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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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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

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George Osborne’s ‘Living Wage’ will soon set wages for 11pc of workers. Is that conservative?

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

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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


Five tricks that George Osborne may pull in his Budget tomorrow

7 July 2015 11:30

It’s Budget day tomorrow, and as James Forsyth put it recently, George Osborne will never have a better time to do bad things. The Labour party is a complete mess,… Continue reading

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The Greeks have voted ‘no’. Now, the real crisis will begin

5 July 2015 20:07

In a landslide vote, the Greeks have said ‘no’ to the latest EU bailout deal – and, perhaps, to the Euro itself. Alexis Tsipras will stay as Prime Minister, and treat the result as a… Continue reading

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When will George Osborne commission a war memorial for soldiers?

5 July 2015 15:58

We learn today that George Osborne will say in his Budget that he’s using the fines he’s collected from bankers to build a memorial to terror victims. I find this… Continue reading


In pictures: The Spectator’s readers’ tea party

3 July 2015 19:13

‘They are just as you hope they’d be,’ said my colleague Damian Thompson midway through our readers’ tea party today. I knew what he meant: we were actually getting to… Continue reading

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State schools, not private schools, are the real sponsor of inequality in Britain

28 June 2015 11:17

In today’s Observer, Will Hutton unwittingly highlights the poverty of the inequality debate in Britain. Gifted writers like him bang on about private schools the whole time rather than look… Continue reading

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Sorry, SNP, but Scotland’s social attitudes are just the same as England’s

26 June 2015 17:25

For most of my adult life, I’ve heard people say that Scots are – politically – different to the English. Not small differences, but fairly fundamental ones. This never rang… Continue reading

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Official: income inequality has fallen under David Cameron.  

25 June 2015 16:40

“Inequality has gotten much worse in the United Kingdom,” declared the Nobel laureate Joe Stiglitz when he was on Andrew Marr’s Start the Week last month (clip below). It’s one… Continue reading

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Diane Abbott’s car-crash Sunday Politics interview shows the depth of Labour’s denial

21 June 2015 15:12

The Labour leadership contest is compulsive watching for conservatives with a taste in schadenfreude. Jeremy Corbyn’s inclusion reminds everyone how the party may have succeeded in expelling the electable Blairites, but… Continue reading

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Earn as you burn: the green energy offer that saved the monks of Pluscarden

19 June 2015 18:26

Pluscarden Abbey, just outside Elgin in northeast Scotland, is one of the most beautiful places in Britain. But to those who have visited in winter over the years, it has… Continue reading

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Goodbye deflation, hello low-flation

16 June 2015 11:12

Reports of deflation’s death are exaggerated – sure, the CPI index has risen from -0.1pc in April to +0.1pc in May. But many important things are still getting cheaper: food, for example, costs… Continue reading