7 JULY 2007

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Hearts and minds

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‘Among all criminals and murderers, the most dangerous type is the criminal physician. So said Dr Miklos Nyiszli, a Jewish prisoner at Auschwitz who acted as pathologist to...

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EMILY MAITLIS Washington High tea with George Bush

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EMILY MAITLIS Washington High tea with George Bush in the Oval Office. Polite but tough questioning on my book. He tells me how much he's enjoyed reading it. Next stop, the...

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Don't mention the war on terror even if we're winning it

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FRASER NELSON The war on terror is over — or at least has been purged from the vocabulary of Gordon Brown's government. The phrase, he has decided, will never be mentioned by...

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The Spectator's Notes

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CHARLES MOORE 1 t is not possible to speak of a terrorist incident as being a good thing, but if it were, these latest would qualify. First, no innocent person was killed in...

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Diary of a Notting Hill Nobody

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By Tamzin Lightwater MONDAY Could do without the sort of nonsense I had to deal with this evening. Phone rang in middle of the big announcement and the operator said: 'Call from...

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The public know how these attacks happen — unlike the politicians

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Rod Liddle says that the car-bomb plot was the predictable consequence of multiculturalism, lax immigration, mad human rights laws and neocon aggression. Shame the government...

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We are up against 20 years of planning

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Saira Khan recalls the moment she met relatives in the hijab for the first time and one of them told her: 'We are not British, we are Muslim' 1 n July 1989 I had an experience...

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Mind your language

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'What's this?' exclaimed my husband as we came round the corner between the Foreign Office and the Treasury on the edge of St James's Park. It was the memorial to the 202 people...

Jihad amid the dreaming spires

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Alex Lewis investigates claims that the Islamists are recruiting at Oxford University and talks to the exiled Omar Bakri who happily confirms his fears The chaos and fear...

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For the Islamist doctor, terror is healing

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Stephen Schwartz and Irfan Al-Alawi say that radical Islam is less the product of extreme deprivation than of the thwarted aspirations of the Muslim middle classes and...

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Ancient & modern

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Grammar schools? Comps? Sec. mods? City academies? Faith schools? Selection by race? Background? Locality? The argument about education is now, in fact, an argument about the...

Live Earth is Al Gore's campaign launch

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The eco-concert is the apogee of Gore's reinvention as a nonpolitician celebrity, says James Forsyth. But this advantage would evaporate if he were to re-enter conventional...

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A letter from Planet Fayed

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Katharine Witty In 1986 a BBC producer approached Mohamed Al Fayed and asked him to contribute to a programme called The Uncrowned Jewels. Mr Al Fayed had recently acquired...

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Please can we have our Enlightenment back?

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Hyvvel Williams says the faddish atheism of Hitchens and Dawkins is a subplot of the war on terror that misrepresents the true spiritual context of the 18th-century...

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Sir: What is this 'Brown bounce?' There would be no bounce at all if our media had not reverted to their favoured toecap-kissing mode. When Tony Blair came to office ten years...

Relative failure

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Sir: Andrew Neil is right to identify the Broken Society (Memo to Brown', 30 June) as a crucial area for politicians to address, but any success will depend upon an accurate...

Palestine chose war

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Sir: Mr. Blunt leaves the Conservative Middle East Council looking like it is chaired by a guy who — like his traitorous namesake — has defected from reality in favour of a...

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No dissent

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Sir: Jonathan Sumption, in his review of Andrew Marr's A History of Modem Britain (Books, 30 June), identifies an important historical development when he points out that only a...

Cross reference

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Sir: Is it possible gently to demonstrate to your Mr Hugo Rifkind the difference between a cross and a crucifix (Shared opinion, 30 June)? Roderick Adams Eskbank, Midlothian

Explosive issue

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Sir: You will be tempted to commission another exhibition of panicked paranoia from Melanie Phillips or another hysterical hackette (Gaza is another front in Iran's war on the...

Wilcipedically correct

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Sir: Christopher Howse (Books, 23 June) is quite right in his conclusion about Wikipedia that it is a 'useful tool, if used with judgment'. As a regular user of, and occasional...

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The 'underclass' is a consequence of social mobility's success, not of its decline

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MATTHEW PARRIS From John Humphrys on the Today programme to leading articles in quality newspapers to anxious speeches by politicians, the growing gap between the poorest in...

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What is the most important thing about London? Trees

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PAUL JOHNSON AMasterCard survey shows that London is now the most important and efficient city in the world — financially that is — and another reveals it is also the most...

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One day, the dollar will no longer be almighty

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Subitha Subramaniam and Guy Monson say the economic version of Pax Americana has brought extraordinary global benefits but is already sowing the seeds of its own demise At the...

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Smoking ban causes brewers' droop

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Matthew Vincent An Englishman, an Irishman and a Scotsman walk into a pub. The Englishman turns to the others and says, 'What's that awful smell?' Och,' says the Scotsman, 'ft...

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Global championship heads for a ladies' final

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Margareta Pagano foresees a tussle between Clara Furse of London and Cathy Kinney of New York and Paris n 20 July, one of America's most influential businesswomen, Cathy Kinney,...

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Argentina has what the world wants and may soon have a woman in charge

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JONATHAN DAVIS IN BUENOS AIRES 1 n Washington, the campaign to put another Clinton in the White House is well underway. In Argentina, the next president could also be the wife...

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The biography of a soul

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Sam Leith BEING SHELLEY by Ann Wroe Cape, £25, pp. 452, ISBN 9780224080781 © £20 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 This is a book that really ought not to work. Being Shelley is...

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The good ended happily

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Charlotte Moore CONSEQUENCES by Penelope Lively Fig Tree, £16.99, pp. 320, ISBN 9780670915835 £13.59 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 The most difficult task for a novelist is to...

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Protesting too much

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Edward Norman GOD IS NOT GREAT by Christopher Hitchins Atlantic Books, £17.99, pp. 307, ISBN 97818435866 © £1439 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 Christopher Hitchins writes with...

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The birth of structuralism

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Marcus Berkmann THE ARTIST AND THE MATHEMATICIAN by Amir D. Aczel _High Stakes Publishing, £9.99, pp. 239, ISBN 9781843440345 © £7.99 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 f all the...

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Boom and bust in Sarawak

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Christopher Esher SYLVIA, QUEEN OF THE HEADHUNTERS by Philip Eade Weidenfeld, £20, pp. 408, ISBN 9780297847885 £16 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 n stage at Wyndham's Theatre...

A beastly upbringing

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Harriet Waugh MINOTAUR IN LOVE by Fraser Harrison Flambard Press, £8.99, pp. 256, ISBN 9781873226896 © £7.19 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 Minotaur in Love is Fraser Harrison's...

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The price of defeat

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Edward Harrison AFTER THE REICH by Giles MacDonogh John Murray, £25, pp. 618, ISBN 9780719567704 © £20 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 This substantial and fascinating book looks...

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The commonsense approach

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Anthony Daniels BETTER: A SURGEON'S NOTES ON PERFORMANCE by Atul Gawande Profile, £12.99, pp. 273, ISBN 9781861978974 © £1039 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 Medical advance has...

Two cheers are quite enough

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Vernon Bogdanor WHAT DEMOCRACY IS FOR: ON FREEDOM AND MORAL GOVERNMENT by Stein Ringen Princeton, £26.95, pp. 319, ISBN 9780691129846 £21.95 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655 The...

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Interest still accruing

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Galsworthy is one of those writers who obstinately survives. Critical opinion wrote him off long ago. His plays are rarely staged. Most of his novels have sunk below the...

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The 'transvestite potter from Essex'

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Ariane Bankes talks to Grayson Perry about his work and the judging of the Koestler Awards Iwas intrigued to meet Grayson Perry — who wouldn't be? I hadn't known his work before...

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Gloom and sparkle

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Andrew Lambirth How We Are: Photographing Britain Tate Britain, until 2 September Albert Goodwin RWS & Summer Show Chris Beetles, 8 & 10 Ryder Street, SW1, until 31 July s we...

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Cry freedom

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Deborah Ross Edmond 18, Key Cities -E'dmond Burke (William H. Macy) is 4 I ' middle-aged, middle-American, dully employed, dully married. One evening, on his way home from work,...

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Huge mistake

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Michael Tanner Kismet Coliseum Falstaff Grange Park T thought I was unembarrassable, at any 1 rate with the lights out. ENO's production of Kismet has proved me wrong. I sat...

Bourgeoisie bashing

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Lloyd Evans The Pain and the Itch Royal Court Small Miracle Tricycle The Last Confession Haymarket Class warfare is at its most vicious and exhilarating when it occurs within...

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Absolute blast

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Charles Spencer My computer gave up the ghost last week. I bought it in 1999 and in recent months it has felt a bit like one of those clapped-out spaceships in Dr Who, held...

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Celebrating Stoppard

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Kate Chisholm Strange to think of Tom Stoppard attaining three score years and ten. It seems a mere nanosecond since we were first dazzled by his disturbing take on Shakespeare,...

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Insider dealing

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Simon Hoggart ITt's a commonplace these days for satirists their fans to claim that they have an unnerving ability to know how politicians work behind the scenes. 'Someone from...

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Much missed

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Robin Oakley We had been through so much together. Racing not just on the domestic scene but also in Melbourne, Mauritius and Maisons-Lafitte. Together over 15 years we had been...

Favourite dates

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Taki To the Carlton Club for an oversubscribed dinner moderated by Michael Binyon with Liam Fox and yours truly speaking about the Middle East. When my turn came I shyly pointed...

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Down and out

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Jeremy Clarke T open my eyes. It's morning. I'm lying 1 on a sofa in a sitting-room I don't recognise. This'll have to stop. Apart from anything else, it's getting boring. I'm...

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Class conflict

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Roy Hattersley The garden which came with the house was far too small. Buster — clearly a martyr to claustrophobia — regularly burst through the hedge into what used to be The...

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DEBORAH ROSS friends and I have a restaurant booking in town but cannot get to it as it's the day after the car bomb so the West End is all roped off. I did try shouting, 'Let...

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Snuff is enough

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James Delingpole finds a solution to the anti-smoking law And this one's known as Badger's Armpit, for reasons which will become readily apparent. For the first-time user I'd...

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The beerage

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Jonathan Ray rounds up the boys in brew Keystone Brewery in Berwick St Leonard, Wiltshire, is small but perfectly formed. Founded last year by Alasdair Large — late of the Royal...

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Taken for a ride

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My teenage daughter and I, who have been riding since we could walk, decided the time had come to convert the two menfolk in our family to the joys of the saddle. We hoped a...

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Pole position

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FRANK KEATING Whatever the rival domestic attractions over the 12 months, the defining spectacular of Britain's sporting year could well be revealed in a field in...

Dear Maly Q. Everyone over 40 in my office has bee

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Dear Maly Q. Everyone over 40 in my office has been let go. I assume I have been spared the axe because Human Resources has never had a record of my date of birth. Now a...