2 July 2005
The Spectator was established in 1828, and is the oldest continuously published magazine in the
English language. The Spectator’s taste for controversy, however, remains undiminished. There is no
party line to which The Spectator’s writers are bound - originality of thought and elegance of expression are the
sole editorial constraints.
The trial issue contains a “Thought Crime Special” with articles from Melanie Phillips,
“I think, therefore I’m guilty”; Christopher Booker writes about
“Scientists in hiding; the demonisation of academics who question the consensus”; Alan Rusbridger explores
“How to stifle the press” and how England’s libel laws make it easy.
UK politics come under scrutiny from
James Forsyth, Brendan O’Neill ponders if teenagers could ever be
“Drunk and orderly”; while
Tom Hollander writes his diary and
James Delingpole says
eat local organic food if you like, but don’t kid yourself that it’s ‘green’.
The Spectator’s regular arts coverage includes
1. Cover story: Where’s Boris?
Tory MPs who bumped into Boris in the Commons this week found him defeated, dejected and dismayed at the mess created by his Internal Market Bill. And they’re asking – as so many are – what happened? Not just this week, but in general. Where is the confident, astute, morale-raising leader they thought they’d elected? Fraser Nelson writes about the need for grip.
2. Clans of Sweden: the new face of Scandi crime
Having seen off the virus, Swedish politics is returning to normal – which means outgrage over immigrant criminal gangs. The deputy police chief last week admitted that there are 40 family-based criminal networks – or “clans” – who come to Sweden “solely for the purpose of organising and systemising crime.” Paulina Neudling reports from Stockholm.
3. The autumn of Covid discontent, by James Forsyth
‘It is going to be a long, hard autumn,’ warns one minister. The good news is that the government is better prepared for a second wave, with an early warning system in place. The bad news, according to one person in No. 10, is that the alarms are going off.
4. Are failing care homes responsible for Covid deaths?
Sarah Whitebloom asks just how many institutions were unsafe, even before the pandemic hit – and whether these basic failings will have led to more Covid deaths. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) doesn’t appear to want to give an answer.
5. Tanya Gold on Netflix’s “Cuties”
The film's greatest critics fail to recognise that it is a projection of their own terrors. And if cinema is not there to challenge us, what is it there for?