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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.

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

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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

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CCTV footage of two of the girls at Gatwick airport (Photo: PA)

To be ‘groomed’ is to gain instant victim status

24 February 2015 16:01

A minor point, I suppose, but one worth noting. It was stated on the BBC and in the liberal press that these three girls who have scuttled off to Syria… Continue reading

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A photo of Shamima Begum, one of the missing schoolgirls (Photo: Laura Lean/Getty)

Should we actually be worried about the Syria-bound schoolgirls?

23 February 2015 9:42

Are you terribly worried about those three London ‘schoolgirls’ who have gone off to fight for the Islamic State in Syria? I must admit I haven’t lost an awful lot… Continue reading

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I’ve received a mystifying marriage proposal

22 February 2015 9:53

I have had many proposals of marriage recently via the internet, most of them coming from young ladies in Nigeria, Ghana, the DRC and so on. Some of them haven’t… Continue reading

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In this photo illustration a man reads a copy of The Guardian newspaper on September 12, 2005 in London, England.

Why I may bail out the Guardian

11 February 2015 13:48

Here’s a preview of Rod Liddle’s column from this week’s Spectator, on the financial plight of The Guardian… One of the highlights of my week comes on a Saturday morning,… Continue reading

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Stephen Fry Rehearses For The British Academy Film Awards

Rude jokes about Stephen Hawking are exactly what the Baftas need

11 February 2015 10:22

Odd though it may seem, I think I’m with Stephen Fry on the issue of the Baftas. The grand old poof – I mean that in an affectionate, rather than… Continue reading

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Margaret Hodge (Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty)

Why does the skin colour of London’s next Mayor matter one toss, Margaret Hodge?

9 February 2015 18:30

Shocking news belatedly reaches me that the Labour MP Margaret Hodge has pulled out of the race to become the next Mayor of London. I am not sure how London… Continue reading

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Don’t worry Amanda Holden. Haters gonna hate women who don’t wear bras

6 February 2015 10:21

Look, let me take you away for Isis and jets crashing into Taiwan and Cameron and Miliband. Let me direct you toward the real issues facing this country. The (former?) actress… Continue reading

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Burning alive a single human being offends al-Qa’eda. Did 9/11 offend them too, then?

5 February 2015 10:04

Was the burning alive of an enemy combatant by the Islamic State a ‘deviant’ act – as the moderate Muslim political party, al-Qa’eda, insists? It is difficult to know why… Continue reading

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Alan Turing (Photo: Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty)

History will be kind to our modern sensibilities because we intend to rewrite it

2 February 2015 13:29

Should we pardon all homosexuals who, in the past, were convicted under laws prohibiting sodomy or indecency or soliciting? The gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell thinks we should: ‘Pardon all… Continue reading

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A mother’s choice: kill oneself or be ‘forced to work’

30 January 2015 9:53

I suspect that you were as appalled as I by the plight of young mum, Marie Buchan, from Selly Oak in Birmingham. She has eight children – called stuff like… Continue reading

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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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