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

Caption:British Conservative politician Edward Heath (1916 - 2005) conducting an orchestra in rehearsal, Windsor, circa 1975.

No, Ted Heath’s ‘deeply closeted’ sexuality doesn’t mean he was a paedophile

4 August 2015 9:35

It is of course too soon to make any meaningful response to the Ted Heath allegations. However, in reporting the ‘mystery’ surrounding the former Prime Minister’s sexuality, the media and… Continue reading

Joseph "Joe" Biden, Jr. (born November 20, 1942) 47th and current Vice President of the United States since 2009.

A Joe Biden run for the presidency is actually the best thing Hillary Clinton could hope for

3 August 2015 10:07

Let’s not be too cynical. It is a touching thought that Beau Biden’s dying wish was that his father Joe, the Vice President, should have another tilt at the White House.… Continue reading

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The head of Ofsted wants to fine ‘feckless’ parents. Is he in the wrong job?

2 July 2015 16:32

Sir Michael Wilshaw may have been in charge of Ofsted since January 2012 – he is arguably the most important educationalist in the land – but in his head he is still very much a head… Continue reading

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We don’t have a rape culture, we have a victim culture

11 June 2015 14:04

It takes courage to tell a bunch of Canadian feminists marching against ‘rape culture’ that they are talking rubbish. And courage is something Lauren Southern, a reporter for The Rebel, has… Continue reading

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RIP Charles Kennedy, but did we really need 27 tributes in the House of Commons?

4 June 2015 14:45

Is it too cynical to say that the tributes paid to Charles Kennedy in the House of Commons yesterday were excessive, maudlin, and more than a bit silly? Is it… Continue reading


Announcing the Spectator ‘Pundyfilla’ Award for Inane Political Commentary

7 May 2015 14:45

The election is far too tight to call, but one thing is certain: from now until the early hours a lot of people will talk a lot of balls — across all… Continue reading


Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through election night

6 May 2015 13:04

The hours between polls closing on election day and the result emerging represent an almighty challenge for journalists and know-alls everywhere. Demand for punditry is huge, yet there is little to say,… Continue reading


Who is the bigger pillock: Alan Partridge or Steve Coogan?

5 May 2015 13:21

Those of us who spent our teens quoting Alan Partridge owe a lot to Steve Coogan. He made my adolescence funnier, at any rate. Yet I know several people who… Continue reading

Protestors participate in a vigil for Freddie Gray down the street from the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station, April 21, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

We’re all Freddie Gray now: is racial tension America’s civic religion?

28 April 2015 12:35

‘You’re trending on Twitter,’ said the Spectator books editor Sam Leith, who knows his social media. Am I? How exciting! What have I done? Sam explained: a young black man… Continue reading

Is Nigel Farage turning into Ron Paul?

Is Nigel Farage becoming Ron Paul?

19 March 2015 15:38

I think I have seen Nigel Farage’s future, and it is not pretty. A copy of Farage’s The Purple Revolution reached my desk today. The cover instantly reminded me of a cover… Continue reading


Some horrors are too much for Twitter. Today’s attack in Paris is one

7 January 2015 23:11

I’m not one of those purists who shun Twitter. I often find it depressingly vacuous – but hey, I’m a journalist and a tart. So I tweet. From now on,… Continue reading


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

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


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

'Britishness has always been a mutable concept'

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

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

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

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


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


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

What do you mean, 2.4%?

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