The Spectator

2 December 2023 Aus

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Leading article Australia

The three i’s

Peter Dutton has committed his party to a return to government at the next election. This development is welcome. The…

Australian Features

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Elite universities loathe us

Our centres of higher learning can’t stand mainstream Australian values

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Saving capitalism

Let’s do it for the young ‘uns

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United Nations of hypocrites

Their shameful silence on Jewish women raped and murdered

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Woke anti-Semites

‘Progressive’ elites are fuelling an ancient hatred

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EV speed bump

Conspicuous conservation effect runs dry


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A choice of this year’s gift books

Sporting trivia, the language of cats and the comic genius of Barry Cryer feature among the best of the year’s stocking-fillers

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Britney Spears is back with a vengeance

After years of abuse and being reduced to the status of child-robot, the singer is back on track with soaring album sales and a smash-hit memoir

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What would life on Mars actually look like?

It would need more than 100 million people to make it viable for a start – living in airlocked, subterranean bases, producing food and oxygen in artificially-lit greenhouses

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A history of the onion leaves one crying for more

Mark Kurlansky’s treatment of a vegetable which was domesticated at least 7,000 years ago and on which the world’s cuisines depend feels rushed and inadequate

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How sport helped shape the British character

David Horspool connects different sports to our historical experience: cricket with class, golf with property rights, tennis with female emancipation and boxing with ethnicity

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When atonal music was original and exciting

Alexander Goehr, the sole survivor of the radical Manchester School of Music in the 1960s, describes turning pre-war European tradition into British cutting edge

Lead book review

The British Empire’s latest crime – to have ended the Enlightenment

Richard Whatmore sees trade and colonisation in the 19th century as the great threat to Enlightenment ideals, and British imperialism as an unremitting force of darkness