Some gay people are right-wing. Get over it!

25 June 2015 13:33
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Is being gay ‘left-wing’?  You wouldn’t have thought so.  If being gay is something which some people just are then there is no obvious reason why gays should not be… Continue reading


Nick Clegg: I couldn’t get hold of Charles Kennedy before his death

25 June 2015 9:58

Nick Clegg appeared on LBC this morning to take part in his first interview since his party’s defeat at the polls. With the host Nick Ferrari taking questions from listeners,… Continue reading


In the footsteps of Marco Polo: the journey that changed William Dalrymple’s life

24 June 2015 17:23
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This is the introduction to the 25th anniversary edition of William Dalrymple’s first book, In Xanadu: A Quest At the end of the windy, rainy April of 1986, towards the end of my… Continue reading


Mrs Clooney causes a stir in Westminster

24 June 2015 12:06
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Amal Clooney has been giving Westminster an unusual touch of glamour this week, with the world’s most famous female barrister putting them away in the Red Lion pub on Monday… Continue reading


Boris Johnson has his ‘Joe Biden moment’ at LBC debate

24 June 2015 11:15

Last night Boris Johnson took part in his final State of London debate with LBC host Nick Ferrari, before he finishes in his role as Mayor of London and focuses on… Continue reading


Michael Gove defends his grammar rules

23 June 2015 18:12
Michael Gove Is Sworn In As Lord Chancellor

Lord Chancellor Michael Gove was criticised over the weekend for issuing a set of grammar rules for civil servants. The list, which appeared on the Ministry of Justice intranet, warned staff to… Continue reading


The world belongs to Taylor Swift now. There will be no free-trial period

23 June 2015 17:46
Shake it out and rake it in (Photo: Getty)

All hail Taylor Swift. How she must give baby boomers the fear. Not just baby boomers. Also those who came next, the Generation Xers, who seemed to define themselves culturally… Continue reading


A British policeman shouldn’t take orders from a radical Islamist preacher

23 June 2015 16:58

Each year Anjem Choudary earns more in benefits than a soldier does starting off in our armed forces. This is a fact I never tire of pointing out – especially… Continue reading


Rachel Johnson lifts the lid on Newsnight

23 June 2015 14:28
Bell Pottinger Summer Party

Rachel Johnson has never been shy of using her Notting Hill neighbours as a source of ‘inspiration’ for her series of chick-lit Notting Hell books. Her latest book Fresh Hell is no exception.… Continue reading


The new head of the Berlin Philharmonic was no-one’s first choice

23 June 2015 12:56
The new chief conductor of the Berlin Phil, Kirill Petrenko. Photo: Getty

Let’s face facts. Kirill Petrenko was no-one’s first choice as music director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. His name came into the reckoning only after 124 orchestra members split fatally… Continue reading


Students worrying about ‘value for money’ miss the point of an arts degree

23 June 2015 12:05
The point of an arts degree is the time it gives you to pursue other hobbies (Photo: Getty)

University towns are already awash with fur-trimmed gowns and proud parents, but behind the smiles there’s a glimmer of resentment: four in 10 of those graduating this year think they’ve… Continue reading


Nigel Farage slips into the background at charity cricket match

22 June 2015 18:42

With taxpayers currently facing the prospect of a £3 billion bill in order to stop Parliament turning into a ‘ruin’, perhaps it’s time the Speaker took a note out of Baroness Benjamin’s… Continue reading


A trip to Greece might make Charlotte Church fear national debt

22 June 2015 17:11
People's Assembly Against Austerity Hold Demonstration And Festival

It is amazing what some people are willing to listen to on a Saturday.  I have just watched Charlotte Church’s speech to the small fringe of ‘anti-austerity’ activists in Westminster… Continue reading


Miliband welcomed back to Twitter

22 June 2015 16:11
Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Ed Miliband is clearly struggling to find his place in a post Ed Miliband world. Despite MPs from his own party suggesting the former Labour leader was ‘hanging around like an… Continue reading


Cameron has created a socialist utopia for pensioners

22 June 2015 12:33
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On the radio this morning, a campaigner from the Child Poverty Action Group had an ‘emperor’s new clothes’ moment. Why not, she said, treat the young like the old. If… Continue reading


Charlotte Church takes her anti-austerity message to Glastonbury

22 June 2015 11:08

Last week festival goers were disappointed to learn that Foo Fighters had cancelled their headline slot at Glastonbury. While bookies were quick to offer odds on the different musical giants who… Continue reading


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


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


War of words: Louise Mensch vs Peter Hitchens (or could it be Steerpike?)

19 June 2015 15:07
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While Mr S is used to reporting from the sideline on Twitter wars, he tends to refrain from taking part in them. So Steerpike was amused to find himself in… Continue reading


Sajid does funny — and Suzanne avoids the hacks

19 June 2015 13:50
Sajid Javid and Suzanne Evans.

Last night’s Institute of Economic Affairs sixtieth birthday bash may have had Sajid Javid as their big name keynote speaker but it was another politician on the guest list at… Continue reading


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


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


It has to be Liz Kendall, doesn’t it?

18 June 2015 16:44

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


Coffee Shots: Introducing ‘ISIS Schools’

18 June 2015 14:04

Earlier this week the chief inspector of schools Sir Michael Wilshaw warned that schools needed to show Muslim pupils that they are valued by society in order to stop them running off… Continue reading


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

18 June 2015 11:23
honor is jihad

‘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