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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


PMQs sketch: In sickness and in health

26 November 2014 17:25
Mark Reckless (‘Boo!!’) asks his question at PMQs

Health, health, health. Viewers of PMQs must be sick of it by now. Health this, health that. Health, health. On and on. Ad nauseam. Today’s exchanges involved the usual tussle… Continue reading


When do the children of migrants become British?

26 November 2014 17:18
Image: Getty

When do the descendants of immigrants go from being migrants to being natives? That’s the question raised by a MigrationWatch UK study which says that the impact of immigration on the… Continue reading


Will Cameron talk to his MPs before his ‘game-changer’ immigration speech?

26 November 2014 16:50

We still don’t know when David Cameron’s long-awaited ‘game-changer’ speech on immigration will be. Downing Street is only saying that it will be ‘before Christmas’, but it is still expected… Continue reading


The Labour MPs who deny planning to defect to Ukip

26 November 2014 15:00
Kate Hoey. Image: Getty

Ukip are desperate to build on the momentum from their Rochester win as the general election looms ever closer. At the very top of the party figures including leader Nigel… Continue reading


PMQs: Ukip’s presence unnerves both the Tories and Labour

26 November 2014 13:36

Ed Miliband is determined to talk about the NHS as much as possible at PMQs while David Cameron wants the economy to be Topic A. The result: Miliband asks about… Continue reading


PMQs: Ukip’s Mark Reckless begins his battle to hold his seat with local question

26 November 2014 13:24
Mark Reckless asks his first question as a Ukip MP.

‘Oooooh!’ shouted MPs when Mark Reckless got to his feet today at Prime Minister’s Questions for his first chance as a Ukipper to grill David Cameron. The newly-re-elected MP had… Continue reading


An invitation to The Spectator’s carol concert at St Bride’s church

26 November 2014 12:35
Probably the best singers in London: the choir of St Bride's

(Update: we have now sold 240 of the 250 tickets left to this, and the last ten will probably be gone by lunchtime Thursday. So apologies to those who are disappointed.… Continue reading


Another gong for May

26 November 2014 11:25
Theresa May collecting her award.

What a busy week for Theresa May as she picked up a gong for Politician of the Year at the Political Studies Association awards at Church House last night. The… Continue reading


The latest immigration madness: prove you love your wife (or husband)

26 November 2014 9:44

Sometimes it is the small things that tell you everything you need to know about the madness afflicting British politics at present. Consider this small detail from the new immigration… Continue reading


Ministers to unveil counter- terror laws

26 November 2014 9:01
(Photo: Getty)

Today is the day ministers set out their new counter-terrorism legislation following Theresa May’s revelations on Monday about the number of thwarted terror attacks and yesterday’s publication of the ISC… Continue reading


Facebook insists it does tackle terrorism as finger points at site for Rigby messages

25 November 2014 18:24
A picture taken on May 14, 2012 in Paris, shows an illustration made with a figurine set up in front of Facebook's homepage

Facebook is responsible for hosting a conversation Rigby murderer Michael Adebowale had about killing a solider, according to the Telegraph. Both the ISC’s report and the committee’s chairman Malcolm Rifkind have been… Continue reading


Are Tristram Hunt’s plans for private schools a class war or just a bit pointless?

25 November 2014 17:52
Labour Attempt To Hold On To Stoke As The BNP Target The Seat

Tristram Hunt has managed to get a great deal of attention for his proposals for private schools helping out state schools, with even his own (private but sufficiently stuffed with… Continue reading


MPs to discuss legacy of Afghan conflict this week

25 November 2014 14:37
British Prime Minister David Cameron mee

Yesterday the final UK personnel left Kandahar airfield, with just a few hundred British defence workers left in Afghanistan to help train the country’s future officers. MPs have been assured… Continue reading


Five things you need to know about the Lee Rigby report

25 November 2014 13:16
Drummer Lee Rigby. Photo: Ministry of Defence

Could the intelligence services have prevented the murder of Lee Rigby last year? Probably not, but there was more they could have known and possibly done, according to a report from the… Continue reading


Sir Malcolm Rifkind suggests internet companies are ‘a safe haven for terrorists’

25 November 2014 12:45
Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Photo: Getty)

The battle between the spooks and the geeks is heating up. A new report into the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby has suggested that the brutal attack could have been prevented… Continue reading


Why we should use the language of Christianity in public discourse

25 November 2014 10:01
Image: Getty.

There was an interesting exchange last night at the annual lecture for Theos, the think tank that does God. After a speech by the economist Will Hutton which paid tribute… Continue reading


Can Iain Duncan Smith force Labour to continue his welfare reforms?

25 November 2014 9:51
British Secretary of State for Work and

Iain Duncan Smith is taking the fight to Labour today, accusing them of being the ‘party of welfare’ with their ‘heads in the sand’ as he marks the next ‘roll-out’ of… Continue reading


Theresa May: a big beast in kitten heels

25 November 2014 0:00
Theresa May on the cover of the new Spectator Life.

listen to ‘Harry Cole discusses Theresa May’s possible leadership bid on the Today programme ’ on audioBoom In the latest issue of Spectator Life, Harry Cole profiles the Home Secretary Theresa… Continue reading


Boris’s dilemma: relinquish his US passport or pay American tax

24 November 2014 18:18
Boris in his birth town (Photo: Getty)

When in doubt, blame wealthy foreigners for any political problems. That goes for pols in the US and the UK alike, and even the dual-national Mayor of London is not immune. Boris Johnson opposes blanket… Continue reading


By caving in to religious misogyny, ‘anti-racist’ liberals reveal their inner racist

24 November 2014 17:46

Even by the low standards of English lawyers, the men and women who run the Law Society have behaved like shameless hypocrites. Instead of confining themselves to offering professional advice,… Continue reading


Is Owen Paterson hoping to become leader of the ‘Out’ camp in the 2017 referendum?

24 November 2014 15:36
(Photo: Leon Neal/Getty)

There may well be a battle in Labour for the party’s soul, but the same is certainly true of the Tory party. Owen Paterson’s speech today to Business for Britain… Continue reading


The saga of Ed Miliband and White Van Man reveals a politics based on grievance and cowardice

24 November 2014 14:42
Rochester and Strood Parliamentary By-Election

Say this for the current state of British politics: it keeps finding new lows. A while back I made the mistake of suggesting voters might already have priced-in Ed Miliband’s… Continue reading


The fight for the soul of the Labour party

24 November 2014 13:33
Image: Getty

Fight! Two senior Labour MPs locked horns yesterday over the Scottish leadership contest. Ivan Lewis and Tom Watson scrapped after the latter wrote a piece endorsing left-leaning Neil Findlay for… Continue reading


Don’t blame Theresa May — she did her bit. The problem is immigration from the EU

24 November 2014 8:01
Conservative Party Conference Held In Birmingham - Day 3

Theresa May is getting some stick this morning because she has admitted the obvious: that immigration is never going to get below the ‘tens of thousands’ target that David Cameron… Continue reading