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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.

David Cameron talks to apprentices at the  Great Manchester Skillcentre who are on the apprenticeship training programme. October 5, 2009.

David Cameron should support work through tax cuts, not more apprenticeships

27 January 2015 9:00

In a Telegraph interview, David Cameron today pledges to cut the welfare cap – to £23,000 from £26,000 – to fund another three million apprentice places. He says that this:-… Continue reading

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The British economic recovery, in 12 graphs

23 January 2015 14:48

Everything seems to be falling into place ahead of the election for the Tories. Today’s data shows high street spending rising at the fastest rate for more than 13 years –… Continue reading

An Oxfam poster - advancing class war, while perpetuating damaging stereotypes about Africans

What Oxfam doesn’t want you to know: global capitalism means less poverty than ever

19 January 2015 8:58

The hijacking of Oxfam by the politicised left is nothing short of a tragedy. It’s heartbreaking to see a charity that has built up so much goodwill from so many… Continue reading

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Exposed! George Osborne’s secret plan to help people back to work.

16 January 2015 15:01

We’ve spent plenty time on Coffee House challenging George Osborne’s more dubious claims (‘deficit halved!’, etc) as has much of the media. But happily, there now seems to be a truce.… Continue reading

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Cost of living crisis, Ed? The price of goods is now falling…

13 January 2015 9:53

For goods, as opposed to services, Britain has just joined the Eurozone deflation club. This morning’s figures show that goods (i.e., the stuff we buy) were 1pc cheaper in Christmas… Continue reading

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Revealed: the truth about Ed Miliband’s ’1930s’ porkie

11 January 2015 12:08

Today, on the Andrew Marr show, Ed Miliband repeated his porkie that David Cameron plans to reduce state spending to 1930s levels. When he first made this bizarre and obviously… Continue reading

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The Tories need to ‘weaponise’ Ed Miliband’s incompetence

11 January 2015 10:40

Ed Miliband was on Andrew Marr’s sofa this morning, drawing 2015 battle lines. It all looked very encouraging – if you are a conservative, that is. Miliband started discussing the… Continue reading

Andrew Parker, the director-general of MI5.

Six key points from MI5′s Andrew Parker speech on the terror threat in Britain

9 January 2015 8:00

A lot of rot is written about what MI5 thinks, because the spooks don’t talk –even to deny wrong stories (like the supposed Remembrance Day Plot to kill the Queen,… Continue reading

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Not in our name – Muslims respond in revulsion to Charlie Hebdo massacre

7 January 2015 13:31

The Muslim Council of France, and of Britain, have denounced today’s attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo. The imam of the mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, has said: “This is… Continue reading

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And now a porkie from Labour: spending is not (really) heading back to 1930s levels

4 January 2015 9:31

Another day, another poster – and this time, it’s Labour stretching the truth. The above is the same trick as George Osborne was playing with the deficit. The reader is… Continue reading

The poster and the porkie

How Osborne’s ‘deficit halved’ claim backfired  

3 January 2015 9:25

So – how did it go? Yesterday, Tory HQ yesterday issued a poster with the misleading claim that the deficit had been ‘halved’ where in fact the reduction has been… Continue reading

The poster and the porkie

Which Tory MPs will repeat the porkie about ‘halving’ the deficit?

2 January 2015 11:21

New year, new porkies from Conservative HQ. It has opened 2015 with a poster that involves a deception (above): ‘the defict halved’. It’s a relatively small deception: the deficit has been… Continue reading

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Why must Grant Shapps spoil a good story with a porkie?

29 December 2014 19:09

An email arrives from Grant Shapps, chairman of the Tory Party, listing the things the Coalition has achieved in four years.  Here they are:- Our economy has grown faster than… Continue reading

David Cameron Meets With John Major In Downing Street

It won’t be John Major — David Cameron wants to renegotiate EU membership himself

28 December 2014 10:46

Will Sir John Major be asked to lead Britain’s Europe renegotiations? The Telegraph diary raises this prospect – and it makes sense. As a former PM with clout and credibility… Continue reading

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Why 2015 might well be mankind’s happiest new year

26 December 2014 13:29

Journalism usually focuses on what’s going wrong, not what’s going right. As a result, newspapers can give an unduly negative view of the world. I try to remedy this in… Continue reading

Josefina de Vasconcello's  "Reconciliation", mentioned by the Queen in her 2014 message

The Queen is right to focus on the pain caused by the Scottish referendum

25 December 2014 15:29

Division and reconciliation were the themes of the Queen’s Christmas Message  this year (full text below). She started mentioning the Josefina de Vasconcellos‘s 1977 statue Reconciliation, which is now in Coventry Cathedral. She… Continue reading


WATCH: Christmas 1940 – Britain under fire

25 December 2014 9:12

Channel 4 has The Snowman, the BBC has the Queen’s Message. And we at Coffee House have another tradition: publishing the above video released in 1941. It was made by British… Continue reading

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It’s not just Poland. UK ambulance chiefs have considered hiring paramedics from China

24 December 2014 9:30

Déjà lu is a symptom that affects all Spectator subscribers after a while: the feeling that, when reading the newspapers, that you have read the story before. Long before. Four… Continue reading

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Why Joe Cocker was the only singer to improve a Beatles song

23 December 2014 9:22

Joe Cocker died yesterday, just 70 years old, from lung cancer. He was one of a handful of rock singers whose voice was instantly recognisable, adding a new dimension to any… Continue reading


Spectator internships 2015: applications open

19 December 2014 15:20

Christmas is coming, and so are new year’s resolutions. If yours is to get some journalistic work experience, then we’d like to hear from you  – if you feel you… Continue reading


Yes, this Spectator Christmas card is a bit brutal. But so is the Christmas story

19 December 2014 13:25

‘What kind of message are you guys trying to send with that brutal Christmas card?’ asked my friend in the bar last night. He’s referring to the above card, an… Continue reading

Rupert Harrison (right) is more than just a bag carrier. But he carries bags too. And newspapers.

Why is George Osborne’s aide paid £95,000? Because he’s worth it

19 December 2014 9:41

The Daily Mirror has today splashed on the fact that Rupert Harrison, chief economic adviser to the British government, has had a pay increase and is now on £95,000. Outrageous,… Continue reading

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Why is David Cameron now misleading voters about the deficit?

15 December 2014 15:59

Can the Tories really be planning to fight the next election lying about the deficit? I ask because in his speech today, David Cameron has just repeated an untrue claim… Continue reading

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Jeremy Vine and the truth about government spending

10 December 2014 15:57

Those who complain about the BBC (myself included) usually only refer to a small part of a massive and divergent operation. Nicky Campbell on Radio 5 is just superb – not… Continue reading

Conservative MP Mark Pritchard. Photo: BBC.

Breaking: Tory MP Mark Pritchard arrested on rape allegations

4 December 2014 12:05

Mark Pritchard, MP for the Wrekin in Shropshire, was arrested on Tuesday following an allegation of rape. The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: ‘We can confirm that a 48-year-old man… Continue reading