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The Sardinista revolution

St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) was actually born in Lisbon. He was a disciple of St Francis of Assisi and is famous for his sermon to the fishes, who, according to the legend, “all kept their heads out of the water and seemed to be looking attentively on St Anthony’s face.” On his saint day in June all of Portugal celebrates by grilling sardines in the streets. I am fond of grilled sardines, but when I was in Portugal in February every Portuguese I asked about sardines told me “you can’t eat them fresh now, it’s not the season. In the restaurants they serve them for the tourists, but they are”—and a grimace invariably followed—“frozen.” Not to be thwarted, I turned my attention to the tinned variety, for which Portugal is equally famed.

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In Prospect’s April issue: Ross McKibbin, John Curtice and Lisa Nandy examine the state of the Labour Party and question its survival at the next general election. McKibbin takes a long view and suggests that the party’s problems started long before Jeremy Corbyn, Curtice argues that breaking the party is unlikely to go as well as some may think and Nandy argues that tackling unaccountable power could help restore faith in the party. Nicholas Timmins says the NHS has always experienced financial crises so is this time any different? Lucy Wadham charts the rise of France’s Front National. Also in this issue: Owen Hatherley explores Edinburgh’s architectural conundrum, Freya Johnston on Jane Austen and Avi Shlaim on the tragedy of Yitzhak Rabin—the last best hope for peace.