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The planning system distorts the housing market more than anything Miliband could dream up

27 April 2015 15:37

How foolish of Ed Miliband to try to pervert the free market in housing with his rent controls. There is a slight problem with this analysis, which we have heard… Continue reading


This is a narrow-cast election, not a national contest

27 April 2015 15:28

This continues to be a most remarkable election. I can’t recall any other contest in which so many parties were speaking to so many different audiences, many of them niche.… Continue reading

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The Greens’ regressive message has lost them student votes

27 April 2015 13:09

‘If you’re not a socialist before you’re twenty-five, you have no heart; if you are a socialist after twenty-five, you have no head,’ goes the old, oft-misattributed saying. But if… Continue reading


If Ed Miliband makes ‘Islamophobia’ illegal, I volunteer to test the new law immediately

27 April 2015 12:57
(Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty)

I am out of the country at the moment and I see that Ed Miliband has used the opportunity to ‘say’ in an interview with the ‘Muslim News’ that he… Continue reading


Election podcast special: 10 days to go

27 April 2015 12:30
British Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron, gives a speech during a UK general election campaign visit at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in London on April 27, 2015.

The general election campaign has entered the final stretch and each day between now and polling day, we’ll be producing a short lunchtime podcast looking at the day’s campaign developments.… Continue reading


Why are so many novelists so stupid?

27 April 2015 11:06

If you feel a need to search for moral cowardice then, in my experience, literary festivals are likely to be as happy a hunting ground as any. Should you be… Continue reading


Note from Mandelson’s firm warns that SNP will drag Labour to the left

27 April 2015 10:20
Peter Mandelson. Getty Images.

Peter Mandelson and Ed Miliband appeared to have been undergoing a certain rapprochement during this campaign. Mandelson declared recently that Miliband has ‘way exceeded my expectations‘. But a briefing note… Continue reading


Campaign kick-off: 10 days to go

27 April 2015 9:04
Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, delivers a speech on International Development to invited guests at The Almeida Theatre on April 26, 2015 in London.

With just under two weeks to go until polling day, the promises, threats and reassurances will kick up a notch as we enter the final stretch of the campaign. The… Continue reading


The passing of a magnificent contrarian

26 April 2015 23:28
Richard West in Vietnam

I see my Spectator colleagues have beaten me to it and republished a 1989 profile of Richard West, one of the finest foreign correspondents of the 20th century, who has died… Continue reading


Ed Miliband is right – first-time buyers need a tax cut

26 April 2015 22:16
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Announces His Party's Education Manifesto

I hate to admit it, but Ed Miliband has a point about the need for raising the stamp duty threshold to £300,000 for first-time buyers. (The FT has the story… Continue reading


In memory of Richard West, 1930-2015

26 April 2015 21:42
West, left, in Vientnam

Dick West, a foreign correspondent and longtime contributor to The Spectator, has died. Here’s a profile we ran about him in 1989.  One side of Richard West’s character is his contrariness.… Continue reading


Scotland’s two tribes are more divided than ever – they see reality differently

26 April 2015 17:16
Nicola Sturgeon Joins Alex Salmond On The Campaign Trail

Expectations just keep increasing for the SNP. Today’s Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times puts the nationalists on an eye-popping 48 percent of the vote in Scotland. Labour activists and candidates… Continue reading


Cameron’s answer to the passion question

26 April 2015 16:35

David Cameron has been bugged in this campaign by the question of whether he’s passionate enough, of whether he really wants it. When Fraser and I asked him about why… Continue reading


It’s more important than ever for conservatives to appeal to hearts as well as minds

26 April 2015 15:12
10th December 1907:  A Conservative Party van during electioneering in the provinces. The slogan reads; 'Socialism Denies Liberty.'  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Conservatives always do a lot worse than Labour in polls that ask about how proud voters feel of their party. They’re hoping that ‘shy Tories’ might still win them… Continue reading


This election will be decided by the undecideds

26 April 2015 13:49

The polls could hardly be closer than they are at the moment and the parliamentary arithmetic looks like it is going to be remarkably tight, there’ll be only a few… Continue reading


George Osborne has squeezed more from the rich than any UK Chancellor, ever

26 April 2015 13:41
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The Sunday Times Rich List is out today – and it says a lot about Britain. Mainly: what type of country are we? One that reads that supplement with admiration,… Continue reading


David Cameron insists Tory campaign has ‘the most positive vision there could possibly be’

26 April 2015 11:57
Conservative Party Launch Their Election Manifesto

There’s nothing wrong with negative campaigning in an election. If you think your opponents would damage the country, then you should point it out. What’s wrong with negative campaigning is… Continue reading


Miliband’s position on Libya is deeply hypocritical

26 April 2015 11:10
Labour leader Ed Miliband delivers a speech at Chatham House (Photo: Adrian Dennis/Getty)

What Ed Miliband lacks in charisma, he is attempting to make up for in polemic. Tragically for the UK’s future, this represents an ‘Americanization‘ of British electoral politics. In all likelihood, its… Continue reading


Andrew Marr apologises for misquoting David Cameron on foxhunting

26 April 2015 10:52
Andrew Marr apologises for misquoting David Cameron on foxhunting. Photo: BBC.

Is foxhunting David Cameron’s favourite sport? Does he ‘love it’, as Andrew Marr quoted him as saying on his BBC show last Sunday? As I pointed out earlier this week,… Continue reading


Miliband avoids the Scottish question

26 April 2015 10:41
Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

On the Andrew Marr show this morning, Ed Miliband fended off questions about any post-election deal with the Scottish National Party. He had two lines of defence. First, he said… Continue reading


Revealed: the Tories’ plan to up their ground game in the final 10 days with ‘Battlebus 2015’

26 April 2015 9:57
Roadtrip 2015 campaigning day during the Rochester & Strood by-election last year. Photo: @Roadtrip2015.

Membership of the Conservative Party has halved under David Cameron, leaving him with fewer activists to help him in this election than were available to any of his modern predecessors. So… Continue reading


The Greek crisis is back, and this time it’s more serious than before

25 April 2015 16:26

Amidst the hullabaloo of the general election campaign, one thing that has generally gone unnoticed in Britain’s political discourse is the worsening Greek situation. You now have European finance ministers… Continue reading


Tories are doing well in key marginals — but Ukip is on the edge

25 April 2015 13:55
UKIP Hold  A Public Meeting  Before Rochester And Strood By-Election

Lord Ashcroft has released his latest round of marginal polling, looking at some of the constituencies vital to the Conservatives’ hopes of remaining in power. Across the six competitive seats he… Continue reading


Spectator subscriber event: Mayday pre-election briefing

25 April 2015 11:06
The race, at the halfway stage

Our last five Spectator debates have sold out, so we’re adding a new one at short notice – only for our subscribers. It’s an election briefing on Friday, 1 May where James Forsyth… Continue reading


Video: David Cameron bizarrely switches his football allegiance to West Ham

25 April 2015 9:53
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The Prime Minister’s claim that he supports Aston Villa has never been quite believed by football fans. And today, it seems, he has changed his allegiance – telling an audience (above)… Continue reading