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A federal UK? Home Rule all round? We have been here before.

24 October 2014 11:48
Dublin 1912: a crowd gathers on Sackville Street (as was) for Herbert Asquith after the government introduces a bill for Irish Home Rule. Photo: Getty/Hulton.

There are fewer truly new things in politics than you think. The present constitutional uncertainty – which, it should be said, could scarcely have been avoided – is no exception.… Continue reading

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Dylan Thomas: speeches for Hitler, balderdash for Walton and the true meaning of Under Milk Wood

24 October 2014 11:11
Dylan Thomas in 1946. Photograph: Francis Reiss/Getty Images

My father came across Dylan Thomas in a Swansea pub in 1947. ‘Chap over there,’ said one of the regulars ‘is a poet.’ ‘What’s his name?’ asked my father. ‘No… Continue reading

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Westminster’s gone barking

24 October 2014 10:40
This year's winner, Diesel and Rob Flello MP

It’s that time of year again – sandwiched between conference season and the Autumn statement – when the nation’s political pooches (and their owners) descend on Westminster. Yes, yesterday saw the… Continue reading

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How to cure bad breath (and continue eating smelly foods)

24 October 2014 10:31
Baby's breath - or not (Photo: Hulton Archive)

Have you ever tried that good old test for halitosis – licking your wrist, letting it dry, then having a good whiff – and been shocked at the result? The… Continue reading

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The EU’s gift to Nigel Farage – Brussels demands £1.7 billion more from Britain

24 October 2014 10:15
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With truly dreadful timing, the European Commission has sprung David Cameron with a demand for £1.7 billion in extra British budget payments to the EU. The commission says this amount… Continue reading

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Paedophile crimes should not be used to score points against ‘The Establishment’

23 October 2014 18:36
Fiona Woolf. Image: Getty

Fiona Woolf, as you can probably tell from her Maggie-Smith-in-yet-another-costume-drama photograph above, is a member of The Establishment. She’s Lord Mayor of London. And a QC. Plus, she has been… Continue reading

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This new Sherlock Holmes exhibition will have Cumberbitches salivating

23 October 2014 17:57
First editions of Conan Doyle's novel A Study in Scarlet, which are on show at the Museum of London. Photograph: Museum of London/EPA

Have you ever experienced the joys of Jawohl, meine Herr’n? If not I strongly advise an appointment with YouTube. The song features in the 1954 film Der Mann, der Sherlock… Continue reading

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Palace intrigue – is Her Majesty’s press corps on the verge of revolt?

23 October 2014 17:38
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Her Majesty’s Loyal Press Corps are on the verge of revolt. Minutes of a recent meeting of the Press Gallery Committee – seen by The Spectator – show that a… Continue reading

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Breitbart’s loss is Nigel Farage’s gain – or is it?

23 October 2014 14:51
Nigel Farage at the Bolton Arms Pub in April 2014 (Photo: Getty)

It’s no great surprise that Raheem Kassam, the troublesome managing editor of Breitbart London, has left his job. Kassam is a wildly self-important figure who flits about on the internet… Continue reading

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The UKIP effect: killing the thing you love

23 October 2014 12:48
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This chart, courtesy of Mike Smithson, shows Ipsos-Mori’s polling on British membership of the European Union. It shows support for leaving the EU is no higher now than it was… Continue reading

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Why would jihadi terrorists attack Canada? Better to ask: why not?

23 October 2014 12:32
Forensic police officers near the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada on October 22, 2014 (Photo: AFP/Getty)

The attacks in Canada probably seem non-sensical to some people. After all, much of the press and political class in the West has spent years trying to cover over the… Continue reading

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The disgraced bishop and the loyal parish: Catholic double standards at their finest

22 October 2014 23:05
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The Catholic bishops of England and Wales are to hold an inquiry into the case of the Rt Rev Kieran Conry, he of the two (or is it three?) girlfriends,… Continue reading

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Frieze Week Diary: Will my marbles be the first to go, or my liver?

22 October 2014 18:47
Frieze London, Regent's Park, October 2013

This diary first appeared on Apollo Magazine’s website. Monday, 13 October There was something weird in the London air, and it wasn’t the rain. E-mails from PRs were hitting my inbox like the… Continue reading

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The nation that Putin crushed – and the world forgot

22 October 2014 17:48
Republic of Chechnya, 2013. A group of pro-Kadyrov activists in the main square of the city to celebrate the 10th anniversary of 'Constitution Day'. All images: Davide Monteleone

Putin, at least 12-foot-high, glowers from the wall of a gym where men are training to wrestle. He is at the centre of an unnerving triptych. On his left is… Continue reading

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The best of Frieze Art Fair was free

22 October 2014 17:10
Cerith Wyn Evans's Frieze installation

Frieze and its ever-multiplying layers – some fantastically rich, others disappointingly dry – has expanded into a millefeuille so dense that you wonder whether organisers Matthew Slotover and Amanda Sharp have ever… Continue reading

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Call them crazy – the foolhardy new incentives for dementia diagnoses

22 October 2014 16:00
On left, David Cameron, with health secretary Jeremy Hunt on the right, in December 2013 (Photo: WPA Pool/Getty)

Remember this time last year, when Jeremy Hunt decried the ‘national shame’ of neglected old people suffering from undiagnosed dementia? The health secretary lamented that fewer than half of dementia… Continue reading

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Gunpowder, treason and caviar – selling out in Westminster, Guido style

22 October 2014 12:20
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If you’re going to sell out to the establishment, you might as well do so on an industrial scale. As the PM told the Guido Fawkes blog’s ten -ear anniversary… Continue reading

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Ukip’s unsavoury Polish ally in the European Parliament

22 October 2014 11:57
A Ukip supporter in March 2013 (Photo: Getty)

One of the best arguments against European political integration is the people with whom British political parties end up allied in the European Parliament. For reasons of parliamentary influence and,… Continue reading

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Postcard from Ukraine – meet the artists in exile from the People’s Republic of Donetsk

22 October 2014 10:25
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It was Orthodox Trinity Sunday when Luba Michailova received word that separatists would soon occupy the premises of the Donetsk art centre she founded. She was in Kiev at the… Continue reading

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Meet the NFL player who admires Iain Duncan Smith

21 October 2014 16:02
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Connections between Iain Duncan Smith and NFL players may be few and far between. But Mr S is pleased to have discovered one. Colin Kaepernick, an American football quarterback for the… Continue reading

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Tories reveal innovative new election strategy…

20 October 2014 20:10
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It is a bold approach but, who knows, perhaps it is just crazy enough to work. I mean, what could possibly go wrong with a strategy on immigration best summarised… Continue reading

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Turkey in Europe? Now there’s a migrant backlash waiting to happen

20 October 2014 19:24
An explosion rocks the Syrian city of Kobane on October 20, as seen from the Turkey-Syria border (Photo: Getty Images)

Well, I don’t know how José Manuel Barroso came across in the broadcast accounts of his address to Chatham House today but in person the man was geniality itself and… Continue reading

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Robert Peston falls for the Spirit Level theory of equality

20 October 2014 17:41
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Robert Peston was recently at Lincoln’s Inn for the launch of schools charity Primary Futures, which all sounds very worthy. He started off apologising for looking scruffy, then spoke at some… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s windfall tax on tobacco to fund the NHS is economically illiterate

20 October 2014 13:13
Tax collectors at the Exchecquer in Westminster, circa 1150 (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)

The ‘windfall tax’, a concept introduced in the UK by the Blair government, is by definition a one-off seizure of revenue from a profitable industry, to fund an invariably unprofitable… Continue reading

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Sod the diet and lose weight anyway – here’s how

20 October 2014 10:33
The 'Vibro-Slim,' 1928 (Photo: Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)

Who enjoys all that calorie counting? If you hate diets but love the idea of losing a bit of weight, these quick fixes might just help you shift a few… Continue reading

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