Phillips is superb on drugs and various other social policy issues, of course. I actually cheered when she told some pro-drugs philosopher on The Moral Maze that we should ignore him because his brain was so addled by the substances he advocated. She has also condemned the evisceration of civil society under the Tories.
But can we now look forward to articles about neoconservatism's links in 1980s Afghanistan, 1990s Bosnia, and today's Kosovo, Chechnya, Turkey, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, as well as the no end of good that it has done in that same cause in Iraq, and is threatening to do in Syria?
For that matter, will the scourge of Jew-hatred be telling us all about the neocons' Nazi connections in Bosnia (the same people as the Islamists), Kosovo (ditto), Denmark, Flanders, and indeed Israel, which the continuation of the Law of Return is flooding with Russian Nazis?
I'm not holding my breath.
And I'm afraid that the addition of Phillips throws into even sharper relief than before the neoconservative takeover of The Spectator. Meanwhile the New Statesman is in thrall to the anti-life, anti-family and anti-British opinions of the pseudo-Left.
We have a new party, with several more to follow, I trust. We also need a new magazine.