28 OCTOBER 2006

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Stern warning

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O n Monday the debate over climate change enters a new phase. Sir Nicholas Stern, who heads the Government Economic Service, will publish his review of the economics of climate...

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New York

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M yson pulled back the curtains and took in the full splendour of the twilit canyons. Lights were coming on all across Manhattan. ‘Wow,’ said Daniel. It was a slow,...

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Britain will ‘see the job through’ in Iraq.

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But ‘the job’ has changed completely T he perfect political U-turn is formed by an arc that curves so gradually that it is difficult to perceive any change of direction....

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T here is a yet another plan to reform the House

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of Lords, getting rid of lots of life peers, proposing partial direct election and, as always with these ideas, the fuller representation of ethnic minorities. Commentators and...

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MONDAY Confusion and misery. Everyone saying Dave has made his

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first mistake and, quite frankly, I’m beginning to think so myself. If I wasn’t a Cameroon from my Brora bobble hat to my King’s Road pedicure, I wouldn’t know what we...

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Talking about their generation: Britain’s golden youth

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Interviewing applicants for a research job, Boris Johnson was astonished by their accomplishments, pleasantness and lack of anger. Life is very good for these beneficiaries of...

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It is Miliband, not Cameron, who’s confused

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Oliver Letwin , the Tory policy chief, says that the Environment Secretary did not tell us where the boundary between state and society should lie E ver since David Cameron’s...

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Mind your language

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The words in which Sir Richard Dannatt, the Chief of the General Staff, expressed his historic opinion about withdrawing British forces from Iraq were of some interest. ‘We...

To be expelled is the mark of genius

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Rachel Johnson , who was expelled from school for ‘attitude’, says that head boys and head girls tend to be mediocre, while classroom rebels are the stars of the future T he...

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Will Charles be the first multicultural monarch?

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As the plans for his coronation are reviewed, the Prince of Wales is considering a separate multi-faith ceremony to reflect modern British ‘diversity’, Tim Walker reveals T...

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Ancient & modern

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David Cameron, once a PR man for a TV company, has brought all his skills to bear on becoming the epitome of everything New Tory stands for, like, er, yes, of course, families...

To abandon Iraq would be to court disaster

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William Shawcross says that, for all the setbacks, there is still much we can do to encourage the elected Iraqi government, and prevent a famous victory for our Islamist enemies...

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I am a new kind of university drop-out

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James Shaw left a top university because he felt more like a consumer than a student, and believes that the system is now geared to phoney success rather than true education I...

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Fantasy and fiction in Iraq

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From Correlli Barnett Sir: Your leading article (21 October) and James Forsyth’s piece (‘Iran could tear the Tories to pieces’) both describe General Sir Richard...

Where crime rules supreme

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From Johan Alberts Sir: Sadly, Rian Malan’s assessment of the South African saga is all too true (‘South Africa’s future will not be civil war but sad decay’, 14...

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Gin Lane and Big Macs

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From Derrick Anderson Sir: I am writing to take issue with the article by Allister Heath about the recent shooting in McDonald’s in Brixton (‘The mean streets of...

Brotherly confusion

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From Michael Grosvenor Myer Sir: Perhaps ‘The whole of Edgar’s “Now, gods, stand up for bastards” soliloquy is missing’, as Lloyd Evans complains (Arts, 21 October),...

With friends like these...

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From Colin Price Sir: Rod Liddle complains about the lack of support given to the English Music Festival (‘No funds for the English Music Festival’, 21 October). He might...

Cheap flights hurt the poor

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From John Stewart Sir: In his paragraph in praise of cheap flights (The Spectator’s Notes, 14 October), Charles Moore alleges that the ‘greens’ genuine concern with the...

A blasphemous belief

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From Kevin Holland Sir: I usually greatly enjoy reading Paul Johnson’s column, except when he succumbs to offensive, arbitrary and illogical arguments in favour of the...

Elusive titles

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From Gerard Sproston Sir: Allan Massie (Books, 21 October) cannot lay his hands on a copy of Maugham’s Christmas Holiday . As a librarian (retired) I despair. There is a copy...

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The Sunni-Shia conflict is simple stuff compared to the Blair-Brown feud

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A rabs will never understand contemporary British politics unless they study the BlairiteBrownie schism. It has divided the Labour party in the late 20th century. That might...

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As Tom Paine wrote, ‘Every nickname is a title’

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A recent movie suggests that the Duke of Edinburgh’s nickname for the Queen is ‘Cabbage’. His experience dates back to the day when this delicious vegetable was overboiled...

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How the first multinational was hijacked by greed

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George Trefgarne draws lessons for today’s shareholders and corporate executives from a new history of the East India Company I n June 1773 Adam Smith was at home in Kirkaldy,...

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The City’s surprise success story

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Allister Heath O nce synonymous with men in red braces peddling junk bonds, the leveraged buy-out industry has become almost respectable. This is in large part thanks to some...

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Amaranth: how to lose $6 billion in a fortnight

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Jonathan Davis continues our debate about hedge fund risks and rewards with an analysis of a spectacular crash H edge funds, you read here in June, are often riskier than they...

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Time to invest in Korean reunification?

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I know a man who did A s the absurdly coiffed and probably deranged Kim JongIl fingers his nuclear button, not even the ballsiest hedge fund manager would contemplate investing...

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A chill Cabinet

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Matthew d’Ancona T HE B LUNKETT T APES : M Y L IFE IN THE B EAR P IT by David Blunkett Bloomsbury, £25, pp. 896, ISBN 074758821X ✆ £20 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 I n...

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Not too seriously wounded

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Teresa Waugh T OUCHÉ : A F RENCH W OMAN ’ S T AKE ON THE E NGLISH by Agnès Catherine Poirier Weidenfeld, £9.99, pp. 164, ISBN 0297852345 ✆ £7.99 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870...

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Making it up as we go

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Ian Garrick Mason T HE H UMAN T OUCH : O UR P ART IN THE C REATION OF A U NIVERSE by Michael Frayn Faber, £20, pp. 505, ISBN 0571232175 ✆ £16 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429...

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Learning to weep in a museum

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Peter Porter T HINGS I D IDN ’ T KNOW by Robert Hughes Harvill Secker, £25, pp. 395, ISBN 1846550157 ✆ £20 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 I t is reasonable to assume...

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The bad old East End

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Judith Flanders T HE G OOD O LD D AYS : C RIME , M URDER AND M AYHEM IN V ICTORIAN L ONDON by Gilda O’Neill Viking, £16.99, pp. 320, ISBN 0670915459 ✆ £13.59 (plus £2.45...

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John Bull as a master of delicacy

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P.J. Kavanagh N ATURE ’ S E NGRAVER by Jenny Uglow Faber, £20, pp. 458, ISBN ISBN 0571223745 ✆ £16 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 T his is a book that tells the reader a...

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Uncle Sam on the couch

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Johnny Grimond G OD W ON ’ T S AVE A MERICA by George Walden Gibson Square Books, £16.99, pp. 302, ISBN 190393379X V £13.59 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 A ccording to...

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A good man among ambiguities

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Rupert Christiansen W ILLIAM E MPSON : V OLUME II, A MONG THE C HRISTIANS by John Haffenden OUP, £30, pp. 720, ISBN 0199276609 ✆ £24 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 T he...

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A shortage of wine and olives

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Robert Stewart T HE M IDDLE S EA by John Julius Norwich Chatto, £25, pp. 667, ISBN 0701176083 ✆ £20 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 W ar and religion are the enduring...

Going under and coming up

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Digby Durrant W HITE M AN F ALLING by Mike Stocks Alma Books, £12.99, pp. 285, ISBN 1846880092 ✆ £10.39 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 I t’s understandable that a man...

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Fretting on the touchline

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Richard Beeston T HE N ORTHERN F RONT : A W ARTIME D IARY by Charles Glass Saqi, £12.99, pp. 275, ISBN 0863567703 ✆ £10.39 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 W hen I first met...

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How many deaths?

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Michael Carlson T HE M URMUR OF S TONES by Thomas H. Cook Quercus, 46 Dorset Street, London W1U 7NB, £12.99, pp. 327, ISBN 1905204582 ✆ £10.39 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429...

Going round the bend in a bunch

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Olivia Glazebrook MAGGIE’S TREE by Julie Walters Weidenfeld, £16.99, pp. 256, ISBN 0297848690 ✆ £13.59 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 I f you had a friend who was an...

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A stay of execution

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Adam Nicolson W OODLANDS by Oliver Rackham Collins, £25, pp. 609, ISBN 0007202431 ✆ £20 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 O liver Rackham is quite clear from the beginning....

Surprising literary ventures Gary Dexter

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J IMMY S TEWART AND H IS P OEMS (1989) by Jimmy Stewart The most intriguing thing about this book is its title. Ernest Hemingway and His Novel by Ernest Hemingway would not...

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Hug a hoodie and Gilbert &George

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Martin Gayford on why David Cameron should embrace contemporary art I know that just now people are queuing up to propose new policies to the leader of the opposition wind...

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Fresh and wild

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Andrew Lambirth on the abstract painter Roger Hilton and his show at Tate St Ives R oger Hilton (1911–75) is one of our greatest abstract painters, an artist associated with...

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Eastern promise

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Mark Fisher T here was a time when Chinese artists walked on eggshells for fear of offending the old men of power in Beijing. Now here, in the China Pavilion that is part of...

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Crisis of confidence

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Susan Moore W hat do you find at the world’s great antiques fairs these days? The answer, increasingly, is modern and contemporary art. Few will lament the disappearance of...

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Beyond appearances

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The sculptor Antony Gormley tells Mary Wakefield that art should be an adventure ‘H ello, anybody here?’ The gate into Antony Gormley’s studio had slid mysteriously open...

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Followers of fashion

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Laura Gascoigne Vive La Parisienne: Women through the Eyes of the Impressionists Richard Billingham: Zoo Compton Verney, until 10 December T he word ‘ flâneur ’ — from...

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Overwhelmed by Janacek

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Michael Tanner Jenufa ENO Theodora Barbican I t is a tribute to various things, primarily to Janacek’s genius, that the new production of Jenufa by ENO is a triumph, an...

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First impressions

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Robin Holloway ‘ L ate Art’ has nowadays become a weary cliché: the notion of a closing vision — summatory, transcendent, prophesying future or making retrospective...

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Multiple choice

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Deborah Ross A Good Year 12a, nationwide R ight, here is a quiz for you. As I have said, again and again, I’m fed up with doing everything around here and, as no one at The...

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Cynical rip-off

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Toby Young Spamalot Palace Caroline, or Change Lyttelton Dirty Dancing Aldwych A ccording to Charles Spencer, the Daily Telegraph ’s man in the stalls, the only people who...

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Mixed blessings

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Giannandrea Poesio Rosas Sadler’s Wells L abelling is an annoying trait. The prac tice, instigated by some highbrows for their own pleasure, has rapidly spread among...

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Essential viewing

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James Delingpole H ow much TV is it safe to watch in any given week? I reckon seven hours i.e., an average one per night. Any more than that and you start eating into valuable...

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Reithian values

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Kate Chisholm ‘I t’s a potential social menace of the first magnitude,’ declared John Reith, founding father of the BBC, in an interview with Malcolm Muggeridge in 1967....

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Crime and punishment

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Taki O ne of the first stories I wrote in these here pages was about Roman Polanski, the Oscar-winning director in 2002 of The Pianist . In 1969 Roman had become a saint of...

Family secrets

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Jeremy Clarke T wo old carrier bags at the back of the cupboard I’d not noticed before. I dragged them out to see what was in them. It was old letters from the war and sepia...

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Absolute power

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Aidan Hartley I used a wad of Sierra Leone currency as big as a roll of lavatory paper to buy a seat on the Russian chopper that takes passengers from Lungi airport across the...

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T his is the first of our Christmas offers — a

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little early, I know, but a chance for you to stock up on pleasingly discounted bubbles for the festive season. It’s a very flexible offer from Armit of Notting Hill — you...

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Culture crash

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Mimi Spencer says that too much choice fragments our culture B ack in the day, we seemed to suck with one mouth. Spangles. Space Dust. Refreshers. Every kid’s gob of the...

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Multiple choice

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And there’s plenty of room for the kids, says Sarah Vine I once sat next to a very self-important fellow at a public relations lunch. He was a largish cheese for a luxury car...

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Epiphany central

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Liza Campbell on the perfection of staying put in Udaipur I have just returned from a shortish trip to Udaipur. I’ve got one word to say about this southern Rajasthani city,...

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Brass neck

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FRANK KEATING F ootball’s European club matches, which continue next week, have so far tiptoed around in such predictable outline that only the obsessed have been bothered...

least greeting each friend on arrival. But with each new

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introduction taking at least three minutes to effect — not counting crossing the room to arrive at the target — it is unrealistic to expect to make more than five...

Q. When my husband and I go out to dinner

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in our neck of the Dorset woods, our friends invariably give us champagne before we sit down. We feel when reciprocating hospitality we should do the same but we are on lower...

Q. I am 24 and have just thrown my first

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drinks party — 120 people came and, although everyone enjoyed themselves, I am conscious that I failed as a host in one important way. I did not introduce people to each...