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Isis aren’t the only ones guilty of censoring the past

4 July 2015 11:11
Nothing is safe, not even a joyous, throwaway TV show

Aside from reports about terrorism, war and the Vatican cosying up to Naomi Klein, few news stories this year have upset me as much as the ones about TV Land cancelling… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: Anyone for tennis? (plus: poems on the underground)

4 July 2015 9:30
New balls please. Image: Getty

To mark the beginning of Wimbledon, competitors were invited to take as their first line ‘There’s a breathless hush on the centre court’ and continue for up to 15 lines… Continue reading

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Laurence Fox: I don’t like foxes

3 July 2015 13:51
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Last night Brian May claimed that foxes are not vermin when he appeared on This Week to criticise government plans to repeal the ban on fox-hunting. The Queen guitarist argued… Continue reading

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Lib Dems claw back power from the Tories

3 July 2015 12:40
Vince Cable lost his seat to the Conservatives in the general election

When Vince Cable lost his seat to the Tories in the general election, it was a a victory that brought much entertainment to the Conservatives, with David Cameron’s former head of… Continue reading

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Isil stands for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Does David Cameron not realise this?

2 July 2015 18:09
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It is very easy to make David Cameron and the Scottish National Party look ridiculous. But as every soldier and journalist knows, just because a target is easy doesn’t mean… Continue reading

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Harriet Harman blasts George Osborne for distasteful PMQs joke

2 July 2015 17:50
Harriet Harman at The Spectator summer party

When George Osborne covered for David Cameron at PMQs last month, it was seen as his chance to prove to his critics that he was prime ministerial material. Alas, his attempt at a joke… Continue reading

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The Spectator summer party, in pictures

1 July 2015 23:11
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With a Tory majority to celebrate, the Cabinet turned out in full force for this year’s Spectator summer party. As David Cameron and George Osborne caught up with their old head… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband makes a return to frontline politics

1 July 2015 17:20
Ed Miliband Campaigns In Wales

Ed Miliband was praised for his integrity by George Osborne after he returned to the Commons and gave a speech so soon after his election defeat. Although the Conservatives have been happy… Continue reading

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Boo the knee-jerk reaction to William Tell not the rape scene

1 July 2015 13:05
Royal Opera's controversial new production of Rossini's William Tell. Photo: Clive Barda

‘I blame Princess Diana’, was my guest’s response to it all. Certainly, there is much we might lay at the feet of our long lamented People’s Princess, but I struggled… Continue reading

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Tory summer party auctions a photo of the Cabinet – for £200,000

1 July 2015 12:50
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Despite the government planning £12bn worth of welfare cuts, it’s still a case of no expense spared when it comes to Tory parties. Last night the Conservative Party Summer Party was held… Continue reading

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Jo Johnson takes aim at those who ‘coast within the 2.1 band’

1 July 2015 11:49
Rachel, Boris and Jo Johnson. Only one of them received a first class degree (Photo: Getty)

This morning Jo Johnson gave a speech in which he outlined his recommendations for the way in which universities grade students. The new science and universities minister suggested that they rethink… Continue reading

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There’s only one way to save the crumbling Houses of Parliament. Turn them into a theme park

1 July 2015 11:35
The House of Lords, 'whose ornaments and chandeliers seem to drip off the gilded ceiling  like stalactites'. Photo: Tim Graham/Getty Images

The Houses of Parliament are falling down. According to the Independent Options Appraisal of the Palace of Westminster Restoration and Renewal Programme - a group of engineers and project managers commissioned to… Continue reading

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First rule of campaigning: Don’t get the voter’s name wrong

1 July 2015 10:25
Syed Kamall is vying to be the Tory candidate in the London mayoral election

Syed Kamall’s bid to be the Tory candidate in the race to be the next Mayor of London has not got off to a great start. In the face of strong… Continue reading

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Meet Stanislav Petrov – the cantankerous man who saved the world

1 July 2015 9:36
Soviet Colonel who prevented 1983 nuclear response

I’ve just watched a rather good DVD. This happens so rarely that I thought I’d share the fact with you. It was a film called The Man Who Saved The… Continue reading

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Charlotte Church to be reunited with David Cameron at this year’s Tory conference

30 June 2015 16:58
Charlotte Church met David Cameron at the 2012 Conservative Party Conference (Credit: Getty)

In 2012 Charlotte Church met with David Cameron at the Conservative Party Conference as part of a Hacked Off fringe event. Although the meeting appeared to be civil at the time,… Continue reading

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The gang rape was the least offensive thing about Royal Opera’s new William Tell

30 June 2015 16:14
John Osborn as Arnold in the Royal Opera's controversial new William Tell. Photo: ROH/ Clive Barda

Guillaume Tell Royal Opera House, in rep until 17 July There’s no such thing as a tasteful rape scene — or there certainly shouldn’t be. It’s an act of grossest violation,… Continue reading

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Greeks v Franks – why culture still matters

30 June 2015 15:13
Charlemagne, king of the Franks (Photo: Getty)

During the period of the crusades Greeks would refer to western Europeans by the generic term ‘Frank’, derived from the name of the leading barbarian tribe of the west. The… Continue reading

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Dennis Skinner: ‘Gordon Brown and I were the Northern Powerhouse’

30 June 2015 14:00
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After Dennis Skinner successfully won the SNP turf war over his favoured seat in the Commons, the Labour backbencher has been relatively quiet of late. So Mr S was pleased to… Continue reading

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Simon Danczuk lashes out at Karen Danczuk following split

30 June 2015 10:46
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Over the weekend, Simon Danczuk confirmed his break up from his wife Karen Danczuk, with both the Labour MP and the ‘Selfie Queen’ describing themselves as devastated at the decision.… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: Jeremy Corbyn goes corporate

29 June 2015 18:27
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Never let it be said that Jeremy Corbyn is the most anti-business of the four Labour leadership candidates. The left-wing politician appeared to endorse BT today on Twitter: So, is… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: Is that ‘Well Spanked’ or ‘Disappointing Sandwich’?

29 June 2015 17:45
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A spoof Farrow & Ball paint-colour chart doing the rounds on social media was the inspiration for the latest challenge. Competitors were invited to see if they could outdo the… Continue reading

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Green MEP defends ‘loony’ rabbit hutch policy

29 June 2015 17:14
(Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty)

When the Green Party revealed their manifesto ahead of the general election, they were the subject of much ridicule as they promised to abolish the monarchy and get rid of the… Continue reading

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Labour’s leadership contest turns sour (again)

29 June 2015 15:07
Liz Kendall (Photo: Justin Tallis/Getty)

It seems ‘Taliban New Labour‘ have returned, or at least that’s what some party members would have you believe. Labour MP John Woodcock — who is backing Liz Kendall —… Continue reading

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David Cameron takes centre stage at Glastonbury

29 June 2015 13:05
A poster at Glastonbury

David Cameron’s former director of strategy Steve Hilton recently wrote in The Spectator that Glastonbury is not merely a ‘left-wing utopia’, arguing that it operates in accordance with conservative principles. Mr… Continue reading

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Connie St Louis, the woman who brought down Sir Tim Hunt, faces questions over her CV. Where’s the media coverage?

28 June 2015 17:53
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Connie St Louis, director of City University’s Science Journalism MA, is the woman who brought Sir Tim Hunt’s career crashing down in flames by tweeting out allegedly sexist remarks that… Continue reading

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