Ladbrokes’ election guru should stick to politics (and avoid football)

26 January 2015 18:42
(Photo: Leon Neal/Getty)

Politics nerds are obsessing over every single nugget of information about the election. Ladbrokes seems to be offering a rich bounty, set by Matthew Shaddick, the company’s in-house ‘Head of Political… Continue reading


How will the Guardian and the BBC cover the Trinity Mirror phone hacking?

26 January 2015 16:51
British Media Await Lord Justice Leveson's Report

Trinity Mirror have admitted that they published 71 stories which were enabled by phone-hacking. Now eight cases are due to come before Mr Justice Mann at the beginning of March, with a… Continue reading


Ed Sheeran unimpressed by Boris Johnson comparison

26 January 2015 15:08
Spot the difference?

While Boris Johnson may be pleased to learn that Ed Sheeran has been mistaken for him, the 23-year-old singer was dismayed when a member of the public mistook him for the… Continue reading


Should the Guardian apologise to David Cameron over orgasm blunder?

26 January 2015 13:19

Readers of the Guardian had cause to splutter into their tea this morning after one bright spark seemingly put the wrong photo on an article advising a reader who has difficulty… Continue reading


Dave’s chillaxed approach to keeping fit

26 January 2015 11:29
Dave enjoying a walk.

First it was George Osborne on the 5:2 diet, then the Prime Minister revealed he had ‘given up bread’ in an attempt to shed some pre-election pounds. Today, Cameron has… Continue reading


Revealed: Nigel Farage once voted for the Green Party

26 January 2015 9:13
Nigel Farage reacts during a press confe

Nigel Farage’s secret is out. In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, the leader of Ukip let slip that he once voted for the Green Party. ‘I voted Green… Continue reading


Oftsed’s campaign against Christian schools: now Gove is gone, the Blob is back

25 January 2015 11:50

When Ofsted inspectors allegedy asked primary-age girls at Grindon Hall Christian School, Sunderland, whether they knew what lesbians did in bed, they (apparently) received insufficiently detailed answers. Also, pupils displayed… Continue reading


Spectator competition: Henry VIII’s bedroom tax (plus: poems about beards)

24 January 2015 9:30
Image: Getty

In Competition No. 2881 you were invited to take your lead from Carol Ann Duffy and provide an amusing poem about a piece of government legislation. The first line of… Continue reading


What happened to virtuosity in dance?

23 January 2015 16:42
The art of astonishment: Cirque du Soleil’s 'Kooza' at the Royal Albert Hall

I was watching the Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza at the Royal Albert Hall last week, thinking how much base, uncomplicated enjoyment can be had away from dance. Such relief to… Continue reading


Why is Westminster Abbey honouring the king of a country where Christianity is banned?

23 January 2015 16:02
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud speaks before a meeting with the US Secretary of State at his private residence on June 27, 2014 in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

Private Eye will have a field day when it comes to the tributes being paid to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia – it’ll be like beheading fish in a barrel… Continue reading


Is your smartphone making you fat?

23 January 2015 15:46

Matthew Parris is obsessed by an unsolicited app which landed on his smartphone and which, thanks to GPS tracking, is able to tell him how far he has walked in… Continue reading


Conservative Central Office appear to be working for the SNP

23 January 2015 15:07

Even by the standards of the Conservative and Unionist (sic) party this is an impressively stupid poster. Do they really want to encourage Scots to vote for the SNP? Evidently… Continue reading


Who warrants a flag at half-mast? King Abdullah or Leon Brittan

23 January 2015 14:02
Who is it for?

The Palace of Westminster’s flag is currently at half-mast, as is the flag on top of Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Treasury. But who could it all be for? Treasury… Continue reading


Louise Mensch blasts David Cameron for King Abdullah tribute

23 January 2015 12:14
Conservative Member of Parliament Louise

Although Louise Mensch was once heralded as a ‘Cameron Cutie,’ the former Conservative MP’s relationship with the Prime Minister has soured after he paid tribute to the late King Abdullah. The Saudi Arabia monarch’s… Continue reading


The Economist beats the Guardian to appoint its first female editor

22 January 2015 18:19
Zanny Minton Beddoes (Photo: Getty)

With the Guardian still to name their new editor-in-chief, the Economist has thrown down the gauntlet by appointing their first female editor. Zanny Minton Beddoes will succeed John Micklethwait to be the magazine’s next editor, making her… Continue reading


Finally! A health story about cancer that doesn’t resort to hyperbole

22 January 2015 17:36
Tobacco-Free Electronic Cigarettes To Be Licensed As A Medicine

The lot of the snarky health-science debunker is not a happy one. It involves going to a lot of newspaper websites actively seeking out stories that will annoy you, and… Continue reading


Will Will.i.am come out in support of Prince Andrew?

22 January 2015 13:48
Will.i.am and the Duke of York have worked together for the inspiring Digital Enterprise Award initiative

The Duke of York is expected to host a private reception tonight at the World Economic Forum, in what will be his first public appearance since he was accused of abusing an… Continue reading


Here’s why nobody has been able to verify the ‘Green Surge’ membership numbers

22 January 2015 13:39
(Photo: Sebastian Payne)

‘The Green Surge’ has already become a fixed feature of the election campaign, but are we just reliving the giant damp squib of ‘Cleggmania’? According to Green Party officials, their… Continue reading


Karen Danczuk gets closer to Ukip

22 January 2015 11:20
Is Cllr Karen Damzcuk about to defect to Ukip?

When Simon Danczuk met Nigel Farage for a pint in December, the Labour MP was accused of plotting a defection to Ukip. While Danczuk denied this at the time, his wife… Continue reading


Wolf Hall, BBC Two, review: ‘actually rather good’

22 January 2015 11:13

It starts in darkness. And no, it’s not a metaphor for the crooked timber of the human heart, it’s just bad lighting. Stanley Kubrick sourced his cameras from NASA in… Continue reading


Labour’s new political broadcast uses a veteran to promote NHS scare stories

21 January 2015 17:11
No, the Tories aren't killing off the NHS.

Now we know what ‘weaponising’ the NHS looks like: a World War II veteran. Labour has released an emotive party political broadcast via Mirror Online starring Harry Leslie Smith. The… Continue reading


Delaying publication of the Chilcot report is the right thing to do

21 January 2015 12:03
John Chilcot holds a news conference to outline the terms of reference for the inquiry at the QEII conference centre on July 30, 2009 in London

I don’t know about you but I tend to think Sir John Chilcot’s report into the Iraq war should not be published before it is finished. Actually, I do know… Continue reading


Andrea Chénier, Royal Opera House, review: like a Carry On – but without the jokes

21 January 2015 11:53
Leave your brain at the door: David McVicar's Andrea Chenier at the Royal Opera House. All images: Bill Cooper/ROH

Andrea Chénier Royal Opera House, in rep until 6 February Who on earth could have predicted that a hoary old operatic melodrama set in revolutionary France would find resonance in… Continue reading


Will the US Embassy’s haggis virgin be tempted to lift the offal ban?

21 January 2015 11:48
Lord McColl, Ranald MacDonald and Stan Phillips

It was the culmination of an elaborate lobbying operation. The scene was set, the piper poised and the whisky flowing. As the Haggis was piped in to Boisdale on Bishopgate last… Continue reading


Revealed: Michael Gove’s ‘female ballad’ ringtone

21 January 2015 10:24
Michael Gove's secret is out

After Michael Gove’s mobile phone went off in a Cabinet meeting, everyone’s been trying to find out what the ‘jazzy’ ringtone is. As Mr S documented, even Charles Moore was thwarted in… Continue reading