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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.

It's time to recalibrate (Photo: Fred Morley/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Over Ukraine, we have lost our moral compass

16 April 2014 10:36

A week’s holiday in the perfect seaside town of Staithes was intended to be recuperative and restful, a time to clear the mind, even if the kids were with me.… Continue reading


The major parties don’t get UKIP, and neither does the BBC

3 April 2014 9:35

So, in the second debate between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg the UKIP leader won by 69% to 31%, according to the post-debate polls. That, you would think, should be… Continue reading

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Would prisoners kill for her wry, pungent volumes? Image: Getty

Would prisoners kill for Carol Ann Duffy?

30 March 2014 11:34

It is of course shocking that the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling should ban prisoners from receiving books sent by their friends and relatives. We might all agree with author Philip… Continue reading

Luca Zaia, President of the Veneto region, where secessionist have won an unofficial poll for Venice to secede from Italy.  (Image: Getty/ ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Venetian secessionists deserve to be punished!

23 March 2014 14:59

How should the western powers react when part of a friendly nation holds an illegal referendum and votes to secede from the country in which hitherto it was located? Sanctions?… Continue reading

These three leaders have more in common than meets the eye.

Vladimir Putin’s right about one thing: the West doesn’t observe its own rules

21 March 2014 10:10

Congratulations to Stephen Glover for writing perhaps the only sensible piece about the Crimean crisis. There is a certain force, too, to Putin’s charge that the West believes itself a… Continue reading

Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

The BBC is more scared of offending Muslims than gay people

20 March 2014 17:39

Just to ring the changes, I’ve written about the BBC and political correctness for the mag this week. Yeah, yeah, I know – you haven’t heard enough about that subject.… Continue reading

Is there something sinister going on here? (Image: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Do you believe what the Malaysian government is saying about flight MH370?

17 March 2014 9:56

Is the world now being fed a bit of disinformation from the Malaysians over the fate of that missing jet, flight MH370? We are now told that the pilot, Captain… Continue reading

Tony Benn

Despite his faults, Tony Benn was a real Big Beast

14 March 2014 11:16

I suppose you could argue, if you were a conservative, that Tony Benn’s greatest contribution to public life was helping to render Labour unelectable for thirteen years. There’s quite a… Continue reading


Rod Liddle: What I’d like to see in the Budget

13 March 2014 15:27

A new National Minimum Wage of £8.80 per hour, both in London and beyond. Plenty of money set aside to police this arrangement. Four per cent stamp duty for all… Continue reading

The Conservative Party Annual Conference Concludes With The Prime Minister's Keynote Speech

I’m not surprised at David Cameron’s Nepalese nanny

9 March 2014 20:38

Why the surprise? Of course the Prime Minister would employ a nanny from somewhere like Nepal. David Cameron is simply taking part in the familiar upper-middle class game of ‘Exploited… Continue reading

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Was Mark Lawson bullied? Or was it just a matter of trying to improve Front Row?

6 March 2014 12:51

I don’t really know Mark Lawson; I’ve bumped into him a couple of times and he once was the moderator or question master, I forget which, on some show I… Continue reading

What can Western powers actually do in the Ukrainian crisis? Photo: YURIY DYACHYSHYN/AFP/Getty Images

What exactly should the West do in Ukraine?

2 March 2014 20:25

I’ve seen and read an awful lot of criticism about how weak and pathetic the West has been in responding to the developing crisis in the Ukraine, but scarcely a… Continue reading

John Downey mistakenly received a so-called 'comfort letter' as part of the Good Friday Agreement. The police would not have blundered if the government hadn't been so craven.

The police’s blunder over John Downey is one thing, the government’s cravenness another

26 February 2014 16:00

So, the IRA terror suspect, John Downey, will now not face a trial for his alleged involvement in the Hyde Park and Regent’s Park bombings of 1982, in which eleven… Continue reading

Would you buy a second hand car from this man?

Should Chris Moyles be taught a lesson?

24 February 2014 11:12

Would you buy a used car from the disc jockey Chris Moyles? I’m fairly gullible but even I’d have second thoughts if the gobby lardmountain approached me with a 2004… Continue reading

Qingdao Hosts Beer Festival

What shall we do about Neknominate?

20 February 2014 17:57

I wonder if we should start our own Spectator Blog NekNominations? Open to bloggers and readers. I nominate Daniel Maris to drink a small glass of Pinot Noir while watching… Continue reading

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Help Muhammad Asghar

16 February 2014 11:54

I don’t suppose these petitions do much good, but they may make us all feel a little better about ourselves. Muhammad Asghar is a lunatic living in Pakistan, thus scoring… Continue reading

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

One Yorkshireman’s commendable bid for freedom

13 February 2014 9:14

Richard Milburn, a burglar, broke out of Kirkham Prison near Preston because he was sick to the back teeth of the Scousers in the place. And the Mancs. And the… Continue reading


Smoking in cars is banned. The state’s next stop is your living room

11 February 2014 19:36

How the hell do we keep the kids quiet in the car now that we can’t subdue them with tobacco smoke? I suppose we’ll have to resort to slipping a… Continue reading

Business And Political Leaders Attend Climate Week NYC Discussion

The strange tale of Wendi and Tone

6 February 2014 11:04

Have you ever harboured affection for Tony Blair’s arse? According to reports, you may not be alone. Wendi Deng, Rupert Murdoch’s former missus, apparently yearned for Tony’s piercing blue eyes, sexy… Continue reading


How else would one depict conflict between Sunnis and Shias?

31 January 2014 18:42

I don’t know if you’ve seen this letter to this week’s edition of the magazine, from a person called Chris Doyle. He is a member of the ‘Council for Arab-British… Continue reading

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Guess who’s back?

28 January 2014 15:33

You just knew Lembit would make an appearance sooner or later, didn’t you? I only noticed this morning, reading back through some of the weekend papers I’d missed. Anyway, as… Continue reading

Excitable media reports give the impression that there is only type of protestor in Ukraine. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

The media’s not giving us the full picture of Ukraine

27 January 2014 17:31

Much as was the case with Syria, and to a lesser degree Egypt, I wonder if we are getting a true picture of the mood within Ukraine on our excitable… Continue reading

Lord Rennard Image: PA

Will the women apologise to Rennard?

21 January 2014 9:28

Well done Lord Rennard for not saying sorry. I thought at first that he should, just to get the whole thing over with, to partially placate those monstrously transgressed women… Continue reading

Tom Winsor has said that there are some communities which police themselves.

To which ‘communities’ is Tom Winsor referring?

20 January 2014 9:26

People complain that the police sometimes take a terribly long time to turn up to investigate complaints. But then sometimes they do not turn up at all. In fact according… Continue reading

Former Miners Leader Arthur Scargill In Barbican Flat Court Battle

When Arthur Scargill tried to buy his council flat, he bought Thatcherism

15 January 2014 20:55

There’s a case for saying that the Thatcher government’s sale of council houses was the biggest redistribution of wealth this country has ever seen. I’m not so sure. I am… Continue reading