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UK politicians squabble over whose point the Greek elections prove

26 January 2015 8:53

What are the lessons for British politicians from Syriza’s victory in the European elections? They’re certainly very keen to tell voters what lessons we should be drawing. Last night Nigel… Continue reading


Greece lightning: six things you need to know about Syriza’s victory

26 January 2015 8:10
The leader of Greece's left-wing Syriza party Alexis Tsipras casts his ballot at a polling station in Athens (Photo: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty)

It’s official: Syriza, the Greek anti-austerity leftist party, has won the general election. With 98pc of the votes counted it is looks to have taken 149 out of 300 seats, just two short of… Continue reading


Syriza’s rule will be short-lived: the EU will never give what it wants

25 January 2015 22:14
Victory. But for how long?

So Alexis Tsipras is Greece’s new Prime Minister. Syriza, the extreme-left party he leads, may end up (just) short of an overall majority. But it won a landslide today – and no… Continue reading


Greece and the Eurozone, what happens next

25 January 2015 20:55
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The Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has called Syriza’s leader Alexis Tsipras to concede defeat. But n European Chancelleries, they will be holding their breath and hoping that Syriza do… Continue reading


How will the Greek elections change the political debate in the UK?

25 January 2015 19:38
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If you were looking for clues as to how the result of the Greek elections will affect our politics in the United Kingdom, here’s a handy hint. This is the… Continue reading


A Syriza majority will put Athens and Berlin on a collision course

25 January 2015 18:53

The next set of exit polls are now out from Greece and they, again, show Syriza pulling off a spectacular victory. Their lead might even be just enough to see… Continue reading


Anti-austerity party Syriza celebrates as exit polls put it ahead in general election

25 January 2015 18:02
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Exit polls published in past few minutes suggest that anti-austerity Syriza are on course to win the Greek general election. One put Syriza on 35.5 per cent of the vote,… Continue reading


Watch: Natalie Bennett demonstrates how Green policies don’t add up

25 January 2015 17:37
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Do the Green Party’s policies stack up? Although its membership and prominence have rocketed in recent weeks, little focus has been put on what the party campaigns for. Green leader Natalie Bennett was subjected… Continue reading


Five points from Nigel Farage’s interview on Marr

25 January 2015 12:12
Nigel Farage on the Andrew Marr show this morning. Photo: BBC.

First Cameron, then Miliband – now it was Nigel Farage’s turn to be granted the status of a January interview on the Marr sofa. And there was plenty to discuss: the Sunday… Continue reading


Oftsed’s campaign against Christian schools: now Gove is gone, the Blob is back

25 January 2015 11:50

When Ofsted inspectors allegedy asked primary-age girls at Grindon Hall Christian School, Sunderland, whether they knew what lesbians did in bed, they (apparently) received insufficiently detailed answers. Also, pupils displayed… Continue reading


Greece votes, Europe waits

25 January 2015 10:48

Greek voters are currently going to the polls in an election that will have profound consequences for the Eurozone. If the anti-austerity Syriza party wins, as the polls suggest it… Continue reading


Do these allegations explain why Ukip’s Amjad Bashir defected to the Tories?

24 January 2015 21:04
Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir delivers his speech on communities during the Ukip annual party conference at Doncaster Race Course in Yorkshire. Picture date: Friday September 26, 2014.

Ukip MEP Amjad Bashir has defected to the Conservative Party this evening, following an internal party investigation. Tomorrow’s Sunday Telegraph reports that Bashir, who was the party’s communities spokesman, says… Continue reading


How the Spectator congratulated a 25-year-old journalist called Winston Churchill

24 January 2015 19:59
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In 1899, Churchill headed to South Africa as a journalist for the Morning Post to cover the Boer War. He was captured in an ambush of an armored train but escaped with £75… Continue reading


“We live as free men, speak as free men, walk as free men because a man called Winston Churchill lived”

24 January 2015 15:03
Winston Churchill giving the 'V for Victory' salute (Photo: Getty)

This is the Spectator’s leader from 22 January 1965. Two days later, on 24 January, Winston Churchill died: Since the first news was given of his grave illness, the attention… Continue reading


I don’t want to live under Islamic blasphemy law. That doesn’t make me racist

24 January 2015 14:40
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I have spent most of the last fortnight debating Islam and blasphemy and wanted to take the opportunity to put down a few unwritten thoughts. In the immediate aftermath of… Continue reading


The Archbishop shows politicians a more honest way to answer the question

24 January 2015 11:46
The Confirmation Of Justin Welby As The New Archbishop of Canterbury

After Islamist terrorist atrocities, political leaders often rush to say that the attacks had nothing to do with Islam. One can understand why they feel the need to do this… Continue reading


The perfect job for Britain’s disenfranchised young men: boar hunting

24 January 2015 11:00

When I went to stay with my German cousin and he showed me the room where I’d be sleeping, the first thing I noticed were the hairy hides on the… Continue reading


Spectator competition: Henry VIII’s bedroom tax (plus: poems about beards)

24 January 2015 9:30
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In Competition No. 2881 you were invited to take your lead from Carol Ann Duffy and provide an amusing poem about a piece of government legislation. The first line of… Continue reading


Why is Westminster Abbey honouring the king of a country where Christianity is banned?

23 January 2015 16:02
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud speaks before a meeting with the US Secretary of State at his private residence on June 27, 2014 in the Red Sea city of Jeddah.

Private Eye will have a field day when it comes to the tributes being paid to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia – it’ll be like beheading fish in a barrel… Continue reading


Labour signs up to debates as broadcasters threaten an empty chair

23 January 2015 15:15
We have a repeat of this spectacle to look forward to in 2015.

So the broadcasters have done what many thought they’d be too afraid to do and have threatened to empty chair David Cameron – or anyone else who refuses to take… Continue reading


Conservative Central Office appear to be working for the SNP

23 January 2015 15:07

Even by the standards of the Conservative and Unionist (sic) party this is an impressively stupid poster. Do they really want to encourage Scots to vote for the SNP? Evidently… Continue reading


The British economic recovery, in 12 graphs

23 January 2015 14:48
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Everything seems to be falling into place ahead of the election for the Tories. Today’s data shows high street spending rising at the fastest rate for more than 13 years –… Continue reading


The perils of being posh

23 January 2015 12:41
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This week’s wazzock spat hasn’t polarised people in the way that arguments about class often do; most of us have just enjoyed the spectacle of the pop star James Blunt… Continue reading


French secularism is starting to feel the strain

23 January 2015 12:28
French secular values may not be shared by all of the country's citizens (Photo: Jean-Sebastien/Getty)

France is to institute something called a National Secularity Day, which will happen on 9th December every year, when French schools will remind pupils how to sing the national anthem,… Continue reading


I can’t stand the Green Party but they probably deserve their place in the TV debates

23 January 2015 10:58
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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