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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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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

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George Osborne’s speech in six graphs

29 September 2014 13:15

George Osborne normally shines at Tory conferences. A historian by training, Osborne knows the power of narrative and he had a clear one for the activists today: the recovery started… Continue reading

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What George Osborne should learn from the Scottish ‘yes’ campaign

29 September 2014 10:50

George Osborne will give his speech in a few minutes, and we’ll analyse it straight after. But I’d like to pick up on something he said this morning on Radio… Continue reading

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How The Spectator stopped Mark Reckless from reaching parliament in 2005

27 September 2014 18:24

When Mark Reckless stands for election as a UKIP candidate for Rochester and Strood, The Spectator will be against him. But we were against him when he stood as a Tory… Continue reading

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Brooks Newmark quits after sending explicit photos of himself in paisley pyjamas

27 September 2014 18:22

The Tory MP Brooks Newmark has quit the government – after having been tricked into sending “inappropriate messages” on WhatsApp to a journalist posing as a 20-year-old Tory activist. As the Sunday… Continue reading


Mark Reckless’s stunning defection to Ukip is further proof of the great Tory split

27 September 2014 15:36

The defection of Mark Reckless is the best possible end for Nigel Farage’s party conference, and the worst possible start for David Cameron’s. Tomorrow’s newspapers will lead on the story… Continue reading

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Five main points from Michael Fallon’s hawkish interview in The Spectator

23 September 2014 17:57

James Forsyth interviews Defence Secretary Michael Fallon in this week’s Spectator. You can read the full interview here. Here are five key points from the piece: 1. A ‘new Battle… Continue reading

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Podcast special: Miliband’s speech, the verdict

23 September 2014 17:40

Ed Miliband has spoken – for 65 minutes – snarling at Tories, while laying out his 10-year plan and presenting himself as the man who can shake up the complacent… Continue reading

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Miliband’s speech showed he couldn’t care less about leading ‘one nation’

23 September 2014 17:11

I think I’m about the only journalist to have watched Ed Miliband’s speech and think it wasn’t awful. Here in Manchester, the consensus seems to be that this was as bad… Continue reading


Why the Tories can’t really criticise Rachel Reeves on debt

22 September 2014 15:35

Rachel Reeves’ interview on BBC Daily Politics may have been excruciating at times (below), but was it really the ‘car crash’ that the Tories are today claiming? Matthew Hancock is… Continue reading

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Where Labour and The Spectator agree on social mobility

21 September 2014 19:33

The Labour Party conference has got off to a very promising start, with The Spectator being complimented from the stage and applauded in the hall. ‘Here’s a publication you don’t hear… Continue reading

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Will the English welsh on the Scots?

21 September 2014 12:02

A few days ago Cameron, Clegg and Miliband made a ‘vow’ to Scottish voters – if they rejected separation, far more powers would be transferred to the Edinburgh parliament. Gordon… Continue reading

The vote-wielding 16-year-olds of Nairn Academy. Back row: Ruaraidh Swaison, Brandon Scott, Rebecca Liddle and Ainslie Greer. Front row:  Eilidh Innes, Amy Winfield and Leonie Matthews

Audio: Scottish teenagers on why the independence battle is just getting started

20 September 2014 17:51

Will there be another Scottish independence referendum? I went back to my hometown, Nairn, yesterday to gauge the mood after the ‘no’ win. Highland Region split 53/47 for ‘no’, tighter than I… Continue reading

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In praise of Alex Salmond

19 September 2014 19:38

Alex Salmond has proved himself the most effective party leader in Europe, let alone Britain. He has just run a terrifyingly effective campaign, perhaps the best I will ever witness.… Continue reading

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Podcast: the night Britain holds its breath

18 September 2014 22:00

Well, it’s going to be a nail-biter. The voting has closed, and I’ve just spoken to Hamish Macdonell and James Forsyth for the podcast: both sides think that they have… Continue reading

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Whoever wins Scotland’s referendum, the ‘yes’ side has emphatically won the campaign

18 September 2014 11:40

As I left Edinburgh this morning, en route to Inverness, I passed about four ‘yes’ activists cheerily wishing me good morning, asking if I have voted and would I like… Continue reading

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The Scottish jobs miracle is an argument for Union, not independence

17 September 2014 19:09

One of the more bizarre aspects of the Scottish independence debate is the idea that UK welfare reform somehow doesn’t fit Scotland. On the contrary, it was designed for Glasgow… Continue reading

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Pictures: the UK unity rally in Trafalgar Square

15 September 2014 20:49

The point of being British is not banging on about being British. But when your country is three days away from being dissolved – in part because the emotional case… Continue reading

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Shock election in Sweden as the Sweden Democrats become no3 party

14 September 2014 22:11

Yes, Britain is on the point of breaking up – but there are more ill winds blowing in Europe right now. The National Front is polling so strongly in France… Continue reading


It’s on! Come for tea at The Spectator before the 6pm #unity2014 rally in Trafalgar Square

14 September 2014 14:08

Okay, so it’s going ahead: The Unity rally in Trafalgar Square, where people will come together to say how much the United Kingdom means to them, will take place 6pm… Continue reading


Deutsche Bank: Scottish independence would bring austerity on a scale never seen before

13 September 2014 10:06

Many voters in Scotland moan about the media: half of the country wants separation, according to the polls, but almost all newspapers are against it. So where to turn, for dispassionate analysis? As James Forsyth… Continue reading

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UK #unity2014 rally announced: Trafalgar Square, 6pm on Monday

12 September 2014 21:07

Great news: a Unity rally has just been called in Trafalgar Square for 6pm on Monday. It’s for those who love Britain and don’t want to see it snapped in… Continue reading

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Jim Sillars’ threat of a ‘day of reckoning’ exposes the darker side of nationalism

12 September 2014 15:45

Only yesterday, Jim Sillars was being paraded by Alex Salmond as a nationalist heavyweight who has been taken back into the fold. He had once fallen out with the Alex Salmond but… Continue reading