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Muslims, Jews and Christians use identical twins to ‘prove’ homosexuality isn’t genetic

28 March 2015 14:28
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The subject of identical twins has been on my mind ever since I read a magnificently creepy thriller called Ice Twins by SK Treymayne – a pseudonym meant to sound… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: laments for lost newspapers (plus: historical characters’ desert island discs)

28 March 2015 9:30
Richard Desmond of the Northern & Shell company at the headquarters of Express Newspapers in central London

In his 2004 book The Vanishing Newspaper Philip Meyer predicted that the final hard-copy newspaper will plop through someone’s letterbox in 2043. So who’ll be the first to go? In… Continue reading

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Jeremy Clarkson and the Political Correctness of the Right

27 March 2015 14:11
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One of the many delusions of the Right is the myth of conservative robustness. Conservatives don’t play the victim card, they say. They tell it like it is, and don’t… Continue reading

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Rupert Murdoch calls Ed Miliband out on his debate boast

27 March 2015 14:04
Ed Miliband stands up to Rupert Murdoch

Ed Miliband used last night’s election interview with Jeremy Paxman as an opportunity to blast the Murdoch press. The Labour leader told viewers that he had stood up to Rupert Murdoch, and would… Continue reading

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Everything Yes voters believe about the Scottish independence referendum is wrong (but that doesn’t matter)

27 March 2015 10:46
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Say this for Alex Salmond: he is entirely typical of the movement he once led. The former First Minister’s new book makes much of what you might deem the referendum’s dirk-in-the-back theory.… Continue reading

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America declares war on e-cigarettes. But it’s an ideological battle, not a medical one

27 March 2015 8:37
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The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a wildly expensive campaign against e-cigarettes because… well, I can’t really work out their logic, but the sickly aroma of liberal… Continue reading

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Voters want visions, and powerful posters deliver them – not Twitter

26 March 2015 18:07
A poster can make of break an election. Image: PA

If no-one was very excited about the launch of the Lib Dem’s election poster this morning, it wasn’t just because of the rain. According to The Times, political posters are… Continue reading

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Adam Boulton: David Dimbleby is a backwards step for BBC’s election coverage

26 March 2015 17:52
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Tonight Kay Burley will moderate a ‘town hall’ style Q&A with David Cameron and Ed Miliband as part of the election debate package. When Mr S bumped into Burley’s Sky colleague Adam Boulton… Continue reading

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Benedict Cumberbatch reads at his distant relation Richard III’s burial (despite saying he’s not ‘part of the landed gentry’)

26 March 2015 15:43
The Remains Of King Richard III Are Finally Laid To Rest

Benedict Cumberbatch once complained that ‘posh-bashing’ had got so bad in Britain that he was contemplating a move to America. Cumberbatch, who attended Harrow, moaned that people showed prejudice towards his background despite the fact… Continue reading

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Today’s reburial wasn’t about Richard III. It was about Benedict Cumberbatch

26 March 2015 15:07
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We should have known it. Today’s reburial isn’t about Richard III. It’s about Benedict Cumberbatch. Isn’t everything these days, somehow about Benedict Cumberbatch? I have a theory that he’s the… Continue reading

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How did the Liberal Democrat cross the road?

26 March 2015 12:37
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The Liberal Democrats have unveiled their funky new campaign poster this morning, only to unceremoniously dump it on a yellow line on an empty street in Westminster: Mr S is… Continue reading

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Convince a generation that Ukip resemble the Nazis and you can make them do anything

26 March 2015 11:22
Ukip Leader Nigel Farage Fails To Turn Up At Rally

There was something genuinely frightening about the disturbance aimed at Nigel Farage and his family this weekend; what’s scary is that there seem to be so many people in our… Continue reading

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How Ukip became the incredible disappearing party

26 March 2015 10:31
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The establishment drive to marginalise Ukip has been under way for three months now, and it has having its effect. You will not read anything about Ukip in your newspapers… Continue reading

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Has Ed Miliband been spending £10,000 a day on Obama debate coach?

26 March 2015 10:29
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Tonight Ed Miliband and David Cameron will be interviewed by Jeremy Paxman in two separate interviews, after Cameron declined to do a head-to-head interview with the Labour leader. Now, Mr S hears… Continue reading

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Processed food is dangerous. It’s time for radical action that libertarians will hate

26 March 2015 10:17
This stuff is killing people. We need to act

Two very different but valuable crops are grown in Central and South America. After hours of toil, each is carefully harvested. But it’s not the plant itself that is prized:… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s VAT pledge spells disaster for Labour’s new poster campaign

25 March 2015 22:26
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Ed Miliband had a disastrous PMQs today after the Labour leader claimed the Tories would raise VAT, only to have David Cameron deny that he would increase the tax. Besides leaving Miliband… Continue reading

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The BBC was right to sack Jeremy Clarkson

25 March 2015 21:24
Top Gear Live - Media Call

There’s no cause so disreputable it cannot find adherents. And, failing that, apologists. Take, for instance, the apparently simple case of a powerful man – powerful in status more than… Continue reading

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Cardinal Nichols attempts to silence faithful priests. This will backfire

25 March 2015 17:30
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[Update: On looking more closely at the list of priests, I’m astonished by some of the names I see there – clergy I wouldn’t have described as conservatives, let alone traditionalists.… Continue reading

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Are the Lib Dems now trolling their own leader?

25 March 2015 16:32
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Cracks within the Liberal Democrats began to surface this week after Vince Cable publicly denounced Tim Farron as a future party leader. Now things have got even stranger. An excruciating mash-up video… Continue reading

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Is Rupert Murdoch eyeing up Jeremy Clarkson now the ‘stupid’ BBC has fired him?

25 March 2015 14:50
Top Gear Live - Media Call

Last week Mr S reported how Jeremy Clarkson took to the stage at a charity event and called the BBC a bunch of ‘f—ing b—–ds’. He may well be uttering… Continue reading

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If students can’t cope with clapping, how can they deal with clubs, festivals and protests?

25 March 2015 14:30
The kind of event where clapping is commonplace (Photo: Getty)

Organisers at a National Union of Students Women’s Conference have asked that those attending the event use ‘jazz hands’ instead of clapping, because it is ‘triggering anxiety’. Some delegates are requesting that… Continue reading

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The winter of Ed’s discontent

25 March 2015 13:13
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Never one to miss a dig, hats off to the PM at the final PMQs of this parliament for managing to shoehorn a gag about Ed Miliband into a spurious… Continue reading

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Stanley Johnson struggles with history in his memoir

25 March 2015 12:57
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After Boris Johnson got his dates muddled while discussing his biography of Winston Churchill on LBC yesterday, it has come to Mr S’s attention that a selective memory could run in the family. Speaking… Continue reading

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Twitter causes problems for Tory whips ahead of the dissolution of Parliament

25 March 2015 12:34
First day of new Parliament

Next week will see the dissolution of Parliament and the official start of the election campaign. With some MPs destined never to return to the House of Commons, offices are… Continue reading

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The Tory party’s attitude towards Scotland is as stupid as it is cynical

25 March 2015 10:13
The Annual Cowal Highland Games

I preferred Grant Shapps when, as Michael Green, he was just another loathsome internet huckster peddling obviously quackish get-rich-quick schemes. He did less damage then. That is, he played a smaller… Continue reading

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