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May 28, 2008

Standpoint: The first major new cultural and political monthly for 12 years

Posted by Michael Mosbacher

29th May 2008 sees the launch of Standpoint. The first major new cultural and political monthly for 12 years, Standpoint is edited by Daniel Johnson and published by the Social Affairs Unit. Standpoint will be available from WH Smith High Street stores, WH Smith Travel outlets, and Borders.

The core mission of Standpoint is to celebrate and defend Western civilization, its achievements and its values. The magazine will focus on politics, the arts, religion, science and literature. "There are no no-go areas for Standpoint," says Daniel Johnson.

Standpoint's first issue includes:

Art: Exclusive new drawings by David Hockney.

Politics: Michael Burleigh sets out a strategy to win the war on terror; Edward Lucas analyses Putin's evil empire; columns by Douglas Murray and Emanuele Ottolenghi.

Satire: Craig Brown rates the Top Ten Ineffectuals; Andrew Marr celebrates Matt Pritchett; Daisy Waugh and cartoonist Peter Blegvad.

History: Jung Chang and Simon Sebag Montefiore on Stalin, Mao and mass murder. Plus: Antonia Fraser, Andrew Roberts, Noel Malcolm and Blair Worden.

Business: Tim Congdon warns that scapegoating bankers will undermine the City.

Faith: Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali asks if Britain is still a Christian country.

Critics: Nick Cohen on TV; Ian Bostridge on music; Minette Marrin on theatre; Peter Whittle on film.

Books: Why James Bond will always beat George Smiley. Plus: Charles Moore on Ferdinand Mount, Jenny McCartney on fiction and Raymond Seitz on the hamburger.

Poetry: New work by Robert Conquest.

Science: Michael Hanlon defends useless research; Adam Zeman on the brain.

Society: Alasdair Palmer on the secret scandal of the family courts.

Academia: Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate on the destruction of our universities

Defence: Our Mole in the MOD reveals an institution unfit for purpose.

Daniel Johnson has been a leading voice in journalism for two decades. Daniel is a former literary editor and comment editor of The Times, and a former associate editor of the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of White King and Red Queen: How the cold war was fought on the chess board.

Standpoint has a distinguished advisory board: Ian Bostridge, Michael Burleigh, Frank Field, Michael Gove, Gertrude Himmelfarb, David Hockney, Luke Johnson, Lord Lawson, Noel Malcolm, Sir V. S. Naipaul and Sir Tom Stoppard.

Michael Mosbacher is Director of the Social Affairs Unit and Managing Editor of Standpoint.

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