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Spectator competition: unlikely aphrodisiacs (plus: New Year haikus)

29 November 2014 9:30
Hong Kong Customs Seize Endangered Species Cargo

It was ‘In Praise of Cocoa — Cupid’s Nightcap’ by that legend of the comping world Stanley J. Sharpless that gave me the idea for the most recent challenge, to… Continue reading


Tory backbenchers talk out ‘revenge evictions’ bill

28 November 2014 17:51

Fridays in the House of Commons Chamber are rarely edifying experiences, and today a number of MPs and campaigners are very exercised that two backbenchers managed to talk out a… Continue reading


Why don’t we hear about the beneficial side of climate change?

28 November 2014 15:54
Frozen Fools

Two headlines on successive days speak volumes about the scaremongering which is endemic in the way in which learned bodies disseminate information on climate science. Yesterday, the Royal Society published… Continue reading


Tristram Hunt’s proposals for public schools are nothing new

28 November 2014 15:39
(Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)

The Shadow Education Secretary is suggesting that private schools provide qualified teachers to help deliver specialist subject knowledge to state schools. It’s depressing that they don’t all already have in-house… Continue reading


Black Friday just shows us what we’re all really like

28 November 2014 15:07
Black Friday

I’m not sure why everyone is so enraged by the pictures of fighting, shouting and arrests from Black Friday. British people have been exhibiting this sort of behaviour for years,… Continue reading


Enraged euro-rebels threaten trouble after Cameron’s immigration speech fails to satisfy

28 November 2014 14:02

One of the aims of David Cameron’s big immigration speech was to settle the issue with his backbenchers before returning to talk about the economy. Based on conversations I’ve had… Continue reading


Podcast special: David Cameron’s ‘game changing’ immigration speech

28 November 2014 13:40
David Cameron gestures, while delivering a speech on immigration to members of the media at JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, central England on November 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF / POOL

Was David Cameron’s appeal to the voters of Britain and EU leaders on immigration successful? James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and myself discuss his ‘game changing’ speech on immigration this morning in… Continue reading


Should the next coronation service in Westminster Abbey include readings from the Quran?

28 November 2014 13:17
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Earlier this week the former Bishop of Oxford, Lord Harries, suggested in the House of Lords that the next coronation service in Westminster Abbey should include readings from the Quran.… Continue reading


Tories give Mark Reckless ‘worst office in Parliament’

28 November 2014 11:19
(Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty)

Earlier this year Zac Goldsmith complained that he had been given ‘the worst office of any MP in Parliament’ as punishment for his disparaging remarks about the coalition. Now word… Continue reading


David Cameron’s immigration speech in five points

28 November 2014 10:39
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David Cameron has just finished delivering his ‘game changing’ immigration speech. A lot of it was a narration of why immigration had made Britain the country it is, but why some… Continue reading


David Cameron’s immigration speech: full text

28 November 2014 10:33

Today I want to talk about immigration. Just as this government has a long term plan for where we are taking our country so within that we have a long-term… Continue reading


Let’s do Gray Friday!

28 November 2014 10:18
People crowd the first floor of Macy's department store as they open at midnight (0500 GMT) on November 23, 2012 in New York to start the stores' "Black Friday" shopping weekend. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA.

Say this about about Black Friday — the celebration of cheap shopping that we mark today — it isn’t a fraud. It’s not a consumer festival dressed as religious festival,… Continue reading


Boris is right – Britain does need rich people. And plenty of them

28 November 2014 9:29
A Klass act

Boris Johnson is about the only politician in Britain to stand up for the rich, pointing out that while they may be annoying, they tend to create jobs and prosperity… Continue reading


Will Cameron please his backbenchers and EU leaders with his immigration speech?

28 November 2014 9:21

If David Cameron’s speech today is more about backbench management than it is about his desperate desire to talk about immigration, then he needs to make sure that what he… Continue reading


Cameron to demand migrant benefit curbs in ‘game-changing’ immigration speech

27 November 2014 22:41
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David Cameron will make his ‘game-changer’ speech on immigration tomorrow in which he is expected to say that the UK will leave the EU if it does not secure reforms… Continue reading


What next for Andrew Mitchell?

27 November 2014 19:14
Former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell Loses His Plebgate Libel Case

Toby Rowland didn’t have the ‘wit, imagination or inclination’ to invent the account he produced of Andrew Mitchell calling police officers ‘plebs’ at the gates of Downing Street. In any… Continue reading


In pictures: Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year 2014

27 November 2014 16:14
Alex Salmond at the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards 2014. Photo: Alan Davidson.

The great, the good and not so good of the establishment turned up at the Savoy Hotel today for this year’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards. The awards were presented by… Continue reading


Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year 2014: the winners

27 November 2014 14:36

The Spectator’s 27th Parliamentarian of the Year awards, sponsored by Mastercard, took place at the Savoy Hotel this afternoon. Here are the winners and extracts from my speech. The awards were presented… Continue reading

Despite its problems, the United States of America is still the best. Thing. Ever

27 November 2014 14:29

There are not that many things I find more irritating than Europeans getting on their high horses about America and the subject of race, violence and inequality. Everyone seems to… Continue reading


Net migration target fails as Cameron prepares to make more immigration pledges

27 November 2014 11:57
Prime Minister David Cameron Makes Speech On The UK's Position In Europe

We are still waiting for David Cameron’s immigration speech, expected ‘this week’. The Conservatives tried to get their apology in early for failing to meet their target to get net… Continue reading


The British jobs miracle is making a mockery of David Cameron’s migration target

27 November 2014 11:03
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Now we know why the Home Secretary did not commit the ‘tens of thousands’ immigration pledge rashly made by David Cameron in opposition. Britain is midway through a job creation… Continue reading


Will the Smith Commission proposals help or destroy the UK?

27 November 2014 10:55

The phrase ‘Britain will never be the same again’ is overused. But today its use is justified. The Smith Commission proposals on further devolution for Scotland are a huge step… Continue reading


Tristram Hunt is right: private schools do need to do more for the state sector

27 November 2014 10:35
(Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty)

Please can we give Tristram Hunt a break? I’m right behind him when it comes to getting private schools to share their largesse with the state sector, and I mean,… Continue reading


Podcast: Geeks vs spooks, a three-way Tory split and Theresa May’s manoeuvrings

27 November 2014 8:34
The Facebook logo is reflected in the eye of a girl surfing the internet. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Are the nerds of Silicon Valley responsible for harbouring terrorists? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Hugo Rifkind and James Forsyth debate their articles on the battle between the geeks and… Continue reading


Tory detox mission continues as Liz Truss speaks softly to ‘Green Blob’

26 November 2014 17:43
Liz Truss

One of the major themes of this year’s big Tory reshuffle was the attempt to detoxify certain policy areas where a minister was involved in a stand-off with certain groups… Continue reading