The Times on Pope Francis and abortion: the worst piece of religious reporting ever?

2 September 2015 20:24

The headline on page 33 of today’s Times reads: ‘Repent and we will forgive abortions, Pope tells women’. It’s a bad headline, because the Church already grants absolution to women who… Continue reading


Another joker votes for Jeremy Corbyn

2 September 2015 17:02

After a number of pranksters attempted to infiltrate Labour’s voting system, the party had to take extreme steps in order to weed out these chancers. One joker who won’t be prevented from voting for… Continue reading


The Great British Bake Off becomes latest victim of ‘clean eating’ cult

2 September 2015 16:58

In a world in which wholesome recipes by the likes of Nigella Lawson and Delia Smith are being spurned in favour of lean alternatives from green goddesses who advocate ‘clean eating’, Mr S would have hoped to… Continue reading


Rebekah Brooks returns to News UK to head up Rupert Murdoch’s empire

2 September 2015 14:53
Former Chief Executive Of News International Rebekah Brooks Gives Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

It’s all change at News UK today after it was confirmed that Rebekah Brooks will be making a triumphant return to the publishing group. Brooks — who stood down from the… Continue reading


Labour’s centrists have held up the white flag of surrender

2 September 2015 13:46
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Announces His Party's Education Manifesto

Smart political operators are often the stupidest people. In conventional Westminster terms, it was smart of Labour’s Chuka Umunna to say last night that everyone in Labour should work with… Continue reading


Accuracy concerns grow over Anthony Seldon’s biography of David Cameron

2 September 2015 11:00

Anthony Seldon and Peter Snowdon’s biography of David Cameron has not even been released yet but already it has managed to send ripples through Westminster. Revelations in the Mail on Sunday’s excerpt… Continue reading


WATCH: Why Steve Backshall is one of the best presenters on British television

1 September 2015 20:22
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At a time when so much of television is read from autocue, it’s a joy to come across complete professionals whose love for their subject is second only to their knowledge of… Continue reading


Pope Francis drops a bombshell: Catholics can receive absolution from dissident SSPX priests

1 September 2015 14:15

Pope Francis, unpredictable as ever, has just announced that during the forthcoming ‘Year of Mercy’, Catholics can receive absolution from priests of the ultra-traditionalist Society of St Pius X (SSPX),… Continue reading


Protesters to serve up anti-Tory cake at party conference

1 September 2015 14:08
Protest Takes Place Over Immigration Rights

The Great British Bake Off has been praised for getting the nation cooking. Now, it seems the fever has become political, as anti-austerity campaigners get baking ahead of this year’s… Continue reading


Paul Mason comes to Alex Salmond’s defence over BBC bias

1 September 2015 10:10
Edinburgh International Book Festival

With Alex Salmond currently engaged in a war of words with Nick Robinson over the BBC’s ‘disgraceful’ coverage of the Scottish referendum, there is one former Beeb employee he can… Continue reading


Jeremy Corbyn is Britain’s Donald Trump (and vice versa)

31 August 2015 15:07
Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Continues His Welsh Tour

The silly season is supposed to end tomorrow. September sidles in and normality replaces August’s frivolity. The reality of winter will be with us soon enough, too. That, at any rate,… Continue reading


Has Jeremy Corbyn ever bothered to speak to ‘the other side’?

31 August 2015 12:53
Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a rally for supporters at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl on August 25, 2015 in Southampton, England.

I had a piece in the Sunday Times yesterday about Jeremy Corbyn and the dodgy excuse he and his spokespeople use whenever he is caught with another IRA terrorist, Holocaust-denier,… Continue reading


Chrissie Hynde is right – women should take responsibility for their actions

30 August 2015 20:36
Chrissie Hynde In Concert, Koko, London, Britain - 16 Dec 2014.

The popular singer Chrissie Hynde has been reprimanded by feminist campaigners for speaking common sense. Hynde, who is somewhat more astute than most landfill rock slebs, has advanced the proposition… Continue reading


Peaceful yet violent: the Thai paradox that still baffles the West

30 August 2015 11:10
The damaged Brahma statue at the Hindu Erawan shrine (Photo: Nicolas Asfouri/Getty)

The scene of the recent bombing at the Erawan shrine has swiftly been remodelled to make it seem as though nothing happened. Upbeat slogans – ‘Stronger Together’ – and a forensically… Continue reading


When David told Boris to ‘f—ing shut up’

30 August 2015 10:44
London Mayor Boris Johnson and Prime Minister David Cameron arrive at the Advantage children's daycare nursery on April 22, 2015 in Surbiton, England.

Oh dear. Although Lord Ashcroft said he would be pleasantly surprised if Anthony Seldon’s biography of David Cameron offered anything more than ‘a sanitised account’ of his time in Number 10,… Continue reading


Spectator competition: Spammity Spam! Wonderful Spam! (plus: arty limericks)

29 August 2015 9:30
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The request for tributes in verse to a once-popular foodstuff that has fallen out of favour generated a large and lively postbag. Bill Greenwell’s entry (Spangles!) brought to mind childhood… Continue reading


Ignorance is bliss. But when it comes to your health, is it also a right?

28 August 2015 17:42

Tell kids the Tooth Fairy is fake, and their lips are sure to tremble. Reveal the list of their birthday gifts the day before the party, and they may well… Continue reading


Why is the Home Office giving in to illiberal youth by banning rappers like Tyler, The Creator?

28 August 2015 13:17
Tyler, The Creator: a homophobic menace? Photograph: Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images

In a 2012 interview on Newsnight, foul-mouthed LA rapper Tyler, The Creator told a churlish Stephen Smith that the point of his music was to ‘piss old white people off… Continue reading


All hail Lord Livermore, king of Labour campaigning

28 August 2015 12:54

It’s fair to say that the appointment of Ed Miliband’s ex-campaign director Spencer Livermore to the House of Lords hasn’t gone down well in Labour circles. Harriet Harman was said… Continue reading


For sale: Jeremy Corbyn’s used coffee cup

27 August 2015 17:18

It’s official, Jeremy Corbyn has made it. Following in the lines of all the greats, the left wing messiah has inspired such fan devotion that people are genuinely bidding on… Continue reading


It's honours day for Cameron and Osborne's chums

27 August 2015 16:18
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The 2015 Dissolution Peerages have been announced today, following much rumour about who might receive one. While Mr S’s colleague Sebastian Payne has the full list over on Coffee House, it’s… Continue reading


Coming soon: more Lib Dem advice on how to win an election

27 August 2015 13:30
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg speaks to  party activists alongside Jasper Gerard (left), the partyÕs candidate for Maidstone & The Weald, at Hush Heath Winery on May 3, 2015 in Tonbridge, England.

Given that the general election proved disastrous for the Liberal Democrats, it’s surprising how many party members seem keen to revisit the experience. With Vince Cable and Norman Baker both bringing out… Continue reading


Labour asks school pupils to act as informants ahead of vote

27 August 2015 11:46
Jeremy Corbyn's Policy Ideas For Young People Launch

Although Buzzfeed managed to successfully register a cat to vote in the Labour leadership election, the party remains insistent that they are successfully weeding out ‘supporters’ who are not genuine. However,… Continue reading


The Guardian declares war on the Sunday roast

26 August 2015 10:55

A time will come when the Guardian declares war on your favourite food. The lefty bible has so far deemed HP sauce to be the condiment of ‘the establishment’, tea… Continue reading


Pardon my Scots, J.K. Rowling tells the French

25 August 2015 16:45
J.K Rowling - In Conversation

Despite becoming a Cybernat target during the Scottish referendum after she donated £1 million to the Better Together campaign, J.K. Rowling has not been deterred from putting Scottish Nationalists in their place. Such… Continue reading