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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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British teachers could learn a thing or two from the Chinese

3 August 2015 16:55

‘Rude, bone idle… and cosseted by the welfare state! Chinese teachers’ damning verdict on British children after spending a month in UK classrooms. Yes – just about right, I reckon. Except,… Continue reading

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Is David Aaronovitch taking the piss out of himself?

30 July 2015 11:05

This job is getting harder and harder, because it is no longer possible to parody or satirise the blithe stupidity of the liberal London middle class. It now exists in… Continue reading

If you’ve never tried LSD, a Corbyn government would be a fairly decent simulacrum of the drug

Jeremy Corbyn won’t destroy Labour. But he might yet destroy the country

28 July 2015 17:47

Imagine, for a moment, the following scenario. In 2017 Britain votes narrowly to remain within the European Union, despite the Prime Minister having achieved little in attempting to renegotiate the… Continue reading


Isn’t it condescending to call it the ‘special’ Olympics?

24 July 2015 22:15

Tomorrow sees the start of the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles. I’m sure you’ll be watching with great interest. Just one question: what does the word ‘special’, as… Continue reading

Syrian schoolgirls on their way to school (Photo: Zein Al-Rifal/Getty)

We’ve always messed up the Middle East. Let’s stay out, for once

21 July 2015 17:55

I suppose I should cease carping. We got a Blue Labour budget (except for the ludicrous stuff on inheritance tax), and far better than anything we would have got under… Continue reading

Katie Hopkins seen leaving the ITV Studios after an appearance on 'Loose Women' on February 9, 2015 in London, England.

Jon Ronson is wrong — Katie Hopkins isn’t insane, damaged or weird

20 July 2015 18:13

Another conflict of interest and indeed of my mental state. I can think of no journalist I enjoy reading more than Jon Ronson. He is, I think, unequivocally brilliant and… Continue reading

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor meet with Adolf Hitler in 1937. (Photo: Getty)

Why is the Royal family so bothered by its own archives?

20 July 2015 12:00

I should declare an interest – because I work for the Sun. But even so, I cannot quite see what the Royal family’s objections are. It does no harm to… Continue reading

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

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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