The Spectator

27 May 2017 Aus

The known wolf

Australia

Leading article Australia

Muslim grievances

The suicide bombing at Manchester Arena should remind us that in the coming discussions about the perpetrators and what motivated…

Diary Australia

Moroccan diary

‘I will call this a KKK meeting’, he announced, triumphantly. Perhaps seeing my bewilderment, my garrulous Moroccan host pointed to…

Guest Notes

Saudi notes

The sight of President Trump dancing the Ardah at the Arab Islamic American Summit is like a splash of icy…

Guest Notes

Jihadi notes

Why the West is lost The shimmering mirage of an enlightened age across the West is shattered now, and it…

Australian Features

Features Australia

Who put the cult into multiculturalism?

A British General of the Raj, told that suttee was an Indian custom, replied: ‘We have a custom too. When…

Features Australia

Obamacare, Trumpcare… Mediscare?

In his joint press conference with Malcolm Turnbull in New York this month, Donald Trump said that Australia has ‘better…

Features Australia

Green power fantasies

The cool phrases among the proponents of green electricity are ‘distributed networks’ and ‘micro networks’ which, we are told, will…

Features Australia

Back to basics

At the end of law school you undertake ‘practical legal training’ to develop the essential skills of advocacy our adversarial…

Features Australia

Holy Land Diary

Last week, I was in Tel Aviv, to receive an honorary doctorate. The official party entered to the strains of…

Australian Books

Books Australia

Revolving doors

There is a curious twist in the montage on the cover of Rodney Tiffen’s Disposable Leaders; a detailed treatise on…

Australian Columnists

Consider This

Consider this…

Shorten looks Left What was Malcolm to do? Wait for the end of days to have any deficit reduction measures…

Culture Buff

Vanessa Downing and Geoff Morrell in Black is the New White

I should have written about this play earlier; it is on now at the Sydney Theatre Company Wharf 1. Black…

Features

A vine romance: now with added sparkle

Notes on...

Kentish wine

As a wine bore, holidays abroad are a battle with the family to cram in as many vineyard visits as…

Features

The known wolf

The meeting place of the two worlds could not have been more sharply defined. In Manchester Arena, thousands of young…

Features

Boats, goats and landslides

J.L. Carr’s classic novel How Steeple Sinderby Wanderers Won the FA Cup (1975) contains a character named Arthur Fangfoss. Mr…

Features

A war on joy

When the pictures of the dead came in, it was hard to take, even from a distance. There was Georgina…

Features

Holding court

A hundred years after the Russian revolution, Russia has a tsar and a court. Proximity to Putin is the key…

Features

All hail Pence!

 Washington Day 1: The New York Times reveals that President Trump offered FBI director James Comey a 25 per cent…

Features

First class

On the Today programme a month ago, Education Secretary Justine Greening was asked whether she could name any ‘respected figure…

The Week

Leading article

Tackling terror

Until last week, it was thought that the jihadi threat was subsiding and the security services were increasingly able to…

Letters

Australian letters

Double whammy Sir: David Flint complains about the way the media treats right-wing leaders (‘Worth losing the base?’, 20 May)…

Diary

Diary

The chances of my 20-year-old student son being at an Ariana Grande concert on a Monday night were, my head…

Portrait of the week

Portrait of the week

Home  Twenty-two people were killed and 59 wounded by a man who blew himself up, with a bomb containing metal…

Columnists

Any other business

We’d all like to see Fred on the hook but RBS investors will be wiser to settle

‘Fred Goodwin off the hook again,’ declared the Scottish Daily Record. That neatly summed up one strand of sentiment behind…

Mary Wakefield

Why do nurses quit? Because they care

Sometimes, on Sundays, I visit Richard, a friend who’s 95 and lives alone. The idea originally was that I’d be…

Matthew Parris

A dementia tax would be a euthanasia bonus

Had Theresa May not on Monday summarily abandoned her manifesto threat to raid the savings of those who end up…

Politics

Will Theresa May ever resist a backlash?

Elections matter. They are fundamental to our way of life. So, while it is appropriate that the campaigns stopped on…

Rod Liddle

This is the worst Tory campaign ever

I am trying to remember if there was ever a worse Conservative election campaign than this current dog’s breakfast —…

The Spectator's Notes

The Spectator’s notes

In most parts of the world, we have now supped so full of terrorist horrors that the death of 22…

Books

Books

A gruesome retelling

‘A shudder in the loins engenders there/ The broken wall, the burning roof and tower/ And Agamemnon dead’ intoned W.B.…

Books

Moments of absurdity

The bestselling humourist and New Yorker essayist David Sedaris is renowned for an almost hypnotic deadpan drollery and maybe especially…

Books

Homer Simpson in a chasuble

This is one of the most remarkable, hilarious, jaw-droppingly candid and affecting memoirs I have read for some time —…

Books

The war in the shadows

I once spent an evening, back in the mid-1980s, with William Colby, the legendary spy and director of the CIA.…

Palmyra was one of the ancient world’s great entrepots, trading in myrrh, incense, ivory, pearls and silk

Books

The ruin of a ruin

In the welter of Syrian bloodshed, why should we remember the death of a single man? Because he was the…

‘Return of the Staghunt’ by Edwin Landseer, 1837 (from Highland Retreats)

Books

Home from the hill

As well as being a leading architectural historian Mary Miers is an editor at Country Life. For her latest book…

Books

Cold comfort

All animals, Scott Carney tells us, seek comfort. But human beings are a bit different. We don’t need to spend…

Maxwell Knight with his favourite pet, Goo the cuckoo

Books

Perfect, gentle Knight

I once asked Baroness Manningham-Buller, the former head of MI5, what she did to relax. Nailing me to the wall…

The 80-year-old queen is caricatured in the French satirical magazine Le Rire, greeting her nephew the Kaiser (December 1899)

Books

Forty years of comfort-eating

In 2015 a pair of linen drawers belonging to Queen Victoria sold at auction for over £12,000. In old age…

Books

The last great pandemic

The symptoms of the Spanish flu could be ghastly. Perhaps Laura Spinney should have chosen her title with more care…

Portrait of Hans Sloane by Stephen Slaughter (1736)

Books

The fount of all knowledge

Somewhere around the middle of the 17th century our modern concept of the museum began to take shape. Until then…

Arts

A ragbag of pointless subplots: Geoffrey Rush and Javier Bardem in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Cinema

When will I ever learn?

Oh, Pirates of the Caribbean, I have given you every chance down the years. Every chance. I am always hopeful.…

‘Man Pointing’, 1947, by Alberto Giacometti

Exhibitions

Being and nothingness

Size, of course, matters a great deal in art; so does scale — which is a different matter. The art…

Music

Around the horn

The concert began with a flourish and a honk. Well, of course it did. Telemann wrote his last Ouverture-Suite in…

Master of dramatic interplay: Jack Rosenthal in 1962

Radio

Crime and punishment

‘Hell is better than what I personally witnessed,’ says Ben Ferencz, who was one of the American troops sent in…

Television

The great rock’n’roll swindles

Birds have been giving me a lot of grief of late. There’s Tappy — the blue tit who has built…

The Heckler

PWR BTTM: Pageant

How about some queercore garage punk? PWR BTTM — the name means something empowering to do with buggery — are…

The finest Wotan around: Latvian bass-baritone Egils Silins

Music

Period drama

Harpsichordists are supposed to make love, not war: Sir Thomas Beecham famously compared the sound they make to ‘two skeletons…

Opera

Death wish

Anyone who thinks they have experienced absolute boredom, or even doubts that such a state can exist, should go to…

Theatre

Sado-erotic review

The Olivier describes Salomé by Yaël Farber as a ‘new’ play. Not quite. It premièred in Washington a couple of…

Arts feature

Making waves

Hokusai wanted to paint everything, says Laura Freeman, and at 70 he was only just beginning

Life

Bridge

Bridge

The last days of May see all the ongoing tournaments coming to an end: both TGR’s and Young Chelsea’s Super…

Chess

Thoroughly modern

In 1972, in collaboration with George Botterill, two-times British champion, I published a revolutionary book on 1 … g6 which…

Chess puzzle

No. 548

Black to play. This position is from Arnason-Keene, London 1981. This position also arose from a Modern Defence. How did…

Competition

A bad lot

In Competition No. 2999 you were invited to supply a poem which takes as its first line W.S. Gilbert’s ‘A policeman’s…

Crossword

2311: Keith II

The unclued lights, (two of two words), are of a kind. Chambers does not give the solution at 12 Across.…

Crossword solution

Solution to 2308: Landmark

Solution to 2308: Landmark This puzzle was Doc’s 600th to be published in this series. The unclued lights are two-word…

Dear Mary

Dear Mary

Q. Re getting away from bores at drinks parties (Dear Mary, 20 May). I take issue with the idea that…

Food

Food

Pollen Street Social lives in a Georgian house on Pollen Street, Mayfair, a narrow curve between Hanover Street and Maddox…

High life

High Life

New York   Although both guilt and innocence fascinate me, I’m not so sure that there is such a thing…

Low life

Low life

‘Jeremy, I want you to sit here next to me — unless you’re frightened of me?’ We were briefly introduced…

Mind your language

Goof

Susie Dent has been trying to make us love Americanisms on Radio 4. Now Miss Dent knows far more about…

Real life

Real life

After spending the day unblocking the gutters and drains in the pouring rain, he wasn’t in the mood for a…

Spectator sport

Metal fatigue in the golden generation

Not a bad week for Roger Federer then: first pootling along being cool and rich in a morning suit at…

Status anxiety

Fraternity, solidarity and the spirit of 1945

My father worked as a fire warden during the Blitz, trying to contain the damage done by the Luftwaffe, and…

The turf

The turf

Most racehorse trainers, those at least who didn’t have a legacy from Aunt Agatha to lubricate their way into the…