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The joy of the Spectator’s ‘Portrait of the Week’

13 April 2014 17:53
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It’s a gorgeous spring day, and I’ve been spending it reading an out-of-print history of The Spectator from 1828-1928. With out new online archive – which has scans of every… Continue reading

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Cabinet concern over the state of the Unionist campaign in Scotland laid bare

13 April 2014 12:32
Scotland Prepares For The Independence Vote

There are only five months to go to the Scottish referendum and the Cabinet is becoming increasingly agitated about the state of the Unionist campaign. At Tuesday’s meeting there was… Continue reading

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Downing Street has forgotten that its business is politics

13 April 2014 11:03
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The Sunday papers resound with the sound of Tory MPs thinking aloud about how to deal with ill-discipline: principally expenses and harassment. On harassment, the Sunday Times reports the 1922… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond’s message to Labour supporters: vote ‘yes’ to escape the Tories

12 April 2014 17:28
SNP Leader Alex Salmond Delivers His Keynote Speech At The SNP Conference

When is a conference not a conference? When it’s a rally. Sitting in the hall listening to Alex Salmond this afternoon, it was hard to ignore the feeling that this… Continue reading

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What if mayors ruled the world?

12 April 2014 16:11
Boris Johnson And Michael Bloomberg Launch Mayors Challenge In Europe

Once, countries competed. Now, cities do. Take the above video of Stockholm, boasting about being the best place in the world to live and work. As the magician says, ‘it’s… Continue reading

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Six books to leave unread when you die

12 April 2014 13:32
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The recent challenge to compose the most off-putting book blurb imaginable elicited an avalanche of entries. This was one of those competitions that is both a pleasure and a pain… Continue reading

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Blame it on the bankers’ boogie

12 April 2014 11:30
Michael Fallon (second right) at the launch of Royal Mail Plc last year. (Image: Royal Mail Group/Getty Images)

Vince Cable and Michael Fallon, ministers responsible for the Royal Mail sell-off, have been summoned for another select committee grilling after Easter. Meanwhile, Labour’s irritatingly smug business spokesman Chuka Umunna… Continue reading

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Sajid Javid’s first task is to recognise that the price of a cultural asset lies in its value as art

12 April 2014 10:30
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The suggestion, made by the poet Michael Rosen and others, that Sajid Javid is not sufficiently cultured to be Culture Secretary is as ludicrous as it is pompous. The secretary… Continue reading

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What are the Liberal Democrats for?

12 April 2014 10:06
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Of the three main parties, none is clearer about how they intend to fight the next election than the Liberal Democrats. Their message will be that they’ll make the Tories… Continue reading

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Parliament unusually full of women

11 April 2014 11:44
Scenes from 'Suffragette' are filmed in New Palace Yard in Westminster.

It’s quite easy to grow quite used to the way things are, and only realise that they’re a bit odd when there’s a momentary shift. Today Parliament is packed with… Continue reading

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Osborne banks the recovery – and whacks his critics

11 April 2014 8:49
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A few months ago, colleagues of George Osborne were worried the Chancellor risked ‘banking the recovery’ too early. If they’re still worried about that, then Osborne certainly isn’t. Today he’s… Continue reading

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David Cameron: Trust me to change EU, not Ukip

10 April 2014 18:35
Local and Euro elections campaign

David Cameron launched his party’s European and local elections campaign in Manchester today. After weeks of polarised debate between Nick and Nigel, the PM had a task in suggesting that… Continue reading

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Hilary Benn squashed by 720,479 packets of Jammie Dodgers

10 April 2014 17:13
'Eating The City' Biscuit Sculpture At Selfridges

For months now the Tories and Labour have each been trying to out-do the other by revealing embarrassing examples of spending. Labour has generated the odd story about pot plants,… Continue reading

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Nigel Evans cleared on all charges

10 April 2014 15:14
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The former deputy Speaker of the House of Commons has been acquitted on all counts by the jury at Preston Crown Court. listen to ‘Nigel Evans on being found innocent’… Continue reading

Women should not fight on the frontline

10 April 2014 13:44
Operation Buzzard

Writing in the Spectator Diary some time ago, the evergreen Peregrine Worsthorne, observed that one of the things about getting on was that you ended up forgetting the reason why… Continue reading

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Why Maria Miller should not have resigned

10 April 2014 12:39
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Maria Miller’s forced resignation is a disgrace. No iniquity was proved against her. Over her expenses, I suspect her motive was innocent: she was trying to work out childcare with… Continue reading

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Podcast: Can William Shakespeare save the union, plus Maria Miller’s resignation

10 April 2014 9:39
Is William Shakespeare the key to saving the union? Photo: Getty Images.

Did William Shakespeare invent Britain and can he save it? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson debates this week’s Spectator cover feature with the SNP’s Westminster leader… Continue reading

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Michael Fabricant sacked: what about other HS2 opponents?

9 April 2014 21:42
Michael Fabricant poses with the Monster Raving Loony Party candidate outside the UKIP campaign offices during the Eastleigh by-election. Picture: Getty

It’s difficult to know what astonished people more about Michael Fabricant’s sacking: that he has lost his job or that he was still in a role that required some semblance… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband bungles as Miller’s tale draws to a close

9 April 2014 17:02
Ed Miliband missed the opportunity of the week at PMQs, allowing David Cameron off the hook. (Image: Getty)

Oh dear. Miliband was all set to give Cameron an almighty hammering at today’s PMQs, but Maria Miller’s resignation blew up his ammunition dump. Mr Bercow rose at the start… Continue reading

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Scottish independence: an exemplary or cautionary foreign policy Rorschach Test?

9 April 2014 15:35
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The eyes of the world are upon us. Or so Scottish Nationalists like to say. Whae’s like us? There is some truth to this even if you think unseemly all… Continue reading

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The Tories have brought back the expenses scandal and buried their own good news

9 April 2014 14:33
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PMQs today was bad for David Cameron, but nowhere near as bad as it could have been. No permanent damage was done to him. Ed Miliband did not, to my… Continue reading

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An extraordinary event in the history of Anglo-Irish relations

9 April 2014 14:11
First State Visit Of An Irish President

If there’s one thing a poet is good for, it’s memorable circumlocution, which is why Michael D Higgins (the D is crucial; people wouldn’t know who you were talking about… Continue reading

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Andrea Leadsom joins the Treasury

9 April 2014 14:02
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After excited rumours flew around the Conservative party that she was finally getting a promotion, Andrea Leadsom has been confirmed as the new Economic Secretary to the Treasury. She was… Continue reading

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PMQs was messy, but it won’t help Labour

9 April 2014 13:54
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PMQs was very messy for David Cameron. It was never going to be fun coming after Maria Miller’s resignation (although it would have been a lot less fun if Miller… Continue reading

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Introducing Spectator Health

9 April 2014 13:25
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I am very pleased to announce the imminent arrival of Spectator Health, a new magazine from the Spectator. As you can see from our new landing page, it will be… Continue reading

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