Freddy Gray

Freddy Gray is deputy editor of The Spectator. He was formerly literary editor of The American Conservative.


Did Donald Trump go too far against Jeb Bush last night? Probably not

14 February 2016 10:46

If Jeb Bush is to have any chance of winning the Republican nomination in 2016, he needs a ‘media moment’.…

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The strange tale of Evgeny Lebedev and the Independent

12 February 2016 13:20

What sad news that the Independent is closing. In September last year, I did an investigation into the strange, celebrity-orientated world…

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The irony of Bernie Sanders: why American kids love the 74-year-old socialist

10 February 2016 11:37

Manchester, New Hampshire ‘Anybody here got any student debt?’ asks Bernie Sanders halfway through his speech at a rally in…


Populism rules: Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump triumph in New Hampshire

10 February 2016 3:41

Manchester, New Hampshire Populism won tonight in New Hampshire. Rage against the elite won tonight in New Hampshire. Class warfare…

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US election 2016: New Hampshire primary – as it happened

9 February 2016 23:55

New Hampshire The Spectator’s deputy editor Freddy Gray is currently in New Hampshire. Here’s his report from the evening as the…

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Oh dear. Marco Rubio had a shocker in Saturday’s debate

7 February 2016 6:03

Poor Marco Rubio. At the vital moment, he seems to fluff his lines. In the final months of 2015, America’s lumpencommentariat kept predicting ‘Marco’s…

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Why is Jeb Bush still running?

5 February 2016 16:46

Washington, DC The Bush family hates to lose. Yet Jeb Bush — child of one president; brother of another —…

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Sorry establishment Republicans, The Donald isn’t dead yet

3 February 2016 15:19

If Donald Trump had won in Iowa on Monday night, everybody would still be saying what a brilliant candidate he…

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With Hillary Clinton’s hopes in the balance, will Joe Biden now enter the race?

2 February 2016 11:44

What now for Hillary Clinton? The rumour in Washington last week was that, given her weak position in New Hampshire and…

Donald Trump loses, Marco Rubio surges — but don’t forget who actually won last night

2 February 2016 4:09

The experts knew all along: Donald Trump was never going to win. You can’t trust those caucus and primary polls. Calm…

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Can Marco Rubio win tonight?

1 February 2016 16:49

Marco Rubio wins tonight in Iowa — by coming third. That, I suspect, will be the on dit among the commentariat…

The absent Donald Trump didn’t lose last night – which probably means he wins

29 January 2016 8:05

So, did Donald Trump outfox Fox? Shunning the crunch TV debate four days before the opening Iowa caucuses, setting up…

Donald Trump will be the elephant not in the room during tonight’s Republican debate

28 January 2016 13:13

It’s easy to get carried away about televised political debates. But tonight’s Fox News/Google Republican Party showdown really could be…

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Can Donald Trump be the ‘establishment’ candidate? Yes, he can

23 January 2016 12:56

It sounds ridiculous, I know. The Grand Old Party, the party of Lincoln, could never want Donald Trump. Everybody knows…

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Why the smart money is still betting against Donald Trump

14 January 2016 14:57

Would you bet against Donald Trump becoming president? Lots of us have. British gamblers have reportedly put more than £1…

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Is this feminist porn ‘artist’ really the best advert for western values?

11 January 2016 12:10

There was something inevitable about Milo Moire’s naked protest in response to the New Year’s Eve sex attacks in Cologne…

Jeremy Corbyn Addresses A Refugees Welcome Here Rally

In defence of Jeremy Corbyn

30 December 2015 10:08

At No 6 in our rundown of the Spectator’s most-read pieces of 2015 is a piece that takes a surprising…

French Far-Right National Front President Marine Le Pen during her speech after the announcement of the results of the first round of the regional election on December 6, 2015 in Henin-Beaumont, France.

Marine Le Pen loses, but tonight shows how the Front National has reshaped French politics

13 December 2015 22:19

A bad night for Marine Le Pen, then, in France’s regional elections. Having been ahead in six regions in the…

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Exclusive: Tony Blair writes for The Spectator about the ‘tragedy’ of Corbyn’s Labour

9 December 2015 7:12

The Christmas issue of The Spectator hits the streets soon; we have David Cameron, Justin Welby and Tony Blair. Blair first wrote for…

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Yesterday’s vote wasn’t about Syria’s war. It was about Labour’s

3 December 2015 11:48

Parliament is always in a way a comedy of vanity. Yesterday it was a narcissistic farce. Our elected representatives spent…

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

By opposing shoot-to-kill, Jeremy Corbyn has shown he is a serious politician

17 November 2015 10:20

There is nothing wrong with Jeremy Corbyn saying he ‘isn’t happy’ with a shoot-to-kill policy. On the contrary, it shows…

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The strange relationship between Islam, violence and French football

14 November 2015 13:10

It is not so surprising if the jihadists in Paris were targeting an international football match. There has for years…


The life of Brian Sewell, 1931-2015

20 September 2015 10:14

The art critic Brian Sewell has died aged 84. In 2011, Freddy Gray interviewed the waspish critic, and spoke to him…


John McDonnell’s slick performance on Question Time was worthy of Tony Blair

18 September 2015 12:12

Hats off to John McDonnell. We’ve all been fretting about how the Corbyn gang would cope against the media slick Tories.…

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Is Nicola Sturgeon trying to have her feminist cake and eat it too?

7 September 2015 12:26

Nicola Sturgeon is fed up that ‘literally every time I’m on camera’ people discuss her appearance. She’s so fed up,…