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Ed Miliband couldn’t care less about education reform

8 April 2015 18:17
(Photo: Stefan Rousseau/Getty)

The editor of The Spectator isn’t the only person thinking about the prospect of Ed Miliband becoming the next Prime Minister. Eighty educationalists have signed a letter in the Daily Mail… Continue reading


Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP continue to defy the usual laws of politics

8 April 2015 18:07
Scottish Party Leaders Participate In A Live STV Debate

It’s nice to be noticed. I cannot recall the Scottish portion of a UK general election ever exciting this much interest from folk unfortunate enough to live south of the… Continue reading


The referendum is still defining Scottish politics

8 April 2015 18:07

One of the most striking things about Scotland is how the referendum still dominates politics here. I’ve seen more Yes posters and stickers than I’ve seen posters for any political… Continue reading


Watch: Green Party releases quirky PPB with spoof boy band ‘Coalition’

8 April 2015 15:47
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The party political broadcasts of this campaign have been pretty dull. Until the Green Party released its video entitled ‘Change The Tune’ this afternoon, that is. The Greens suggest that… Continue reading


Trans activists are effectively experimenting on children. Could there be anything more cruel?

8 April 2015 15:45
A boy who plays with dolls is not trans or dysphoric - he's just a boy who plays with dolls

Can you think of anything more cruel than telling a five-year-old boy who likes Lady Gaga that he might have gender dysphoria? Or telling a nine-year-old tomboy who hates Barbie… Continue reading


Why is Nigel Farage in Grimsby instead of battling for South Thanet?

8 April 2015 11:49
The docks at Great Grismby. Photo: Isabel Hardman.

Nigel Farage is in Great Grimsby today, campaigning with Ukip candidate Victoria Ayling. The last Ashcroft poll focusing on Great Grimsby put Ukip behind Labour by one point, and that… Continue reading


The Iran deal heralds a new era for US policy across the Middle East

8 April 2015 11:12
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran on April 3, 2015 (Photo: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty)

What is it about a nuclear deal with Iran that induces hysteria in certain quarters of the West?  In recent weeks, editors at both the New York Times and the Washington Post have seen… Continue reading


Ed Balls on tape admitting his non-dom policy will ‘cost Britain money’

8 April 2015 11:09

Oh dear – it looks like Labour’s new non-dom policy is unravelling already. Everyone knows that Ed Balls did not abolish non-dom status while in government because he knew that… Continue reading


Campaign kick-off: 29 days to go

8 April 2015 8:44

Finally, we have a policy to debate. Ed Miliband has set the agenda for the campaign today with a pledge that Labour would scrap the ‘non-dom’ tax status. After weeks… Continue reading


Ed Miliband is deliberately misleading ‘you and me’ on the non-dom rules

8 April 2015 8:30

When he announced Labour Party proposals for changes to the non-dom rules, Ed Miliband tried very hard to be as misleading as possible without lying. He seems to have failed.… Continue reading


Listen: The Spectator’s take on the Scottish leaders’ debates

7 April 2015 23:49
A general view as (L-R) Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy, First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie take part in the Scottish Television Debate at the Assembly Rooms on April 7, 2015 in Edinburgh.

The Scottish leaders’ debate was, so far, the most informative TV debate of the campaign. In a View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I analyse which party leaders gained… Continue reading


Ed Miliband pledges to abolish non-dom tax status

7 April 2015 23:33
Ed Miliband speaks during a general election campaign visit at engineering company David Brown Gear Systems in Huddersfield, northern England, on April 1, 2015.

Ed Miliband will tomorrow pledge to abolish the non-domicile rule which allows very wealthy people to avoid paying tax on much of their income. The Labour leader will say: ‘There… Continue reading


Three ways the Scottish leaders’ debate will affect the UK general election campaign ​

7 April 2015 23:11
First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon (3rd R) speaks as (L-R) Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie look on during the Scottish Television Debate at the Assembly Rooms on April 7, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Tonight’s Scottish debate isn’t going to fundamentally alter the dynamics of this general election campaign in Scotland. But it will reverberate through the UK-wide general election campaign. Both Ed Miliband… Continue reading


As it happened: Scottish leaders’ debate

7 April 2015 19:45
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie, First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy pose for a photograph prior to the Scottish Television Debate at the Assembly Rooms on April 7, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Welcome to The Spectator’s live coverage of the Scottish leaders’ debate on STV. We’ll be providing the latest developments and analysis on the programme, starting at 8pm this evening. This… Continue reading


The Tory ‘rally’ that wasn’t: these photos reveal how modern campaigning works

7 April 2015 19:29

David Cameron took the stage at an election rally in Wadebridge, Cornwall this evening. He was surrounded by supporters waving placards. From the pictures, it seems there was a real… Continue reading


Where did Ed Miliband get ‘Happy Warrior’ from? (Clue: not Wordsworth)

7 April 2015 18:18
The word that links these two men is 'happy': Ed Miliband and Al Smith

William Wordsworth, sad to say, may not after all have a significant role in the 2015 election campaign. His name was taken in vain repeatedly this weekend, after someone passed… Continue reading


Ukip may be slipping in the polls but it will still have a big impact on the election

7 April 2015 18:10
UKIP Nigel Farage Attends BBC Broadcasting House For A Radio Interview

Is the Ukip bandwagon slowing down? Today’s Sun reports that Ukip has lost a quarter of its voters since November, from an average of 16.75 per cent in polls last November to… Continue reading


Snowden now faces the traitor’s fate – worship from hipsters and Hollywood

7 April 2015 18:05
A statue of Edward Snowden is seen at the Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn on April 6, 2015.  A group of artists on Monday installed a bust of the fugitive US intelligence analyst before authorities quickly removed the illicit statue (Photo: Jewel Samad/Getty)

New York Brooklyn is the hipster heaven of New York, which is perhaps why it was there that a bust of Edward Snowden was unveiled yesterday.  Not that it stayed… Continue reading


Ed Miliband’s popularity is improving – and the Tories should worry

7 April 2015 18:02
Ed Miliband Leaves His Home On The First Day Of The General Election

Ed Miliband has long been considered the Conservatives’ main electoral asset. Certainly, Simon Danczuk touched a nerve when he described his party leader as a liability only a fortnight ago.… Continue reading


My night with Nicola Sturgeon

7 April 2015 17:27
Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon Gives A Speech On Child Poverty

When I watch Nicola Sturgeon exercising her newfound charm and confidence, I experience a pang of intimate regret. Some 15 years ago — when she was a new MSP and… Continue reading


Rand Paul’s libertarian crusade will shake up the presidential race

7 April 2015 17:16

Finally, the presidential race got interesting. The thought of Hillary Clinton vs Jeb Bush was too much of a rerun of the same old thing: big government liberal vs big government… Continue reading


Don’t expect to hear anything about Islamic State during the election campaign

7 April 2015 15:50
The Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, where Islamic State fighters have launched an offensive (Photo: Getty)

Granted, you don’t really expect foreign policy to feature much in an election campaign – we’re not saints – but it’s still shaming the way that the biggest foreign policy… Continue reading


Is the general election campaign like watching paint dry?

7 April 2015 14:57
Woman painting chair

It is rather fashionable at the moment for those involved in politics to moan about what a boring election campaign this is shaping up to be, and how the only… Continue reading


How Labour can use Europe to stop the Tories

7 April 2015 13:53
Liberal Democrats Annual Spring Conference 2014

One of the first tasks of a party in our time of fragmented politics is to stop their opponents making alliances. As things stand, the Tories can form a coalition… Continue reading


Kids love fairy tales. This doesn’t mean they must be taught about transgender politics

7 April 2015 13:07

If the NUT didn’t exist it would be necessary for a latter-day Michael Wharton to invent it. This week the teaching union is having its congress where, among other things, it’s… Continue reading