This month 6 If I ruled the world

8 Recommends 12 Letters

Contents February 2015

Features 26 How can Cameron win?

Arts & books 68 The ladder of opportunity

,70 Weren’t looking? You missed it

72 The paintings are the point

Opinions 14 Chasing the wrong deficit

15 Germany, Putin’s former friend

16 Revolution required plus ’ cartoon strip. 17 Should lying to parliament be illegal?

18 Sri Lanka’s stunned silence

20 What if... Garibaldi had failed?

36 Give up on taxing companies?

They’ve broken the bargain. 40 The London schools revolution

Something remarkable has happened.

The Prospect Duel 22 Is austerity right for Britain?

48 After Charlie

-Can France assimilate its Muslims? 52 Nothing fails like success

Obituary 24 In memory of Derek Coombs

Prospect’s President and co-founder.

Time to get serious about bank reform. 56 Ditch “first past the post”

Our electoral system is unfit for purpose. 60 Take me to the death café

We are talking more about our final days. 64 Beyond relativity

Einstein’s great theory, a century on

73 An England of the mind

75 Books in brief

Fiction 78 Foxes

Life 80 Leith on life 80 Life of the mind 81 Matters of taste 82 Wine 82 DIY investor

Endgames 83 Prospect events

Join us at our talks and debates 87 The generalist crossword 87 Enigmas & puzzles 88 The way we were


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