Duelling advice for Nigel Farage

19 April 2015 12:31

A Polish prince this week challenged Nigel Farage to a duel. The prince, Yanek Zylinski, blames Farage and Ukip for anti-Polish sentiment in the UK so he’s suggesting they meet in Hyde… Continue reading


Watch: Ed Miliband treated like rock star by screaming girls. Seriously

19 April 2015 9:14
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You have to hand it to Justine Thornton. After her interview, where she alerted the world to Red Ed’s status as a bit of a boulevardier having secretly dated the… Continue reading


Tories are left playing by Aussie rules

18 April 2015 18:34
Lynton Crosby

Tory campaign boss Lynton Crosby invited the former Australian Prime Minister John Howard into Conservative Party HQ on Thursday afternoon to give staff and ministers a mid-campaign pep talk. Firing… Continue reading


Who would have thought the Greens would be so rubbish with rubbish in Brighton?

18 April 2015 10:00

On Thursday Natalie Bennett spoke during the BBC Challengers’ Debate of the positive change Caroline Lucas has brought to British politics since she was elected as the MP for Brighton Pavilion. However,… Continue reading


Spectator competition: Nigel Farage’s Desert Island discs (plus: a politician’s take on Kipling’s ‘If’)

18 April 2015 9:30
Nigel Farage. No prizes for guessing what his desert island luxuries might be. Image: Getty

The latest challenge was to suggest suitable Desert Island discs for a historical figure, living or dead. Your choice of castaways was somewhat narrow — Richard III, Henry VIII, Tony… Continue reading


‘Naughty’ Nicola Sturgeon reveals the saucy portrait that hangs in her home

17 April 2015 17:02
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Nicola Sturgeon’s style transformation over the past decade has been well-documented. The Mail on Sunday journalist Liz Jones went so far as to suggest that she had gone from being… Continue reading


Don’t try and bring race into the voting booth. It has no place there

17 April 2015 16:39
Sol Campbell in the new Operation Black Vote campaign

The voting booth is, to borrow a fitting phrase from history, the great leveller. Outside the voting booth, you might be a blinged-up billionaire with more yachts than most people… Continue reading


The trailer for the new Star Wars film suggests it could be the best yet

17 April 2015 16:30

If the Fast & Furious team made Casablanca 2 (‘Morocco Drift’) it would be a more artistically credible, better acted, and more entertaining movie than Star Wars: Episode I –… Continue reading


It takes guts to stick it to the stuck-up BBC audience

17 April 2015 13:10
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I thought Farage was rather good in that debate yesterday. It’s about time someone stuck it to the bovine, self-important, audiences – it takes a bit of guts to do… Continue reading


Matthew Hanc**k’s election leaflets send out the wrong message

17 April 2015 12:53
Le Cordon Bleu UK Scholarship Award

Earlier this year Mr S revealed how plans for a set of campaign posters for the Conservative candidate Flick Drummond had to be revised after the Tories realised that from a… Continue reading


The BBC debate confirmed some unhelpful female stereotypes

17 April 2015 12:26
Girl power (Photo: Stefan Rousseau/Getty)

If I were a nicer person, I suppose I’d have been rather more moved by what the Independent called the moment that summed up last night’s leaders debate, the ‘beautiful group hug’… Continue reading


My decision to vote Labour – a further explanation

17 April 2015 8:40
Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Missing from my column this week, for reasons of space etc, was this simple point: I am a Socialist. I am not a liberal. Liberalism, or what it has become,… Continue reading


Coffee Shots: Nick Clegg tempts fate with BLUKIP photoshop

16 April 2015 18:16

Today Nick Clegg revealed a new poster claiming that the Tories could form a coalition with Ukip. Speaking about the prospect of ‘BLUKIP,’ Clegg warned of the potential dangers of such a… Continue reading


Why is British dance training so poor? ‘Diversity’ is trumping quality

16 April 2015 17:55
Farooq Chaudhry, former chairman of Dance UK, who quit last week over the standard of British dance training

A very British thing happened at the dance industry conference last weekend. Three of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary choreographers said British contemporary dance training is not up to snuff.… Continue reading


Like all the best spiritual leaders, this diet theologian will leave you trembling

16 April 2015 17:19

Eat. Nourish. Glow., the healthy eating book currently number one in at least three Amazon categories, came to my attention recently while I was in a stew of self-loathing over… Continue reading


The moral arguments for confronting Islamic State are increasing by the day

16 April 2015 16:51
An explosion rocks the Syrian city of Kobane during a reported suicide car bomb attack by the militants of Islamic State (Photo: Gokhan Sahin/Getty)

It’s not perhaps the first thing you notice in the Labour manifesto, but one interesting commitment by the party is to establish a Global Envoy for Religious Freedom. It may… Continue reading


Why Ed Balls doesn’t deserve to be compared to Gromit

16 April 2015 16:20

Last week’s cover of the Spectator featured Ed Miliband and Ed Balls drawn in the style of Wallace and Gromit by Peter Brookes. However, the image of the shadow chancellor as Gromit the… Continue reading


Labour aide picks up Ed Miliband’s drink bill

16 April 2015 15:01
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Gives A Speech On The Economy

Taking a break from preparing for tonight’s debate, Ed Miliband has been out about in Hornsey, north London. Trying to look normal by visiting Riley’s Cafe (with an entourage and… Continue reading


Yes, the SNP really is a faith-based party peddling miracles

16 April 2015 14:54
Nicola Sturgeon Starts Her Tour Of Scotland

The thing about faith is that, in the end, it’s unfalsifiable. You either have it or you don’t. But even within the community of the faithful there must be room… Continue reading


Labour MP suggests Ed Miliband is not speaking frankly about NHS spending

16 April 2015 13:38
Frank Field will David Cameron in the days when the Labour MP worked closely with the Tory leader on anti-poverty policy. Picture: Getty

This morning Sir David Nicholson criticised Ed Miliband for failing to commit an extra £8 billion a year towards the NHS. The former head of the NHS said that Labour needed to… Continue reading


Watch: Schoolchild tells Tristram Hunt he would vote Ukip to ‘get all the foreigners out’

16 April 2015 13:32
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Tristram Hunt encountered every politician’s nightmare on the campaign trail this morning. When visiting a primary school in Derbyshire, the shadow education secretary asked a schoolchild how they would vote in the general… Continue reading


The fat debate – Julie Burchill vs Katie Hopkins

16 April 2015 12:00

In this week’s issue, Julie Burchill explains why she is not dieting. Ever. As Kingsley Amis said, no pleasure is worth giving up for the sake of two more years in… Continue reading


Ukip win and lose a celebrity supporter in the space of an hour

15 April 2015 17:52
Cross Party Support At Homes For Britain Rally

Last year Mike Read had to withdraw his Ukip Calypso song from sale after a number people complained that it was racist. So Mr S was cheered to hear that there… Continue reading


Benjamin’s Into The Little Hill is a masterpiece: Speech Acts at Shadwell Opera reviewed

15 April 2015 16:11
Simeon John-Wake as the Soldier and Temi Wilkey as the Devil in Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale

Speech Acts Shadwell Opera, Courtyard Theatre Election time is upon us again. But before we arrive at the main event there are the warm-up acts – televised debates, broadsheet profiles… Continue reading