Fraser Nelson

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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OECD says Brexit would cut immigration by 84,000 a year

27 April 2016 17:04

We should assume that today’s OECD report on Brexit was intended to frighten Britain into voting to remain in the EU.…


Will Barack Obama’s ‘back of the queue’ threat backfire?

22 April 2016 20:46

Barack Obama’s decision to visit Britain during an election campaign was controversial enough. His writing an article against Brexit in the…


The ejection of Romania from Eurovision is shameful

22 April 2016 17:08

On Eurovision night, the best and most heartfelt performances always come from the countries imprisoned behind an Iron Curtain not…

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Swedes tell Britain: if you leave the EU, we’ll follow

21 April 2016 10:44

If Britain were to leave the European Union, would it survive? Britain is one of the least enthusiastic members of the EU,…

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The deceptions behind George Osborne’s Brexit report

18 April 2016 14:02

Sometimes, George Osborne’s dishonesty is simply breathtaking. Let’s set aside the way he has positioned himself over the years (if he…

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The truth about black teenagers, prison and university

15 April 2016 15:55

A few months ago, David Cameron made an incendiary claim that splashed the Sunday Times and set the news agenda for…


Culture Secretary John Whittingdale admits relationship with dominatrix

12 April 2016 23:46

If is missing an advertising strap line, how about saying “Where lonely cabinet members can meet lonely dominatrices?”. According…

Here's the 'evil Cameron' picture that we've seen so much of since he started to lead the press on this late Easter Egg hunt through his family finances.

David Cameron’s tax returns tell us nothing. So why did he publish them?

10 April 2016 6:44

It’s just as well that David Cameron abandoned his career in public relations because he seems to be comically (or,…

Senior couple driving away in convertible

One in six pensioners lives in a millionaire household

8 April 2016 15:32

The state pension has just risen by the highest amount in 15 years, and the Tory Party boasts that this…

Conservative Party Launch Their Election Manifesto

David Cameron is guilty of bad spin – and nothing more

8 April 2016 10:37

At last! We can now see why David Cameron tried to keep this quiet. He sold his shares in January…


The Spectator’s Kids Company exposé named Scoop of the Year

5 April 2016 16:51

It’s a red-letter day here at 22 Old Queen St: Miles Goslett’s exposé of Kids Company has just been named Scoop…

How the Living Wage helps the rich more than the poor

1 April 2016 11:36

The biggest mistake in politics is to judge a policy by its intentions, not its ayesults. The Living Wage sounds…

Why is Gus O’Donnell misleading the public about the EU rules on Brexit?

30 March 2016 12:03

When Sir Gus O’Donnell was head of the civil service, those who worked under him would have prided themselves in…


Would Brexit mean Boris as PM? If so, should we worry?

26 March 2016 15:08

This time last year, Matthew Parris was about the only commentator predicting that the Tories would win a majority. In…

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If Scotland had gone independent today, it would be facing sado-austerity

24 March 2016 7:37

Today is Independence Day, the 24 March, the day Alex Salmond nominated as his ‘independence day’ following a Yes vote. Today’s…

Tory Wars

Podcast: IDS, Ros Altmann and the return of Tory Wars

20 March 2016 11:08

Iain Duncan Smith has just given what James Forsyth refers to as a “bombshell interview” which turned into “a missile…

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Ros Altmann is wrong: the IDS resignation was not about Europe. But it didn’t help

20 March 2016 8:24

In another extraordinary development the pensions minister, Ros Altmann, has released a statement attacking her former boss Iain Duncan Smith.…


David Cameron suspends disability benefit reform, after IDS resignation

19 March 2016 0:27

Well, that was quick. In his letter responding to Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation, the Prime Minister has this to say:- “We collectively agreed –…

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Iain Duncan Smith resigns in protest at the Budget

18 March 2016 20:55

In the last few minutes, Iain Duncan Smith has released a letter of resignation from his post as Work & Pensions…

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Save council-run schools! It’s time for local authorities to open free schools

18 March 2016 15:37

In part of his Budget manspreading this week, George Osborne stole Nicky Morgan’s announcement that councils will be forced to…

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If Wiltshire Tories regard George Osborne as a socialist, he has a problem

17 March 2016 0:34

BBC Newsnight sent a crew to North Wiltshire today, to interview voters about the budget. Gladys Pek Yue Macrae, a…


Budget 2016, in eight graphs

16 March 2016 19:31

Chart 1: Growth downgraded. Not by much, but Osborne sails so close to the wind that every negative revision tends to…

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The OBR is relaxed about Brexit – contrary to what Osborne suggested

16 March 2016 18:00

In his Budget speech today, George Osborne made out as if the Office for Budget Responsibility was worried about Britain leaving…


Collapse in North Sea revenues destroys the SNP’s economic argument

16 March 2016 15:31

Alex Salmond had planned 24 March 2016 as his independence day and the budget he published during the Scottish independence referendum envisaged…

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Chuka Umunna: Labour MPs represent more people than the Corbynistas

15 March 2016 7:02

It’s the Ides of March today, and there are pitifully few signs of a Labour plot. I was on ITV’s The…