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Have you heard the one about Isis and the ‘Ebola bomb’?

26 August 2014 10:35
Officials from the World Health Organization wearing protective clothing as they prepare to enter a hospital in Uganda. Image: ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images

Isis has the Ebola bomb. So be very, very afraid. If you’re a nutjob, that is. The conspiracy website Before It’s News reports that ‘whistleblower and former police officer’ Greg… Continue reading

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Salmond and Darling’s Jeremy Kyle debate reinvigorates campaign

26 August 2014 8:58
Picture by Carla Millar

Both camps in the Scottish independence debate have now has their shock: Alex Salmond was shaken to be beaten by Alistair Darling in the first debate, while a confident Darling… Continue reading

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View from 22 podcast special: Scottish independence debate round two

26 August 2014 0:24
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In this View from 22 podcast special, Alex Massie, Isabel Hardman and Fraser Nelson analyse this evening’s going on in Glasgow, as Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling took part in the second round of… Continue reading

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Salmond vs Darling: round two – live

25 August 2014 20:22
Salmond doing his David Cameron-style walky talkie thing.  Photo: Getty

Welcome to tonight’s liveblog of the BBC debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow. 00:05 In this View from 22 podcast special, Isabel Hardman, Alex… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond vs Alistair Darling, the Rematch

25 August 2014 15:10
Television Debate Between Alex Salmond And Alistair Darling

Like Paradise Lost, no-one – not even humble freelance hacks – ever wished the Scottish independence referendum campaign longer. We are, most of us, exhausted. Almost all passion has been spent.… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson is not fit to be leader of the Tory party, never mind Prime Minister

25 August 2014 10:10
Boris Johnson Speech on Europe

Awkward, especially here, I know, but there you have it. But, look, if any other high-profile politician were suggesting the burden of proof in criminal trials should be switched from… Continue reading

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The lefties are right: we really do pay our bosses too much

24 August 2014 16:17
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The FTSE100 index stands precisely where it did in the first week of December 1999. Whichever way you look at it, shareholders — including pension funds — have had a… Continue reading

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Britain must do more for the new wave of asylum seekers

24 August 2014 15:21
An Iraqi Yazidi refugee woman arranges a tent at the Newroz camp in north eastern Syria after fleeing advances by Islamic State jihadists in Iraq. Image: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images

Over the summer I read Vilhelm Moberg’s The Emigrants, a documentary novel about the Swedes who emigrated to America in the 18th century. It powerfully describes what drove illiterate peasants… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: make the case for sugar, fags and a sedentary lifestyle (plus: how not to curry favour with US customs officials)

23 August 2014 9:30
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The recent challenge to come up with misleading advice for British tourists travelling abroad produced a postbag that was infused with a spirit of sadistic mischief. As usual with comps… Continue reading

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Cameron has silenced the only minister who understands Islamism

22 August 2014 17:31
David Cameron and Michael Gove visiting Perry Beaches III Free School in Birmingham in September 2013. Image: Paul Rogers - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Only one person sitting around the cabinet table truly understands how Islamism works – and David Cameron has silenced him. I’m referring to Michael Gove, who in addition to studying… Continue reading

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No partnership with Assad (and no scrutiny till summer’s up)

22 August 2014 16:17
Prime Minister Returns To Downing Street From His Holiday

Philip Hammond this afternoon ruled out Britain working with President Assad in the fight against Isis, arguing that simply being aligned against a common enemy ‘doesn’t make us friends with… Continue reading

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The growing campaign against John Bercow’s choice for Commons clerk

22 August 2014 13:03
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The campaign against Speaker Bercow’s plan to appoint Carol Mills as Clerk of the House is growing on the Tory backbenches. Coffee House has today been contacted by a series… Continue reading

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Why Britain is poorer than any US state, other than Mississippi

22 August 2014 10:41
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Now and again, America puts its inequality on display to the world. We saw it after Hurricane Katrina and we have seen it again in the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.… Continue reading

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The ‘Buckingham Bonaparte’ is cornered

22 August 2014 8:41
John Bercow sits in the royal box on centre court before the start of the men's singles third round match between Serbia's Novak Djokovic play France's Gilles Simon on day five of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon. Image: CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images

With the interventions of former Speaker Betty Boothroyd, ex-ministers — including Jack Straw, Malcolm Rifkind and Margaret Beckett – and the Clerk of the Australian Senate, Rosemary Laing, it is becoming… Continue reading

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Housebuilding is up: is that good news?

21 August 2014 18:55
Housing

Good news on housing: this government is building more homes. New figures from the Communities and Local Government department show housing starts in the second quarter of 2014 increased by… Continue reading

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It’s time we contemplated the possibility of a post-conflict Kurdistan

21 August 2014 15:56
Aid arrives in the Kurdish city of Erbil. Image: Getty

There’s a  curious aspect to the debate – or what passes for it – about Britain getting involved in military action against the Islamic State. Isabel Hardman put her finger… Continue reading

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What’s the difference between Isis and Saudi Arabia? It’s a matter of degrees

21 August 2014 12:48
A Peshmerga fighter waits on the Isis front line. Image: Getty

There are now thought to be more British-born members of Isis than there are Muslims in the British Army, leading lots of people to ask how they could hate us so… Continue reading

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Podcast: Britain’s jihad, the Pope vs the Vatican, and the existence of ‘The One’

21 August 2014 9:46
british-beheaders

The murder of James Foley by an Isis fighter ‘with a London accent’ has been treated with understandable revulsion. But we shouldn’t be surprised, says Douglas Murray in his cover… Continue reading

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Satanists are planning to desecrate the Host at a Black Mass. Let’s stop them

20 August 2014 21:52
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Satan-worshippers are planning to hold a Black Mass in Oklahoma next month. My usual reaction to this news would be: go right ahead. On your own head be it. Those… Continue reading

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Lord Ashcroft’s poll shows a swing to Labour in Tory-held marginal seats

20 August 2014 16:31
Labour and Conservative supporters’ placards, held on the occasion of a visit by Gordon Brown to Cardiff during the 2010 election campaign. Image: Getty

One of the most fascinating things about Lord Ashcroft’s latest poll is not its content, but who in the Conservative party will be reading it. Naturally, those trying to hold… Continue reading

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Britain’s beheaders – how we came to export jihad

20 August 2014 14:34
Illustration: Christian Adams

It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The standing man denounces the West and claims that his form… Continue reading

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English voters send a message to Scotland: we can’t go on living like this

20 August 2014 11:07
The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Five

Way back in the olden days, Scottish Labour won the 1999 elections to the Scottish parliament, at least in part, on the back of the slogan Divorce is an Expensive Business.… Continue reading

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Breaking: David Cameron returns to Downing Street after journalist beheaded

20 August 2014 10:08
Camerons on holiday

Downing Street has announced that David Cameron is returning to Westminster from his holiday. A Number 10 spokesperson said: ‘If true, the brutal murder of James Foley is shocking and… Continue reading

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My enemy’s enemy: Philip Hammond on Isis and Assad

20 August 2014 9:15
Philip Hammond. Image: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images

Philip Hammond made quite clear on the Today programme that this government is ‘utterly opposed’ to everything that Isis stands for: it’s difficult to say anything else when militants who… Continue reading

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Lib Dems reinstate Lord Rennard and drop disciplinary process

19 August 2014 21:29
Lord Rennard Image: PA

The Lib Dems are not taking any disciplinary action against Lord Rennard and have reinstated his membership, the party said this evening. Lord Rennard had been suspended from the party… Continue reading

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