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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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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


Did Osborne halve Britain’s EU bill by admitting that growth still leaves him broke?

7 November 2014 14:26

George Osborne will tonight return from Brussels bringing peace with honour. He says he has agreed to hand over just £850 million to the EU, rather than the £1.7 billion it asked… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson: ten things about Winston Churchill

4 November 2014 20:17

A sell-out crowd gathered at this evening’s Spectator event: Boris Johnson in discussion with Andrew Neil about his book on Winston Churchill. Here is my summary of BoJo’s main points:-… Continue reading

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Which part of Manchester’s ‘no’ didn’t George Osborne understand?

3 November 2014 8:45

“The Chancellor has made clear in a series of speeches that he is in favor of mayors for our great northern cities,” says the Treasury today. That’s funny, because the… Continue reading

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Goodnight, Darling – Alistair Darling leaves Miliband’s sinking ship

2 November 2014 22:07

Alistair Darling has told tomorrow’s FT that he won’t be seeking re-election and is off at the ‘relatively young’ age of 60 to try something new. He backs the also-departing Jim… Continue reading

The man the LibDems still love to hate

Teachers should decide the curriculum, not politicians or a panel of ‘experts’

2 November 2014 8:39

David Laws is an honourable, clear-thinking politician – but looming general elections (and, in the Liberal Democrats’ case, threatened extinction) can have strange effects on a man. Hence his comments… Continue reading


How to conjure up a £3,800 tax cut

30 October 2014 8:06

It’s great to read David Cameron’s article in The Times today making the moral case for tax cuts. It’s tough for him to do so, given that his Chancellor has… Continue reading

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How Maggie’s ‘swamped’ comment crushed the National Front

29 October 2014 9:38

The brilliant Matthew Parris writes in his Times column today about Margaret Thatcher using the word ‘swamped’ in relation to immigration in 1978. We had been averaging 500-700 letters a… Continue reading

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Jim Murphy now favourite to become leader of Scottish Labour

27 October 2014 17:07

WANTED: a fall guy to oversee the Scottish Labour Party’s greatest Westminster electoral setback in May 2015 – and be blamed for it afterwards. Seven-month fixed contract. It seems that Hutchie boy… Continue reading

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Anas Sarwar is favourite to lead Scottish Labour

25 October 2014 11:46

Now that Johann Lamont has quit as leader of Scottish Labour, bookies are now taking odds on her successor. Four of the eight most likely candidates are Westminster MPs and third-favourite is Gordon Brown… Continue reading

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The NHS Wales disaster vindicates Tony Blair, not David Cameron

24 October 2014 11:09

As someone who believes that a Labour government would be a calamity for Britain, I ought not to mind the recent fuss about NHS Wales. Yes, it is a disaster… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage does ‘do God’ – and has the Bible to prove it

12 October 2014 14:55

Ever the insurgent, Nigel Farage decided to give his post-Clacton interview to BBC Sunday Politics today rather than Andrew Marr show. He would have regretted fairly soon: the line of… Continue reading

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What Labour and the Tories can learn from their Ukip spanking

10 October 2014 7:36

listen to ‘Podcast: Ukip’s Clacton victory’ on audioBoom Both Labour and Tories have much to be embarrassed about this morning. David Cameron’s Conservatives won Clacton decisively four years ago – now… Continue reading

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Why every Tory should wish the Liberal Democrats a successful conference

5 October 2014 15:48

Every Conservative should wish the Liberal Democrats a successful conference in Glasgow this week and not from any misplaced sense of coalition loyalty. The poor souls are on a pathetic… Continue reading

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Why David Cameron’s tax reform won’t break the bank

3 October 2014 12:58

It’s odd to see David Cameron’s tax pledge being denounced as profligate, even in publications like the Financial Times. The Prime Minister has always been a moderate on tax, and… Continue reading


Meet our new online comment editor: Anne Jolis, from the Wall Street Journal

2 October 2014 16:37

I’m delighted to introduce a new editor here at Coffee House: Anne Jolis, who will be joining The Spectator later this month as online comment editor. She’s an American, and… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

Podcast special: David Cameron’s speech

1 October 2014 16:11

Has David Cameron just delivered his best-ever speech as party leader? I discuss it with James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman in this View from 22 podcast special. My write-up is… Continue reading

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Cameron’s speech show us why he is still the Tories’ greatest single asset

1 October 2014 14:19

David Cameron has yet again delivered a belter of a party conference speech, peppered with announcements. His performance is a reminder of why, even now, he remains the Tory Party’s… Continue reading

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Oops! The ONS admits the UK economy is far stronger than it had thought

30 September 2014 12:16

Why do economists use decimal points? To show that they have a sense of humour. Never was this old gag more relevant than when considering the data on Britain’s economic… Continue reading

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Is London’s Richard Barnes the final Ukip defector?

30 September 2014 11:16

The gossip here in Birmingham is that there is a third defector from the Tories to Ukip, that David Cameron knows his name and isn’t too bothered. But if that person… Continue reading

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If David Cameron wants seven-day GP clinics, he’ll need market reform

30 September 2014 0:49

Today, David Cameron will pledge that if he’s re-elected he’ll give everyone access to a family doctor seven days a week. He will say:- “People need to be able to… Continue reading