January

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January 2021

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Middle East

Biden’s Saudi problem

Can MbS do whatever he wants?

By Paul Wood

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International

Biden, Blinken and the Blob

The challenges facing the incoming president may demand more than a return to normalcy

By Andrew Bacevich

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The Dorothy option

A saint for our times

By Mary Kate Skehan

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International

Duterte Harry

The president of the Philippines makes Donald Trump look like Betty Crocker

By Francis Pike

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Pound rocks

Ezra Pound was a crank who would have been a perfect fit for the internet age

By James Harris

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Diary

I’ve been cambridged

I was not ready for lockdown. We are slowly going mad

By Dominic Green

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International

No to policing the world

Biden’s foreign policy is rooted in the mythology of the Cold War

By Matt Purple

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Politics

America’s Yeltsin moment

Trump was the mildest of corrections to the failures of post-Cold War liberalism

By Daniel McCarthy

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The thrill of fear

Human beings love being scared witless

By Mark Mason

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Europe

A honeymoon in Berlin

Younger Berliners seem to want their lives to look as austere as possible

By Lara Prendergast

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Spectator Editorial

Buckle up for Biden and the Blob

Under Biden, expect intoxicated self-righteousness to make a comeback

By The Editors

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Politics

Are we back in the Obama White House?

Biden, on or past the threshold of senility, is the embodiment of that pajama-boy spirit of fragile futility

By Roger Kimball

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Politics

The family gap

Beneath the mask of American discontent

By Mary Eberstadt

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Internet

End game: the blurring line between fantasy sports and the real thing

Many new-age fans don’t follow teams in the traditional way; they follow the players themselves

By Tim Wigmore

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Love island

Island Dreams: Mapping an Obsession by Gavin Francis reviewed

By Philip Marsden

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Politics

Elvis and Nixon, the odd couple

The day the president met the King

By Christopher Sandford

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Politics

The never-ending smugness of the NeverTrumpers

They knew they were right even when they were wrong

By Douglas Murray

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Politics

Am I a cuck?

I’m falling out with my friend over the election fraud nonsense

By Toby Young

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Books + Arts

Book Review

Epic of gossip

The Lives of Lucian Freud: Fame 1968-2011 by William Feaver reviewed

By Craig Raine

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Music

The king is dead

It’s like rock ’n’ roll never happened

By John Waters

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Books

Kurt Vonnegut: atheist, socialist, trad

Vonnegut did plenty to offend the conservative Christian sensibilities that characterized my educational institutions

By Grayson Quay

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Music

Lullaby in Birdland

Life is still a cabaret

By Madeleine Kearns

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Art

Peake practice

An artist with the soul of a pirate

By Daisy Dunn

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Television

Heroine problem

Female antiheroines — at last

By Katrina Gulliver

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Books

Wish you were there

On the joys of armchair travel

By Hugh Thomson

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Books

The man who hunted himself

Graham Greene needed peace of mind and escapist thrills

By Nicholas Shakespeare

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Television

Hungry like the rabbit

Eighty years ago, Bugs Bunny first launched himself on an unsuspecting Elmer J. Fudd

By James Panero

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Television

Pawn show

The Queen’s Gambit overcomes its hackneyed ‘girl power’ message

By James Delingpole

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Books

Dead letters

The Battle of the Classics: How a Nineteenth-Century Debate Can Save the Humanities Today by Eric Adler reviewed

By William S. Smith

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Life

Woke LIfe

My advice for Kamala, America’s first trans president

We need to make it easier for parents to transition their children. The sooner the better

By Godfrey Elfwick

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Low Life

French tag sales are good for my mental health

It is refreshing and enlivening to be among the poor for a change

By Jeremy Clarke

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Ask Jeeves: who first came out with ‘What ho’?

In 1899, the music-hall song ‘What ho! She bumps!’, with words by Harry Castling, was a hit

By Dot Wordsworth

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A novel ending

A great, even a good, novel has somehow the whole world in it, or even worlds

By Chilton Williamson, Jr.

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The perks of a long life

There are children alive today whose offspring might possibly see the 23rd century

By Robert Gray

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Vote with your feet

The warped politics of asking your guests to remove their shoes

By Chadwick Moore

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High Life

Trump supporters never stood a chance

Has anyone on the left heard of ‘magnanimity’?

By Taki

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Place

Place

Don’t sweat it

At one time there were 900 bathhouses in Rome alone

By James Panero

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Place

Magic mountain

Like most places in Switzerland, Davos is clean, tidy and full of prosperous, contented people

By William Cook

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Food + Drink

Food

Dutch treat

The pride of Pennsylvania

By Mary Kate Skehan

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Food

Hors sense

On the beauty of bite-sized

By Jane Stannus

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Drink

Alpha seltzer: why do Trump bros love White Claw?

The enemies of manhood – liberal male bloggers – have yet to discover what they would call spiked seltzer’s fascism problem

By Chadwick Moore

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