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Peaceful yet violent: the Thai paradox that still baffles the West

30 August 2015 11:10
The damaged Brahma statue at the Hindu Erawan shrine (Photo: Nicolas Asfouri/Getty)

The scene of the recent bombing at the Erawan shrine has swiftly been remodelled to make it seem as though nothing happened. Upbeat slogans – ‘Stronger Together’ – and a forensically… Continue reading

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When David told Boris to ‘f—ing shut up’

30 August 2015 10:44
London Mayor Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron arrive at the Advantage children's daycare nursery on April 22, 2015 in Surbiton, England.

Oh dear. Although Lord Ashcroft said he would be pleasantly surprised if Anthony Seldon’s biography of David Cameron offered anything more than ‘a sanitised account’ of his time in Number 10,… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: Spammity Spam! Wonderful Spam! (plus: arty limericks)

29 August 2015 9:30
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The request for tributes in verse to a once-popular foodstuff that has fallen out of favour generated a large and lively postbag. Bill Greenwell’s entry (Spangles!) brought to mind childhood… Continue reading

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Ignorance is bliss. But when it comes to your health, is it also a right?

28 August 2015 17:42
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Tell kids the Tooth Fairy is fake, and their lips are sure to tremble. Reveal the list of their birthday gifts the day before the party, and they may well… Continue reading

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Why is the Home Office giving in to illiberal youth by banning rappers like Tyler, The Creator?

28 August 2015 13:17
Tyler, The Creator: a homophobic menace? Photograph: Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images

In a 2012 interview on Newsnight, foul-mouthed LA rapper Tyler, The Creator told a churlish Stephen Smith that the point of his music was to ‘piss old white people off… Continue reading

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All hail Lord Livermore, king of Labour campaigning

28 August 2015 12:54
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It’s fair to say that the appointment of Ed Miliband’s ex-campaign director Spencer Livermore to the House of Lords hasn’t gone down well in Labour circles. Harriet Harman was said… Continue reading

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For sale: Jeremy Corbyn’s used coffee cup

27 August 2015 17:18
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It’s official, Jeremy Corbyn has made it. Following in the lines of all the greats, the left wing messiah has inspired such fan devotion that people are genuinely bidding on… Continue reading

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It's honours day for Cameron and Osborne's chums

27 August 2015 16:18
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The 2015 Dissolution Peerages have been announced today, following much rumour about who might receive one. While Mr S’s colleague Sebastian Payne has the full list over on Coffee House, it’s… Continue reading

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Coming soon: more Lib Dem advice on how to win an election

27 August 2015 13:30
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg speaks to  party activists alongside Jasper Gerard (left), the partyÕs candidate for Maidstone & The Weald, at Hush Heath Winery on May 3, 2015 in Tonbridge, England.

Given that the general election proved disastrous for the Liberal Democrats, it’s surprising how many party members seem keen to revisit the experience. With Vince Cable and Norman Baker both bringing out… Continue reading

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Labour asks school pupils to act as informants ahead of vote

27 August 2015 11:46
Jeremy Corbyn's Policy Ideas For Young People Launch

Although Buzzfeed managed to successfully register a cat to vote in the Labour leadership election, the party remains insistent that they are successfully weeding out ‘supporters’ who are not genuine. However,… Continue reading

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The Guardian declares war on the Sunday roast

26 August 2015 10:55
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A time will come when the Guardian declares war on your favourite food. The lefty bible has so far deemed HP sauce to be the condiment of ‘the establishment’, tea… Continue reading

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Pardon my Scots, J.K. Rowling tells the French

25 August 2015 16:45
J.K Rowling - In Conversation

Despite becoming a Cybernat target during the Scottish referendum after she donated £1 million to the Better Together campaign, J.K. Rowling has not been deterred from putting Scottish Nationalists in their place. Such… Continue reading

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Andy Burnham: Labour will have a female candidate when time is right

25 August 2015 10:54
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Andy Burnham’s leadership bid hit a stumbling block this morning. Burnham — who bills himself as both the anti-Westminster candidate and the candidate who can unite the party in Westminster… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: a thriller in three text messages (plus: coinages inspired by today’s politicians)

24 August 2015 18:30
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The latest challenge, to submit a thriller in three text messages, seemed straightforward enough but it turned out to be a tough assignment that stretched veterans and newcomers alike. As… Continue reading

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The short road from anti-Westernism to anti-Semitism

24 August 2015 17:37
An Iranian woman walks past an anti-US mural painted on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on November 19, 2011.

Corbynmania has unleashed a great feeling of hope and change in the British public, especially among people hoping to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Whether or not… Continue reading

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Damian McBride offers three-point guide for surviving the next financial crash

24 August 2015 15:18
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With reports starting to claim that the next global financial crisis is on the horizon, one could be forgiven for thinking it’s all doom and gloom. So Steerpike was cheered to see that Labour’s… Continue reading

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Louise Mensch adds yet another Twitter gaffe to her list

22 August 2015 10:41
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Louise Mensch has once again become the subject of much ridicule online over something she has tweeted. The incident occurred last night after the former Tory MP claimed Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters —… Continue reading

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There’s a simple reason why the Stonewall trailer doesn’t feature more ‘trans women of colour’

21 August 2015 16:06
The Stonewall memorial statues have been painted as part of a protest against the film Stonewall

Aping Isis, trans activists have defaced a historical monument to make a political point. They blacked-up — seriously, with spray paint and afro wigs — the Christopher Street Gay Liberation… Continue reading

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Aristocrats, champagne and a Rolex: George Osborne’s 21st birthday bash

21 August 2015 15:41
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Although Tatler received a boost to its readership following the BBC’s ‘Posh People: Inside Tatler’, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about the magazine, for some ‘posh people’ the society bible has long been… Continue reading

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Stripping the bark from Jeremy Corbyn will be the easiest campaign in modern political history

21 August 2015 13:06
Jeremy Corbyn and Gerry  Adams

Lately, I’ve been thinking about Willie Horton and Michael Dukakis. That’s what Jeremy Corbyn’s rise to prominence will do to a fellow. Horton, you will remember, was the convicted murderer… Continue reading

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Poets4Corbyn: Jeremy Corbyn is immortalised in rhyme

21 August 2015 11:32
A portrait of William Shakespeare is pic

If you thought Corbynmania was limited to female obsession and male politicians growing their facial hair, it’s time to think again. It turns out that Jeremy Corbyn is also inspiring poets everywhere.… Continue reading

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Unite distances itself from Burnham camp after email blip

20 August 2015 18:41
Andy Burnham delivers a speech at the Peoples Museum on August 17, 2015 in Manchester, England

Oh dear. Andy Burnham’s efforts of late to appeal to Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing voters may have gone to waste after an email blip this morning. Steerpike understands that he has risked… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: Ed Miliband does a ‘Jeremy Corbyn’

20 August 2015 12:37
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This summer a new craze has taken hold of several politicians. Inspired by the frenzy Jeremy Corbyn’s ‘world weary sea dog’ beard has caused amongst women, both Ed Vaizey and… Continue reading

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Remembering Khaled al-Asaad, the Syrian archaeologist who dared to stand up to Isis

20 August 2015 11:07
Khaled al-Asaad, the Director of Antiquities and Museum in Palmyra, in 2002 (Photo: Marc Deville/Getty)

Erudite and bespectacled, he was the sort of Arab the Islamic State loathed. Khaled al-Asaad, an 81-year old archaeologist, was for the past four decades inseparable from Palmyra’s ancient ruins.… Continue reading

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Rupert Murdoch comes out in support of Jeremy Corbyn

20 August 2015 10:32
The First Editions Of The Sun On Sunday Hit The Newstands

First Russell Brand, and now Rupert Murdoch has joined the list of ‘endorsements Jeremy Corbyn might not actually want’. The News UK media mogul, whose papers backed the Tories in the… Continue reading

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