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

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Selfies outside the Sydney hostage café: we’ve all got narcissistic personality disorder now

15 December 2014 10:11

Conservatives always say the world is going to the dogs, and we’re usually wrong. But how else do you respond to the news that people are taking selfies outside the… Continue reading

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People crowd the first floor of Macy's department store as they open at midnight (0500 GMT) on November 23, 2012 in New York to start the stores' "Black Friday" shopping weekend. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA.

Let’s do Gray Friday!

28 November 2014 10:18

Say this about about Black Friday — the celebration of cheap shopping that we mark today — it isn’t a fraud. It’s not a consumer festival dressed as religious festival,… Continue reading

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The Windsor PR problem — how low can they go?

13 November 2014 13:43

Having had years of everybody telling them how clever they are for ‘re-inventing’ monarchy in the 21st century, the royal family has now reached something of a PR impasse. Sebastian Shakespeare today reveals that… Continue reading

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Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the Constitutional Crisis

12 September 2014 15:22

We all know the referendum is a big deal, but what can we actually say? None of us has much of an idea how the constitution might change after Thursday’s… Continue reading

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Obama moves against ISIS. This time, it’s a war worth fighting

8 August 2014 8:06

Back to Iraq, then. President Obama’s announcement last night that America would intervene militarily in defence of the Kurds is by any standards a stunning development. The President, whom hawks… Continue reading

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By supporting assisted dying, Lord Carey has united Christians against it

12 July 2014 16:30

He didn’t mean to, but Lord Carey, the outspoken and unpopular former Archbishop of Canterbury, may just have carried out a minor miracle. By coming out in the Daily Mail… Continue reading

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Was this George Osborne in disguise? A Scot celebrates with the Uruguay team.

Why England’s World Cup elimination will help save the union with Scotland

20 June 2014 21:58

So England are out the World Cup; the Three Lions rolled over – and we can expect plenty more gloomy Anglo introspection about failings over the coming days. But Alex… Continue reading

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

Forget Blair – will David Cameron admit that Libya was a disaster?

19 June 2014 17:58

Never mind Tony Blair and his denials over Iraq. As our government contemplates its response to the latest crisis in Iraq, now may be the moment for a different Prime… Continue reading

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Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict

As Mosul burned, William Hague discussed rape with a beautiful actress

12 June 2014 18:01

How will history remember this week? Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was seized by ISIS, an army of fanatics who like crucifying people, among other activities, and who reportedly have… Continue reading

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Experts cast doubt on statins – you read it first in Spectator Health

11 June 2014 10:00

Statins are in the news – again. A few weeks ago, reports appeared across the media suggesting that statins truly were the wonder-drug of our time – and that the… Continue reading

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Can we stop pretending faith schools are the problem?

9 June 2014 17:23

Liberal secularists don’t like faith schools. Obviously. When confronted with stories of Islamists overtaking state schools in Birmingham, they have no difficulty diagnosing the problem. It’s not an Islam issue,… Continue reading

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The Emily Letts abortion video shows that pro-choicers are losing the plot

7 May 2014 12:01

Are the advocates of abortion going mad? Look at Emily Letts, a 25-year-old abortion counsellor, who decided to film her own ‘procedure’ to show what a wonderful life-affirming experience getting… Continue reading

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Ten handy phrases for bluffing on Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’

29 April 2014 15:03

How do you sound clever and au courant in 2014? Easy. You talk knowingly about Capital in the 21st Century, the seminal, magisterial, definitive, landmark, pick-your-coverblurb-adjective book by French academic… Continue reading

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David Moyes can blame Alex Ferguson for his failure

22 April 2014 10:50

Poor David Moyes, sacked before the season ends. Living up to the standards set by Sir Alex Ferguson was always an impossible task, especially since Fergie left Manchester United in… Continue reading

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To avoid revenge porn, don’t let someone film you having sex

7 April 2014 15:02

How do you solve a problem like revenge porn? It’s a strange new social evil. More and more men are getting back at women who dump them by posting sex… Continue reading

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Anthony Hopkins and a musical luvvie-fest

4 April 2014 17:48

Has anything ever been more luvvie than this?

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Cocks-in-socks: charity has become exhibitionism

26 March 2014 9:21

The digital-age male is a pathetic creature. Shorn of all his old manly attributes, he has to puff himself up. He does this, as Clive Martin on Vice magazine pointed… Continue reading

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Stella Creasy, social media, and politicians with ‘hinterlands’

21 March 2014 12:48

Politicians like to insinuate that they have a ‘cultural hinterland’ — a range of interesting interests beyond Westminster. Take Stella Creasy, the MP for Walthamstow, who describes herself as an… Continue reading

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Budget 2014: the new FOBTs tax is a cop out

19 March 2014 14:31

Cheers today from the Tory ranks for the Chancellor’s decision to raise taxes on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals to 25 per cent. Nobody in the political and media elite likes… Continue reading

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Pope Francis’s revolution is just beginning – and the media will find it boring

13 March 2014 15:27

Yesterday I took part in an interesting discussion at The Catholic Herald’s offices on the subject of Pope Francis’s first year. The question was, as it seemed to be for… Continue reading

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Isn’t Obama’s Two Ferns interview just a bit crap?

12 March 2014 8:28

Have you seen Barack Obama’s appearance on the satirical interview show Between Two Ferns? What did you think? According to some pundits, it is amazingly funny. Obama is the ‘best… Continue reading

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Was Liz Wahl’s on-air Russia Today resignation brave or self-serving?

6 March 2014 10:10

It’s hard not be cynical about these TV presenters on Russia Today making such bold on-air declarations against their network. The eye-catching Liz Wahl sensationally quit RT yesterday saying she would… Continue reading

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What we are seeing here is the return of geography

Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the Ukraine crisis

4 March 2014 10:00

We’re all journalists now, apparently, so when a major foreign policy crisis comes along it is important to be prepared. Everyone must learn the art of winging it as the… Continue reading

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Katy Perry at the Brit Awards 2014. Photo: Yui Mok/Press Association Images

Let’s call a ban on Katy Perry. Why I’m siding with the mad mullahs.

27 February 2014 18:02

Call me a fruitcake, but I am all for Islamic censorship when it comes to Katy Perry. In the last few days, there’s been a terrible fuss about Perry’s latest… Continue reading

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Who would benefit from a ban on FOBTs?

22 February 2014 12:16

I wrote a piece about the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals uproar in the magazine this week, and it has prompted some angry responses by email and over social media. I’m told that I didn’t… Continue reading

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