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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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Caption competition: Ed Miliband meets Barack Obama

22 July 2014 0:04

I’m in the US right now, where the national conversation is – it’s safe to say – not fixed on Ed Miliband’s White House trip. We now have photographic proof… Continue reading

"I'd like to get you on a slow boat to China"

Exclusive – Liam Fox turns down job as Foreign Office minister

15 July 2014 13:17

I can confirm that Liam Fox was offered Minister of State at the Foreign Office with responsibility for India, China and Latin America. He politely declined the Prime Minister’s idea,… Continue reading

Esther McVey leaving Number 10 Downing Street after finding out she will keep her job but attend Cabinet. Image: Getty

Cameron’s reshuffle is promoting women, yes – but risks patronising them too

15 July 2014 12:18

After today’s hiring and firings, the women ratio in the Cabinet rises from 14 per cent to 24 per cent. There is something horribly tokenistic, and faintly misogynistic, about boasting about… Continue reading

Endangered species: a white middle-aged Tory still in the government. Just.

6am Spectator podcast special: Cameron’s reshuffle – the hiring begins

15 July 2014 6:00

Good morning. We’ve just had the night of the long knives – for middle-aged Tory ministers at least. Now for the promotions, and you can expect a disproportionate number of them… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband is a wonk. Why doesn’t he check his facts?

8 July 2014 11:29

A few weeks ago, I was reading the newly-published Modernisers’ Manifesto (pdf) published by Bright Blue and a fact jumped out: ‘London is a tearaway success, responsible for 79 per… Continue reading


Video: The week ahead — Westminster abuse allegations and Miliband’s localism

7 July 2014 12:08

In our latest View from 22 video, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the two top stories from this weekend — the allegations about a paedophile ring in Westminster and Ed Miliband’s localist agenda… Continue reading


The Spectator Readers’ Tea Party, in pictures

4 July 2014 19:00

Last night’s summer party was only the warm-up. Today, we invited some of our subscribers over for a cup of tea in the garden here at 22 Old Queen St.… Continue reading


Video: The week ahead — Juncker and Cruddas

30 June 2014 12:36

In our latest View from 22 video, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the two top stories from this weekend — the ascension of Jean-Claude Juncker and Jon Cruddas’s intervention on Labour’s ‘dead’ hand… Continue reading

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Jon Cruddas is right – Miliband’s dole policy is punitive. And pointless

29 June 2014 10:57

I’ve always admired Jon Cruddas, and worried a little at his being placed at the centre of Ed Miliband’s policy unit. What happens if he talks sense? Well, my fears… Continue reading

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What to savour in this week’s Spectator

27 June 2014 18:46

The new issue of The Spectator is now out, chock-full of the best writing in the English language. Here are a few of my highlights. Damian Thompson argues that religion… Continue reading

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David Cameron is acting in a principled way over Juncker – so let’s back him

27 June 2014 12:52

It’s pretty rich hearing the Labour Party criticize Cameron for taking a principled stance on Europe. How vulgar, they say, how amateur. Doesn’t he know that the job is to… Continue reading


Internships at The Spectator

24 June 2014 15:00

Summer’s coming, and we’re looking for interns at The Spectator. We’re looking for digitally-savvy lovers of good writing with fresh ideas to spend a week or two with us at 22… Continue reading

Owen Jones in action

Who’ll tell the anti-austerity marchers that government spending is at a record high?

21 June 2014 21:14

‘No cuts!’ said banners held at the march on Whitehall today. Well, the Treasury is listening. It has pushed state spending to £732 billion this year, up from £673 billion… Continue reading

David Blunkett

The wit and wisdom of David Blunkett

21 June 2014 10:31

David Blunkett has announced that he’ll be standing down at the next election. ‘It is clear that the leadership of the party wish to see new faces in ministerial office… Continue reading

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Petraeus: America can’t serve as an air force for a Shi’ite militia

18 June 2014 17:16

If conservatives had an answer to Woodstock, it would resemble the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty held today by the Centre for Policy Studies. The lineup is stellar, and I’ve… Continue reading

Cameron jobs

The British jobs miracle, in six graphs.

13 June 2014 14:20

No one quite expected it, and even now ministers struggle to explain it. But the British jobs miracle has become the single biggest fact of economic life – proving that… Continue reading


We’re hiring at The Spectator: arts editor and blogs editor wanted

12 June 2014 7:38

Those of you who read The Spectator mainly for its peerless arts coverage have Liz Anderson to thank for keeping up a formula of quality, variety, heft and zest. We’re… Continue reading

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The British jobs miracle continues

11 June 2014 12:05

The avalanche of good economic news continues today, with news that the number of people in work rose by 344,000 from Feb to April – the sharpest such rise since… Continue reading


Cameron calls on his ‘Northern Alliance’ to help stop Jean-Claude Juncker

10 June 2014 11:50

David Cameron visits Sweden today to discuss the future of the EU with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and the Dutch Prime Minister Mark… Continue reading

Tristram Hunt joined Labour's shadow education team last week. Picture: PA

Tristram Hunt is planning his own Trojan horse

9 June 2014 9:51

Tristram Hunt hasn’t lost much time using the Birmingham Islamist schools scandal to call for an end to the autonomy of free schools and Academies. It’s a bizarre non-sequitur. The… Continue reading


Why politicians should turn, turn, turn to the bible for timeless prose

7 June 2014 10:29

The Bible may be creeping its way back into England’s classrooms if advice from University of Exeter study is taken But it misses a trick by suggesting that kids are… Continue reading

Nairn, my hometown.

Scotland’s mature teenagers make the case for all voting to start age 16

6 June 2014 11:16

I went back to my old school last week, Nairn Academy, taking my family to my native Highlands for half-term. I learned two things: that the gorgeous northeast of Scotland… Continue reading

What do you mean, 2.4%?

Why didn’t Piketty’s Harvard publisher spot the errors which the FT has exposed?

24 May 2014 9:53

While Americans swooned over Thomas Piketty and his thesis about ever-rising inequality it has taken a Brit, the FT’s Chris Giles, to expose the corruptions in his data. What he… Continue reading

Coalition struggle

This isn’t coalition – it’s government by blackmail

17 May 2014 10:31

We have had much occasion to reflect, recently, on Disraeli’s dictum that Britain ‘does not love coalitions’. It’s now becoming depressingly clear that coalitions don’t much love Britain either. What… Continue reading


The British jobs miracle – explained in five graphs

16 May 2014 17:58

The British jobs miracle continues – and in ways that continue to surprise. Your CoffeeHouse baristas have been crunching the numbers. They’re startling in a number of ways. For example:-… Continue reading