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Trump was still in full campaign mode. Was that wise?

20 January 2017 19:46

We were told Donald Trump would be displaying his “philosophical” side in his inaugural address. To me, sitting beneath a grey…

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Trump’s trade war could cause global economic carnage

20 January 2017 18:31

The most striking thing about Donald Trump’s inaugural address was how little it tried to reach out to those who…

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Donald Trump: the most radical US president for centuries

20 January 2017 18:26

He could be the greatest disaster ever to befall America. He could go down as the man that Made America…

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There was nothing peaceful about Washington’s anti-Trump protests

20 January 2017 17:51

Washington, D.C. I just witnessed an anti-Donald Trump protest, and it was nasty. About an hour ago, I looked out…

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Trump has just created a vacancy for a world leader in free trade. Step forward, Theresa May

20 January 2017 17:51

Rather than seek to inspire or unite a country, Donald Trump’s inaugural address was a long whinge about free trade and…

Michelle Obama: no. 4 on the Forbes World’s Most Powerful Women list. Image: Getty

BBC’s Michelle Obama gaffe

20 January 2017 17:46

Although Donald Trump has suggested that he is unsatisfied with the BBC’s coverage of him, it’s the corporation’s reporting of…

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Donald Trump’s inaugural address: full text

20 January 2017 17:36

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you.…

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Friday caption contest: Trump’s inauguration – smile!

20 January 2017 16:31

As Donald Trump is sworn in today as the 45th US president, not everyone at the ceremony appears thrilled to be…

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Trump! How did this happen?

20 January 2017 15:33

It happened because you banned super-size sodas. And smoking in parks. And offensive ideas on campus. Because you branded people…

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Meet the real deplorables – and no, it’s not Farage and his champagne populists

20 January 2017 14:48

Washington, D.C. Nigel Farage’s 2016 celebration of Nigel Farage’s 2016 is a party that might never stop. And it is…

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What would Alistair Cooke have made of Trump’s inauguration?

20 January 2017 14:02

Margaret Thatcher’s Lord Chancellor, Quintin Hailsham, himself half-American, once observed that the US system of government was ‘an elective monarchy with…

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Will George Galloway come to Corbyn’s rescue in Stoke-on-Trent?

20 January 2017 13:16

After Labour party members in Copeland rejected Jeremy Corbyn’s preferred choice as candidate for the upcoming by-election in favour of former…

Republican Presidential Candidates Speak At Values Voter Summit

Holy Smoke podcast: Are evangelical Christians being sucked into the cult of Trump?

20 January 2017 12:42

Some Christians on the fundamentalist fringe think President Trump is ‘the new David’ who will turn the United States into a godly kingdom.…

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No, Donald Trump isn’t a ‘massive, magnificent gift’ for Britain

20 January 2017 12:41

There are certain traditional ceremonies without which the inauguration of a new American president cannot take place. Chief among them,…

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Washington’s lobbyists are starting to panic

20 January 2017 11:46

Things are changing in Washington… and not just at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Political newbies watched the fireworks at the Lincoln Memorial on…

Graham Greene, who described The Spectator as the best-written weekly in the English language

Wanted: a new production editor for The Spectator

20 January 2017 11:07

One of the most important jobs in The Spectator is opening up, and we’re looking for a pretty exceptional person…

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Farewell Obama, a president who promised unity but left a legacy of rancour and division

20 January 2017 10:53

The irony of Barack Obama’s presidency is that while it began at a time when it seemed America’s fortunes could…

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At least Martin McGuinness made old age. Many others didn’t

20 January 2017 10:43

So Martin McGuinness is retiring from politics due to a ‘very serious medical condition.’ Already this is giving vent to…

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Watch: Emily Thornberry’s opposition blues on Question Time

20 January 2017 9:34

On Thursday, Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet found themselves in disarray after the Labour leader suggested he would issue a three-line whip for…

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Could Trump be the progressive leader Obama never managed to be?

20 January 2017 9:11

Washington, D.C. is a police state even in good times. Unique in the land of the free, only there do…

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The irony of Corbyn’s three-line whip

19 January 2017 18:02

Jeremy Corbyn is a famous rebel, so famous that when he was elected, many in his party wondered how he…

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Seumas Milne exits the Guardian for good

19 January 2017 17:34

When Seumas Milne first announced that he was joining Labour as Jeremy Corbyn’s director of communications in 2015, it was…

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The ‘clean eating’ gurus are now repenting – but the damage has been done

19 January 2017 16:19

Ella Mills, née Woodward – aka ‘Deliciously Ella’ – was on Radio 4 this morning discussing ‘clean eating’. Many will…

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Voting ‘leave’ meant leaving the single market – and most voters knew it

19 January 2017 14:32

The angrier, snootier sections of the Remain camp have done many bad things since 23 June. Some have suggested Brexit…

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Nicholas Soames gives Boris a telling off

19 January 2017 12:22

On Wednesday, No 10 was forced to clarify that the Foreign Secretary had not compared the French President to a Nazi after Boris Johnson…