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Baroness Warsi’s resignation letter: the key points

5 August 2014 10:43
Queen Elizabeth II Attends The State Opening Of Parliament

Now that Baroness Warsi has revealed her letter to the Prime Minister in which she resigns over Gaza, here are the key criticisms that she levels at the government. They… Continue reading

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The argument about Britain in Europe is just the same as the argument about Scotland in Britain

5 August 2014 10:28
Image: Getty

I know some readers have tired of Scotland’s independence debate. That is understandable, even forgivable. It has, after all, been rumbling along for 40 years. There may only be six… Continue reading

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Baroness Warsi resigns

5 August 2014 9:18
British Conservative party's Baroness Sa

After disagreeing with the Prime Minister on a great deal for a great while, Baroness Warsi has this morning resigned from the government, citing its position on Gaza. She tweeted… Continue reading

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Osborne’s choice: important projects or welfare

5 August 2014 8:54
George Osborne

George Osborne can’t quite help himself. Today he’s continuing his Northern charm offensive, which has been impressively choreographed. He gave a speech back in June in which he said he… Continue reading

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Two Sober Men Fight Over A Thistle

5 August 2014 8:36
Europe's Oldest Surviving Iron Chain Suspension Bridge Connecting Scotland And England To Be Closed

Never before have so many waited so keenly to hear Alistair Darling speak. Tonight’s the night, however, and the fate of a nation hangs upon his words. Or so some… Continue reading

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There are no lessons from the first world war

4 August 2014 20:23
WW1 Recruitment Posters To Be Auctioned

I’ve just been in France, where the shadow of the First World War always seems to be darker and longer than that cast over Britain; it is partly that, aesthetically,… Continue reading

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The Down’s syndrome surrogacy story is horrible. But Britain has no right to sneer

4 August 2014 20:15
FRANCE-MATERNITY-DELIVERY

To look on the heartwarming side, Australians have shown that they are rather more humane as a nation than the anonymous couple in the news for allegedly discarding one of… Continue reading

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The government’s drugs strategy is miles behind today’s drug dealers

4 August 2014 16:58
Ecstasy Seisure In Los Angeles

New powers to tackle the huge growth in ‘legal’ highs are set to be introduced. Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, is said to be pushing for the most… Continue reading

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Why the Miliband wreath row is unfair and unseemly

4 August 2014 16:16
Image: Getty

So Ed Miliband is in trouble with some angry people over whether or not he took enough trouble over signing a remembrance wreath. Here is the offending wreath, on the… Continue reading

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Is David Cameron still afraid of Brexit?

4 August 2014 12:04
EU-pressure_blog

Boris Johnson’s speech this week is one of the few domestic issues really animating Westminster. He will argue that the UK should not be ‘frightened’ of leaving the EU, supposedly… Continue reading

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4th August 1914 – my grandfather and his brother, aged 20, go to war

4 August 2014 8:00
WW1 Recruitment Posters To Be Auctioned

This is the second part of Charles Moore’s notes. You can read the first part here. On Tuesday 4 August, NM rang his London house: ‘Roberta our house-maid said that… Continue reading

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Hamas censors British journalists. Why don’t we care?

3 August 2014 20:46
Why are the reporting restrictions imposed by Hamas not mentioned? (Photo: MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty)

I wonder if any readers have an answer to this question: Has anybody, throughout this whole conflict around Gaza, heard any reporter inside Gaza, at any time, preface or conclude… Continue reading

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Good luck having a proper holiday if you own a smartphone

3 August 2014 14:00
hol

This time last year, the Spectator’s Clarissa Tan discussed how you can never really have a proper holiday if you own a smartphone. A year on, and Clarissa is no longer… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson’s European crusade to save the Tory party

3 August 2014 10:55
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The Sunday Telegraph has news that Boris Johnson will give a speech next week in which he will throw his weight behind a report, published by Volterra, calling for Britain… Continue reading

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Time is running out for Alex Salmond and the Nationalists

3 August 2014 10:38
Alex Salmond Speaks At Scottish Independence March And Rally

Nicola Sturgeon, the SNP deputy leader, is busy claiming that post the Glasgow games the momentum will be with the Yes side in the referendum. But this claim is contradicted… Continue reading

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If Miliband really cared about defending British Jews, here’s what he would say

3 August 2014 10:00
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At His Weekly Press Conference

In this week’s Spectator, Melanie Phillips argued that supposedly anti-Israel protests over the Gaza war have convulsed Europe in the worst scenes of open Jew-hatred since the 1930s. The most appalling… Continue reading

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‘We believe Germany made the war’

3 August 2014 10:00
Wilhelm II

The 1914 editions of The Spectator in the days surrounding the declaration of war give a sense of bewilderment. At first they couldn’t believe it would happen. After Archduke Franz… Continue reading

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How to ruin a country – the belligerent life of ‘Kaiser Bill’

3 August 2014 9:00
Chancellor Bethmann-Hollweg, Kaiser Wilhelm II and General Moltke depicted in 37 Days (Picture: BBC)

Wilhelm II: Into the Abyss of War and Exile, 1900–1941 John C.G. Röhl, translated by Sheila de Bellaigue and Roy Bridge The role of personality in politics is the theme of… Continue reading

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Stonegate fare-dodger: it wasn’t Paul Dacre

2 August 2014 19:02
Paul Dacre (Photo: Getty)

The mystery is over. A man named Jonathan Burrows has been exposed as the Stonegate fare-dodger. Our own Charles Moore must share a train with this enterprising man. Back in… Continue reading

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Balls tries to defuse the tax bombshell

2 August 2014 10:45
Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Ed Balls’ interview with the Telegraph today is a demonstration of what he learnt working for Gordon Brown in opposition. He is at pains to deny that he is planning… Continue reading

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Here’s what Cameron should say if he really cares about defending Britain’s Jews

2 August 2014 10:00
(Photo: Getty)

In this week’s Spectator, Melanie Phillips argued that supposedly anti-Israel protests over the Gaza war have convulsed Europe in the worst scenes of open Jew-hatred since the 1930s. Even more… Continue reading

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Mutually assured benefits: Francis Maude’s public sector revolution

2 August 2014 9:45
Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude Announces Plans To Scrap 192 Public Bodies

A revolution is underway in Bromley. The average time that it takes for a leg ulcer to be treated and healed has been cut from 21 weeks to 5 weeks.… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: provide snippets of misleading advice for British tourists travelling abroad (plus Margaret Thatcher’s secret love poetry)

2 August 2014 9:30
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The recent challenge to unmask a secret poet among well-known figures from 20th-century history produced a postbag full of politician-bards, which included poignant lines from the pens of Edward Heath… Continue reading

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2nd August 1914 – my grandfather prepares for war

2 August 2014 8:00
WW1 Recruitment Posters To Be Auctioned

This week’s issue is dated 2 August. On that date 100 years ago, my great-grandfather, Norman Moore (always known as ‘NM’), went to Sunday Mass. ‘Father Ryan,’ he noted in… Continue reading

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Labour should stop whipping up fears about our prisons. They created Britain’s only recent prison crisis

1 August 2014 17:56
Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Wormwood Scrubs Prison And Makes A Speech On Criminal Justice

Sadiq Khan, the Shadow Justice Secretary, took to these pages earlier to claim that ‘This Government’s disastrous prisons policy is putting the public at risk.’ He’s been trying to claim… Continue reading

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