When is a meatball not a meatball?

28 January 2015 16:05
Could this 'meatball' be deceiving you? Image: Getty

Q: When is a meatball not a meatball? A: When it’s vegan. Nothing is sacred to the killjoys over at Peta, not even the honest Ikea meatball. Just about the… Continue reading


Political correctness: How censorship defeats itself

28 January 2015 13:20

A cretin writing in this morning’s Telegraph doesn’t understand the meaning of ‘cretin’. Just about every writer writing about Benedict Cumberbatch in every paper yesterday failed to understand that Cumberbatch was… Continue reading


Vote of no confidence for ‘offensive’ Ian Liddell-Grainger

28 January 2015 12:22
Ian Liddell-Grainger and David Cameron survey flooding damage in Somerset

Ian Liddell-Grainger has been branded unfit for purpose by local Tories. The Conservative MP is facing calls to be deselected as a Tory candidate for the general election, with Conservative councillors… Continue reading


Robert Harris: BBC’s books coverage is a ‘disgrace’

28 January 2015 9:41
Robert Harris is unimpressed by the BBC's lack of books coverage

Lord Hall will be glad that he didn’t attend last night’s Costa Book Awards. Robert Harris, who chaired this year’s judges, took the opportunity to criticise the corporation’s book coverage when announcing… Continue reading


Have you heard the one about David Attenborough, a case of diarrhoea and a rat?

28 January 2015 8:00
David Attenborough had intimate relations with a rat in India

To London Zoo, where Mr S caught up with Sir David Attenborough at the launch of his new UKTV series Natural Curiosities. The 88-year-old broadcaster gave party goers pause for thought when… Continue reading


Why is the V&A hiding a picture of Mohammed from its website?

27 January 2015 18:06
A 16th-century Turkish image of Mohammed welcoming Jacob, from the ‘Zubdet ut Tevarih’ by Lokman (1583) - a separate picture to the one in the V&A collection

The V&A has recently decided to remove an historic image of the Prophet Mohammed from its website. The image remains in the collection and will be made available to scholars and researchers by appointment. I am… Continue reading


Mike Tindall: Why in any way am I lucky with my in-laws?

27 January 2015 16:12
(Photo: Getty)

The Duke of York attended the World Economic Forum last week in what was his first public appearance since he was accused of abusing an under-age ‘sex slave’. While Prince Andrew… Continue reading


Cameron reckons Gove prefers a ‘chillax playlist’ to ‘hip-hoppy’ Beyoncé tunes

27 January 2015 12:31

After Sarah Vine revealed that her husband Michael Gove’s ringtone that infamously disrupted a cabinet meeting was the latest Beyoncé hit, David Cameron has thrown doubt on this version of events.… Continue reading


Another day, another Tory Ukip defection

27 January 2015 10:40

Sloppy seconds are on the menu for both Ukip and the Conservative party this week. Many questions remain for the Tories after Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir defected to them following a Ukip party investigation. Now, Nigel… Continue reading


A medieval war of words: Salman Rushdie vs Times Literary Supplement

27 January 2015 8:47
56th BFI London Film Festival: Midnight's Children - Official Screening

Pencils are being sharpened on both sides of the Atlantic as a tiff between the Times Literary Supplement and Salman Rushdie reaches full swing. The author of The Satanic Verses has threatened… Continue reading


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