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View from 22 morning review: the West’s response to MH17 and the reshuffle fallout

21 July 2014 12:18

In this week’s View from 22 morning review, Douglas Murray, James Forsyth and Mary Wakefield discuss the weekend’s main stories. Can Europe really enforce sanctions on Putin, in the wake of… Continue reading

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Will we ever find out what happened to flight MH17? It is getting less and less likely

19 July 2014 19:30

The Ukrainian government has failed to secure the crash site, as much as 25 square kilometres of territory, where debris from flight MH17 has fallen. The site is in rebel-held… Continue reading

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What Germans do worst

17 July 2014 18:10

Yes, alright. It turns out that Germans are pretty good at football. But they aren’t quite so good at everything, as our Barometer column this week points out. Here are… Continue reading

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BREAKING: Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 ‘shot down’ in Ukraine

17 July 2014 16:39

There are reports from Russian agency Interfax that a passenger airliner, believed to be Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, has been ‘shot down’ in eastern Ukraine by a ground-to-air missile, 50km away from… Continue reading


Podcast: a misogynistic reshuffle, punishment for ministers and why right-wing women are sexier

17 July 2014 9:44

In this week’s Spectator, Melissa Kite argues that David Cameron’s reshuffle has been soured by misogyny. The PM doesn’t want the new women in his cabinet to do anything but… Continue reading

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View from 22 podcast special: reshuffle review

15 July 2014 17:09

In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman round up some of the key stories from the reshuffle, including Gove’s shock demotion, the increased… Continue reading

Prime Minister David Cameron Announces His New Cabinet

As it happened: the 2014 government reshuffle

15 July 2014 7:59

18.59 The reshuffle is over and the dust is settling in Westminster. Catch up on all today’s events in our Evening Blend email, which has just gone out. if you don’t… Continue reading


Reshuffle 2014: the full list of jobs

14 July 2014 17:51

In Amber Rudd – in as Energy Minister at the Department for Energy and Climate Change Penny Mordaunt – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local… Continue reading

Downing Street Prepares For Cabinet Reshuffle

The 2014 government sackings – as they happened

14 July 2014 17:47

For all of today’s reshuffle updates, including the new appointments and podcast reactions, follow our liveblog here. 23.44 That’s it for tonight. We’ll be back at 6am tomorrow, with more… Continue reading

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Podcast: Douglas Murray analyses the Israel-Gaza conflict

14 July 2014 12:31

In our latest View from 22 podcast, Douglas Murray, Mary Wakefield and Fraser Nelson discuss the conflict in the Gaza strip. Has Israel become too good at protecting its citizens?… Continue reading

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Podcast: 2014 Cabinet reshuffle

14 July 2014 11:36

In our latest View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the possible outcomes when Cameron reshuffles his Cabinet. listen to ‘James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and… Continue reading

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How can we build ‘Brand Britain’?

11 July 2014 16:19

The Spectator, in association with BAE Systems, hosted a half-day forum entitled ‘Exporting for Growth’ on 27 June. The event was held to discuss what can be done to spread… Continue reading


View from 22 podcast special: Should Gatwick Airport be expanded?

7 July 2014 9:51

In this special View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson discusses the case for the expansion of Gatwick Airport. Guest speakers include Stewart Wingate, CEO of Gatwick Airport, Mark Reckless, Tory MP… Continue reading

Verdicts In Phone Hacking Trial

Convict the guilty. Keep the press free

25 June 2014 16:46

We have not heard much from Hugh Grant this week. Nor from Max Mosley, Steve Coogan or any of the other bizarre array of celebrities and moguls who wanted to… Continue reading

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Save on your energy bills with The Spectator – and help fix the broken market

13 June 2014 15:10

In a healthy, competitive market, prices go down when costs go down. Not in the energy market. As Ofgem announced this week, the wholesale cost of gas and electricity has… Continue reading

Lynton Crosby needs moved into No10

Cameron should stop the Tory wars – or send for the man who can

7 June 2014 20:06

Modern Conservatives seem to be allergic to success. Every time things are going right, the party spasms. Sir John Major’s government nurtured a remarkable economic recovery, yet was beaten after… Continue reading

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Cut your energy bills with The Spectator

6 June 2014 17:05

Here’s something that you won’t read often in The Spectator: Ed Miliband is right. Britain’s energy market is broken, and a small number of big companies have the upper hand… Continue reading

Will Roger Helmer become Ukip's first MP? We'll find out tonight. Photo: Getty Images.

As it happened: Newark by-election results

5 June 2014 22:35

Welcome to our live blog for the results of the Newark by-election. We’ll be providing commentary and analysis throughout the night. This page will automatically reload every minute. 4:00am: James… Continue reading

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The Queen has just reminded Britain why we don’t need her to abdicate

4 June 2014 12:34

This is a preview of the leading article in the new Spectator, out tomorrow: It would be easy to look at the alluring photographs of Prince Felipe of Spain and his… Continue reading

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As it happened: 2014 European election results

25 May 2014 21:05

Welcome to the Spectator’s liveblog of the European elections results. We’ll bring you results, analysis and political reaction throughout the night. Britain: Ukip has come first with 27 per cent… Continue reading


The Ukip effect: live local election results

23 May 2014 9:10

Ukip is celebrating after winning council seats from all three main parties across the country. Nigel Farage’s party has already exceeded its target of 80 gains in the local elections.… Continue reading

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Full text: Tony Blair’s speech on why the Middle East matters

23 April 2014 10:49

It is unsurprising that public opinion in the UK and elsewhere, resents the notion that we should engage with the politics of the Middle East and beyond. We have been… Continue reading

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Full text: Tristram Hunt’s speech to the Spectator schools conference

3 April 2014 11:42

listen to ‘Tristram Hunt's speech + Q&A at Spectator's schools conference’ on Audioboo Free Schools, For-profit Schools and the Swedish Slide Thank you. It is, as ever, a great pleasure to… Continue reading

David Dimbleby, Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg this evening. Photo: BBC.

Live: Nick Clegg vs Nigel Farage debate – round two

2 April 2014 18:08

This is a live blog for tonight’s debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, kicking off at 7pm. We’ll be adding in audio from the debate below. This page will… Continue reading

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George Osborne’s ‘fight for full employment’ speech – full text

31 March 2014 12:28

In a speech given at Tilbury Port in Essex, Chancellor George Osborne hailed cuts to business and personal taxes this week as the ‘biggest in two decades’ – and committed… Continue reading