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Thinker, player, soldier, sailor

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In one of CS Forester’s Hornblower novels, I can’t remember which (maybe a Prospect reader can help me), he talks about the scorn that soldiers and sailors felt for each other in England during the French Revolution. From a soldier’s point of view, seamen are sloppy individualists, who do their work in a ragged, undisciplined way. Soldiers, meanwhile, seem stiff and regimented to a sailor. They’re neat freaks who can’t act for themselves.

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In Prospect's November issue: Paul Collier explains how major cities in the UK will always be in the shadow of London unless capitalism is overhauled and suggests ways that we might be able to improve the situation in those communities that capitalism has left behind. Meanwhile, Steve Bloomfield asks what is going at the Foreign Office. The once great institution that was a symbol of Britain’s global power now seems to be lost and unable to explains its role. Also, Samira Shackle explores a Pakistani protest movement that is unnerving the country’s military. Elsewhere in the issue: Dahlia Lithwick suggests that the Supreme Court will struggle to retain its authority now that Brett Kavanaugh is on the bench. Philip Ball argues that DNA doesn’t define destiny as he reviews a new book by Robert Plomin. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Simon Heffer debate political correctness.