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Boris selected: what’s next for the Tory leadership hopeful?

13 September 2014 10:42
Boris Johnson Stand For Selection As An MP

Unsurprisingly, Uxbridge and South Ruislip Conservatives picked Boris Johnson last night as their parliamentary candidate for the 2015 election. Boris has a 11,216 majority to defend, but that’s only the… Continue reading


Spectator competition: why death is good for you (plus: add a final stanza to a well-known poem)

13 September 2014 10:30
Regulars Enjoy A Traditional Black Country Pub

The recent invitation to submit an imaginary feature from a newspaper’s health pages extolling the benefits to wellbeing of something traditionally thought to be bad for you drew a smallish… Continue reading

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Deutsche Bank: Scottish independence would bring austerity on a scale never seen before

13 September 2014 10:06

Many voters in Scotland moan about the media: half of the country wants separation, according to the polls, but almost all newspapers are against it. So where to turn, for dispassionate analysis? As James Forsyth… Continue reading


UK #unity2014 rally announced: Trafalgar Square, 6pm on Monday

12 September 2014 21:07
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Great news: a Unity rally has just been called in Trafalgar Square for 6pm on Monday. It’s for those who love Britain and don’t want to see it snapped in… Continue reading


We can win Generation Y over to politics – and the Conservatives

12 September 2014 16:57
Photo by Ian Tyas/Keystone/Getty Images

There are more people who have not yet voted for the Conservative Party than could ever leave it for Ukip. My party needs to remember: all voters matter, not just those Tories being… Continue reading


Watch: Liam Fox on why Scotland should remain in the Union

12 September 2014 16:12

Talking to Scottish voters over the last couple of weeks, a number of points have been made with increasing regularity. The first is that the ‘yes’ campaign has had all… Continue reading


Jim Sillars’ threat of a ‘day of reckoning’ exposes the darker side of nationalism

12 September 2014 15:45
Alex Salmond and Jim Sillars yesterday

Only yesterday, Jim Sillars was being paraded by Alex Salmond as a nationalist heavyweight who has been taken back into the fold. He had once fallen out with the Alex Salmond but… Continue reading


Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the Constitutional Crisis

12 September 2014 15:22
'Britishness has always been a mutable concept'

We all know the referendum is a big deal, but what can we actually say? None of us has much of an idea how the constitution might change after Thursday’s… Continue reading


Ian Paisley’s private kingdom

12 September 2014 14:54
Ian Paisley (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)

This is an extract from the The Spectator, 13 August 1982: One summer’s evening, I went for a stroll by the shores of Lough Erne, just outside the city of… Continue reading


A new poll shows the Scots referendum is going right to the wire

12 September 2014 13:27
Image: Getty

ICM’s poll has ‘no’ ahead, but only just– it’s 51-49. The ICM poll is a telephone one so both phone and internet polls are now showing ‘no’ narrowly ahead but the race too close… Continue reading


How Scotland’s ‘yes’ side mastered the art of mob politics

12 September 2014 12:08
Jim Murphy meets the mob. Photo: Getty

While distributing free Spectators in Glasgow yesterday, I came across a Labour rally and ended up standing about two metres away from Ed Miliband as he gave his speech. But no… Continue reading


The young (and the English) have restored Scotland’s ‘no’ lead

12 September 2014 10:04
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No unionist should breathe easily after last night’s YouGov poll putting the ‘no’ team on a six-point lead. The race remains too close to call. And the poll also suggests a… Continue reading


How the ‘No’ camp should react to its regained poll lead

12 September 2014 8:57
The Saltire flies over Downing Street. Picture: PA

Anyone who thinks that the latest YouGov poll on Scottish independence, which shows the ‘No’ camp with a six-point lead over ‘Yes’ at 52 per cent to 48 per cent… Continue reading


In Palestine, homosexuality is a capital offence. Does Peter Tatchell not realise this?

11 September 2014 19:01
Peter Tatchell (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

Peter Tatchell has been awarded an honorary fellowship from Goldsmiths University for ’47 years of LGBTI activism’ and campaigning. I’m not sure I agree with these baubles, but if anyone… Continue reading


What would the Tory party really do if Scotland voted ‘yes’?

11 September 2014 17:46
David Cameron pleads with Scots to stay in the United Kingdom. Picture: PA

Even when it is at peace, the Conservative party deals in hypotheticals all of which involve David Cameron being ousted in one way or another. That’s why backbenchers have been… Continue reading


Unionists must prepare for a second vote on Scottish independence

11 September 2014 15:50
Image: Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

Tonight will bring another YouGov poll on the Scottish referendum and this may change the mood again. But right now, the pro-Union side is in far better cheer than it… Continue reading


Alex Salmond’s persecution complex

11 September 2014 14:48
Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

Alex Salmond gave a very good speech earlier today about why Scots should vote for independence. It was full of the sort of emotion and rhetoric that the ‘No’ campaign… Continue reading


The genius of Jean-Claude Juncker

11 September 2014 14:27
European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker. Image: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

For all of the protestations about Jean Claude Juncker’s unsuitability for what is, ultimately, the EU’s top job (sorry, Angela Merkel), the unveiling of his new Commission yesterday has confirmed his reputation… Continue reading


Podcast: Stay with us, Scotland!

11 September 2014 10:34

With only seven days to go until the referendum, urgent action is needed to help save the Union. In this week’s issue, we asked Spectator readers to write to Scottish… Continue reading


Stay, Scotland – the Spectator readers’ message

10 September 2014 23:20

I’ve just arrived in Edinburgh, where I’ll be handing out copies of the new magazine on Princes St from 8am tomorrow morning (helped by two readers, who kindly answered my appeal… Continue reading


New poll puts No ahead in the Scottish referendum campaign

10 September 2014 20:19
The Saltire flies over Downing Street. Picture: PA

Tonight brings the first morale boost for the No campaign in a wee while, a Daily Record poll has them 53-47 ahead. Including don’t knows, the numbers are No 47.6%,… Continue reading


The result of the Scottish referendum will be seismic whether yes or no

10 September 2014 17:16
Party Leaders Campaign To Save The Union

It is very difficult to see how David Cameron would survive a ‘Yes’ vote in the Scottish referendum. There are certainly Conservatives who are making detailed plans to oust the… Continue reading


The row over Bercow’s clerk choice rumbles on…

10 September 2014 17:12

A little later today, MPs will move from discussing ‘Ukraine, Middle East, North Africa and Security’, a debate title that shows how dreadful the international scene is at the moment,… Continue reading


PMQs sketch: Strange allies and a fake truce makes for weird times in Westminster

10 September 2014 16:36
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Weird times in Westminster. PMQs was downgraded today so that the evening news wouldn’t carry pictures of a remote House of Commons debating the referendum in a complacent and uncaring… Continue reading


Cameron and Miliband have panicked well today

10 September 2014 16:34
Ed Miliband speaking today. Picture: Getty

While Westminster sent its own plea to Scottish voters, David Cameron and Ed Miliband were both making fine, impassioned speeches that both tried to scotch the SNP line that a… Continue reading