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

1 September 2015 20:22

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

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No wonder Osborne didn’t want the EU referendum – it may derail his journey to No10

31 August 2015 13:16

Another disclosure from Anthony Seldon’s upcoming biography of David Cameron: he reveals that George Osborne tried to stop the referendum European Union membership. The below is from the Mail on Sunday’s serialisation of Seldon’s… Continue reading

Blair and Gaddafi

If Tony Blair thought that Gaddafi wanted to cut a deal, why did no one follow up?

31 August 2015 11:23

Just a few months ago, almost everyone thought that David Cameron was a goner. That he was about to go down in history as a one-term Prime Minister who failed… Continue reading

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Why are private schools so touchy about state schools’ success?

22 August 2015 10:11

The success of school reform in Britain seem to be worrying the private schools’ spokesmen. They’ve taken the unusual step of releasing a statement in response to my Daily Telegraph column yesterday,… Continue reading

Pupils Receive Their GCSE Results

The rise and rise of England’s state schools

21 August 2015 14:00

Moaning about private education is an ancient British tradition; how can there be fairness in society when the rich can afford such great schools? Let’s count how many privately-educated judges… Continue reading

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The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats are now the no1 force in Sweden, polls show

20 August 2015 21:26

On the Swedish election before last, there was shock that the populist Sweden Democrats ended up with a foothold in parliament. Even more shock when they did well enough in last… Continue reading

Christian Guy on Sky News.

What Christian Guy’s appointment says about David Cameron’s No.10

18 August 2015 16:10

What will David Cameron do with his final few years in power? On election night, he said he wanted his party ‘to reclaim a mantle that we should never have… Continue reading


Inflation is rising at a snail’s pace; interest rates will too

18 August 2015 12:20

With inflation nailed to the floor, real wage increases are now increasing at the fastest rate in years. Today’s CPI inflation data today shows it moving from zero in June… Continue reading


Sales of The Spectator hit an all-time high

13 August 2015 12:01

It’s a red-letter day for us here at 22 Old Queen Street. The latest circulation figures for British magazines have just been published and show that sales of The Spectator have broken… Continue reading


Journalists didn’t kill Kids Company. Camila Batmanghelidjh did

6 August 2015 11:05

To listen to Camila Batmanghelidjh on the Radio 4 this morning, you’d think that her upstanding charity had been mysteriously assassinated by a vicious media – and b nothing else.… Continue reading

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The myth of Britain’s two-tier education system

26 July 2015 10:13

On Broadcasting House, one of my favourite Radio 4 programmes, was this morning discussing a report (pdf) from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty commission. It finds, amongst other things,… Continue reading

G7 Finance Ministers Meet In Dresden

George Osborne’s ‘Living Wage’ will soon set wages for 11pc of UK workers

24 July 2015 10:55

George Osborne’s Budget plan to raise the minimum wage to £9.35 for over-25s was a surprise – which means it has not yet been much scrutinised. Ed Miliband’s £8 by… Continue reading

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Why is David Lammy getting beaten up for telling the truth about tax credits?

21 July 2015 20:08

Poor old David Lammy. At 11pm last night, the Labour mayoral hopeful tweeted that his mum had depended on tax credits so he supports them now. Twitter went wild, saying that they… Continue reading

Me interviewing Darling for my Ch4 Dispatches film "How the rich get richer"

Alistair Darling: why I changed my mind on tax credits

20 July 2015 16:44

Last autumn, I presented a Ch4 documentary on inequality. I could have made three hours’ worth of that show – or written a book – but it was distilled down… Continue reading

Labours candidates for Leader and Deputy Leader Liz Kendall,Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper  and Jeremy Corbyn take part in a hustings in The Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs on July 10, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Labour leadership bingo: your guide to the leadership debate

19 July 2015 10:42

Yes, it’s a sunny Sunday – but for Tories, it will be a lot sunnier after watching the Labour Party leadership debate. With some helpful suggestions from Twitter, here’s my guide… Continue reading

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The Queen won’t have been the only British girl messing about with Nazi salutes in 1933

18 July 2015 11:51

Reassuringly, not even anti-monarchists are making mischief out of today’s pictures of an eight-year-old Queen being shown by her uncle how to make a Nazi salute. It’s a striking picture,… Continue reading

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Britain would be the loser if Jeremy Corbyn is elected Labour’s leader

15 July 2015 16:42

It’s hit Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and the New York Mets and now the Labour Party has become the victim of vote hijacking: people voting for an unlikely candidate for… Continue reading


Sorry, but Greece isn’t victim of a ‘coup’. It’s a victim of the Euro

13 July 2015 7:35

After 17 hours of negotiations Greece and its creditors have just agreed a third bailout deal – and already there’s a new hashtag campaign on Twitter protesting that #ThisIsACoup. Paul Krugman agrees.… Continue reading

Miliband lost the election, but won the argument on the minimum wage

George Osborne will soon decide the salary of one in six British women

12 July 2015 20:04

The Budget contained little economic analysis of George Osborne’s sensational plan for a £9 minimum wage for the over-25s. Of course, it’s not driven by economics: the main objective is to… Continue reading

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Amanda Platell is wrong: only Ch4 would have had the guts to screen Benefits Street

11 July 2015 10:42

My Saturday morning would not be complete without Amanda Platell’s delicious put-downs in the Daily Mail, usually aimed at people who richly deserve them. But today she identifies a target… Continue reading

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At last: the Tories splurge on Defence

8 July 2015 21:54

So much has happened in this Budget that it’s easy to overlook one of the most important announcements: that George Osborne will, after all, fit a lock on defence spending… Continue reading


Six policies that George Osborne has just stolen from Ed Miliband  

8 July 2015 16:04

The morning after the election, Ed Miliband said that his party had lost the election but won the argument. He was mocked for this observation but surveying Osborne’s summer budget,… Continue reading

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Why Osborne is copying – and bettering – Miliband’s minimum wage pledge

8 July 2015 14:32

During the last Labour campaign, there will be been a few moments where George Osborne will have looked at Ed Miliband proposals and thought: damn! Wish we’d come up with of… Continue reading

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Budget tricks: is Middle Britain really getting a tax cut?

8 July 2015 11:04

We learn this morning that George Osborne is planning a tax cut for the middle class, by raising the earnings threshold for the 40p tax. Of course, this was raised… Continue reading


With no coalition partner, George Osborne negotiates himself out of £12bn welfare cut

7 July 2015 22:29

Let’s face it: George Osborne’s pledge to save £12 billion from welfare over two years was never really credible. He never told us where the savings would come from, and it seemed as if he… Continue reading