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The Spectator

24 February 2024 Aus

Naval gazing

What’s on Labor’s defence shopping list?

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Watchdog consumers

The news that Brad Banducci is stepping down as CEO of supermarket giant Woolworths is to be warmly welcomed. This…

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Faint heart never won fair lady

How Peter Dutton can win the next election

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Forget Aquarius

This is the Age of Incompetence

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Naval gazing

What’s on Labor’s defence shopping list?

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Real climate science

Two reports you won’t read anywhere else

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Keeping up with the neighbours

The world’s largest democracy has a new leader

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China’s economic handicap

The Communist party’s self-interest blocks needed fixes

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Albo the lethal lorelei

The saga of Labor’s border farce continues

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Jury’s verdict against republic referendum

Ironic that thanks are due to Anthony Albanese

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The tragedy of Blackpool

It’s mid-afternoon in the Royal Oak pub in Blackpool and Liv has arrived to sell a bag full of stuff…

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Why Britain stopped working

What sent the economy into recession at the end of last year? The government blames higher interest rates, ushered in…

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Putin’s British prisoner: Vladimir Kara-Murza is languishing in a Siberian jail

Opposing Vladimir Putin is a lethal business. The world was reminded of this last week after the sudden death of…

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The fight to save an ancient City synagogue from developers

There was a little number, 223, pasted onto the back of one of the centuries-old wooden seats in Bevis Marks…

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The complexities of our colonial legacy

Weighing the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ effects of British imperialism is a futile exercise, says Sathnam Sanghera. But he comes perilously close to doing just that

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Sisterly duty: The Painter’s Daughters, by Emily Howes, reviewed

In a celebrated portrait of his daughters, Thomas Gainsborough shows the older child protecting her sister from harm. The roles would be dramatically reversed in later life

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Wishful thinking: Leaving, by Roxana Robinson, reviewed

Two former college sweethearts meet by chance in their sixties and fall in love again. But the trouble it causes makes a happy ending impossible

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The English were never an overtly religious lot

Undeterred, Peter Ackroyd takes us on a breezy tour of the nation’s religious history, from the Venerable Bede to the present

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Will Keir Starmer ever learn to loosen up?

The Labour leader comes across as compassionate and hard-working, but so ill at ease in front of the cameras that even his close friends fail to recognise him

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There was nothing remotely pleasant about a peasant’s existence

Focusing on Ireland and his own peasant heritage, Patrick Joyce laments the passing of a distinctive way of life. But the world his parents left behind was truly horrible