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Good riddance to rhetoric

25 September 2014 16:32
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Autumn is here, and so the political classes celebrate the return of Any Questions and Question Time. (The Dimbleby is the only species that hibernates during the summer.) This year,… Continue reading

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Why are we paying more benefits to Islamist preachers than our own soldiers?

25 September 2014 14:27
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‘We need new laws’ is a phrase most often heard from people who haven’t much bothered to investigate whether laws which are already on the books can be used. For… Continue reading

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Beware: Scottish Labour is a zombie party and the undead still walk

25 September 2014 12:38
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David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, is not often granted much respect. He is not a natural television performer, which does not help. He is a Scottish Conservative,… Continue reading

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Can the Game of Thrones option save the UK?

25 September 2014 11:12
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I’ve been in Turkey the past week, which as anyone will tell you is the friendliest and most beautiful of countries, and a kinder and more welcoming people you will… Continue reading

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Anything Bill can do, Ed can do too

24 September 2014 20:28
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The hall may have been half empty during his speech, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said lots of nice things about Ed Miliband during the closing session of Labour… Continue reading

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It’s up to each woman to decide whether the pill’s benefits are worth the risks

24 September 2014 15:43
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According to a new paper published in the journal Cancer Research women taking combined oral contraceptive pills (COCP) have a 50 per cent increased risk of developing breast cancer. Frightening stuff – or… Continue reading

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Paxo to Channel 4

24 September 2014 11:28
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Poor Jon Snow. The veteran presenter has some serious competition from the latest BBC defection to Channel 4; it’s the big one. After months of speculation about his future, and… Continue reading

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The Scottish Catholic bishops and the Nationalists: a scandal is coming to light

23 September 2014 19:47
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Professor Tom Gallagher, a Scottish Catholic historian, wrote a post here yesterday accusing the Catholic hierarchy of Scotland of covertly supporting the Yes campaign. Now there are two pieces of… Continue reading

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Are Syria air strikes legal? Perhaps not, but why should we care?

23 September 2014 19:00
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‘Are Syria air strikes legal?’ asks the BBC as part of its lead story today. The answer is that nobody is very sure. But personally I do wonder: ‘Why should we even… Continue reading

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My dyslexia means I can’t spell, but I can be a spy

23 September 2014 16:01
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Apparently, I’d make a good spy. I may not be discreet or fluent in Russian, but I do have one rare quality that GCHQ prizes: I’m dyslexic. The intelligence agency… Continue reading

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The Disappearance of Michel Houellebecq: French chin-stroking at its very best

23 September 2014 14:59
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Just when you thought Bernard-Henri Lévy had taken a chin-stroking national stereotype as far as it could possibly go, you open Le Monde‘s business pages and see this. Bernard Maris,… Continue reading

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The Yes movement slowly moves through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief

23 September 2014 13:38
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No-one has died. No-one has been stabbed. Someone, I suppose, may have been punched. So let’s retain some sense of perspective as we consider and try to make sense of… Continue reading

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By all means protest against Exhibit B, but do not withdraw it

23 September 2014 13:20
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Having met with an equal mix of critical acclaim and revulsion at the Edinburgh Festival, Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B – based on the ‘human zoos’ and ethnographic displays of the… Continue reading

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Why shooting Wigmore Hall was the kindest thing to do

23 September 2014 12:01
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On Saturday, the Daily Mirror published a front-page photograph of the racehorse Wigmore Hall with a gun to his head, about to be put down, having broken its leg. Unsurprisingly,… Continue reading

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Justine Thornton becomes Justine Miliband for Labour campaign

23 September 2014 10:53
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Having spent four years sticking to a wave at the end of conference and the odd photograph together with her husband, Justine Thornton has burst onto centre stage at Labour’s… Continue reading

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The Spectator: defending drunkenness since 1828

23 September 2014 10:51
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University terms are getting started and this year’s Freshers may be glad to read that The Spectator has always staunchly supported the right to get drunk. In the late 19th… Continue reading

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Shadow ministerial munchies

23 September 2014 10:07
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Fancy a cheeky chew on Chuka, a bite of Balls or a munch on Miliband? At last night’s Sky party at Labour conference, the Shadow Cabinet were out in force… Continue reading

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Stop blaming doctors for antibiotic abuse

22 September 2014 16:01
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According to the World Health Organisation’s latest report into antibiotic resistance we are facing a ‘problem so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine… A post-antibiotic era, in… Continue reading

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Esther McVey dodges White Dee debate

22 September 2014 15:00
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Upon leaving the Celebrity Big Brother house, Benefits Street star and Spectator contributor White Dee – also known as Deirdre Kelly – threatened to give ‘David Cameron a run for… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: Ed Balls wounds journalist at bloody football match

21 September 2014 17:46
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Ed Balls playing football each year at Labour conference is almost as big as Ed Balls Day. The Shadow Chancellor always participates enthusiastically in the annual hacks vs MPs match.… Continue reading

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Nine natural ways to keep your teeth white

21 September 2014 15:43
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Smile! There are ways you can help your teeth to remain dazzling and healthy without paying to have them whitened: Cut down on dark drinks. Avoid too much red wine,… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: poets’ selfies (plus: liven up something mundane with a dose of magic realism)

21 September 2014 15:09
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The latest challenge, to compose a poet’s elegy for him or herself, took you down a path trod by poor Chidiock Tichborne. He wrote his own elegy, the poignant ‘Tichborne’s… Continue reading

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Does Pope Francis believe in the Rapture?

20 September 2014 22:31
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Yesterday Pope Francis preached one of the most extraordinary sermons ever delivered by a pope, one that demonstrates the laziness of those commentators who think he is a typical Latin American… Continue reading

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Anna Nicole is a masterpiece

20 September 2014 19:18
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It isn’t often that you can say you’ve seen an opera not only of but about our times. But Anna Nicole – which I saw Thursday night at the Royal Opera… Continue reading

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The left cannot be an anti-English movement.

19 September 2014 16:48
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  During the referendum campaign nothing astonished me and Labour campaigners more than left wing English intellectuals embracing Scottish nationalism. It was not that they did not have the right… Continue reading

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