Camilla Swift

Camilla Swift is Supplements Editor at The Spectator.

Saboteurs Protest During A Local Hunt

Are hunt saboteurs simply out to harass people?

26 December 2016 11:46

Boxing Day is the one day of the year when people really come out en masse to support their local…


Philip Hammond and John McDonnell go head-to-head – but are we any clearer on Brexit?

20 November 2016 10:48

Sofa chat with Chancellor @PHammondMP & Shadow Chancellor @johnmcdonnellMP #marr — The Andrew Marr Show (@MarrShow) November 20, 2016…

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Why the John Lewis Christmas advert is a mess

10 November 2016 18:42

It used to be the Coca Cola advert that signalled Christmas was on its way. Holidays were coming, and Coke would…

Edinburgh Zoo's Sir Nils Olav has an official knighthood from the Norwegian King's Guard

Norway never said ‘nei’ to Liam Fox

11 October 2016 20:19

Being half-Norwegian, I can rarely find anyone in Westminster to discuss the Norwegian papers with. But Monday’s front page of…

Fiona Bigwood, Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Spencer Wilton on the podium after winning the Silver medal of the Equestrian Dressage (Photo: Getty)

Equestrianism brings gender equality to the Olympics

16 August 2016 10:23

Team GB are currently resting in second position in the Olympic medals tables, with a total of 41 medals and 16 golds.…

Climate Change And Global Pollution To Be Discussed At Copenhagen Summit

No, we don’t need to be in the EU to tackle environmental issues

2 June 2016 17:19

David Cameron has been banging the anti-Brexit drum again, this time making the environmental case for staying in Europe. He has joined…

Pay it forward: Sir Philip Green donated the kiss from Kate Moss that he bought for £60,000 to Jemima Khan

How Jeremy Corbyn kept down the bids at this year’s big Tory fundraiser

16 May 2016 15:29

This piece is from the new issue of Spectator Money, out on Thursday 19 May. The magazine will come free…

A homeless dog sits in his kennel at the RSPCA Animal Rescue Centre in Barnes Hill, Birmingham. Image: Getty

The RSPCA may be getting back to what it does best: animal welfare

14 May 2016 10:12

The RSPCA over the last decade has – many would say – lost its way, bogged down in a mess of private…


The government plans for rural broadband simply aren’t up to scratch. The least they could do is admit it

7 May 2016 12:24

Election results day a good day to bury bad news — who’d have thought it? Fortunately for people living in…

Bonnie Armitage and her pony, Linsday. Image: The Armitage Family

The anti-hunt mob have reached a new low

5 April 2016 14:15

Last Saturday, on 2 April, 9-year-old Bonnie Armitage was killed by a kick from a horse. This tragic accident could have happened…

Claude the cat, who was put down by the RSPCA (Photo: RSPCA)

Can the RSPCA’s new CEO reform the ailing charity?

29 March 2016 11:22

The RSPCA have been in a fair pickle for a while now. It had been without a CEO for two…


Can the ‘leave’ campaign convince British farmers that they’d be better off out?

24 March 2016 12:58

As Nigel Farndale wrote in this magazine in February, leaving the EU would have a dramatic effect on British farmers…

Vigil Held After Twin Attacks By Lone Extremist

Are Anders Breivik’s human rights really being contravened, or is it simply attention seeking?

18 March 2016 16:42

Anders Behring Breivik – the Norwegian extremist who killed 77 people in 2011 – has for the last few days…

South Africa Statue Uproar

The Spectator Podcast: Why political correctness is a good thing, George Osborne’s Budget, and the end of the rave

17 March 2016 8:06

Is political correctness a good thing or a bad thing? As Simon Barnes writes in this week’s magazine, he used…

Close-Up Of Mosquitoes

Why is there one rule for badgers, and another for mosquitoes?

11 February 2016 13:23

It’s unusual for a left-leaning paper to propose wiping out an entire species. Normally they’re proposing doing the exact opposite…

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Finally, the world has realised that George Osborne is a hottie

22 January 2016 17:32

‘It’s hard to think of a time when we didn’t all fancy the Chancellor of the Exchequer,’ begins George Osborne’s…

The Atherstone hounds. Image: Getty

The SNP don’t care about foxes. It was all a pack of lies

24 November 2015 18:19

So, it turns out that the SNP weren’t that bothered about the plight of foxes after all. Back in July,…

Winning Melbourne Cup jockey Michelle Payne with Prince Of Penzance. Image: Getty

Michelle Payne’s Melbourne Cup win is proof that women jockeys can triumph – if they’re given the opportunity

4 November 2015 13:54

Much has been written in these pages – both by Robin Oakley and myself – about the lack of female jockeys in…

Goodness gracious, what’s that I spy? Not a hairnet? Image: PA

Don’t listen to the haters, Zara – a hairnet is the height of elegance

6 October 2015 18:37

Zara Phillips has been spotted wearing a hairnet, and people do not approve. ‘Zara swaps tiara for Corrie hairnet’ runs…

Shadow Defra secretary Kerry McCarthy speaking at an 'End the Cull' rally. Image: PA

Meet the new anti-meat, anti-shooting, pro-badger shadow Defra secretary

14 September 2015 17:22

It’s no surprise that Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet appointments have rattled a few cages – and the choice of Kerry…

Rachael protests outside Asda in Wigan. Image: PA

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…

Plates on shelf above white Aga oven in country kitchen

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…


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…

'Ye Olde Fighting Cocks', one of the oldest pubs in Britain. Image: PA

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…

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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…