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Philip Hammond: No plans to engage in airstrikes

18 August 2014 14:52
Philip Hammond. Image: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images

So Britain’s long-term fight against Isis isn’t, at the moment, going to involve this country doing any fighting. The Prime Minister this morning insisted that there would be no ‘boots… Continue reading

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Labour’s action on housing doesn’t match its rhetoric

18 August 2014 12:58
An aerial view of housing in London. Image: Getty

On the face of it, it’s a simple equation. In the north-London borough of Islington, there are almost 9,000 people on the housing waiting list. The area needs more homes.… Continue reading

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The Afghans found in Tilbury Docks remind us that slavery is back in Britain

18 August 2014 9:43
Image: PA

How seriously should we take modern slavery? To some, the very phrase sounds hysterical: slave markets are seen as something belonging to 18th century Jamaica (or present-day Mosul) but not… Continue reading

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David Cameron: Britain is not going to get involved in another war in Iraq

18 August 2014 9:10
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That there are just two weeks now until MPs return from summer recess to discuss Britain’s response to the events in Iraq, Palestine and Syria will give Downing Street some… Continue reading

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Islamic extremism and the hypocrisy of the Church of England

17 August 2014 21:20
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams visiting an Islamic seminary during a trip to Pakistan in 2005. Image: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

The Church of England has written to David Cameron accusing him of lacking ‘a coherent or comprehensive approach to Islamic extremism as it is developing across the globe’. The letter,… Continue reading

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What are David Cameron’s plans for the fight against Isis?

17 August 2014 15:01
David Cameron

David Cameron warns today that Britain must act against Isis in order to prevent terrorist attacks on this country. But what does he actually intend to do? In his article… Continue reading

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When should Britain go to war?

17 August 2014 10:42
Over the top -- British soldiers in the trenches. Image: Getty

There’s been a lot written this week about whether or not to fight the Islamic State in Iraq. This time the consensus among Spectator writers is that Britain should. There’s… Continue reading

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The Yes camp is gaining ground in the Scottish independence referendum

17 August 2014 10:21
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The Yes camp is closing the gap. That is the clear message from two new opinion polls published this morning. Both polls – ICM for Scotland on Sunday and Panelbase… Continue reading

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Richard Dawkins and the cost of rationality

16 August 2014 18:35
Richard Dawkins speaking at the US National Atheist Organization's 'Reason Rally' In Washington, DC. Image: Getty

Rationality doesn’t come cheap – not if you’re buying Richard Dawkins’ brand. In this week’s Spectator, Andrew Brown examines the costly cult of personality that has grown up around the professor;… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: recast a nursery rhyme in the style of a well-known author (plus pets who perish in unusual ways)

16 August 2014 9:28
Little Miss Muffet cast in sand at the  Creepy Crawlies Sandscupting Exhibition in Melbourne, Australia. Image: Getty

I was prompted to ask for short odes on the death of a pet in unusual circumstances by Thomas Gray’s poem ‘Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned… Continue reading

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What two years—and a free school—can do for exam results

15 August 2014 19:36
Students at the London Academy of Excellence celebrate their A-level results.

For the first time in 32 years, the overall pass rate for A-levels has dropped, and the percentage of those achieving an A* or A grade has also dipped slightly.… Continue reading

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Ukraine ‘destroys’ Russian military vehicles

15 August 2014 16:59
Ukrainian President Poroshenko

Ukrainian military have destroyed a ‘significant’ part of a Russian military column that crossed into the country on Thursday night, the country’s president has claimed. A Ukrainian military spokesman told… Continue reading

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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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