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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.

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I can’t stand the Green Party but they probably deserve their place in the TV debates

23 January 2015 10:58

An email arrives from the excellent Zoe Williams, Guardian columnist and leftyagitfem middle-class propagandist. It requests that I should sign a round-robin petition to ensure that the Green Party is… Continue reading

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Help yourself to England's green and pleasant land (Photo: Getty)

Good news for travellers (and static travellers). Green Belt land is up for grabs!

22 January 2015 11:57

Excellent news for Britain’s travelling community (and indeed those who aren’t travelling very much at all and are therefore known, officially, as ‘static travellers’). A judge has decreed that the… Continue reading

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Everyone says they’re Charlie. In Britain, almost no one is

14 January 2015 15:35

Je suis Charlie indeed. This is the problem with placards — there is rarely enough room to fit in the caveats, the qualifying clauses and the necessary evasions. I suppose you… Continue reading

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Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, chief-editor of Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad Christiaan Ruesink and Frank Pauw, deputy chief constable of the police in Rotterdam, observe a minute of silence (Photo: Jerry Lampen/Getty)

Finally! Bien-pensant types are starting to see that irritated Muslims pose a threat to us

14 January 2015 10:31

There is the distinct suspicion that at last some more usually bien-pensant commentators are getting it. I mean getting the threat posed to us by irritated Muslim people. First, unexpectedly,… Continue reading

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Various heads of state at today's march in Paris (Photo: Getty)

Islam had nothing to do with this (and other fibs you’re likely to hear)

11 January 2015 19:58

I don’t always agree with Peter Hitchens but this is by far the best piece I’ve seen on the political reaction to the Paris attacks. As far as Cameron, Miliband… Continue reading

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Nothing to do with Muslims, of course

10 January 2015 14:55

Utterly brilliant piece by Brendan O’Neill at Spiked on what would have happened if Charlie Hebdo had been published in Britain, rather than in France. It does not strike me… Continue reading

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The Today programme is already ‘diverse’ – despite what Lenny Henry thinks

31 December 2014 11:33

Did you enjoy the BBC Today programme this morning, guest edited by the, uh, comedian Lenny Henry and featuring interviewees and journos who were exclusively from ethnic minority backgrounds? I… Continue reading

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A reliable obesity survey? Fat chance

29 December 2014 17:44

More excellent news for Team UK. Apparently we are now the second fattest people in Europe – and are rapidly catching up on the humongous, goulash-obsessed Hungarians, who currently hold… Continue reading

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The Cameo II nightclub in Ashford, where Amy Pitcher was refused entry.

It’s not surprising overweight people are being turned away by nightclubs

22 December 2014 10:40

Should enormously fat women be allowed into nightclubs? The obvious answer is ‘no, of course not, are you out of your f****** mind?’ But door policies which discriminate against the… Continue reading

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?Explore the Home Counties?, LNER poster, 1936.

Rod Liddle: my favourite books of the year

18 December 2014 15:32

I’ve been away in Oslo. Not the world’s most exciting destination, I have to say. And the locals really do talk and smile exactly like Frances McDormand does in Fargo.… Continue reading

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Natasha Bolter and Roger Bird: the investigation continues.

The Bird-Bolter plot thickens…

10 December 2014 12:50

It’s a good name, Roger Bird, isn’t it? The story, or non-story, develops apace. Read Steerpike here for the details of the text messages sent by Natasha Bolter to Mr… Continue reading

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Main Political Parties Take Heavy Losses In UK Euro Vote

As political scandals go, Ukip’s latest offering is hardly a knee-trembler

9 December 2014 10:04

The Natasha Bolter story is a little peculiar, no? Ms Bolter, formerly of the Labour Party and more latterly a rising star in Ukip, has been telling the press how… Continue reading

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights, Francois Crepeau attends a press conference in Doha on November 10, 2013. KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images

Another UN official who makes me more likely to vote Ukip

7 December 2014 22:49

The latest half-witted United Nations official to stick the boot into the United Kingdom is one Francois Crepeau, UN ‘Special Rapperteur’ (nope, sorry, don’t recognise the term), on the Rights… Continue reading

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"Christ, what a shower" - the Rochester candidates

I’ve just seen the Rochester candidates’ debate. Sheesh. Poor Rochester

11 November 2014 8:22

So – the Rochester and Strood by-election next Thursday. Who will win? I’ve been there a few times recently and my guess, from a feeling in my water, is that… Continue reading

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Professor Eric 'Gumby' Anderson appears on This Morning. Image: YouTube

Let’s hear it for the breaking down of hegemonic structures

10 November 2014 15:43

The latest instalment of what is becoming a regular feature: admiring the work of academics at places which, these days, we must call universities. This week let’s hear it for… Continue reading

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Rotherham. Alexis Jay's report estimates that at least 1,400 children were sexually abused in the town's care homes between 1997 and 2013. Image: Anna Gowthorpe/Getty Images

Are Zoe Williams and the fatuous Left mad or disingenuous?

6 November 2014 22:35

Today I went on the Daily Politics, presented by Andrew Neil. Talked about a bunch of stuff and then debated the issue of political correctness with Zoe Williams, from The Guardian.… Continue reading

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Sinister types wanted to play Nigel Farage in Channel 4 docu-drama

2 November 2014 12:37

Channel 4 has commissioned a docu-drama that will imagine what life will be like for poor and oppressed ordinary British people under the first few months of a Ukip government. As you… Continue reading

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Russell Brand: Newsnight’s tragic solution to its plummeting ratings

25 October 2014 17:17

The issue is not that Russell Brand seems to believe that 9/11 was some sort of joint effort between George W Bush and the bin Laden family – that’s sort… Continue reading

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Members of the Pakistan Christian Democratic alliance march in Lahore in support of Asia Bibi,  December 2010 (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

‘Religion of peace’ to execute Christian woman for ‘blasphemy’ in Pakistan

20 October 2014 11:43

Not long to go now before a middle-aged Christian woman, Asia Bibi, is hanged in Pakistan for allegedly having said something disparaging about the prophet Mohammed, peace and blessings be… Continue reading

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Fatuous phrase of the week

14 October 2014 9:20

Every day, without fail, some celebrity or public figure will be quoted spouting a meaningless or disingenuous off-the-cuff cliché, to either big himself up or excuse some misdemeanour. Or simply… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage (Photo: Oli Scarff, Getty)

To Nigel Farage in the wake of Heywood and Middleton: an apology

13 October 2014 8:58

Nigel Farage – an apology. My suspicion had been that Ukip would not frighten the horses terribly in Heywood and Middleton. It is not great territory for them, after all.… Continue reading

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Brooks Newmark, this time without his Paisley-patterend pyjamas

If Brooks Newmark didn’t want these photos leaked, why did he email them?

12 October 2014 15:16

So it now seems pretty clear to me that we can no longer send women photographs of our genitals without worrying that we might be the subject of some horrible… Continue reading

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St Mary's Nursery College in Hampstead, April 1916 (Photo: Hulton Archive collection)

Get me out of here: London is the ‘childbirth capital of Europe’

9 October 2014 10:37

I see that London is now the ‘childbirth capital of Europe’, with the highest birth-rate on the entire continent. London, and the UK generally, previously enjoyed very low birth-rates, among… Continue reading

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Who can explain the dead rabbits I keep seeing everywhere?

19 September 2014 14:48

Can anyone explain why there are so many dead rabbits lying around at the moment? I’ve found three in my garden, untouched by predators, and the lanes nearby are festooned… Continue reading

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Boris in Metroland

14 September 2014 12:02

Gaily into Uxbridge Station runs the red electric train, And alighting on the platform – he with the albino mane. Can he charm the blue-rinsed matrons, Past-it bankers, golf club… Continue reading

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