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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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Welcome home… to a world of beheadings and Bake Off

2 September 2014 18:59

Apologies for the lengthy interregnum. I was away in the USA for almost three weeks and my mobile phone provider decided I should not be allowed to make or receive… Continue reading

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Ministers Attend The Government's Weekly Cabinet

Baroness Warsi – commendable but stunningly wrong

5 August 2014 22:21

I was a little saddened by Baroness Warsi’s resignation. I like the woman; it is an odd and disturbing thing to say, but I felt I had more in common… Continue reading

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Tony Blair Promotes The Chinese Translation Of His Autobiography

Look where Tony Blair’s messianic fervour has left us

31 July 2014 19:13

While trawling down the Mail Online’s right-hand-side of the page porno strip, to consider analytically the latest photographs of Jessica Alba in a swimming costume, I came across a rather… Continue reading

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Drink water, say the public health officials.

Warning to all fasting Muslims!

17 July 2014 9:49

Are all of Britain’s fasting Muslims about to die because of the heatwave? This is what’s worrying me as I sit in my darkened room — curtains drawn and lights… Continue reading

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Here's the (daily) proof of Hamas's murderous intent. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Will the BBC accept that Hamas wants to kill lots of Jews?

15 July 2014 9:32

A fairly typically partisan report on the Israel and Palestine crisis last night on the BBC ten O Clock News. The focus was entirely on the killed or injured Palestinians,… Continue reading

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World Cup diary — in defence of ‘pervy’ camera crews

14 July 2014 11:55

The best team won, and the best two teams reached the final. This is a comparatively rare event at a world cup. And it was a fine world cup in… Continue reading

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Brazil v Germany: Semi Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

World Cup diary – best tournament in years

10 July 2014 9:07

Sorry – bit of an interregnum in the World Cup diary, caused principally by England’s pathetic capitulation. But still the tournament gives pleasure, perhaps to a greater degree than it… Continue reading

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Image: Getty

Tony Blair is advising a murderer. Is there anything he won’t do?

4 July 2014 13:40

I see that Tony Blair is to advise Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on economic reform. El-Sisi has incarcerated 20,000 protestors, a bunch of journalists and murdered 2,500 opponents. Is… Continue reading

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(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty)

Angela Merkel offers a sop to the poor old British

30 June 2014 17:28

The row over Jean-Claude Juncker was confected outrage which spectacularly failed to achieve what Cameron wanted. It was confected because the alternatives to the ghastly Luxembourg bureaucrat are scarcely less federalist than… Continue reading

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Netherlands v Mexico at round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup. Photo: Getty Images.

World Cup diary: now we know how utterly shite England were

29 June 2014 19:48

I’ve been cheering for the Dutch as a sort of thank-you for them humiliating Spain. But there was something thoroughly unpleasant about the way they dispatched Mexico, the world’s great… Continue reading

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Costa Rica v England: Group D - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

World Cup diary: England’s obscenely rich footballers don’t give a monkey’s

25 June 2014 9:46

What a fabulously boring England performance. I watched it only because I had this to write and now feel resentful towards you, which is unfair. Because I don’t suppose you… Continue reading

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The French look very, very dangerous in Brazil. (AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE)

World Cup diary: The French look very good. Damn.

23 June 2014 12:59

Still going on, is it, the World Cup? There have been some fine games and some poor games with surprisingly thrilling conclusions. Ronaldo, with possibly the worst haircut I have… Continue reading

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(Photo: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty)

Rod Liddle: My run in with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Channel 4 News

20 June 2014 13:29

I thought you might enjoy watching this debate between me and two eminently sane, rational and balanced women. If you haven’t seen it already. My publishers were anxious I should… Continue reading

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End of the road for England? (Image: Getty)

World Cup diary: Progress? What progress? England were witless

20 June 2014 9:23

The pundits will be doing some quick revisionism. Far from ‘making progress’ if not being “quite the finished article” (© everyone), England has performed less well than they did in… Continue reading

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Spanish fans in Madrid try and fail to suck up their team's defeat. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

World Cup diary – Thank God the reign of Spain is over!

19 June 2014 9:27

It is a wicked thing to revel in someone else’s misery. Trouble is, occasionally it can’t be helped. So – bye, bye Spain! I think I would have traded England… Continue reading

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Luis Suarez needs to be stopped. (Image: AFP PHOTO / DANIEL GARCIA)

World Cup diary: Here’s why we need Wayne Rooney…

18 June 2014 8:58

Greg Dyke was right with that throat-slitting gesture, when England’s world cup group was announced. Seeing the quality in some of the other groups gives you an indication of how… Continue reading

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Iran v Nigeria: Group F - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

World Cup diary: Iran vs Nigeria. Who to support?

16 June 2014 23:21

So – Nigeria versus Iran, then. I wonder who Boko Haram were cheering for, surrounded by their infidel abductees in some sand-blown, bilharzia riven hellhole. I was cheering for our… Continue reading

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Photo: PA

A small town in Yorkshire turns racist

16 June 2014 13:39

A small Yorkshire town has been hugely enriched this year by the arrival of 500 Roma people. The village of Hexthorpe was once boringly, stultifyingly, monocultural – and you would… Continue reading

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'Can we suffer Phil Neville’s mogadon monotone drawl for much longer?' Asks Rod Liddle.

World Cup diary: I can’t take much more of the BBC’s coverage

15 June 2014 22:20

It takes quite a lot for me to feel even mildly sympathetic towards the French, but they had my support against the semi-reformed death squad of Honduras. One should not… Continue reading

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England v Italy: Group D - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

World Cup diary: Italy were poor but England were worse

15 June 2014 10:22

Another fairly unpleasant evening spent watching England playing football. Ah well. It used to be that England were renowned for two things: we could score from set pieces, and we… Continue reading

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Chris Froome in action. (Photo by Kristof Van Accom/Getty Images)

The Guardianista mind-set

14 June 2014 18:49

A moron has written a letter to The Guardian. I realise that this is not ground-breaking news. In the journalistic canon it is very much “dog bites man”, sure. But… Continue reading

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Spain v Netherlands: Group B - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

World Cup diary – Spain humiliated

14 June 2014 8:53

You see – that’s the trouble. You write off the World Cup for moral reasons because of FIFA sleaze (and that opening game). And then Spain are magnificently humiliated, cheering… Continue reading

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Brazil v Croatia: Group A - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

World Cup diary: Was the ref playing for Brazil?

13 June 2014 9:16

Suspicions that FIFA is an organisation given, occasionally, to a bit of corruption will not have been allayed by the first match of the 2014 World Cup. Brazil won with… Continue reading

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Author Robert Peston With Political Book 'Brown's Britain'

Pesto’s got it: the BBC is too right-wing, obviously

9 June 2014 9:35

At last, someone has put their finger on the problem, got right down to the real nub of the issue. In an interview, the BBC’s Economics Editor Robert Peston, in… Continue reading

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Winter Storm Brings More Snow To DC Area

The age of Selfish Whining Monkeys

2 June 2014 20:13

I had a horrible dream last night that I’ve never had before. In the dream, I knew I had to get up early and couldn’t get to sleep. Every time… Continue reading

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