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Lara Prendergast is deputy online editor of The Spectator

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Isis are armed with smartphones, but so are we. Let’s fight them online

26 August 2014 19:33

I’ve written about online activism before. I thought the #nomakeupselfie was a vanity movement. The #bringbackourgirls one was self-righteous. I’ve had to bite my tongue mighty hard to hold back a rant… Continue reading

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Leader of Rotherham Council resigns over child abuse scandal

26 August 2014 17:13

The leader of Rotherham Council has resigned following the results of a report which found that at least 1,400 children were victims of ‘appalling’ sexual exploitation in the town during… Continue reading

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Vice News and Isis have formed a bizarre symbiotic relationship

15 August 2014 11:00

If you haven’t watched Vice News’s five-part documentary about Isis yet, I’d highly recommend it. They’ve gone where no other media company has managed: into the heart of the Islamic State.… Continue reading

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The government’s drugs strategy is miles behind today’s drug dealers

4 August 2014 16:58

New powers to tackle the huge growth in ‘legal’ highs are set to be introduced. Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, is said to be pushing for the most… Continue reading

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The burqa makes me uncomfortable. But I wouldn’t ban it

24 July 2014 17:25

Dr Taj Hargey, an imam of the Oxford Islamic Congregation, is calling for burqas to be banned outright, much like they are in France (where it is prohibited to conceal… Continue reading

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Concern Grows Over Trojan Horse Inquiry At Birmingham Schools

Report claims ‘aggressive Islamist agenda’ pursued in ‘Trojan horse’ schools

22 July 2014 12:44

The Department of Education has published a damning report today which suggests there was an ‘aggressive Islamist agenda’ pursued in a number of the ‘Trojan horse’ schools in Birmingham. Peter… Continue reading

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Remains from the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 (Photo: Brendan Hoffman/Getty)

Spectator archive: A history of passenger planes shot down

18 July 2014 12:35

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine after being hit by a missile. It’s not the first civilian flight to have been shot down in error though. Here are four other… Continue reading

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Yvette, don’t tell schoolboys to call themselves feminists

11 July 2014 19:03

In the Independent this week, Yvette Cooper suggested that British boys should grow up as ‘confident feminists’. They need to have lessons in feminism to help them learn how to treat… Continue reading

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Podcast: paedomania, the next EU commissioner and the National Theatre

10 July 2014 9:44

What kind of idiot tries to stand in the way of a national child abuse panic? Matthew Parris, that’s who. In this week’s Spectator, he suggests that the panic about… Continue reading

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My generation of women will have the confidence to run the country

27 June 2014 11:21

Uh oh. The ‘all-women shortlist’ is again being touted as a good idea for the Conservatives, this time by Nicky Morgan, the new women’s minister. When asked about using shortlists… Continue reading

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Free speech, caged – journalists jailed in Egypt

23 June 2014 17:14

Three journalists working for Al-Jazeera in Egypt have been sentenced to between seven and ten years in an Egyptian jail on ‘terrorist-related’ offences. The former BBC correspondent Peter Greste and… Continue reading

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ISIS - the Middle East's most impressive brand managers

I don’t want to fight with ISIS. But I can see why their online campaign is convincing

20 June 2014 15:51

Yesterday evening, I returned home, made a cup of tea and slumped down to catch up on the day’s news. A piece on Twitter caught my eye. Posted by Channel… Continue reading

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Michael Fabricant poses with the Monster Raving Loony Party candidate outside the UKIP campaign offices during the Eastleigh by-election. Picture: Getty

This storm about Michael Fabricant punching women is nonsense

20 June 2014 14:31

Oh come on internet. Pull yourself together. Michael Fabricant has tweeted about punching a woman and people are going mad. It’s a silly thing to tweet, but does anyone doubt that?… Continue reading

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Uber is for Londoners. Black cabs are for tourists

11 June 2014 9:30

Black cab drivers are striking in London today because they are angry that Uber – a rival taxi service supported by Google – is undercutting their market. They will argue… Continue reading

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In defence of Kirstie Allsopp, feminist

3 June 2014 15:20

Kirstie Allsopp was yesterday quoted in the Telegraph saying that women should shun university in favour of buying a flat and having babies. If she had a daughter, she would… Continue reading

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The ‘war on drugs’ has not been won. Dangerous ‘legal highs’ are booming

30 May 2014 8:00

It’s fashionable nowadays to claim that young people in Britain don’t know how to have a good time. There’s certainly plenty of evidence to suggest we’re avoiding the drugs our… Continue reading

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He said smart; she cried sexist

Dear Wonder Women; the doorman at Sushisamba was not sexist

20 May 2014 17:47

Louisa Peacock of The Telegraph‘s Wonder Women desk has written of how a doorman who refused her entry to a London restaurant because she was not wearing smart enough clothes… Continue reading

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Sunbeds can increase the rate of skin cancer (Photo: Greg Wood/AFP/Getty)

Is a suntan worth skin cancer? The case for licensing sunbed operators

14 May 2014 15:53

In a report released today, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin (APPGS) outline their recommendations to the Department of Health on extending sunbed regulation. The report comes at a… Continue reading

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What about the boys? Cara Delevingne, Malala Yousafzai, Jessica Biel and Michelle Obama's selfie protests

Boko Haram also murder boys. Where’s the ‘selfie’ protest for them?

9 May 2014 12:31

The kidnapping of the 276 predominantly Christian schoolgirls by Islamic terror group Boko Haram is an atrocity, but it is not the first atrocity they have committed. It is just… Continue reading

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Duncan Campbell in front of his video installation at the Venice Biennale (Photo: Getty)

Let’s call the Turner Prize what it really is – an uninspiring ode to a multimedia world

7 May 2014 11:34

The Turner Prize shortlist has been announced, and includes a video artist who uses YouTube clips, an artist who pairs spoken word with slide shows and photography, and a historical… Continue reading

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Revenge porn’s Ukip poster girl highlights the dangers of digital media

28 April 2014 15:00

Poor Lizzy Vaid. You’ll recognise her as the poster girl from Ukip’s recent party manifesto, who turned out to be Nigel Farage’s assistant. She’s also just found herself the victim of a… Continue reading

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Why make ginger jokes? Redheads, now, are all the rage

24 April 2014 17:58

Much like supporting Millwall or contracting Parkinson’s Disease, red hair has traditionally been seen by the prejudiced as a foul affliction worth avoiding. The biographies of Mary Magdalene, Van Gogh… Continue reading

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Sexism is ‘in your face’ in Britain because it’s up for discussion

16 April 2014 16:17

Sexism is more ‘in your face’ in Britain than in other countries, a United Nations investigator has claimed. I can see why the UN’s Rashida Manjoo might think this –… Continue reading

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Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans Returns To Work Following Arrest

Nigel Evans: I am not seeking to return to the position of Deputy Speaker

14 April 2014 11:16

Nigel Evans, who was cleared last week of sexual assault and rape, has described the last 11 months as torturous, and believes the case should never have been brought to… Continue reading

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Let women fight on the front line, but only if they pass the tests

8 April 2014 11:17

The head of the British Army has given the clearest sign yet that women will soon be given the right to fight on the front line in a combat role.… Continue reading

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