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When did suicide cease to be morally repugnant?

15 August 2014 15:37
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The great Theodore Dalrymple once came up with the theory that there is a fixed level of righteous indignation in any society. As soon as we become more relaxed about… Continue reading

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Richard Dawkins doesn’t get it: religion is rational

15 August 2014 15:06
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Where to start with Prof Dawkins’ latest observations about religion and fundamentalism? In response to questions from an audience in Edinburgh where he was promoting his autobiography this week he… Continue reading

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Are ministers better off today?

15 August 2014 13:14
Simmonds resigns

From the Barometer in this week’s Spectator. Home Office minister Mark Simmonds resigned this week, complaining he couldn’t afford to live in London on his junior minister’s salary of £89,435.… Continue reading

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Vice News and Isis have formed a bizarre symbiotic relationship

15 August 2014 11:00
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If you haven’t watched Vice News’s five-part documentary about Isis yet, I’d highly recommend it. They’ve gone where no other media company has managed: into the heart of the Islamic State.… Continue reading

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The Tories should give their members more power

15 August 2014 8:32
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Politics is an expensive game. You might get paid three times the average salary once you’re in Parliament, but you can spend so much on your way there that only… Continue reading

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Obama: ‘We broke the ISIL siege of Mount Sinjar’

14 August 2014 19:03
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When President Obama finally turned up to his press conference on Iraq and the situation in Missouri, he made quite clear that he does not intend to increase US involvement in the… Continue reading

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After Scotland, whither Britain? Divorce is a costly business.

14 August 2014 17:48
British Union Jack flags flutter in the

If, like me, you missed Andrew Neil’s BBC programme exploring What the Hell Happens to the United Kingdom if Scotland Votes for Independence Next Month you might be interested to know that… Continue reading

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If you want a lesson in how not to run an economy, take the Eurostar

14 August 2014 15:18
Merkel And Hollande Meet At Baltic Coast

For the last five years, politicians of all shades have been banging on about how we should adopt this or that aspect of German economic policy. George Osborne argued in… Continue reading

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Sales of The Spectator in the first half of 2014

14 August 2014 13:51
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I’m delighted to announce another strong set of figures for The Spectator. It’s still a pretty tough market out there for magazines but today, we’re reporting a headline print ABC… Continue reading

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Inaction is easy; action is harder but needed now

14 August 2014 13:16
It is imperative that the world intervenes in Iraq to stop ISIS.

It’s easier to oppose than propose war. The conflict between Israel and Hamas inspired #NotInMyName on Twitter, and opposition to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was spearheaded by the… Continue reading

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Up the workers!

14 August 2014 13:08
Money

Mr S was interested to read that Mark Carney has sounded the alarm on low wage growth. In light of yesterday’s announcements, the Times’s business commentator Andrew Clark calls for… Continue reading

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Podcast: Iraq War III, the cult of Richard Dawkins and the moaning middle class

14 August 2014 12:24
Has Richard Dawkins started a cult? (Photo: Getty)

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has extended its hold from eastern Syria into western and northern Iraq, massacring Shi’ites, Christians and Yazidis wherever it can. But can we… Continue reading

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Human beings aren’t built to handle ‘celebrity’

13 August 2014 22:39
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When Robin Williams killed himself, his spokesman revealed that he’d been suffering from depression. Cue well-meaning advice about this mysterious and deadly condition – the need to seek help, etc.… Continue reading

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Don’t listen to the hawks — the west should leave Iraq alone

13 August 2014 19:31
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This is a preview from this week’s Spectator, available tomorrow: Peering down from the Olympian heights of the New York Times, the columnist David Brooks writes that “We are now living in… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage’s immigration deluge hasn’t arrived. But it doesn’t matter.

13 August 2014 19:22
Political Leader React To Local Election Results

So Nigel, where’s your flood? You know, the one involving Bulgarians and Romanians that you predicted last year. That deluge? You got it wrong, didn’t you? Ner-ner-di-ner-ner. It must be… Continue reading

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Westminster plays recall tennis

13 August 2014 16:47
Cobra Meets To Discuss the Crisis In Iraq

Now that David Cameron has returned from his Portuguese fish-shopping exploits, the game of recall tennis that Westminster has been playing for the past few days has stepped up a… Continue reading

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When it comes to jihad porn, abstinence is best

13 August 2014 15:27
The spokesman of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam, "Abu Ubaida," in

This feature is a preview from this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow: I am sure we’re all in agreement that watching videos of adults abusing children is wrong. At least outside… Continue reading

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‘Left Handers Day’ ignores the Ambidextrous and Transhand communities. End this discrimination now!

13 August 2014 14:55
All hands are equal, surely? (Image: ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

Today is International Left Handers Day, ‘the 22nd annual celebration of lefthanders’ superiority’. It’s an opportunity for ‘Lefties’ and their Right-handed supporters to highlight the discrimination they face from the… Continue reading

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Why is the SNP endorsing Israel haters?

13 August 2014 11:46
The Scottish National Party And Labour Battle For Control Of Glasgow In The Local Elections

Regular readers will have noticed that I don’t like Islamic fundamentalists. Nor — though this is perhaps less often on display — do I much like Scottish Nationalists. Not just… Continue reading

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Jobs figures: good news on unemployment, bad news on wages

13 August 2014 10:30
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Today’s labour market figures have enough in them for both sides of the political debate to feel they’ve got something to run with. First, the jobs: the overall unemployment rate… Continue reading

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Shooting does more to protect wildlife than the RSPB

12 August 2014 19:09
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Today, the Glorious Twelfth, is the one day of the year most anticipated by game shooters – the start of the grouse season. But, as the first grouse make their way… Continue reading

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How far do the Lib Dems want to go over Gaza?

12 August 2014 18:14
How far would this gruesome twosome go over Gaza?  (Photo by Ben Gurr - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Well, well, well. What’s all this then? Uncle Vince has announced the suspension of 12 export licenses to Israel. Here’s what he said: ‘We welcome the current ceasefire in Gaza… Continue reading

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We may not think ourselves at war with ISIS but they are pretty sure they are at war with us.

12 August 2014 15:26
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John McTernan’s column in today’s Telegraph about Kurdistan – and our, that is the West’s, debt of honour to the Kurds – is a piece of which, I think, the… Continue reading

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‘These people want a holocaust’: pressure grows on PM for recall over Iraq

12 August 2014 13:12
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Downing Street remains resolute that there will not be a recall of Parliament over the situation in Iraq. But Conor Burns, a Tory backbencher who resigned as a ministerial aide… Continue reading

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A lesson of Iraq in 2014: the nation-state is the future

12 August 2014 12:45
Female members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and an Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter take position on the front line in Makhmur, some 50 km south of Arbil, the capital of the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, on 9th August 2014. (Image: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

The collapse of some of the Sykes-Picot states in 2014 will spur people to ask which way the world is heading and what it all tells us, just as with… Continue reading

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