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Labour’s bitter, bitchy battles will continue long after its leader is announced

20 August 2015 12:40
Ballot Papers Arrive For The Labour Leadership Election

Why is the Labour leadership contest so vile? It has been the bitterest, bitchiest battle that the party has experienced for a good long while, even though the last contest… Continue reading


Remembering Khaled al-Asaad, the Syrian archaeologist who dared to stand up to Isis

20 August 2015 11:07
Khaled al-Asaad, the Director of Antiquities and Museum in Palmyra, in 2002 (Photo: Marc Deville/Getty)

Erudite and bespectacled, he was the sort of Arab the Islamic State loathed. Khaled al-Asaad, an 81-year old archaeologist, was for the past four decades inseparable from Palmyra’s ancient ruins.… Continue reading


Kezia Dugdale appeals to the Left with personal speech about her past

20 August 2015 10:30
New Scottish Labour Party Leader Announced

Jeremy Corbyn really has made socialism trendy – at least in Scotland. We can take that from the speech that Kezia Dugdale, Labour’s Scottish leader, will make a today focusing on… Continue reading


Podcast: the clean eating fad and what happens if Corbyn wins

20 August 2015 9:40
A trader arranges a display of courgettes for sale on his stall at a farmer's market on Kassandrou street in Thessaloniki, Greece, on Thursday, July 2, 2015

Is ‘clean eating’ a trendy new fad or something more dangerous? On the View from 22 podcast, nutritionist Ian Marber discusses this week’s cover feature with Isabel Hardman and Lara Prendergast. How is the advice… Continue reading


Jeremy Corbyn: suggestions I’m anti-semitic are ‘disgusting and deeply offensive’

19 August 2015 17:14
A member of staff adjusts the hair Jeremy Corbyn as he arrives at an event outlining his plans for a publicly owned railway network, in London, on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has hit back at suggestions he has been hanging out in a rather bad crowd. The former Conservative MP Louise Mensch has dug up a press release on… Continue reading


The left is rapidly losing its moral authority on racism

19 August 2015 16:04

On Monday, Jeremy Corbyn was questioned by Channel 4 News about yet another Holocaust denier and anti-Semite of his acquaintance.  And now the BBC’s World at One has asked Corbyn about another.… Continue reading


Come on, Prime Minister: a peerage for our peerless folding bike designer

19 August 2015 15:30
Andrew Ritchie, the winner of the Prince Philip Designers' Prize, with his a pink Brompton bike creation  at a reception at Buckingham Palace, London.

Here is a preview of Martin Vander’s Any Other Business Column in this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow… Asked to name Britain’s greatest living industrial designer, most people might cite Sir… Continue reading


Could a strike by Poles bring down Britain?

19 August 2015 14:36

Britain’s Poles go on strike tomorrow to protest the widespread anti-Polish xenophobia across the country, which is literally everywhere. There are about one million Polish people in Great Britain, and… Continue reading


Our railways are better than ever. They don’t need renationalising

19 August 2015 13:31
15th May 1978:  The Scotsman, the high speed, Inter-City 125 train, gliding out of London's King's Cross station, on its way to Edinburgh.

Andy Burnham and Jeremy Corbyn have both pledged to bring back British Rail. Why? In a speech yesterday, Corbyn justified his position: ‘I think the public mood is there, absolutely there,… Continue reading


Jeremy Corbyn is far less popular with Labour MPs than he is with members. Is that a problem?

19 August 2015 11:45

Why haven’t some Labour MPs ever met Jeremy Corbyn? Mr Steerpike picks up on the discussion between former Miliband aide Anna Yearley, and MPs Barbara Keeley and Lucy Powell about… Continue reading


David Blunkett is the latest Labour grandee to attack Corbyn. But is this the right strategy?

19 August 2015 8:34
David Blunkett, veteran Labour politician and former Home Secretary is interviewed by media as he joined the Labour candidate for Redcar Anna Turley on a campaigning visit on April 22, 2015 in Redcar, England

Day after day, Labour’s big beasts are being wheeled out one by one. Yesterday it was Neil Kinnock, today it’s David Blunkett’s turn to warn against the impending doom if Jeremy Corbyn… Continue reading


Can we trust the Labour leadership polls?

18 August 2015 18:46

Is Jeremy Corbyn’s steaming ahead in the Labour leadership contest? Is he going to win on first preferences alone? The best quantitate answers we have come from two YouGov polls conducted for the Times —… Continue reading


Jeremy Corbyn is not an anti-Semite but he is reaping what he sowed

18 August 2015 18:24
Jeremy Corbyn's Policy Ideas For Young People Launch

People keep asking me if I think Jeremy Corbyn is anti-Semitic. I don’t. Or at least I think it’s vanishingly unlikely. Why would he be? For all his political unorthodoxy… Continue reading


Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party: one of them must go

18 August 2015 17:24
Jeremy Corbyn is pictured as he arrives to address a speech in west London, on August 17, 2015.

I suppose I’d insult Jeremy Corbyn if I compared him to an American. Jews (sorry ‘Zionists’) and Ukrainians rank high in the far-left’s demonology. But Corbyn and his comrades agree… Continue reading


What Christian Guy’s appointment says about David Cameron’s No.10

18 August 2015 16:10
Christian Guy on Sky News.

What will David Cameron do with his final few years in power? On election night, he said he wanted his party ‘to reclaim a mantle that we should never have… Continue reading


Cheat sheet: what Jeremy Corbyn stands for

18 August 2015 14:16
Jeremy Corbyn answers questions from the media outside King's Cross Station on August 18, 2015 in London, England.

Given by most metrics Jeremy Corbyn is on track to win the Labour leadership contest, his policies deserve to be examined and discussed. Based on his speeches and pamphlets, here is… Continue reading


Muhammad really is the single most popular boys’ name in England and Wales

18 August 2015 12:21

Why doesn’t the Office of National Statistics want us to know that Mohammed is the most popular boys’ name in England and Wales?  Yesterday, it put out its annual survey… Continue reading


Inflation is rising at a snail’s pace; interest rates will too

18 August 2015 12:20

With inflation nailed to the floor, real wage increases are now increasing at the fastest rate in years. Today’s CPI inflation data today shows it moving from zero in June… Continue reading


Yes, Jeremy Corbyn actually is the most dangerous man in British politics

18 August 2015 12:17

No, Nicola Sturgeon does not have much reason to be worried about Jeremy Corbyn. But the rest of the country does. To borrow from the tabloids, Corbyn is The Most Dangerous… Continue reading


Will the Bangkok bomb shake Thailand’s ‘Land of Smiles’ reputation?

18 August 2015 11:07
Policemen stand at the cordoned-off site of a bomb blast at the popular Erawan shrine in the heart of Bangkok's tourist and commercial centre (Photo: Christophe Archambault/Getty)

A powerful explosion ripped almost instantaneously through a busy intersection in Bangkok’s downtown shopping area yesterday, killing 22 people and injuring more than 100. Some of the victims were foreign tourists, and… Continue reading


Andy Burnham: it’s not ‘three against one’ with Jeremy Corbyn

18 August 2015 9:12
Andy Burnham delivers a speech at the Peoples Museum on August 17, 2015 in Manchester, England

The Labour leadership race is rapidly turning sour. None of the warnings from party grandees are denting Jeremy Corbyn’s support, so talk has turned back to whether candidates should drop out. Yvette… Continue reading


Corbynomics: A path to penury

17 August 2015 20:52

The expansion of capitalism and free markets in recent decades has led to incredible economic and social progress; the fastest fall in extreme poverty in human history, rising life expectancy… Continue reading


Cooper vs Burnham: ‘A panicked, desperate stunt straight out of the Ed Balls playbook’

17 August 2015 20:30
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.

Yvette Cooper has rounded on Andy Burnham this evening, demanding that the Labour leadership contender oppose Jeremy Corbyn or stand aside. Burnham gave a speech this morning that was widely… Continue reading


Sadiq Khan: the man who can beat Zac Goldsmith in London?

17 August 2015 17:28
Sadiq Khan takes part in the 2014 London Marathon on April 13, 2014 in London, England.

The dynamics of Labour’s other ongoing election appear to be shifting. While Tessa Jowell remains the favourite to be the party’s candidate for the 2016 London Mayoral election, Sadiq Khan… Continue reading


Ed Miliband won’t say anything until after the Labour leadership contest is over

17 August 2015 16:17
Miliband speech at University of London

Why is Ed Miliband not intervening to stop Jeremy Corbyn? Some Labourites see the former leader’s silence on the issue as a dereliction of duty, and hope to increase the… Continue reading