Watch: Gove tries not to burst out laughing when discussing Cameron’s pre-resignation

24 March 2015 0:43
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Who needs the Comedy Channel when you have Newsnight? The best part last night was watching Michael Gove who has been dispatched to try to make sense of David Cameron’s tragicomic pre-resignation. You… Continue reading


Revealed: Labour candidate’s joke about Oscar Pistorius shooting

23 March 2015 18:02
Oscar Pistorius at the Pretoria High Court. Photo: Alet Pretorius/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images

David Cameron is facing calls from Labour to discipline a local council candidate after they dressed as Oscar Pistorius for a costume party. Gregg Peers – who is standing for the Conservatives… Continue reading


Which Spectator columnist thinks Sarah Vine is both ‘an idiot’ and ‘a pox’?

23 March 2015 13:25

After Sarah Vine took Ed Miliband to task in an acerbic Daily Mail column for having a bare kitchen, the wife of Michael Gove received a grilling on the BBC’s This Week from… Continue reading


George Gissing: the last great Victorian novelist?

23 March 2015 12:26

George Gissing’s The Whirlpool was originally published in 1897. In this shortened version of the foreword to the new Penguin Classics edition, D.J. Taylor argues that its author is ‘the last great… Continue reading


Could the Tories do a deal with the SNP? (Yes they could)

23 March 2015 11:50
Prime Minister David Cameron And Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond Meet To Set Out Independence Referendum Deal

We have been here before, you know. Seven years ago Alex Salmond looked forward to the prospect of a hung parliament and spied an opportunity to ‘make Westminster dance to a… Continue reading


Ed Miliband’s brother bother is back

23 March 2015 11:44
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

Miliband finally got some good media coverage this weekend. Alas, it was David rather than Ed who was on the receiving end. The Labour leader’s brother was branded ‘Celebrity Big Brother’… Continue reading


How new technology is spreading superbugs

23 March 2015 11:33
Superbugs are always a step ahead of medicine

Normally I’m allergic to health scaremongering of any sort, especially if it uses government-funded studies to bolster its dire predictions. But here in America the subject of superbugs – microbes that have developed resistance… Continue reading


Edward Stourton just can’t stop bashing the bishop

22 March 2015 17:40

I’ll keep this brief, but can the BBC please replace Ed Stourton as presenter of Radio 4′s Sunday programme? He is an old Amplefordian from one of the great recusant families who,… Continue reading


Are the Tories already planning how to push through their next coalition?

21 March 2015 10:00
Temperatures Begin To Fall Across The UK

Are CCHQ already planning how to push through their next coalition? Mr S only asks as word reaches Steerpike that Conservative backbenchers have been urged to return to London immediately after the General… Continue reading


Spectator competition: female chauvinist pigs on men behaving badly (plus: when Damon Runyon met John Bunyan…)

21 March 2015 9:30

There are man-haters everywhere, it seems, from children’s telly to high culture. Charges of sexism have been levelled against the creators of the Daddy Pig character in Peppa Pig —… Continue reading


Keith O’Brien stripped of the rank of cardinal – an extraordinary disgrace for the Scottish Church

20 March 2015 18:08
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Keith O’Brien, former Cardinal Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, was today stripped of the rank of cardinal by Pope Francis. Technically he has resigned. But the statement above leaves us… Continue reading


Guardian appoints its first female editor

20 March 2015 17:18
The Guardian's new editor: Katharine Viner. Image: Getty

After months of speculation, the Guardian have appointed their new editor-in-chief and it is not a man. Katharine Viner, the Guardian US editor, will become the paper’s first female editor later… Continue reading


Breaking: Ukip not in crisis

20 March 2015 14:18
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After the Ukip MEP Janice Atkinson was suspended from her party following claims that a member of her staff tried to get a fake receipt to increase an expense claim, media pundits have… Continue reading


Jeremy Clarkson rants about BBC at charity event: ‘I didn’t foresee my sacking’

20 March 2015 7:16
Top Gear Live - Sydney Photo Call

Next week Lord Hall will read the BBC’s report into Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension from Top Gear and make a decision about Clarkson’s future. In light of this, Clarkson may well live to regret… Continue reading


The Guardian sponsors white tie ball at Cambridge University’s oldest college

19 March 2015 18:17

Last week the Green Party was forced to cancel a planned black tie fundraiser after their members complained that the champagne-fuelled event was at odds with what Natalie Bennett’s party was… Continue reading


Labour’s election chief in campaign struggle to hold onto his seat

19 March 2015 14:44
Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Douglas Alexander claimed this week that Facebook has made it difficult for politicians to campaign successfully. He said that Labour were struggling to win back voters in Scotland as a result of conspiracy theories being posted on… Continue reading


Game of Thrones: Charles Dance says Cameron not brave enough to be a Lannister

19 March 2015 13:43
Charles Dance says David Cameron wouldn't cut it as a member of House Lannister

After David Cameron was asked in a live Q&A this week who his favourite Game of Thrones character was, the Prime Minster replied Ned Stark – the heroic head of the Stark… Continue reading


Game of Thrones premiere at the Tower of London, review: the pride before the fall

19 March 2015 12:12
Aidan Gillen as Littlefinger and Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark

Television is in a golden age. Or at least so we are told. If you weren’t able to tell from the quality of the programming, the decadence of the parties… Continue reading


Did Vince Cable think he was presenting the Lib Dems’ budget?

19 March 2015 10:14

This morning Danny Alexander is scheduled to reveal the Liberal Democrats’ proposed alternative budget. Alas, Vince Cable appears to have missed the memo. Speaking about the budget on LBC yesterday, Cable claimed he would… Continue reading


Currency wars: John Major vs Zac Goldsmith

19 March 2015 9:51
Former Prime Minister John Major And Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Give Evidence At The Leveson Inquiry

Zac Goldsmith recently wrote in the Spectator that it was his father – not the Labour party – who had stopped Britain from joining the euro. The Conservative MP claimed his dad Sir James Goldsmith… Continue reading


Telescopes in contact lenses: a brilliant idea after the fiasco of Google Glass

18 March 2015 17:38
Meet 'the glasshole'

Yesterday at SXSW, the world’s grooviest ‘interactive festival’, the head of Google X – the company’s mysterious research lab – finally admitted it. Google Glass was one gigantic embarrassment. Or, as… Continue reading


Royal baby due at height of general election campaign

18 March 2015 16:37
Prince George Of Cambridge First Birthday

Two of the biggest media circuses are set to collide. The 2013 press storm that greeted the arrival of Prince George looks likely to return when the Duchess of Cambridge gives birth… Continue reading


Wolf Hall gets an American makeover

18 March 2015 13:36
Hilary Mantel is the author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall documents the rise of Thomas Cromwell, one of history’s most famous anti-heroes. Chronicling Henry VIII’s ill-fated marriage to Anne Boleyn, it is just one of many accounts of life in Tudor times under Henry… Continue reading


Andy Burnham burnishes his foreign policy credentials

18 March 2015 10:41
A big thumbs-up for Andy Burnham's foreign policy credentials (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

If Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham’s future leadership aspirations were ever in doubt, then take a look at his reaction to the news of Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election as Prime Minister of… Continue reading


Hangover? Try chewing on a deep-fried canary

18 March 2015 10:00
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For hardened drinkers, looking for the perfect hangover cure is like the search for the fountain of youth. To drink and drink without any consequences is the stuff of fantasy… Continue reading