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Camilla Swift is an editorial assistant at The Spectator.

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The equine squatters that landowners have no power to evict

3 September 2014 14:10

Fly-grazing will be discussed for two hours in Parliament this afternoon. But what is it – and why should the government care? Put simply, fly-grazing is the unauthorised grazing of land by… Continue reading

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Why are there so few female jockeys?

27 August 2014 21:44

In this week’s ‘The Turf’ column, Robin Oakley bemoans the lack of female jockeys in horseracing. This, he claims, is a result of the sport’s lack of opportunities for women:… Continue reading

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Shooting does more to protect wildlife than the RSPB

12 August 2014 19:09

Today, the Glorious Twelfth, is the one day of the year most anticipated by game shooters – the start of the grouse season. But, as the first grouse make their way… Continue reading


What is going on at the RSPCA?

11 August 2014 17:24

listen to ‘John Humphrys and the #RSPCA case of Claude the cat ’ on Audioboo The RSPCA have hit the headlines once again, after the story emerged of Claude, a… Continue reading

Foreign Ministers Attend Friends Of Syria Meeting In London

The nine lives of Freya, the Chancellor’s cat

8 August 2014 16:15

News just in that George Osborne’s cat, Freya, was hit by a car outside Downing Street last night, and is currently at the vet’s. Freya is famous for her love of hunting… Continue reading

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2 billion reasons to take shooting seriously

30 July 2014 15:26

When I told our blogs editor about an independent survey claiming that shooting was worth £2 billion to the rural economy, he didn’t believe me. ‘Are you sure it’s not £2 million,… Continue reading

Estimate and The Queen after winning the Gold Cup in 2013

Don’t jump to conclusions over the positive drugs test on the Queen’s filly ‘Estimate’

23 July 2014 17:02

The news that one of the Queen’s horses, Estimate, tested positive for morphine, a banned substance, hit the headlines yesterday evening and unsurprisingly caused a bit of a stir. If… Continue reading

Nigel Farage and Ross Murray of the CLA at the Game Fair. Image: Twitter, @TheGameFair

Are Nigel Farage’s agricultural policies really ‘unrealistic and uncosted’?

23 July 2014 15:15

Much has been made of the reception that greeted Nigel Farage at the CLA Game Fair on Friday. The punters were far more interested in Nigel Farage than George Eustice, the incumbent Farming… Continue reading

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Liz Truss is no friend of Mr Badger

17 July 2014 9:11

What some people seem to forget is that Owen Paterson wasn’t (and Liz Truss isn’t) just Environment Secretary. As well as having responsibility for the environment, the role also covers… Continue reading

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Badgers are cute? Try telling that to a hedgehog – or a dairy farmer

8 July 2014 11:20

Badgers really are having their moment in the spotlight, aren’t they? Ever since the government decided that the bovine TB epidemic was so serious that something drastic had to be… Continue reading


A good cad is easier to find – and much more fun – than a good gentleman

20 June 2014 16:27

Country Life’s ‘Gentleman of the Year’ awards were announced last week, and contrary to the bookies’ expectations, David Beckham has finished in second place. The winner, their panel decided, was… Continue reading

A dead rabbit

Jeanette Winterson is not the only artist to have enjoyed killing animals

19 June 2014 16:51

It seems as if the author Jeanette Winterson might have a bit of a pest control problem. ‘Rabbit ate my parsley’, she tweeted, ‘I am eating the rabbit.’ Accompanied, of… Continue reading


Generation Y: A jilted generation, or just a bunch of whingers?

19 June 2014 16:50

Generation Y – are they really a jilted generation, or do they have absolutely no reason to be complaining about their lot? This was the question posed at Tuesday night’s… Continue reading

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The government’s plans to embrace technology in the classroom

16 June 2014 17:24

How can technology help British students to acquire the skills they need to succeed? This is the question that Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills & Enterprise, addressed this morning at… Continue reading

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Why do so many of our MPs feel the need to write books?

10 June 2014 17:39

It sometimes feels like there is a never-ending flood of books written by politicians delivered to the Spectator offices. Almost every week a new one – or the invitation to… Continue reading

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The Middleton double standard

2 June 2014 20:21

I imagine there are very few people who haven’t heard about the Duchess of Cambridge’s clothing catastrophe in Australia. And, of course, this isn’t the first time that the duchess… Continue reading

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Why Charles Moore could be wrong about the changes at Horse and Hound

25 May 2014 10:24

As Charles Moore has reported in his Spectator’s Notes this week, changes are afoot at equestrians’ favourite publication, Horse and Hound. Speculating on the decision to replace their editor with… Continue reading

Chelsea Flower Show - Day 2

Monty Don, Kirstie Allsopp and Bear Grylls – we get the TV shows we deserve

22 May 2014 18:04

We’re now on day three of the Chelsea Flower Show, and this year the BBC have taken their coverage to the max. As well as the quotidian hourly slot with… Continue reading

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What has prosecuting farmers got to do with animal welfare?

12 May 2014 18:45

If you were concerned about animal welfare, would you choose to spend money on prosecuting farmers whose welfare is below par? Or would you spend that money on improving animal… Continue reading

Pippa Funnell riding Redesigned at the Badminton Horse Trials on May 9, 2014. Image: Getty

If you’re after equality, don’t show women’s football. Show Badminton.

10 May 2014 10:40

Over the next two days, one of the most important events in the British sporting calendar takes place. No, not the final day of the Premier League season. Badminton Horse… Continue reading

77 H7N9 Bird Flu Cases Confirmed In China

Don’t chicken out of labelling food

9 May 2014 16:05

Do you know where the chicken in your lunchtime sandwich came from? Where it lived and how it died? For most people, the answer’s probably no, so it might have… Continue reading

Climate Change And Global Pollution To Be Discussed At Copenhagen Summit

National Trust trusting in green dogma

2 May 2014 16:06

Strange happenings at a place that many people think of as one of Britain’s National Treasures: the National Trust. As we point out in our leading article this week, the Trust… Continue reading

Ultimate cad Terry Thomas and Nicole Maurey in 'His and Hers', 21st July 1960. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

A ‘Cad’ does not sell videos of his sexual conquests to newspapers

29 April 2014 14:50

There’s been a lot of talk on this website recently about ‘revenge porn’. First, Freddy revealed his tips on how to avoid embarrassing videos and pictures of yourself being posted… Continue reading

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Is it just me, or does anyone else find George Osborne attractive?

25 April 2014 17:44

Ever since the Cambridges touched down in Wellington two weeks ago, the Daily Mail has been running headline after headline about ‘gorgeous Prince George’. But there’s another George who caught my eye… Continue reading

Riders Meet For The Traditional Boxing Day Hunt

Why all the fuss about hunting? After all, it’s not a vote-loser

23 April 2014 10:23

The last couple of months have seen a huge amount of to-and-froing over the hunting ban from David Cameron. After the Federation of Welsh Farmers Packs published research into the… Continue reading