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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First, immigrants. Now, terrorism. Will Cameron’s EU scaremongering ever stop?

9 February 2016 9:17

A few weeks ago, James Forsyth revealed David Cameron’s strategy for fighting the EU referendum: to campaign on the theme…

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Newsnight deserves an award for its superb follow-up to the Spectator’s scoop

1 February 2016 13:14

It’s great to see Newsnight once again nominated for an award for its coverage of the Kids Company scandal, and…

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The collapse of British housebuilding

30 January 2016 9:53

Things are pretty good in Britain right now: poverty rates are at a record low, employment is at a record high…

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With an 18-point lead in the latest poll, momentum is with the EU ‘in’ campaign. 

29 January 2016 17:59

Why is David Cameron having such trouble persuading Jean-Claude Juncker to give in to his minimal demands for EU reform?…

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Why can’t the Swedish authorities be honest about crime and immigration?

26 January 2016 9:39

It’s hard to recognise Sweden from the news reports we’re reading nowadays. Yesterday, a 15-year-old at an immigration centre stabbed…

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Google obeys tax laws, and gives us awesome services for free. Why complain?

23 January 2016 12:06

If Google hoped for some good PR in offering £130 million to settle UK tax claims dating back to the…

Cameron campaign for EU poster

David Cameron asks business: “help me make the case for Britain to stay” in the EU

21 January 2016 7:01

David Cameron is giving a speech in Davos later today with a message for British business: he wants to enlist…


Mark Carney abandons even a hint of interest rate rise. Is Britain trapped in the zero era?

19 January 2016 15:20

It’s just as well that Mark Carney is Bank of England governor: he’d have made a lousy forecaster. In August 2013 he…

The last time the public chose the UK entry, this happened: Jemini at the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest in Riga. Photo: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Public will now choose UK’s Eurovision entry – but should we trust the BBC with the shortlist?

19 January 2016 11:10

For almost two decades, Britain has failed dismally at Eurovision – and deservedly. Our entries have been so bad as…

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What Oxfam won’t tell you about capitalism and poverty

18 January 2016 7:37

Your average milkman has more wealth than the world’s poorest 100 million people. Doesn’t that show how unfair the world is?…

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Might Britain vote to leave the EU only to find out that there’s no real exit?

16 January 2016 11:04

If Britain were to vote to leave the EU, we’d promptly set about agreeing our own trade deals as a sovereign nation.…

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In praise of Phil Webster

13 January 2016 15:20

Today, one of the greatest political journalists of my lifetime retires: Phil Webster, former political editor of The Times,  is…

David Cameron Addresses The 2015 Conservative Party Autumn Conference

No, Prime Minister, we don’t need state parenting lessons. Just ask Scotland

11 January 2016 9:42

David Cameron has strong views about the family; often ones that ought to remain inside his head. He quite is…

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Squeeze are wrong: the Tories are hellbent on fixing welfare, not destroying it

10 January 2016 14:33

Squeeze were at their best in the 1970s, and this morning demonstrated that their political ideas haven’t much evolved from…

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The EU campaign has begun – and Tory wars are back

8 January 2016 10:11

Liam Fox’s new year party at the Carlton Club has become the traditional start to the Tory Party’s year. This…

Whisper it, but there has never been a better time to be young and African

Around the world, poverty is collapsing. Why is that so hard to believe?

6 January 2016 16:19

In 2012 and 2013, The Spectator opened its Christmas special issue with a leading article counting the ways in which…

Markets Stabilise After Turbulence Last Week

The Spectator Dashboard: interactive UK data

1 January 2016 8:00

Great progress has been made in open data over the last few years, with most important facts and figures now available…

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The Spectator in 2015: record magazine sales, record traffic

31 December 2015 18:11

There are just six hours of 2015 to go – and it has, for The Spectator, been our best year ever. Sales of…

The River Ouse, on Boxing Day

The green consensus has given the Tories a free pass on flood defence

29 December 2015 10:32

David Cameron is vulnerable on flood defences, having cut the budget while blowing huge amounts on green subsidies and overseas…

Downing Street On The Last Day Of Parliament Before The General Election

A knighthood? Lynton Crosby deserves a hereditary peerage

27 December 2015 10:21

Was a political knighthood ever more deserved than Lynton Crosby’s? His personal involvement was the difference between defeat and victory…

British Prime Minister David Cameron And French President Nicolas Sarkozy Visit Libya

David Cameron: why bombing Libya wasn’t a mistake

26 December 2015 13:07

Libya has been in the news again over Christmas: the UN Security Council has endorsed a new government but as…

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No bells rang out for Christmas in England in 1941; bells meant Nazi invasion

25 December 2015 10:03

In the Christmas special edition of The Spectator we ask various luminaries about their traditions on the day itself. For David…

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Political earthquake in Spain as Podemos takes 20pc of vote

20 December 2015 19:43

“Spain is not going to be the same anymore and we are very happy,” declared Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Podemos, last…

Labour Leadership Contender Jeremy Corbyn Talks To Supporters In The North West

Jeremy Corbyn’s poll ratings are bad, but not disastrous. Why pretend otherwise?

20 December 2015 9:57

Like most political journalists, I regard Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party as an unalloyed disaster. But it is,…

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Pay rises go further: inflation is (just above) zero.

15 December 2015 10:26

Anyone hoping for an inflation-linked pay rise in the new year can forget it. The only good news in today’s…