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Rod Liddle is associate editor of The Spectator. He writes a weekly column in the magazine, as well as contributing to The Sunday Times and The Sun.

The family from Luton are though to have entered Syria to join Islamic State (Photo: Bedfordshire police)

If only more people joined Islamic State

2 July 2015 11:07

Here’s the headline from the Daily Mail: Family of 12 from Luton – including a baby and two grandparents who are suffering from diabetes and cancer – feared to have… Continue reading

Soviet Colonel who prevented 1983 nuclear response

Meet Stanislav Petrov – the cantankerous man who saved the world

1 July 2015 9:36

I’ve just watched a rather good DVD. This happens so rarely that I thought I’d share the fact with you. It was a film called The Man Who Saved The… Continue reading


British people need rescuing from North Africa. Where’s the Royal Navy now?

28 June 2015 9:39

Just a thought – but might now be a good time to revisit our policy of using the Royal Navy to ferry large numbers of people from the North African… Continue reading


Pringles versus Tesco versus Islam. Whose side are you on?

26 June 2015 15:33

Tesco is in trouble for religious insensitivity. A store in east London had a special Ramadan promotion. Prominently positioned within its offers were Smokey Bacon Flavour Pringles © – and… Continue reading

Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall addresses delegates at the GMB Union annual conference in Dublin, June 9, 2015.

Forget Jeremy Corbyn, I’m backing Liz Kendall for Labour leader

16 June 2015 22:43

I daresay some of you lot are amusing yourselves by joining the Labour Party for three quid so as to vote for Jeremy Corbyn in the forthcoming leadership election. Can’t… Continue reading

Shabina Begum talks to reporters after attending the House of Lords on March 22, 2006 in London. The House of Lords have overturned a Court of Appeal ruling that Denbigh High School unlawfully denied Shabina her right to wear her traditional muslim jilbab

Proof that Health and Safety trumps all in Britain

14 June 2015 11:20

If you ever doubted it was the case, here’s the final proof that in the UK, Health and Safety legislation trumps everything. Tamanna Begum, a Sunni Muslim nursery school ‘teacher’… Continue reading

Migrants aboard HMS Bulwark, having been rescued by Royal Marines  on June 8, 2015 (Photo: Rowan Griffiths/Getty)

The madness of the Royal Navy’s rescue mission

9 June 2015 15:58

There is a genuine madness in our current operation to ferry as many asylum seekers as possible from North Africa to, eventually, the UK. As I mentioned at the time… Continue reading


Football’s elite deserve the foulness of Fifa

3 June 2015 9:57

My favourite moment in the crisis engulfing football’s governing body, Fifa, came with the intervention of a man called Manuel Nascimento Lopes. Manuel is the Fifa delegate from Guinea-Bissau, an… Continue reading


Memo to David Aaronovitch: we’re not all metrosexual now

14 May 2015 12:40

Still inside that bubble, David Aaronovitch informs us that, regardless of the election result, we are all of a metrosexual mindset, whatever that is. Like it or not, the country… Continue reading

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It’s Labour’s loss if they don’t take Ukip voters seriously

13 May 2015 11:08

Almost four million people voted for Ukip on 7 May. That, in itself, is an astonishing achievement for a party which is a) newish and b) endured more vilification than even… Continue reading

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What Labour must do is estrange its awful voters

13 May 2015 10:09

And so now we have to suffer the epic delusions, temper tantrums and hissy fits of the metro-left. They simply cannot believe how you scumbags could have got it so… Continue reading

Ed Miliband and wife Justine turn out to vote this morning. Image: Getty

Is Ed Miliband really proud to have fought alongside me? I’m not so sure

7 May 2015 10:53

Sheesh, sometimes you read something and it makes you go all gooey inside. Take this email I got from Ed Miliband. Dear Rod, As I write this, Justine and I… Continue reading

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Carol Ann Duffy won’t write a poem for the royal baby, so I have

4 May 2015 15:11

Our wonderful bisexual poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has decided once again not to write any of her doggerel to commemorate the latest royal birth. I suppose this is a… Continue reading

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Labour’s latest video might be enough to make me change my vote

3 May 2015 19:53

I thought Ed Miliband did rather well in that last debate. Insofar as it matters. In both of the last two debates he’s come across significantly better than much of… Continue reading

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Will jailing Katie Hopkins save the lives of migrants? I have my doubts

22 April 2015 12:37

More than a thousand migrants have died attempting to get into Europe over the past week, including 900 who perished horribly, trapped in the hold of a Tunisian ship near… Continue reading

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It takes guts to stick it to the stuck-up BBC audience

17 April 2015 13:10

I thought Farage was rather good in that debate yesterday. It’s about time someone stuck it to the bovine, self-important, audiences – it takes a bit of guts to do… Continue reading

Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

My decision to vote Labour – a further explanation

17 April 2015 8:40

Missing from my column this week, for reasons of space etc, was this simple point: I am a Socialist. I am not a liberal. Liberalism, or what it has become,… Continue reading

Political Leader React To Local Election Results

Radio 4′s woeful ‘fact-checking’ is simply anti-Ukip bias

4 April 2015 11:53

I’ve been away, in the north, free from Wifi and mobile phone reception, mercifully. I watched Thursday’s debate in a noisy pub so heard none of it and was forced… Continue reading


How Ukip became the incredible disappearing party

26 March 2015 10:31

The establishment drive to marginalise Ukip has been under way for three months now, and it has having its effect. You will not read anything about Ukip in your newspapers… Continue reading

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The real reason Jeremy Clarkson’s gone? The BBC loathed his politics

25 March 2015 19:15

I still don’t know which way John Humphrys votes and I’ve been a friend of the chap for more than a quarter of a century. Hell, we’ve been on holiday… Continue reading

Conservative Party Conference - Day 4

Why do politicians try to convince us they are normal human beings? We know they’re not

19 March 2015 11:34

I suppose we’re going to have to suffer these confections until the first week of May. But it’s beginning to get my goat. First we had Ed Miliband trying to… Continue reading

Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter Host A Party For Dolce & Gabbana

Who wants to help crowdfund my new Dolce and Gabbana suit?

17 March 2015 13:07

Fancy a bit of crowdfunding? My wife has insisted that I buy myself a new suit, as I lost weight and none of my suits fit me and the newest… Continue reading

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I suspected the ‘liberal’ fascists would eventually get Jeremy Clarkson

10 March 2015 21:21

I read that Jeremy Clarkson had been suspended by the BBC for ‘a fracas’ with a producer. We don’t know what happened yet – but that hasn’t stopped my phone… Continue reading

A new report has identified 300 victims groomed and assaulted by Oxfordshire gangs

What are we meant to say about grooming rings?

2 March 2015 13:13

It is a tragedy that some of us are born in the wrong times. According to that increasingly gobby conduit of right-on morality, the NSPCC, girls these days feel compelled… Continue reading

David Cameron and Ed Miliband.

Two parties, two failures of logic

28 February 2015 10:24

Two party election policies, two failures to think things through. Or, at least, to engage with realities. First, Labour announces a cut in university tuition fees to a maximum of… Continue reading