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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.


Spectator internships 2015: applications open

19 December 2014 15:20

Christmas is coming, and so are new year’s resolutions. If yours is to get some journalistic work experience, then we’d like to hear from you  – if you feel you… Continue reading


Yes, this Spectator Christmas card is a bit brutal. But so is the Christmas story

19 December 2014 13:25

‘What kind of message are you guys trying to send with that brutal Christmas card?’ asked my friend in the bar last night. He’s referring to the above card, an… Continue reading

Rupert Harrison (right) is more than just a bag carrier. But he carries bags too. And newspapers.

Why is George Osborne’s aide paid £95,000? Because he’s worth it

19 December 2014 9:41

The Daily Mirror has today splashed on the fact that Rupert Harrison, chief economic adviser to the British government, has had a pay increase and is now on £95,000. Outrageous,… Continue reading

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Why is David Cameron now misleading voters about the deficit?

15 December 2014 15:59

Can the Tories really be planning to fight the next election lying about the deficit? I ask because in his speech today, David Cameron has just repeated an untrue claim… Continue reading

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Jeremy Vine and the truth about government spending

10 December 2014 15:57

Those who complain about the BBC (myself included) usually only refer to a small part of a massive and divergent operation. Nicky Campbell on Radio 5 is just superb – not… Continue reading

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Is George Osborne being truthful when he says he has ‘halved’ the deficit?

7 December 2014 12:34

In the Sunday Times today, George Osborne makes a statement so untrue as to violate the newspaper code of accuracy. ‘The deficit has been halved,’ he says. A bit of… Continue reading

Conservative MP Mark Pritchard. Photo: BBC.

Breaking: Tory MP Mark Pritchard arrested on rape allegations

4 December 2014 12:05

Mark Pritchard, MP for the Wrekin in Shropshire, was arrested on Tuesday following an allegation of rape. The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: ‘We can confirm that a 48-year-old man… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s Autumn Statement in 12 graphs

3 December 2014 18:15

George Osborne had dismal figures today, and still managed to present them as a triumph. He even presented his failure on the deficit (below) as a success, and got away… Continue reading

Stefan Löfven, Sweden's PM, is doing a Harold Wilson. But could David Cameron?

Sweden’s political crisis shows why Britain needs to abolish five-year parliaments

3 December 2014 16:50

The Swedish government has just collapsed, not even three months after being formed, and new elections are being called for March. The problem is one that Britain may well soon experience: no… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s new stamp duty regime explained

3 December 2014 14:33

If you’re buying a house, or thinking about it, there’s only one fact you need to know about today’s Budget: stamp duty is changing. Gone is the old system of… Continue reading


In graphs: How George Osborne learned to stop worrying and love the debt

1 December 2014 20:49

I have just been on Adam Boulton’s Sky News show, talking about the forthcoming Autumn Statement with Ann Pettifor, a left-wing economist. “I bet you didn’t expect me to defend… Continue reading

Penny's from heaven. Thank God we have humourous servicewomen like her in Parliament to balance out the po-faced

In defence of Penny Mordaunt

30 November 2014 11:49

So often, throwaway lines from the Spectator end up splashing national newspapers. This time, the splash has come from Penny Mordaunt, who won the ‘Speech of the Year’ gong in… Continue reading

John Collins, a former journalist who stumbled upon the financial story of the decade

How QE helped the government sell a car number plate for £400,000

29 November 2014 11:13

Who would buy a number plate for £400,000? The answer is John Collins, a former photographer for Scottish newspapers (and a bit of a journalistic legend in his time) who… Continue reading

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The Spectator’s 2014 Christmas subscription offer – our best ever

29 November 2014 10:00

The best Christmas offer has just arrived: a year’s full print and digital subscription to The Spectator, plus a free bottle of bubbly (or a £20 card to spend at Waitrose and John… Continue reading

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Boris is right – Britain does need rich people. And plenty of them

28 November 2014 9:29

Boris Johnson is about the only politician in Britain to stand up for the rich, pointing out that while they may be annoying, they tend to create jobs and prosperity… Continue reading


Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year 2014: the winners

27 November 2014 14:36

The Spectator’s 27th Parliamentarian of the Year awards, sponsored by Mastercard, took place at the Savoy Hotel this afternoon. Here are the winners – and a few extracts from my speech. The… Continue reading

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The British jobs miracle is making a mockery of David Cameron’s migration target

27 November 2014 11:03

Now we know why the Home Secretary did not commit the ‘tens of thousands’ immigration pledge rashly made by David Cameron in opposition. Britain is midway through a job creation… Continue reading

Probably the best singers in London: the choir of St Bride's

An invitation to The Spectator’s carol concert at St Bride’s church

26 November 2014 12:35

(Update: we have now sold 240 of the 250 tickets left to this, and the last ten will probably be gone by lunchtime Thursday. So apologies to those who are disappointed.… Continue reading

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Don’t blame Theresa May – she did her bit. The problem is immigration from the EU

24 November 2014 8:01

Theresa May is getting some stick this morning because she has admitted the obvious: that immigration is never going to get below the ‘tens of thousands’ target that David Cameron… Continue reading


Has the resurgent SNP scared Gordon Brown away from Westminster?

23 November 2014 8:31

It’s being reported that Gordon Brown has decided not to fight the next general election. Odd timing, you might think, he’s had almost five years to make up his mind… Continue reading

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Rochester points to a British general election where no one wins

21 November 2014 8:21

Rochester is not a freak. It has given us a glimpse of what bookies now believe to be the lost likely outcome of the next election: that no one wins.… Continue reading

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Poverty comes in red and blue – a reply to the Guardian’s Michael White

18 November 2014 15:03

I have the honour of having my Ch4 Dispatches documentary, now available online, reviewed by Michael White in the Guardian today. I think he was expecting me to lay into Labour, and critiques… Continue reading

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Revealed: how state education fuels inequality

17 November 2014 17:31

At 8pm tonight, I’m presenting a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary on inequality, entitled How The Rich Get Richer. In 27 fact-filled minutes, I go through a lot of things –… Continue reading

Fraser Nelson's documentary will be broadcast on Monday.

How the Rich Get Richer – my Channel 4 documentary

16 November 2014 10:50

(Update: you can now watch the documentary online here) Inequality is rising up the political agenda right now, but the debate usually descends into clichés about wealth, bankers and tax.… Continue reading

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Why did George Osborne spoil a genuine victory with spin?

8 November 2014 10:34

After spending so many years pointing out Gordon Brown’s tricks and deceits, I had hoped for a bit of a retirement when George Osborne took office. No such luck. The… Continue reading