

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Bush's fate is now entirely dependent on Iraq

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Matthew Continetti says that the stand-off between the Democrat Congress and the embattled President will be resolved in Baghdad, not Washington Washington n 5 January the newly...

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Mind your language

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Casket looks as if it will be an early victor in 2007 as a triumphant Americanism. In 2006 it was train station. A letter to the Daily Telegraph noted that even English Heritage...

Fancy a new career for 2007? Computer says no

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Business is booming for recruitment agencies which choose candidates for jobs online. But, Tessa Mayes discovers, this crude tick-box process is dumbing down the job market 1 t...

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The law can't force me to love other people, and it shouldn't try

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Rod Liddle says that, however objectionable homophobia is, it cannot be abolished by legislative fiat. Better to let it wither on the vine Ihave often thought about opening a...

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Ancient & modern

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The country 'needs' more scientists, but no one yet seems able to crack the problem. Ancient attitudes may suggest a way ahead. The earliest Greek 'scientists', c. 600 BC,...

In praise of the green-eyed monster

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Toby Young has been in fierce competition with his oldest friend, the documentary-maker Sean Langan, for more than a decade. How to stop him winning the Bafta he deserves? Like...

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Confessions of an Oscar voter

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As one of the greats of British cinema, the director Bryan Forbes is entitled to vote in the US Academy Awards. With the 2007 Oscars approaching, he is bracing himself for...

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Israel's 'spin'

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From Alex Bigham Sir: Douglas Davis has clearly been spun a good line by some Israeli military analysts if he thinks the Israeli threat to use nuclear bombs against Iran is more...

More on More

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From Sir Rowland Whitehead Bt Sir: Julian Brazier puts the case for Thomas More (Letters, 6 January). May I respond? In the clash between two passionate men, More poured...

Hope for Iraq

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From Dr Duncan Anderson Sir: Correlli Barnett (Letters, 6 January) declares William Shawcross deluded and the Prime Minister deranged. They are, apparently, the only people left...

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No Olympic mosque

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From Marlyn Hurst Sir: I enjoyed Irfan al-Alawi and Stephen Schwartz's article on the proposed new mosque for London (Ken's mega-mosque will encourage extremism', 6 January)....

Slavery figures

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From Ted Nevill Sir: An interesting piece on the modern slave trade by Fraser Nelson (Politics, 30 December) was spoilt by uncritical use of police statistics. The police claim...

Care for the dying

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From Dr Andrew Lawson Sir: Charles Moore seeks to perpetuate the myth of a 'death threat' for seriously ill patients when going into hospital, alluding to the supposed...

The pots of the palace

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From Paulo Lowndes Marques Sir: I was amused to see in Bevis Hillier's review of a book on euphemisms that chamber pots used to be described as 'articles' by journalists (Books,...

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The best thing ever written about music in our language

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PAUL JOHNSON 1 f I had a teenage child with a passion for serious music, I would not hesitate to give him or her Essays in Musical Analysis by Donald Francis Tovey. This is a...

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Why we need no-frills, low-cost private schools

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Matthew Lynn argues that school fees have risen outrageously because the supply of private education has not expanded fast enough to meet parents' demand 1 f you ever happen to...

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The real 3G phone boom: it's about girls, girls, girls

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Edie Lush talks to the entrepreneurs behind Britain's latest high-growth, high-tech industry: mobile porn Suppose you have 15 minutes to while away waiting for the train. Why...

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The New Year hangover of debt

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Matthew Vincent Last week, Britons staggered into 2007 more hungover and overdrawn than ever before. According to separate research by Mintel and Creditaction, the average...

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Open for business again — thanks to mom-and-pop stores and voluntourists

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STEPHANIE GRACE IN NEW ORLEANS New Orleans always had a split personality. There was the picture-postcard city that visitors enjoyed: lovely, languid, funky, obsessed with food...

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That damned, elusive Prussian

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Sam Leith TIP AND RUN: THE UNTOLD TRAGEDY OF THE GREAT WAR IN AFRICA by Edward Paice Orion, £25, pp. 488, ISBN 9780297847090 © £20 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 `G ott for...

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Not what Europe wants to hear

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Michael Gove AMERICA ALONE by Mark Steyn Regnely Publishing, £15.99, pp. 256, ISBN 0895260786 £12.79 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 Between the revolution and the firing squad,...

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To flee or not to flee

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Graham Stewart TIME TO EMIGRATE? by George Walden Gibson Square Books, £8.99, pp. 233, ISBN 1903933935 © £7.19 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 hy is no one talking about what is...

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Slums in the sky?

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Peter J. M. Wayne ESTATES: AN INTIMATE HISTORY by Lynsey Hanley Granta, £12, pp. 244, ISBN 1862079099 VLO (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 Just after dawn on 16 May 1968, on the...

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How at last we got it together

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Jonathan Keates THE NATION'S MANTELPIECE: A HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL GALLERY by Jonathan Conlin Pallas Athene, 42 Spencer Rise, London NW5 1AP, Tel: 0207 692 9984, £24.99, pp....

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The other side of silence

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Fiona Maddocks CAGE TALK by Peter Dickinson University of Rochester Press, £25, pp. 296, ISBN 9781580462372 Asked by a journalist whether he went to the opera, John Cage...

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The yes man

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Lloyd Evans talks to the director Ed Hall about his latest ventures Here he is. One of Britain's leading young directors. Tall, sturdily built, mid-thirties, with a mop of thick...

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Luminous serenity

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Andrew Lambirth Shanti Panchal: In the Mind's Eye Chelmsford Museum, Oaklands Park Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, until 18 Feb/vary Born in Gujarat, western India, in 1951, Shanti...

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Space invaders

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Peter Phillips Avisit to the Holbein exhibition at Tate Britain last week taught me something new: interest in serious culture has reached epidemic proportions. I don't think...

Sing the unsingable

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Marcus Berkmann Uverybody needs a new catchphrase i from time to time, even Sir Cliff Richard. 'I think I'm the most radical pop star around,' he now tells most interviewers (or...

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Shock tactics

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Lloyd Evans The History Boys Wyndhams The Rocky Horror Show Comedy Until last week I was the only person on the planet not to have seen The History Boys. I now rejoin the human...

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Royal dazzler

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Deborah Ross The Last King of Scotland 15, Nationwide Tfilm will knock your little socks I off. In fact, it knocked my own little socks off so comprehensively that I'm still...

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Where are the women?

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Kate Chisholm Those pictures of Nancy Pelosi, the new Speaker in the House of Representatives in Washington, celebrating her accession to power surrounded by her husband,...

Shared hardship

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James Delingpole If Sean Langan isn't the bravest, best and most likeable foreign correspondent on TV, I don't know who is. And what a bumper week this has been for his...

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Small is beautiful

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Simon Courtauld y grandfather used to enjoy eating ortolans in Biarritz, sometimes in the company of Rudyard Kipling. In London, it amused him to ask for these little birds of...

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Perfect manners

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Jeremy Clarke Winston Churchill's secretary John Colville records that one of the first signs that the great man's phenomenal memory was beginning to fail him, and that dementia...

Vintage Tony

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Taki Gstaad About 20 years or so ago, Tony Lambton, the mother of my children and I drove from Siena to Florence in my brand-new Audi Quattro. Our destination was La Pietra, Sir...

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Keep your neuroses to yourself

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James Delingpole takes offence at those who take offence ne of the things I find most offensive about the modern world is the way everyone so easily takes offence. A friend...

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In search of Genghis Khan

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Conn Iggulden heads for the wilds of Mongolia Ivriting a historical fiction series on Genghis Khan was always going to be a challenge. Mongolia is an alien place, with a hard...

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Your Problems Solved

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Dear Maly Q. When I was a boy men who dyed their greying hair were something of a laughingstock. Now I notice that many 50and 60something politicians, rock stars and television...

Radio days

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FRANK KEATING Ruminating here a couple of weeks ago on those whom the wretched reaper had gaily swiped down last year, Christmas deadlines had a trio of significant...