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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.


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

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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