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Why don’t we launch a Kindertransport scheme for Syrians?

1 September 2015 17:56
11 January 1939: a camp leader ringing the dinner bell at a camp for young Jewish 'Kindertransport', refugees from Germany and Austria, at Dovercourt Bay near Harwich (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

I never knew my paternal grandfather, who was apparently a bitter, angry right-wing journalist who thought the world was going to hell; although as this was the 1930s, he was… Continue reading


Andy and Yvette — a tale of two ‘Anyone But Corbyn’ strategies

1 September 2015 17:13
Labour leadership candidates Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham on stage at the Labour leadership hustings in Citywest hotel on June 9, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

Who has the best chance of beating Jeremy Corbyn: Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper? The Burnham and Cooper camps are vying to be the clear ‘Anyone But Corbyn’ candidate, and… Continue reading


Ukip wars: Party’s London MEP blasts ‘undemocratic’ Mayoral and GLA selections

1 September 2015 15:38
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Ukip’s selection procedure for its London Assembly and Mayoral candidates is ‘undemocratic’, the party’s own MEP for London has told Coffee House. Gerard Batten has refused to take part in the selection… Continue reading


Pope Francis drops a bombshell: Catholics can receive absolution from dissident SSPX priests

1 September 2015 14:15

Pope Francis, unpredictable as ever, has just announced that during the forthcoming ‘Year of Mercy’, Catholics can receive absolution from priests of the ultra-traditionalist Society of St Pius X (SSPX),… Continue reading


The paedophile panic has more than a hint of homophobia to it

1 September 2015 13:33

Harvey Proctor has done us all a favour. His press conference last week about the hysterical allegations being made against him by ‘Nick’ (an anonymous bloke) and the paedo-obsessed police has… Continue reading


‘Remain’ or ‘leave’ — the new EU referendum wording

1 September 2015 11:52
Protestors take part in a demonstration calling for a referendum on the European Union (EU) Lisbon Treaty, outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, on February 27, 2008.

Forget ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ or ‘In’ and ‘Out’, the EU referendum question looks set to be a choice between ‘remain’ or ‘leave’. The Electoral Commission has recommended a change from… Continue reading


Yvette Cooper attacks ‘cowardly’ government and says Britain should take 10,000 refugees

1 September 2015 11:46
(Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty)

Yvette Cooper has just given a rather fine, bold speech on the refugee crisis. Some reading will disagree with her plea for Britain to take 10,000 refugees, rather than 200.… Continue reading


Nigel Farage shows why he shouldn’t lead the ‘No’ campaign

1 September 2015 9:23

Nigel Farage is kickstarting Ukip’s ‘No’ campaign this week, having grown fed up with the lack of momentum from other corners. On the Today programme, the Ukip leader explained he is happy to work… Continue reading


Jeremy Corbyn isn’t alone in thinking that Osama bin Laden’s death was ‘a tragedy’

1 September 2015 8:45

The news that Jeremy Corbyn thought the death of Osama bin Laden ‘a tragedy‘ because he was never put on trial is not very surprising. Nor is it as far-out-there as… Continue reading


Jeremy Corbyn is Britain’s Donald Trump (and vice versa)

31 August 2015 15:07
Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Continues His Welsh Tour

The silly season is supposed to end tomorrow. September sidles in and normality replaces August’s frivolity. The reality of winter will be with us soon enough, too. That, at any rate,… Continue reading


No wonder Osborne didn’t want the EU referendum – it may derail his journey to No10

31 August 2015 13:16
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Another disclosure from Anthony Seldon’s upcoming biography of David Cameron: he reveals that George Osborne tried to stop the referendum European Union membership. The below is from the Mail on Sunday’s serialisation of Seldon’s… Continue reading


Has Jeremy Corbyn ever bothered to speak to ‘the other side’?

31 August 2015 12:53
Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks at a rally for supporters at the Hilton at the Ageas Bowl on August 25, 2015 in Southampton, England.

I had a piece in the Sunday Times yesterday about Jeremy Corbyn and the dodgy excuse he and his spokespeople use whenever he is caught with another IRA terrorist, Holocaust-denier,… Continue reading


If Tony Blair thought that Gaddafi wanted to cut a deal, why did no one follow up?

31 August 2015 11:23
Blair and Gaddafi

Just a few months ago, almost everyone thought that David Cameron was a goner. That he was about to go down in history as a one-term Prime Minister who failed… Continue reading


Chrissie Hynde is right – women should take responsibility for their actions

30 August 2015 20:36
Chrissie Hynde In Concert, Koko, London, Britain - 16 Dec 2014.

The popular singer Chrissie Hynde has been reprimanded by feminist campaigners for speaking common sense. Hynde, who is somewhat more astute than most landfill rock slebs, has advanced the proposition… Continue reading


Why a politician-free House of Lords is the only democratic solution

30 August 2015 12:55
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In my business, there’s a lot of fretting about the idea of representativeness. Pollsters put questions to, say, a thousand people – and take them as a sample of the country. How to… Continue reading


Sorry Owen Jones, but your moral grandstanding won’t solve the migrant crisis

30 August 2015 11:44
Migrants crawl under a barbed fence at the Hungarian-Serbian border near Roszke (Photo: Attila Kisbenedek/Getty)

I’m getting tired of the self-righteousness of Owen Jones. His response to the terrible spate of deaths of people fleeing Syria and Africa is to imply that if only everyone… Continue reading


Peaceful yet violent: the Thai paradox that still baffles the West

30 August 2015 11:10
The damaged Brahma statue at the Hindu Erawan shrine (Photo: Nicolas Asfouri/Getty)

The scene of the recent bombing at the Erawan shrine has swiftly been remodelled to make it seem as though nothing happened. Upbeat slogans – ‘Stronger Together’ – and a forensically… Continue reading


Tony Blair has given up on Labour’s leadership election

30 August 2015 9:58
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Appears Before The Committee Investigating The On The Runs Scheme

It’s not entirely surprising that Tony Blair fancied one last chance to plead with his party not to elect Jeremy Corbyn as leader. And it’s not particularly surprising that his… Continue reading


Spectator competition: Spammity Spam! Wonderful Spam! (plus: arty limericks)

29 August 2015 9:30
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The request for tributes in verse to a once-popular foodstuff that has fallen out of favour generated a large and lively postbag. Bill Greenwell’s entry (Spangles!) brought to mind childhood… Continue reading


Ignorance is bliss. But when it comes to your health, is it also a right?

28 August 2015 17:42

Tell kids the Tooth Fairy is fake, and their lips are sure to tremble. Reveal the list of their birthday gifts the day before the party, and they may well… Continue reading


Who are the rising Tory stars?

28 August 2015 15:51
The Prime Minister Introduces His New Members Of Parliament

In this week’s Spectator, I profile the 2015 intake of Tory MPs: a bright, pragmatic bunch who don’t like to call themselves Thatcherite. Ministers who have sat in the Commons… Continue reading


Revealed: Wikipedia’s panic over Shapps fiasco

28 August 2015 14:59
Conservative Party co-chairman Grant Shapps arrives at Tory Party headquarters near Westminster on May 8, 2015 in London

During the election campaign a cloud hung over Grant Shapps, the then chairman of the Conservative party. In April, he was accused of editing his own Wikipedia profile and those of other politicians by Richard… Continue reading


It is un-socialist to support Jeremy Corbyn

28 August 2015 11:35

A quick disclaimer: I am a socialist and I share much of Jeremy Corbyn’s politics. I believe that austerity is unjustifiable ideological warfare; I believe in renationalising the railways, I… Continue reading


Labour needs to up its game on the EU renegotiation

28 August 2015 10:16
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Most people in the Labour Party may want to stay in the EU, but few think there is no scope to improve the way the EU operates or our terms… Continue reading


What if Jeremy Corbyn has a successful start as Labour leader?

28 August 2015 9:41
Jeremy Corbyn Takes The Lead In The Labour Leadership Race

Jeremy Corbyn has taken to the Times to defend his Labour leadership campaign and attack both the press and his critics within his own party. He writes: ‘Despite the barrage… Continue reading