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Camilla Swift is Supplements Editor at The Spectator.

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If you want to save the British dairy industry, vote with your wallet

11 August 2015 18:38

So Morrisons have announced that – after long discussions with farmers’ unions over the price of milk – they will launch a new brand of milk, which will be 10p… Continue reading

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Having an Aga doesn’t make you posh

11 August 2015 10:26

‘I already hate Sam. He’s too chavvy.’ Can you imagine the outrage that would kick off if someone said that about a contestant on a reality TV programme? But that’s essentially… Continue reading

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There’s only one person who can save the Queen’s corgis

29 July 2015 11:16

The Queen, we learnt earlier this month, has decided not to take on any more corgi pups as, at the age of 89, she is worried about leaving any young… Continue reading

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From the oldest pub in Britain to the most stupidly named pub in Britain

27 May 2015 15:15

Should one of the oldest pubs in Britain – ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ – really change its name to ‘Ye Olde Clever Cocks’? This is what the animal rights organisation… Continue reading

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Equine squatters: the topic that united the Countryside Alliance and the RSPCA

27 May 2015 10:26

In September last year I wrote about horses being illegally grazed and abandoned, and the inability of landowners to do anything about it. Back then, the government were poised to… Continue reading

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Andrew Marr apologises for misquoting David Cameron on foxhunting. Photo: BBC.

Andrew Marr apologises for misquoting David Cameron on foxhunting

26 April 2015 10:52

Is foxhunting David Cameron’s favourite sport? Does he ‘love it’, as Andrew Marr quoted him as saying on his BBC show last Sunday? As I pointed out earlier this week,… Continue reading

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David Cameron: Andrew Marr was talking ‘bollocks’ about foxhunting

21 April 2015 16:53

So both the BBC and Andrew Marr have admitted to misquoting David Cameron as having said that foxhunting was his favourite sport. But what did Cameron himself think of Marr’s… Continue reading

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Andrew Marr and the BBC misquoted David Cameron – but how did they get it so wrong?

21 April 2015 10:41

After yesterday’s piece, in which I called out Andrew Marr for attributing an entirely incorrect quote to the PM on his Sunday morning show, two things have happened. Firstly, as Mr… Continue reading

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Exposed: the BBC’s ‘foxhunting’ smear against David Cameron

20 April 2015 17:31

The Prime Minister’s interview on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday showed that despite claims to the contrary, Cameron isn’t lacking in passion; the PM was full of fight and his… Continue reading

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The Green Party’s animal policies: where the ridiculous outweighs the sensible

14 April 2015 18:45

Lo, the official Green Party manifesto was released, and the animals they did rejoice. Or did they? The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, for one, have already come out and… Continue reading

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Podcast: In defence of Christianity, and the Conservatives’ lack of passion

2 April 2015 13:33

Being a Christian in Britain today is to invite pity or condescension, writes Michael Gove in this week’s cover piece. Why is that, and what is the future of Christianity in… Continue reading

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Whatever happened to Larry the Downing Street cat’s increased security?

30 March 2015 18:46

When reports emerged that a dog had allegedly been poisoned at Crufts, David Cameron appeared to be extremely worried that a similar fate might befall the Downing Street cat, Larry.… Continue reading

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We need to remember that lynx aren’t simply the big pussycats that they appear to be

25 March 2015 19:14

As our Barometer column reminded us this week, a campaign is underway  to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx – which became extinct in the UK around 1,300 years ago – to the… Continue reading

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Hunting may be banned, but the fight still goes on

18 February 2015 17:18

Ten years ago today, Tony Blair’s ban on hunting with dogs came into force. Rural communities had marched, Otis Ferry had stormed the Commons, but none of it made any… Continue reading

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Shooting Dartmoor ponies? Fabulous idea

2 February 2015 12:37

A gunman is shooting ponies on Dartmoor. Yes, it’s true; a trained sniper is wandering the moor, singling out ponies one by one. But don’t worry – it’s probably not… Continue reading

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Labour’s latest plan: tackling the deficit through gun licence fees

13 January 2015 18:13

listen to ‘Chris Leslie says Labour will cut the deficit through gun licences’ on audioBoom Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Chris Leslie was on the Daily Politics earlier today,… Continue reading

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Norway hasn’t given in to Islamophobia – but it has reacted

9 January 2015 17:51

Under the headline ‘Norway didn’t give into Islamophobia, nor should France’, Owen Jones writes on the Guardian’s Comment is free website that Norway’s response to the Anders Breivik massacre in… Continue reading

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Reindeer roasting on an open fire

16 December 2014 12:59

What’s wrong with eating reindeer? Well, if you normally eat meat, then I’d argue, absolutely nothing. But not everyone agrees with me. The fact that Lidl are selling packs of… Continue reading

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Why the ‘bat police’ are the animals’ own worst enemy

11 November 2014 17:18

‘The only thing to be said for Halloween’, wrote Alexander Chancellor in a recent Long Life column, ‘is that it perpetuates the demonisation of the bat’. My initial thought was:… Continue reading

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Shoot first, ask questions later – police back off new gun monitoring plans

7 November 2014 13:53

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new Crimestoppers telephone hotline that the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) decided would be a good idea, that was going to… Continue reading

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Save Isis (the dog on Downton Abbey… not the terrorists in Iraq and Syria)

28 October 2014 14:53

Downton Abbey fans are on high alert that something drastic might be about to happen to the loyal labrador of the house, ‘Isis’. On this week’s episode she was pointed… Continue reading

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Iraq and Syria are lost causes: Western intervention can’t help – or can it?

24 October 2014 18:05

Iraq and Syria are lost causes: Western intervention can’t help. Well, at least that was the motion put forward on Wednesday evening at a Spectator debate, in association with Brewin… Continue reading

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Cameron shoots himself in the foot on the rural vote

14 October 2014 13:33

Police this week were granted the authority to carry out random, unannounced checks at the home of anyone who has a gun licence. Why? They claim that shooters may be… Continue reading

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'Pete', a staffie, jumps through a hoop, 1927 (Photo: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Beagle or bull terrier, don’t blame the breed – blame the owners

13 October 2014 15:59

In this week’s magazine, Justin Marozzi writes about a vicious dog attack on a beach in Norfolk, which left his mongrel Maisie close to death and his own fingers ‘redesigned’… Continue reading

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Hugh Cecil Lowther, the 5th Earl of Lonsdale, on a hunt in 1908 (Photo: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Hunting is history - so why would the BBC pretend otherwise?

7 October 2014 18:03

Of all the BBC’s output, the Antiques Roadshow is one of the programmes least likely to cause a row. Alright, so you might disagree with the odd estimate, or argue that some… Continue reading

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