5 JULY 2008

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The NHS needs its Reformation

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T he government has promised that from next year everyone aged between 40 and 75 will be offered an ‘MOT’ of their health. The patient most in need of a health check,...

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N o matter what happens, Friday is always a big day

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for those of us who do five days of getting up at sparrow’s cough. The prospect of two days of lie-ins is so exciting it makes me feel giddy. My self-imposed rule of no...

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Glasgow East is Brown’s dirty little secret: a hideous, costly social experiment gone wrong

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W hen Tony Blair was Prime Minister he used to joke in private that his writ — like that of the Roman Empire — ended at Hadrian’s Wall. Beyond that lay Gordon’s land, a...

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A s the new Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans challenges the current

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running of the Church of England, where does this leave Gordon Brown? I ask because one of Mr Brown’s first acts as Prime Minister was to get rid of his office’s traditional...

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The great Spectator/IQ 2 debate Motion: Prince Charles was right: modern architecture is still all glass stumps and carbuncles.

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New rules at Intelligence Squared. For the debate on architecture the speakers were offered the use of a slide projector. Opening for the motion Roger Scruton described modern...

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A very English coup — and the end of our national church

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On the eve of the General Synod and the Lambeth Conference, Theo Hobson says that the sleeping giant of evangelical and orthodox Anglicanism has been awoken by liberal agitation...

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Brown’s security strategy is the worst of all worlds

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It’s draconian, expensive and ineffective, says David Davis . All the evidence shows that the Prime Minister is eroding our civil liberties pointlessly A s shadow home...

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A portrait of the artist as a tennis champion

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Melissa Kite meets Martina Navratilova, nine times Wimbledon singles champion and now pioneer of ‘tennising’ — an artistic technique that creates Jackson Pollock-style...

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The Law Lords are right to resist the government

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Lord Lloyd of Berwick says that the government’s emergency legislation to overturn their lordships’ ruling on witness anonymity is part of a ‘gradual usurpation’ of our...

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I was starstuck by David Cameron

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In the week of the Spectator Summer Party, Steven Berkoff recalls another of our celebrations at which he sought out the Tory leader and forgave his confusion of Brando and Dean...

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How to get stabbed: you, too, can be knifed in a public place

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Rod Liddle says that it helps to be aged between 14 and 30, white and male. Being drunk and argumentative speeds things along. And no public policy seems to dissuade those who...

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Cummins unstuck

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Sir: Rod Liddle (Liddle Britain, 28 June) is mistaken to suggest that only Guardian journalists objected to articles published in the Sunday Telegraph under the pseudonym Will...

Deeply exposed

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Sir: In his review (Books, 14 June) of my book, Forgotten Voices of the Secret War : An Inside History of Special Operations During the Second World War , Andro Linklater...

Unarmed and dangerous

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Sir: If Fraser Nelson’s insight (‘Very discretely, Cameron is writing his first Queen’s Speech’, 28 June) into what is being planned by the Conservatives is...

The point about Russia

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Sir: Charlotte Hobson (Books, 28 June) obviously does not know Russia very well and does not like it. She did not read Jonathan Dimbleby’s book with due attention as she fails...

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I blame those who worked with Brown, knew what he was really like, but stayed silent

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‘H ow the Guardianistas changed their tune,’ was the heading to a Sunday Times factbox published in the paper last weekend. The intention was to mock those Fleet Street...

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A gardener must be a philosopher but never an atheist

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S omebody asked: ‘How do you express your love of country in this leaden age? How do you sweep aside the multicultural poison and simply assert — “I am an English...

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Fading memories of the Raj in the tea gardens of Assam

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Richard Orange says the Indian tea industry is enjoying a revival — but that the traditional tea-planters’ way of life, established by the British, is passing into history...

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The market’s favourite scapegoat

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Christopher Fildes O h, dear, what a setback. The usual suspects have slipped through the net. They will have to be locked up in the Financial Services Authority’s waterside...

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Distinctions and likenesses

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Philip Hensher H ouSE oF W ITS : A N I NTIMATE P oRTRAIT oF THE J AMES F AMILY by Paul Fisher Little, Brown, £16.99, pp. 694, ISBN 9780316726573 ✆ £13.59 (plus £2.45 p&p)...

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Mad, bad and incompetent

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Justin Cartwright H ITLER ’ S E MPIRE by Mark Mazower Allen Lane, £30, pp.725, ISBN 9780713996814 ✆ £24 (plus 2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 A s we now know, the unimaginably...

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Waves of geniality

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D. J. Taylor G RUB S TREET I RREGULAR : S CENES FROM L ITERARY L IFE by Jeremy Lewis Harper Press, f20, pp. 330, ISBN 9780002559065 ✆ £16 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 N o...

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A keen sense of duty

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Leanda de Lisle B URGHLEY : W ILLIAM C ECIL AT THE C OURT OF E LIZABETH I by Stephen Alford Yale, £25, pp. 412, ISBN 9780300118964 ✆ £20 (plus 2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 W...

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All you need to know about Wales

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Byron Rogers T HE W ELSH A CADEMY E NCYCLOPAEDIA OF W ALES (E NGLISH V ERSION ) edited by John Davies, Nigel Jenkins, Menna Baines and Peredur Lynch University of Wales Press,...

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Getting to know the General

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Carey Schofield A C ASE OF E XPLODING MANGOES by Mohammed Hanif Cape, £12.99, pp. 297, ISBN 9780224082044 ✆ £10.39 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 O n 29 May 1989 Brigadier...

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A world elsewhere

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Henrietta Bredin visits Oslo’s new opera house and finds it impressive, both inside and out O slo is a small city, with a population of just over half a million, but it now...

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Distinctly lacklustre

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Andrew Lambirth Radical Light: Italy’s Divisionist Painters 1891–1910 National Gallery, until 7 September Sponsored by Credit Suisse D ivisionism is based on the scientific...

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What about the Iraqis?

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Lloyd Evans Black Watch Barbican Whatever Happened to Cotton Dress Girl New End Divas Apollo D isney does death. That’s how Black Watch looks to me. The hit show has arrived...

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Inspired and thrilling

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Michael Tanner Le nozze di Figaro Royal Opera House T he first night of the latest revival of the Royal Opera House’s Le nozze di Figaro I count among the dozen, or perhaps...

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Here be monsters

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Peter Hoskin The Mist 15, Nationwide A s any fan of Howard Hawks, George A. Romero or John Carpenter will know, it’s not the monsters outside your window that you should...

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Hitting the mark

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Marcus Berkmann I t seems hard to believe, but on 29 August Michael Jackson will be 50 years old. Maybe fortunately in this case, the music industry doesn’t really go a...

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Criminally good

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Simon Hoggart Y ears ago I was ‘political consultant’ on State of Play, the successful BBC drama serial that got very substantial ratings. It launched several acting...

Going for gold

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Taki ‘M y legs are leaden, my throat is dry and I feel slightly sick with anxiety. As I make my way towards the arena the roar of the crowd gets louder. One question keeps...

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Sober reflection

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Jeremy Clarke A n extraordinary email from theatre critic Mr Lloyd Evans arrived in my inbox last week. He’d written a play, it said, a two-hander, and one of the characters...

Garden shorts

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There can be no prouder boast amongst the garden-minded rich than “we got Tom Stuart-Smith to design our garden before he was famous”. Of course, when exactly he became...

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Outrage permitted

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Melissa Kite T he following events took place in a Lambeth Council parking shop just off Streatham High Road. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. This report...

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Male preserve

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Richard Sennett W at passes for summer is finally upon us in the British Isles. Between bouts of rain, we can finally inhale the sun-tan oil, note that last year’s swimsuit...

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Moving pictures

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John Torode watches his movie poster collection gain value I started collecting movie posters half a century ago. It was a nerdy and downmarket hobby for an ambitious East End...

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Sean left strict orders: if he was kidnapped, I was to be kept away from the region

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B eing muzzled is a very frustrating experience for a journalist. When the story broke last week that Sean Langan had been kidnapped in a remote region of Pakistan — he was...

Mind your language

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It was either Kung Fu Panda or Prince Caspian , so I took my nephew and niece to the latter. Aunts are only flesh and blood. A trailer for the Panda film featured him exclaiming...

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I f Gordon Brown really wants to make people start liking

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him, he could do a lot worse than turn to whoever’s giving mighty Andy Murray some advice these days. For what was obvious in that stunning, thrilling, epic, heart-pumping...

Q. I want to give a drinks party for 200

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friends. The alcohol is within my budget. Most of my friends are recovering alcoholics and the others are too old to binge drink, but I have been quoted £30 a head for food. I...

Q. Every year I take a house in Cornwall with

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a friend for the first week of the school holidays. We have to drive down all the bedding and all the necessary kitchen equipment and food to cater for about ten of us, to say...

Q. My boyfriend says he has no time to go

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to fancy dress shops yet we have two such parties looming. What should I do? F.W., Edinburgh A. In the old days men simply turned their shirts back to front and came as vicars....