The Spectator

22 July 2017 Aus

Freeze out the bedwetters

Australia

Leading article Australia

Freeze out the bedwetters

The next federal election is a shoo-in for the Coalition. This statement may appear counter-intuitive, but is nonetheless true. The…

Diary Australia

Myanmar diary

From time to time, a political leader embodies the past, present and future of their nation. Such is Aung San…

Guest Notes

Life and death notes

Few sensible people who have ever looked at a map would dispute that we are a bit physically isolated down…

Australian Features

Features Australia

Batteries fail to spark

Elon Musk is such a good salesman that, despite formidable and blindingly obvious problems, he has managed to convince everyone…

Features Australia

Ideological evasion

Malcolm Turnbull’s speech to London think tank Policy Exchange on 11 July provided an insight into his government’s ideology, and…

Features Australia

Tony, Donald and the X Factor

Ernst Bertram’s study Nietzsche: Versuch einer Mythologie was published in 1918, but its first English translation, under the subtitle Attempt…

Features Australia

Business/Robbery etc

July is a wonderful month, blessed by federal parliament not sitting and so temporarily depriving the Turnbull government of opportunities…

Features Australia

Economical with… free speech

The Spycatcher trial established Malcolm Turnbull’s reputation at the time as a brilliant champion of free speech. Personally, reviewing a…

Australian Columnists

Brown Study

Brown study

It looks as if Australia is going well in its campaign to win a seat on the United Nations Human…

Consider This

Consider this…

An American in Paris Donald Trump has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Bravo. The remainder, the 146…

Culture Buff

Grace Cossington Smith, The bridge in building 1929

The viewer could treat this exhibition as an exercise in ‘compare and contrast’, or follow my preference and simply enjoy…

Features

Notebook

Amsterdam Notebook

When my husband and I arrived in our adored Amsterdam on a sun-drenched schoolday afternoon — less than an hour…

The land of lost content – best seen on horseback

Notes on...

Shropshire

I found the land of lost content last week, west of the Clee Hills in the Shropshire Housman wrote about,…

Features

Test of time

I first walked into the Oval as a small boy in the early 1950s. My family home was in Brixton,…

Features

Deus ex machina

Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook could be to its users what churches are to congregations: it could help them feel…

Features

Must Colston fall?

Edward Colston, mega-rich philanthropist around the year 1700, is the nearest thing Bristol has to a patron saint. The largest…

Features

It’s got to be perfect

When I order a cup of tea in Costa, the barista says: ‘Perfect!’ I ask for tap water in a…

Features

Poor conduct

Last weekend Daniel Barenboim brought the Staatskapelle Berlin to perform at the BBC Proms for a cycle of Elgar’s symphonies.…

Features

Kids Company faces the music

It was surreal to sit in the Donmar Warehouse and watch Committee, a musical based on the investigation into the…

Features

Madness in the Med

Humanitarian efforts are creating an even greater migrant crisis

The Week

Leading article

Let May govern

It used to be said that loyalty was the Conservatives’ secret weapon. While other parties might descend into internecine warfare,…

Letters

Australian letters

Stats 101 Sir: Jeremy Sammut’s discussion (July 15) of Tim Soutphommasane’s argument that “equality of opportunity is a myth in…

Portrait of the week

Portrait of the week

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, told MPs before the summer recess: ‘No backbiting, no carping. The choice is me…

Diary

Edward VIII abdicated with less fuss than Kirstie Allsopp left Twitter

Also in Jan Moir’s diary: why do my editors keep sending me for colonic irrigation?

Columnists

Any other business

Bending London’s listing rules to win Saudi favour smacks of desperation

Now here’s a tricky question. The world’s largest oil company, potentially worth six times as much as ExxonMobil and ten…

Matthew Parris

Dear Leavebugs, it’s time to admit your mistake

‘Brexit,’ says my friend David Aaronovitch, ‘is dying.’ We Remainer irreconcilables certainly hope so. But there’s a slim chance the…

Rod Liddle

My fears about the new ‘extremism commission’

The Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi was once invited to speak in this country — and the row which developed…

The Spectator's Notes

The Spectator’s notes

We went to the first night of the Proms last week. Thinking it was all over, we left the auditorium…

James Forsyth

Politics

The Tories need a ‘what’ as much as a ‘who’

Theresa May has made it to the summer. In the aftermath of the election, Downing Street’s immediate aim was to…

Books

Timothy Leary — apostle of acid and, according to Richard Nixon, ‘the most dangerous man in America’

Lead book review

A strange vibration

Among the many curiosities revealed in this book, few are more startling than the fact that at the height of…

Books

Playing Stalin for laughs

Christopher Wilson’s new novel is much easier to enjoy than to categorise. And ‘enjoy’ is definitely the right word, even…

Books

The new age of the refugee

After years of estrangement in a foreign land, what can immigrants expect to find on their return home? The remembered…

Books

By Patten or design?

My old friend Richard Ingrams was said always to write The Spectator’s television reviews sitting in the next-door room to…

Was the artist of Lascaux just desperate for peace?

Books

Something in the water

‘It was a shock, and an epiphany,’ says Fiona Sampson, to realise that many of her favourite places were built…

William Joyce — better known as Lord Haw-Haw: an ideological enthusiast for fascism

Books

The infamous four

Most books about British traitors feature those who spied for Russia before and during the Cold War, making it easy…

Books

The cold grip of fear

A screenwriter sits in a lovely rented house somewhere up an Alp in early December. The air is clear, the…

Books

A choice of short stories

It can’t be easy to switch between editing others people’s fiction and writing your own: how do you suspend that…

Arts

Arts feature

Ivory towers

Great novels rarely make great movies, but for half a century one director has been showing all the others how…

Cinema

Visual, visceral, confusing

Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk has already been described as ‘a masterpiece’ and ‘a glorious, breathtakingly vivid triumph’, but we need to…

‘Old Woman Wearing a Ruff and Cap’ (c. 1625–40), attributed to Jacob Jordaens

Exhibitions

A game for two

Some art can be made in solitude, straight out of the artist’s head. But portraiture is a game for two.…

Radio

The joy of the Proms

Summer nights, hot and humid, mean just one thing — it’s Proms season again. Sore feet, sweaty armpits, queuing outside…

Television

Dethroned by feminism

I’m a bit worried about Game of Thrones (Sky Atlantic). Not seriously worried: there’s too much money invested, too much…

Music

Hadyn recreated

‘Rarely, rarely, comest thou, Spirit of Delight!’ wrote Elgar, quoting Shelley, at the top of his Second Symphony. He should…

Opera

New kid on the block

The new Grange Park Opera at Horsley is amazing, as everyone who visits it must agree. In less than a…

Pop

A genuine oddity

The most compelling pop singers in music right now — at least in the branch where pop singers still play…

Theatre

Out of sorts at the RSC

The RSC’s summer blockbuster is about Queen Anne. It’s called Queen Anne. It opens at the Inns of Court where…

Life

Crossword

2319: Poem III

Unclued lights are words from a famous poem whose title will appear in the completed grid and must be shaded.…

Crossword solution

No. 2316: Divine alteration

Redundant words were 12A virgin, 16A crazy, 38A mammal, 18D state, 21D greed, 25D tendon, 34D extremist. These respectively defined…

Dear Mary

Dear Mary

Q. Last summer a friend of my brother-in-law’s house-sat for us while we were in Greece for a week. We…

Food

Salt-beef delirium

Katz’s Delicatessen, established 1888, is a theme park of Jewish-American food, with tribute gift shop, on the lower east side…

Low life

Low life

Valencia was a furnace. During the short ride from the airport, the taxi driver supplemented his chat about the weather…

Mind your language

Support

The Foreword didn’t bode well. This was on the first page of The Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices. It…

Real life

Real life

Two months after I cancelled Sky, a strange letter arrived in the post. ‘We are writing to you because we…

Spectator sport

Rog apart, Wimbledon 2017 was a disgrace

For obvious reasons this column always welcomes ‘King Roger Rules The World’ headlines on the back pages. And the front…

Status anxiety

Winter is nearly here – bring on the body count

As a Game of Thrones fan, I feel ambivalent about the fact that the saga is finally wending its way…

The turf

The turf

A woman I once encountered at the dining table whose prime years were clearly behind her described herself as ‘approaching…

Bridge

Bridge

The first week of July is heaven for those of us who don’t normally hear the words ‘bridge’ and ‘holiday’…

Chess

New in chess

New in Chess is one of the world’s leading chess magazines. At one time or another, every contemporary champion and…

Chess puzzle

no. 466

White to play. This position is from Quparadze-Uzunoglu, Cesme 2017. Black is hoping for counterplay on the a1-h8 diagonal but…

Competition

Cat call

In Competition No. 3007 you were invited to submit a poem about Larry, the Downing Street cat. Larry came to…