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Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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Andy Burnham isn’t just the unions’ candidate, he’s the Tory candidate too

17 May 2015 11:07

“I’m the change candidate,” said Andy Burnham, settling down to the consolidation phase of his leadership bid. Chuka Umunna is out, so he is now the bookies’ favourite. He faces… Continue reading

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David Cameron needs to learn how to deal with nationalists

15 May 2015 10:45

David Cameron still has much to learn about dealing with nationalists. Theirs is a very different kind of politics – one where flags, language and choreography matters. Nicola Sturgeon is… Continue reading

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The polling debacle – and the wisdom of Walt Whitman

12 May 2015 18:45

I was at the IEA/Taxpayers’ Alliance post-election conference yesterday, listening to Lord Ashcroft giving facts and figures about why voters chose the Tories. Given how wrong all of the pollsters were,… Continue reading


It’s not just pollsters. David Cameron has also confounded economists with his jobs miracle

12 May 2015 7:17

David Cameron realised rather late on that the job miracle, rather than George Osborne’s dubious claims about deficit reduction, was the main economic boast of the last few years. And rightly: he… Continue reading

Disraeli, who never used the phrase "one nation Conservatism".

How David Cameron can unite the Tories behind his One Nation conservatism

11 May 2015 7:24

The Cabinet reshuffle is now underway, with IDS back in welfare and Michael Gove as Justice Secretary, with a brief to sort out the Human Rights Agenda mess. So David Cameron… Continue reading

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Michael Gove, legal reformer

10 May 2015 17:58

At first sight, it may seem odd to make Michael Gove the new Justice Secretary. But he has had experience – all too much of it. His job will be to clean… Continue reading

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With 56 SNPs and just one Ukip MP, how can the Commons reflect the UK’s political will?

9 May 2015 11:06

Firm, but unfair – that’s the motto of Westminster’s first-past-the-post voting system and Conservatives will today be raising a glass to it. But the House of Commons is now a… Continue reading

Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Ed Miliband may soon be gone. But let’s remember what he got right

7 May 2015 21:32

Most Conservatives I have spoken to in the last couple of hours are optimistic, hoping the prospect of RedEd in power has inspired a higher turnout amongst Tory voters. The… Continue reading

Cameron and Reinfeldt

How reforming Conservatives fall: an interview with Fredrik Reinfeldt

7 May 2015 11:19

A modernising, young Prime Minister advocates free schools, cuts taxes and oversees a job creation miracle – could voters really kick him out? It happened in Sweden six months ago… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg got coalition wrong. Tomorrow, he’ll pay the price

6 May 2015 18:42

It’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for Nick Clegg. He’s a decent man who took a tough decision to put his party into coalition with the Conservatives, and… Continue reading

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Why has Rachel Reeves tried to blame the OBR for Ed Miliband’s job predictions?

5 May 2015 16:27

Who is to blame for Ed Miliband getting the job projections so embarrassingly wrong? Famously, he used to go about advocating his ratio of doom: that there would be one private sector job lost… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband still isn’t being honest about debt. And yes, that matters

4 May 2015 13:35

The Guardian’s superb live blog was even better than usual this morning when it covered Twitter’s reaction to the Ed Miliband interview: eight tweets, of which five came from Spectator staff. That’s what… Continue reading

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A Labour-SNP alliance will be a political remake of Stephen King’s ‘Misery’

4 May 2015 9:29

On the radio this morning, Ed Miliband spoke as if he could get a Queen’s Speech passed without speaking to the SNP. This struck some as implausible, but it sounds… Continue reading

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The truth about Labour and overspending

30 April 2015 23:38

Ed Miliband’s worst moment in the Question Time debate came when he refused to accept that Labour had spent too much before the crash. The audience reacted with fury: how… Continue reading


The Spectator’s election briefing, tomorrow night: join us!

30 April 2015 11:41

Our last five Spectator debates have sold out, so tomorrow night we’re holding a subscriber-only election briefing. James Forsyth and I will go through the campaign as it looks so far, discuss the latest polling… Continue reading

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Economic confidence comes flooding back, just in time for the election  

29 April 2015 13:17

If there is any link between economic optimism and politics than David Cameron should easily win the general election next week. Today’s figures show consumer confidence around 30-year highs. The… Continue reading

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Announces His Party's Education Manifesto

Ed Miliband is right – first-time buyers need a tax cut

26 April 2015 22:16

I hate to admit it, but Ed Miliband has a point about the need for raising the stamp duty threshold to £300,000 for first-time buyers. (The FT has the story… Continue reading

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George Osborne has squeezed more from the rich than any UK Chancellor, ever

26 April 2015 13:41

The Sunday Times Rich List is out today – and it says a lot about Britain. Mainly: what type of country are we? One that reads that supplement with admiration,… Continue reading

The race, at the halfway stage

Spectator subscriber event: Mayday pre-election briefing

25 April 2015 11:06

Our last five Spectator debates have sold out, so we’re adding a new one at short notice – only for our subscribers. It’s an election briefing on Friday, 1 May where James Forsyth… Continue reading

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At last, tax receipts are surging as Osborne’s recovery continues

23 April 2015 13:20

The economic good news continues. Until now, the Achilles’ heel of the recovery was weak tax revenue – in part deliberate, as Osborne’s tax cuts meant the thousands moving into… Continue reading

Nicola Sturgeon Joins Alex Salmond On The Campaign Trail

Five rules of politics that Nicola Sturgeon has broken

20 April 2015 12:39

Nicola Sturgeon met my Auntie Patsy over the weekend, then was kind enough to tweet a picture of their encounter (below). Seeing her sandwiched between the two people most likely… Continue reading

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UK jobless rate now heading to a 40-year low

17 April 2015 15:24

The jobs miracle continues – two million new jobs have now been created since David Cameron took over. The Tories are rightly boasting about all of this today, even if… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s Evan Davis interview: defenceless on defence

15 April 2015 20:11

“I’ve got it too,” said David Cameron, whipping out the ‘contract with Britain’ he published five years ago. His team seems have prepared him for the format of Evan Davis’s BBC interviews:… Continue reading

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At last, shopping is getting cheaper. Let’s not look this gift horse in the mouth

14 April 2015 10:06

‘The economy has entered deflation,’ announces the BBC news presenter, as if this was a kind of recession. Au contraire. Shopping bills are shrinking, and this is unalloyed good news. The cost… Continue reading

Tomorrow's newspapers - with the kind of headlines that Cameron needs to win

Extending right-to-buy is Cameron’s big bazooka. But will it work?  

14 April 2015 0:15

Just a few weeks ago, David Cameron had not decided whether to extend right-to-buy to a further 1.3 million families in housing association homes. The  idea, from Iain Duncan Smith,… Continue reading