From LRB, John Gray reviews The Conservative Party: From Thatcher to Cameron by Tim Bale and Back from the Brink: The Inside Story of the Tory Resurrection by Peter Snowdon; a review of Red Tory: How Left and Right Have Broken Britain and How We Can Fix It by Phillip Blond; John Lanchester on the Great British Economy Disaster; and a review essay on human rights in Great Britain. Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire, regrets the passing of the stiff upper lip, but Christopher Howse wonders if upper lips can't sometimes be too stiff. Why do British comedians not talk about black people, and when is a Hitler moustache funny? From FT, John Lloyd on a social vision for the world after socialism: Capitalism need not conform to Adam Smith’s rules of marketplace behaviour as interpreted by our financial masters of the universe. The sperm lottery: Labour is obsessed with redistribution and the Tories with inheritance tax — what is to be done? Blahspeak: Stefan Collini reviews Unleashing Aspiration: The Final Report of the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions; British Social Attitudes: The 26th Report; and An Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the UK: Report of the National Equality Panel. A review of Is God Still an Englishman?: How We Lost Our Faith (But Found New Soul) by Cole Moreton. A review of Olympic Cities: 2012 and the Remaking of London. Olympic host cities have a poor track record when it comes to urban regeneration, but the 2012 Games can be different — if we allow for a little DIY alongside the big developers. Hari Kunzru on London Underground: Like any large city, London is a place of subcultures, most of which don’t find a place in mainstream lives or in mainstream writing. A review of The English Marriage: Tales of Love, Money and Adultery by Maureen Waller.

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