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The migrant crisis has presented us with a moral duty that is impossible to fulfil

4 September 2015 17:37
Migrants Begin Their Journey Through Europe In Kos

The migrant crisis raises the largest questions about our basic public creed, our ideology, secular humanism. Normally we pay little attention to this creed. Yes, yes, we affirm the ideal of… Continue reading


Stay briefed with The Spectator’s free politics emails

4 September 2015 15:32

Parliament returns from recess on Monday – and so do the Spectator’s free politics emails. The Lunchtime Espresso and the Evening Blend round up all the day’s political developments so… Continue reading


Nigel Farage: I’d love to share a platform with Jeremy Corbyn

4 September 2015 15:05
Nigel Farage launching Ukip's 'Say No — Believe in Britain' tour in Westminster (again).

Nigel Farage held another event in Westminster this morning to announce the dates of his ‘Say No – Believe in Britain’ tour, through which he hopes to drum up support for… Continue reading


Corbyn and the austerity argument

4 September 2015 14:33

Until recently, the Tory leadership has been reluctant to plan how they would respond to a Corbyn-led Labour party. They just couldn’t believe that Labour were actually going to elect… Continue reading


Welcome to the era of emoji politics, where debate and rationality are suffocated

4 September 2015 14:23

I break off the family holiday to campaign for my colleague Liz Kendall in the Labour leadership election. In Ipswich and Colchester, I found party members not so smitten by… Continue reading


The Great Migration is a sign of increasing wealth, not abject poverty

4 September 2015 12:56
A Syrian refugee flashes the victory sign after arriving on the shores of Greece. Image: ACHILLEAS ZAVALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

The migration crisis is about more than Syria. A few weeks ago, Theresa May repeated one of the biggest mistakes in politics: thinking that third-world development will somehow mean fewer migrants.… Continue reading


Labour moderates hold talks on dealing with leadership result

4 September 2015 11:32
Memorabilia supporting British Labour Party leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn is offered for sale ahead of his arrival to address party supporters as part of a nationwide leadership campaign at the Town Hall on August 18, 2015 in Middlesbrough, England

Anti-Corbynite planning for the aftermath of what looks like certain victory for the Islington socialist in the Labour leadership contest is still in disarray. Though Chuka Umunna’s intervention calling for ‘solidarity’… Continue reading


David Cameron confirms Britain will take ‘thousands more Syrian refugees’

4 September 2015 10:41

One of the notable things about David Cameron in the months after winning the election has been quite how impatient and keen he is to get on with important reforms.… Continue reading


Nigel Farage’s immigration rhetoric may harm ‘Out’ campaign, new poll suggests

4 September 2015 9:03
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage arrives at the launch of the party's London Mayoral manifesto in central London.

Nigel Farage and Ukip are convinced they can win the EU referendum by focusing on immigration as the key issue. But other Eurosceptics have been concerned that the kippers will alienate the… Continue reading


Labour threatens Commons defeat on purdah as Tory whips threaten their MPs

3 September 2015 19:14
Police Around The Houses Of Parliament

Labour sources have told Coffee House that they are seriously considering voting against government amendments to the EU referendum, which means ministers still face a defeat in the Commons on… Continue reading


Westminster ‘Out’ campaign snaps up key eurosceptic MPs

3 September 2015 16:25
Eu referendum

A cross-party group of MPs, including Ukip’s only MP, is to formally join the Westminster-based ‘Out’ campaign, Coffee House has learned. An ‘exploratory committee’ of MPs which started discussing how… Continue reading


George Osborne: criminal gangs ‘killed’ the drowned refugee boy

3 September 2015 15:06
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George Osborne has given the first official comments today regarding the ongoing migrant crisis. The Chancellor told Sky News he was ‘very distressed’ at the picture on the front pages of today’s… Continue reading


The Conservatives who have broken cover on the migrant crisis

3 September 2015 12:17

Pressure is growing on David Cameron to accept more migrants, both from the media and from many in his own MPs. After today’s front pages hit social media yesterday evening, Conservatives from… Continue reading


The ghost of Boris haunts the Conservative mayoral contest

3 September 2015 12:10
Andrew Boff, Zac Goldsmith, Stephen Greenhalgh and Syed Kamall at the IoD's London Mayoral hustings.

There is one topic the four Tory candidates for London mayor can agree on: Boris. Throughout the first public hustings at the Institute of Directors last night, Andrew Boff, Zac… Continue reading


What a Corbyn victory will mean for the Tories

3 September 2015 12:07

A Jeremy Corbyn victory in the Labour leadership race now seems like a racing certainty. The consequences of this for Labour have been much discussed but in the magazine this… Continue reading


Sharing a photo of a dead Syrian child isn’t compassionate, it’s narcissistic

3 September 2015 11:48
Aylan Kurdi and his brother Galip. Photograph: Twitter

Have you seen the dead Syrian child yet? Look at his lifeless body. His head buried in the sand. His sad, resigned posture after he and his family made the treacherous journey… Continue reading


Podcast: what Jeremy Corbyn’s Britain looks like

3 September 2015 8:52
Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks outside the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle, during his campaign.

What will Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the Labour leadership contest mean for Britain and the Labour party? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth, Dan Hodges and Ellie Mae O’Hagan discuss this week’s Spectator cover… Continue reading


Government could still face defeat on EU purdah row

2 September 2015 21:21
Image: Getty

Will ministers really avoid a defeat on the question of purdah in the EU referendum bill on Monday? They hope that amendments, tabled today (and attached in full here in… Continue reading


The Times on Pope Francis and abortion: the worst piece of religious reporting ever?

2 September 2015 20:24

The headline on page 33 of today’s Times reads: ‘Repent and we will forgive abortions, Pope tells women’. It’s a bad headline, because the Church already grants absolution to women who… Continue reading


The Tories are playing a risky game with their ‘hostile environment’ policy on migration

2 September 2015 14:11
A protester holds a flag reading 'welcome' during a rally against ill-treatment of migrants after the bodies of 71 refugees were found in an abandoned truck last week in Vienna on August 31, 2015 (Photo: Patrick Domingo/Getty)

It comes to something when the rather bizarre Labour leadership contest forces David Cameron to defend his government’s approach to the refugee crisis. Yesterday Yvette Cooper described ministers’ refusal to… Continue reading


Labour’s centrists have held up the white flag of surrender

2 September 2015 13:46
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Announces His Party's Education Manifesto

Smart political operators are often the stupidest people. In conventional Westminster terms, it was smart of Labour’s Chuka Umunna to say last night that everyone in Labour should work with… Continue reading


The Free Schools revolution marches on — if Cameron holds his nerve

2 September 2015 13:07
General View Of The West London Free School Co-founded By Toby Young

David Cameron has vowed he will ‘not waver’ in his commitment to free schools and has announced another 500 will open over the next five years — creating 270,000 new school places… Continue reading


Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents are finally starting to show political nous

2 September 2015 12:23
The Labour Party Conference Continues

Chuka Umunna’s call for Labourites to unite around their new leader and show ‘solidarity’ does show a growing acceptance that Jeremy Corbyn is on the brink of being installed as… Continue reading


Here’s the answer to your migrant crisis, Mr Cameron

2 September 2015 10:16

For all its difficulties, Europe is prosperous and safe: one of the best places on Earth. Many other societies have yet to achieve this happy state: some are murderous and… Continue reading


When will the EU referendum be held? Here are three possible dates

2 September 2015 9:13

David Cameron has promised to hold an EU referendum before 2017 is over, but there have been no more details on when exactly it will take place. Some Eurosceptics believe… Continue reading