The latest Spear’s includes Mary Robinson on Mandela, Bhutan’s pursuit of happiness and why the left is winning the battle of ideas over wealth, writes Alec Marsh
Do not adjust your sets, as they used to say. The cover of the latest edition of Spear’s really is that alarming, lurid shade of red. And yes, that’s an international symbol of revolution emblazoned upon it. Why? Because there’s a War on Wealth going on right now – and the voices on the Left are absolutely shouting the loudest.
Spear’s writer Arun Kakar investigates the new ideas on the Left – seeing how they differ from the vanquished arguments of old – and hears from the private client world about what they and their wealthy customers are saying and doing about it. Get ready for a journey into the red corner… to be forewarned, is to be forearmed.
We also hear from the first female president of Ireland, Mary Robinson: the new chair of the Elders, an international body of former world leaders set up by Nelson Mandela whose task it is to help fix otherwise intractable global problems. Robinson offers her insight into the challenges facing the world – from climate change, to Donald Trump, and nuclear Armageddon. Hers is one of the most important interviews conducted in the history of Spear’s and is absolutely essential reading.
In more cheerful news, David Dawkins heads to the mountain Kingdom of Bhutan, to find the secret to happiness. And John Arlidge travels to Beirut to meet some of its rising tech stars. Closer to home, meanwhile, Spear’s meets Rupert Lee-Browne, the entrepreneur and founder of Caxton FX.
Elsewhere this issue includes conversations with people as diverse as the actor-director Steven Berkoff, the buccaneering family lawyer Ayesha Vardag, the Made in Chelsea star and entrepreneur Oliver Proudlock, one of Britain’s greatest living painters Rose Wylie, the fashion rising star Alice Archer, and the novelist Elizabeth Day. It’s a banquet of many courses.
In addition we have contributions from our columnists Lucia van der Post, Nick Foulkes, William Cash, Jason Cowley, Robert Amsterdam, Alessandro Tome, and we introduce our new wealth columnist Annamaria Koerling. We also hear from Clive Aslet, who explores the rising trend in follies; Tim Barber meanwhile expatiates on the new offering from Audemars Piquet, William Sitwell meets restaurateur Carlo Distefano, among others, and we are proud to have motoring guru Mark Walton test driving the all-new Ariel Atom 4. Well why not.
All that, plus we have the 2019 Spear’s Family Lawyers Index, where we profile the best lawyers in the business, and last but by no means least, I meet Tom Davies, the visionary glasses designer who is revolutionising the world of specs. Oh, yes, and I’ve got a pair of them too.
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Alec Marsh is editor of Spear’s