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Poetry in motion — and bridges and graves

19 April 2014 15:00
Byron's Muse.

The most recent challenge, to incorporate a list of poets’ surnames — motion, bridges, wilde, gray, cope, hood, burns and browning — into a poem or piece of prose, presented… Continue reading

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Who is the Stonegate fare-dodger?

19 April 2014 14:00
'It would be appalling lèse-majesté if aspersions were to be cast on Paul Dacre, the editor of the Daily Mail, who lives nearby. The guilty man is reported to be a hedge-fund manager.' Says Charles Moore.

Much speculation where we live about the identity of the Stonegate fare-dodger, one stop up our railway line. He recently paid £43,000 to Southeastern, the franchise holder, to escape criminal… Continue reading

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View from 22 Special: Grant Shapps interview

19 April 2014 10:00
The Conservative Party Annual Conference

listen to ‘Podcast special: Grant Shapps interview’ on Audioboo Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps is never off-message, knowingly or otherwise. He gave an interview to The Spectator earlier this week… Continue reading

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Evangelically wishy-washy

18 April 2014 17:31
David Cameron has faith, of the vague variety. (Tim Ireland/PA Wire)

David Cameron has said Christians should be more evangelical “about a faith that compels us to get out there and make a difference to people’s lives”. In an article for… Continue reading

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An American, an Australian and a South African walk into a British election

18 April 2014 13:37
Axelrod

All three main parties have now hired foreign advisers to help run their general election campaigns. These foreign advisers have one thing in common: they’re all from the English speaking… Continue reading

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The Keyser Söze of Ukrainian politics

18 April 2014 12:00
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Dmitry Firtash is the Keyser Söze of Ukrainian politics — a mystery figure about whom you hear two very different stories. According to one version, he’s a benign self-made businessman… Continue reading

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Will David Cameron stand up for persecuted Christians?

18 April 2014 10:00
David Cameron should do more to stop the persecution of Christians. (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

Last week, David Cameron surprised a number of people when, during a pre-Easter gathering at Downing Street, he spoke about religion. Not religion in general, the all-faiths-and-none diversity-speak of the… Continue reading

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The Royal Family beats Australia’s dreary political class hands down

18 April 2014 9:00
The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 10

Only a few hours before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed in Sydney for the start of their much-hyped royal Australian visit, Barry O’Farrell, the popular Premier of New… Continue reading

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Top Obama strategist David Axelrod to advise Labour

17 April 2014 23:31

The Labour Party has announced tonight that David Axelrod, the man who masterminded Obama’s two election victories, is to advise them in the run up to the next election. Axelrod’s… Continue reading

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John Bercow’s problem with PMQs

17 April 2014 17:27
Photo: Getty Images.

John Bercow doesn’t like Prime Minister’s Questions. He’s told the BBC in an interview that it is ‘so bad’—in other words, rowdy—that a bunch of female MPs no longer attend.… Continue reading

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Britpop 20 years on: the Tory voters who love Oasis

17 April 2014 15:57
Blur and Oasis at the height of their fame.

It’s twenty years since the height of Britpop, but does anyone still care about it? YouGov has carried out some polling on the subject today. Although 35 per cent stated… Continue reading

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Is moral change speeding up?

17 April 2014 14:41
west

After David Cameron’s whole God thing last week, there was a discussion on the radio this morning about whether religion is necessary for morality. Clearly there’s nothing to stop atheists… Continue reading

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There’s supposed to be a ‘cost of living crisis’, Ed. Will free gym use solve it?

17 April 2014 13:03
The Labour Party Annual Conference

There was much excitement on Tuesday night when Labour’s Pat McFadden, a former business and employment minister, appeared on Newsnight and said: ‘I want to see a Labour Party that… Continue reading

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Last rites for the Co-op Bank? As group announces record losses

17 April 2014 9:15
Co-operative Group Difficulties Continue After Lord Myners Resigns

‘Care, respect, clarity and reassurance’ are what the Co-operative funeral service says it offers the bereaved, and the parent Co-op Group may soon find itself in need of just such… Continue reading

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Would the word ‘NATO’ make Vladimir Putin think twice?

17 April 2014 9:05
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Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States will meet in Geneva later today in order to find a solution to the confrontation in eastern Ukraine. There is not… Continue reading

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New Labour’s greatest failure

16 April 2014 18:58
These two men blew a golden opportunity to tackle welfare dependency.  (Photo by Steve Eason/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

My friend and critic Jonathan Portes obviously took exception to my remarks about Keynesianism having been disproven. His entertaining rebuttal claims to have exposed my misreading of data. That’s not… Continue reading

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David Cameron tells Britain to be ‘more confident about our status as a Christian country’

16 April 2014 17:26
Anglican church

David Cameron is doing God. He has followed up his comments about his faith at last week’s Downing Street reception with an article for The Church Times in which he… Continue reading

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Sexism is ‘in your face’ in Britain because it’s up for discussion

16 April 2014 16:17
ladies

Sexism is more ‘in your face’ in Britain than in other countries, a United Nations investigator has claimed. I can see why the UN’s Rashida Manjoo might think this –… Continue reading

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Why Fraser Nelson is wrong about a jobs ‘miracle’

16 April 2014 15:52
Is-Britain-working

In his blog earlier today, Fraser Nelson argues: ‘The UK jobs miracle is happening mainly due to radical welfare reform – the type Labour ducked in office..Under Labour, record numbers… Continue reading

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If you really hate wind farms, David Cameron won’t help you

16 April 2014 14:32
(Image: CHRISTIAN CHARISIUS / GERMANY OUT)

The Prime Minister is planning to cap the total number of onshore wind farms in Britain. But what would limiting the number of wind farms to those in existence or… Continue reading

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Foodbank statistics present problems for the coalition – and for Labour

16 April 2014 11:47
Rochdale Foodbank Use Triples In A Year

Despite the stream of very good economic news (as described by Fraser and James), you won’t catch ministers saying that the crisis in living standards is ‘over’ because there is… Continue reading

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It’s official: smaller state and welfare reform leads to jobs record

16 April 2014 9:53
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The British jobs miracle continues, with unemployment now down below 7 per cent and employment at an all-time high of 30.4 million. This is the level that Bank of England… Continue reading

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Podcast: Atheism’s crisis of faith, whether Cameron ‘ does’ God and holidaying in Athens

16 April 2014 8:58
Is atheism in trouble? Photo: Getty Images.

Is atheism in trouble? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Spectator’s Douglas Murray and Freddy Gray discuss our Easter cover feature on the return of God. Why has… Continue reading

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Why must we have a Minister for Women?

15 April 2014 17:41
Ed Miliband's Minister for Women is likely to be one of Harriet Harman's spiritual daughters; but that's not the only - or even the best - reason to be suspicious of the post. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Does it make you feel better about yourself, girls, ladies, to know that if Labour’s elected, Ed Miliband will have a Secretary of State for Women, and Equalities, with Cabinet… Continue reading

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Will the last person to leave the EU please turn out the lights

15 April 2014 15:26
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Campaigning In South Shields

Nigel Farage is feeling the heat after saying that the electricity bill for his 620 square foot office is over £3,000. According to Consumer Futures, the average household dual-fuel energy… Continue reading

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