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David Cameron makes the case for the Tories’ moral mission

22 June 2015 9:16
Demonstrator's signs are seen at an Anti Austerity demonstration at Bank Of England on June 20, 2015 in London, England.

David Cameron has never particularly warmed to the language of compassionate conservatism. In the past, that side of the conservatism has generally been represented by Iain Duncan Smith — with… Continue reading

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How to grapple with discipline in schools

21 June 2015 20:29
February - Cutting Weather', 1839. A typical day at Dr Swishtail's Academy.

The government’s new school discipline leader Tom Bennett has a difficult brief; he’s in charge of stopping the schoolchildren of the entire nation swinging on their chairs, playing on their… Continue reading

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Greece may soon face a humanitarian crisis of its own

21 June 2015 15:39
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Normally, the phrase ‘continent in crisis’ is hyperbole. But it seems appropriate today as we contemplate the situation Europe, and more specifically the EU, finds itself in. In the next… Continue reading

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Diane Abbott’s car-crash Sunday Politics interview shows the depth of Labour’s denial

21 June 2015 15:12
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The Labour leadership contest is compulsive watching for conservatives with a taste in schadenfreude. Jeremy Corbyn’s inclusion reminds everyone how the party may have succeeded in expelling the electable Blairites, but… Continue reading

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What does the Tim Hunt saga tell us about the future of democracy?

21 June 2015 10:45
Students protest against Marine Le Pen's attendance at an Oxford Union debate. Image: Getty

A friend of mine, who attends a top UK University, recently attended a generic debate on feminism and sexual violence. He made a point from the floor that, contrary to… Continue reading

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Spectator competition winner: The poetry of cricket (plus: can you see a rainbow?)

20 June 2015 11:40
Len Hutton and  Cyril Washbrook coming out to bat for England at a Test Match, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

In Competition No. 2903 you were invited to supply a poem incorporating a dozen cricketing terms. English poets love cricket: Housman, Betjeman, Chesterton and Sassoon all wrote about the game.… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s Unstrategic Defence Review

20 June 2015 11:35
David Cameron on the Vanguard Class Submarine HMS Victorious. Image: Getty

Michael Fallon’s confirmation last week that a Strategic Defence and Security Review is underway adds another question to the Conservatives’ growing list of slim-majority headaches: what to do about defence policy. With… Continue reading

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Labour’s Blair problem

20 June 2015 10:41
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Gives Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

Ed Miliband believed that after the financial crisis, Britain had moved to the left. He argued that there was no need to adopt all the Blairite positions to win. The… Continue reading

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Earn as you burn: the green energy offer that saved the monks of Pluscarden

19 June 2015 18:26
Brother Michael, a Benedictine Monk, gets ready for St Benedict's Feast at  Pluscarden Abbey

Pluscarden Abbey, just outside Elgin in northeast Scotland, is one of the most beautiful places in Britain. But to those who have visited in winter over the years, it has… Continue reading

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Syed Kamall enters race to be Tory Mayor of London candidate

19 June 2015 18:03
Syed Kamall, the Conservative Member of the European Parliament for London, canvases with his supporters in West Acton ahead of the European Parliament election, on May 15, 2014 in Ealing, England.

Syed Kamall, the Conservative leader in the European Parliament, has entered the race to be the party’s Mayor of London candidate. The field now consists of Kamall, Andrew Boff, Sol Campbell, Stephen Greenhalgh,… Continue reading

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Is the SNP an Anglophobic party or just a party for Anglophobes?

19 June 2015 17:31
Pressure Increases For A Scottish Independence Referendum

Writing in the Herald this week Iain Macwhirter noted that “Any trace of ethnic nationalism, and anti-English sentiment, was expunged from the [Scottish National] party in the 1970s”.  Responding to this JK Rowling… Continue reading

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Suzanne Evans ‘unsacked’ as Ukip spokesman

19 June 2015 15:50
Ukip Deputy Chairman Suzanne Evans takes part in a press conference on April 9, 2015 in London, England

Those Kippers just can’t decide whether to stay or go. Suzanne Evans, Ukip’s deputy chairman, was yesterday banned from representing the party, according to a leaked internal email. Evans upset some in… Continue reading

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Does Yvette Cooper want to be Labour’s Iron Lady?

19 June 2015 12:36
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On Wednesday night in the televised Labour leadership hustings, Yvette Cooper channeled Margaret Thatcher, saying: ‘I’m not standing because I want to be something, but because I want to do something.’… Continue reading

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The French know what Dominique Strauss-Kahn gets up to in bed — and they’d still vote for him

19 June 2015 9:49
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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, widely known as DSK, formerly France’s minister of the economy and finance, ex-director-general of the International Monetary Fund, frontrunner as Socialist candidate in the presidential elections of 2012,… Continue reading

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The ‘In’ and ‘Out’ EU referendum campaigns begin to take shape

19 June 2015 9:24
David Cameron seen during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not seen) after their talks in Berlin, Germany on May 29, 2015.

The campaigns to keep Britain ‘In’ or ‘Out’ of the EU are keen to begin their work. The Times today reveals details of a cross-party Eurosceptic group, which is expected to morph into the Brexit… Continue reading

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Yvette Cooper attacks David Cameron for a ‘blind spot’ on women

18 June 2015 18:01
Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper speaks during a meeting in London, United Kingdom, on June 15, 2015.

Yvette Cooper addressed a lobby lunch today and put on an impressive performance. In contrast to her slightly wooden performance during last night’s debate, Cooper came across as straightforward and… Continue reading

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Test pollsters through encouraging competition, not through knee-jerk reactions

18 June 2015 17:55
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We can all agree that the 2015 General Election was not the pollsters’ finest moment. While final polls from ComRes and one other firm put all the parties within the… Continue reading

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The missing candidates in the Labour leadership contest

18 June 2015 17:29
Dan Jarvis MP. Image: Getty

This Labour leadership contest is almost as notable for who isn’t standing as for who is. First, there is the former paratrooper turned MP Dan Jarvis who declined to stand… Continue reading

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It has to be Liz Kendall, doesn’t it?

18 June 2015 16:44
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The most revealing moment in the Labour debate last night came when a questioner asked ‘what qualities do you share with Nicola Sturgeon that could make you as successful as… Continue reading

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Suzanne Evans upsets Farage loyalists with ‘divisive character’ comments

18 June 2015 15:57
Suzanne Evans, deputy chairwoman of UKIP, speaks with Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, as he prepares to launch the party's 2015 general election manifesto at the Thurrock Hotel, ahead of the May 7 general election, in Thurrock, U.K., on April 15, 2015.

Nigel Farage has himself admitted that he is a ‘Marmite’ character. It’s one of the reasons given for his party’s patchy performance at the general election and it turns out it is a view… Continue reading

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New select committee chairs elected

18 June 2015 13:25
Home Affairs Select Committee meeting

The new chairs of the select committees have been announced. Before 2009, the party whips handed out the chairmanships of these committees but now they are voted in by MPs.… Continue reading

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Team Burnham: Liz Kendall’s ‘country should come first’ remark was a ‘cheap point’

18 June 2015 12:32
Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn, Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham during a live television showdown on BBC2's Newsnight from Nuneaton.

The one memorable moment from last night’s Labour leadership debate was Liz Kendall’s remark that ‘country should come first’, with regards to another leadership contest before 2020. It was a… Continue reading

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Telling young men that ISIS is ‘dangerous’ will only encourage them to go

18 June 2015 11:23
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‘The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had’ When we were both sixteen, my then-best friend Dave carved the above lyric on his school desk. It… Continue reading

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Podcast: Greece and the lessons of Black Wednesday, plus the latest on the Labour leadership contest

18 June 2015 9:20
Greek Finance Minister Yianis Varoufakis  (L) listens to Prime Minister addressing his MP's and ministers, next to Syriza lawmaker Konstantinos Tsoukalas (R) at the Greek Parliament in Athens on June 16, 2015,

As the situation in Greece becomes more serious by the day, is a default or Grexit on the horizon? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, Channel 4’s Paul Mason discusses this week’s Spectator leading article… Continue reading

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Why Boris’s four letter word exchange with a Cabbie won’t do him much harm

17 June 2015 22:32
Boris Johnson confronted by a cabbie. Photo: The Sun.

The Sun has video footage of Boris Johnson telling a Cab driver to ‘f— off and die’. Normally, this would sound pretty dire for a politician. But having watched the… Continue reading

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