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The latest unanswerable accusation is that of “having an agenda” (the singularisation of Latin plurals is something which Simon Raven and I deplore, but who are we against tous pollous?). Since Anthony Julius’ book about TS Eliot’s anti-Semitism has not been widely sent for review in Britain, I had to write about it in The Weekly Standard, a Washington DC mag not unlike Prospect. While ironising, subtly, on changing Christian attitudes to “the Jews,” I referred to a reputable French book which alleged that in 1939 Pius xii shelved an encyclical, about to be endorsed by his predecessor, Pius xi,…

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