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Spectator competition: make the case for sugar, fags and a sedentary lifestyle (plus: how not to curry favour with US customs officials)

23 August 2014 9:30
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The recent challenge to come up with misleading advice for British tourists travelling abroad produced a postbag that was infused with a spirit of sadistic mischief. As usual with comps… Continue reading

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Cameron has silenced the only minister who understands Islamism

22 August 2014 17:31
David Cameron and Michael Gove visiting Perry Beaches III Free School in Birmingham in September 2013. Image: Paul Rogers - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Only one person sitting around the cabinet table truly understands how Islamism works – and David Cameron has silenced him. I’m referring to Michael Gove, who in addition to studying… Continue reading

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No partnership with Assad (and no scrutiny till summer’s up)

22 August 2014 16:17
Prime Minister Returns To Downing Street From His Holiday

Philip Hammond this afternoon ruled out Britain working with President Assad in the fight against Isis, arguing that simply being aligned against a common enemy ‘doesn’t make us friends with… Continue reading

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The growing campaign against John Bercow’s choice for Commons clerk

22 August 2014 13:03
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The campaign against Speaker Bercow’s plan to appoint Carol Mills as Clerk of the House is growing on the Tory backbenches. Coffee House has today been contacted by a series… Continue reading

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Why Britain is poorer than any US state, other than Mississippi

22 August 2014 10:41
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Now and again, American inequality is on display to the world. We saw it after Hurricane Katrina and we have seen it again in the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. A… Continue reading

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The ‘Buckingham Bonaparte’ is cornered

22 August 2014 8:41
John Bercow sits in the royal box on centre court before the start of the men's singles third round match between Serbia's Novak Djokovic play France's Gilles Simon on day five of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon. Image: CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images

With the interventions of former Speaker Betty Boothroyd, ex-ministers — including Jack Straw, Malcolm Rifkind and Margaret Beckett – and the Clerk of the Australian Senate, Rosemary Laing, it is becoming… Continue reading

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Housebuilding is up: is that good news?

21 August 2014 18:55
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Good news on housing: this government is building more homes. New figures from the Communities and Local Government department show housing starts in the second quarter of 2014 increased by… Continue reading

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It’s time we contemplated the possibility of a post-conflict Kurdistan

21 August 2014 15:56
Aid arrives in the Kurdish city of Erbil. Image: Getty

There’s a  curious aspect to the debate – or what passes for it – about Britain getting involved in military action against the Islamic State. Isabel Hardman put her finger… Continue reading

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What’s the difference between Isis and Saudi Arabia? It’s a matter of degrees

21 August 2014 12:48
A Peshmerga fighter waits on the Isis front line. Image: Getty

There are now thought to be more British-born members of Isis than there are Muslims in the British Army, leading lots of people to ask how they could hate us so… Continue reading

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Podcast: Britain’s jihad, the Pope vs the Vatican, and the existence of ‘The One’

21 August 2014 9:46
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The murder of James Foley by an Isis fighter ‘with a London accent’ has been treated with understandable revulsion. But we shouldn’t be surprised, says Douglas Murray in his cover… Continue reading

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Satanists are planning to desecrate the Host at a Black Mass. Let’s stop them

20 August 2014 21:52
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Satan-worshippers are planning to hold a Black Mass in Oklahoma next month. My usual reaction to this news would be: go right ahead. On your own head be it. Those… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft’s poll shows a swing to Labour in Tory-held marginal seats

20 August 2014 16:31
Labour and Conservative supporters’ placards, held on the occasion of a visit by Gordon Brown to Cardiff during the 2010 election campaign. Image: Getty

One of the most fascinating things about Lord Ashcroft’s latest poll is not its content, but who in the Conservative party will be reading it. Naturally, those trying to hold… Continue reading

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Britain’s beheaders – how we came to export jihad

20 August 2014 14:34
Illustration: Christian Adams

This feature is a preview from this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow: It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera.… Continue reading

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English voters send a message to Scotland: we can’t go on living like this

20 August 2014 11:07
The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

Way back in the olden days, Scottish Labour won the 1999 elections to the Scottish parliament, at least in part, on the back of the slogan Divorce is an Expensive Business.… Continue reading

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Breaking: David Cameron returns to Downing Street after journalist beheaded

20 August 2014 10:08
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Downing Street has announced that David Cameron is returning to Westminster from his holiday. A Number 10 spokesperson said: ‘If true, the brutal murder of James Foley is shocking and… Continue reading

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My enemy’s enemy: Philip Hammond on Isis and Assad

20 August 2014 9:15
Philip Hammond. Image: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images

Philip Hammond made quite clear on the Today programme that this government is ‘utterly opposed’ to everything that Isis stands for: it’s difficult to say anything else when militants who… Continue reading

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Lib Dems reinstate Lord Rennard and drop disciplinary process

19 August 2014 21:29
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The Lib Dems are not taking any disciplinary action against Lord Rennard and have reinstated his membership, the party said this evening. Lord Rennard had been suspended from the party… Continue reading

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Julian Assange is a narcissist and a nut. But if America comes for him we should take his side

19 August 2014 17:33
Has turned into a hermit with Noel Edmonds' hair: Julian Assange (right). Images: Getty

This is an extract from Hugo Rifkind’s column in this week’s Spectator, out on Thursday Poor Julian Assange. Call me a contrarian but I’m genuinely starting to feel sorry for… Continue reading

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Britain abandons foreign policy. And abandons debates about foreign policy too.

19 August 2014 16:10
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Cynics have long suspected that Britain’s foreign policy is as independent as its nuclear deterrent. Cynics have a point. Perhaps, as some suggest, it’s time to concede the game’s a… Continue reading

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Women have cracked the glass ceiling. Now let’s smash through it

19 August 2014 14:49
England's players celebrate with the trophy on the podium after winning the IRB Women's Rugby World Cup final match between England and Canada. Image: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images

It seems barely a day goes by without another crack appearing in the glass ceiling. This week, I found it particularly fitting that at the same time as record numbers… Continue reading

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Inflation down, Osborne up

19 August 2014 12:08
Source: ONS Consumer Price Inflation, 19 August 2014 and OBR Economic and Fiscal Outlook March 2014

David Cameron is back on holidays again, this time to Cornwall. He missed a trick. His economic recovery is making the pound strong and, ergo, the continent cheap for British… Continue reading

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Listen: Austin Mitchell’s curious theory about women in power

19 August 2014 11:25
Austin Mitchell poised to take a photograph of a powerful woman – the Queen – arriving at Parliament in 2010. Image: Getty

Where are the Labour sisterhood this morning? Presumably they’re not listening to Woman’s Hour, where one of their Westminster colleagues blamed the ladies for Britain’s paralysis on the world stage.… Continue reading

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America’s racial tensions are on show for the world to see in Ferguson

19 August 2014 9:41
Police attempt to control demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Image: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Washington, D.C. Week two of the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri and peace is nowhere in sight. The problems began on Saturday 9th August when Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American,… Continue reading

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Video: Does Cameron have an Iraq policy? Or is he just making it up?

18 August 2014 15:43
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The Prime Minister has returned from his holidays, and yesterday wrote an intriguing piece in the Sunday Telegraph about the ongoing struggles in Iraq and Syria. ‘True security will only be… Continue reading

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Philip Hammond: No plans to engage in airstrikes

18 August 2014 14:52
Philip Hammond. Image: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images

So Britain’s long-term fight against Isis isn’t, at the moment, going to involve this country doing any fighting. The Prime Minister this morning insisted that there would be no ‘boots… Continue reading

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