The footprint of Britain’s immigrants – and emigrants – is important

26 February 2015 14:46
(Photo: Shaun Curry/Getty)

Half a million people. That’s quite a lot, isn’t it? I mean, half a million here, half a million there, why, soon you’re talking a million, which is even more… Continue reading


Jon Snow’s right: skunk is dangerous, but it’s impossible to buy anything else

26 February 2015 13:49

Next Tuesday Channel 4 will air their pseudo-scientific ‘Jon Snow stoned’ show The Cannabis Trials (or Drugs and How Not To Enjoy Them). Presumably intended to reignite national conversation about… Continue reading


Single snowdrop sells for £1,390: welcome to galanthomania

26 February 2015 13:41
Galanthus plicatus 'Golden Fleece'

Have you heard of galanthomania? It’s an affliction that can rob people of their money – and, it seems, their senses. They’re so desperate to get hold of some small… Continue reading


Guardian hustings bode well for external candidates

26 February 2015 11:18
Janine Gibson, editor of the Guardian website, hosts an event with her departing editor Alan Rusbridger

Yesterday the four internal candidates vying to succeed Alan Rusbridger as the Guardian editor-in-chief took part in hustings for the role ahead of a staff ballot, which will see one… Continue reading


Anna Soubry’s choice of words raises eyebrows

25 February 2015 17:06
Anna Soubry arriving in Downing Street on reshuffle day. Picture: PA

After Inside the Commons drew to a close last night, a new row involving the House of Commons documentary developed. Reports have emerged claiming that in unused footage an MP was… Continue reading


Is London Calling for Dan Snow? The Clash of the classes kicks off in Kensington

25 February 2015 16:00
Dan Snow has been tipped for the seat in Kensington (Photo: Getty)

Following news that the Tories are apparently hoping telegenic posho historian Dan Snow will stand in Kensington, class war looks to be coming to the streets of the Royal Borough. Ian Bone, the publisher of revolutionary… Continue reading


Boris boards plane with mysterious blonde

25 February 2015 12:37
Boris was on best behaviour during a trade tour to America (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

Boris Johnson was on best behaviour during a recent trade trip to the USA. But the minute his top aides left his side, out came the Mayor’s famous charm. While waiting for a flight back to… Continue reading


When did it become OK for the police to electrocute children?

25 February 2015 11:23
(FILES) A file picture taken on December

Hard as it may be to imagine, dear reader, once upon a time the police managed to fulfil their obligations to society without resorting to electrocuting children. The sky did not… Continue reading


As a doctor, I’d rather have HIV than diabetes

25 February 2015 10:43
World AIDS Day Preparations

‘There is now a deadly virus, which anyone can catch from sex with an infected person. If we’re not careful, the people who’ve died so far, will be just the… Continue reading


Paul Foot Award 2014: Private Eye wades in on HSBC scandal

25 February 2015 10:34
British journalist and editor of Private

Mr S was a guest at last night’s Paul Foot Award, the investigative journalism prize co-hosted by the Guardian and Private Eye. While Alan Rusbridger was unable to attend the Piccadilly… Continue reading


House of Cards creator reveals rift with BBC over ‘insensitive’ Margaret Thatcher plot

25 February 2015 8:30
Netflix's "House Of Cards" Washington DC Screening

The third series of the American adaptation of House of Cards, which stars Kevin Spacey, will see the programme go in a different direction to the political trilogy on which… Continue reading


To be ‘groomed’ is to gain instant victim status

24 February 2015 16:01
CCTV footage of two of the girls at Gatwick airport (Photo: PA)

A minor point, I suppose, but one worth noting. It was stated on the BBC and in the liberal press that these three girls who have scuttled off to Syria… Continue reading


Kirstie Allsopp comes to Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s defence

24 February 2015 12:21
Keep Britain Tidy - Photocall

Sir Malcolm Rifkind’s decision to stand down as the MP for Kensington at the next election after a ‘cash for access’ sting hasn’t pleased everyone. In fact the good people of… Continue reading


Want to stop nice British girls going to Syria? Then show them the X-rated ‘Joy of Jihad’

23 February 2015 18:15

I’m with Rod on the wannabe jihadi brides going to Syria.  The whole official approach demonstrated by the BBC et al is just the same as the government-sponsored videos that… Continue reading


Ed Miliband attempts to build bridges with the arts world, but where will the money come from?

23 February 2015 17:36
Labour Leader Ed Miliband Visits Northern Ireland

After Labour confirmed that they would not reverse Tory art cuts, the luvvies turned on Ed. During a spending plans onslaught from the Tories earlier in the year, the party… Continue reading


Lord Brocket: Eddie Redmayne gives hope to Old Etonians

23 February 2015 17:23

Chris Bryant found time to congratulate Eddie Redmayne on his best actor Oscar today despite previously claiming that British culture should not be dominated by privately educated actors of Redmayne’s ilk. While the… Continue reading


Forget lobbying, the real scandal is that MPs don’t have enough to do and aren’t paid enough

23 February 2015 16:48
Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind. Photo: PA.

I am sorry to hear about Malcolm Rifkind, though less sorry to hear about Jack Straw, whose ‘outside interests’ I have had cause to write about here before. How often… Continue reading


The crisis of masculinity won’t be solved with antidepressants

23 February 2015 15:50

There was much discussion recently about the rise in male suicide rates, after official figures published last week showed they were at their highest level since 2001. But one aspect of… Continue reading


Only a matter of free time: Labour candidate blasts ‘invisible’ MP Sir Malcolm Rifkind

23 February 2015 15:17
The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

Sir Malcolm Rifkind claimed to an undercover reporter during a Telegraph sting operation that they would be surprised by how ‘much free time’ he has, despite being the MP for Kensington. One person… Continue reading


Guardian editors-in-waiting make their cases: ‘Wolfgang Blau is not a woman’

23 February 2015 12:24
David Miranda questioned

The statements are in. The four Guardian employees to make it to the staff ballot in their bid to become the publication’s next editor have released their manifestos, and there are some startling declarations.… Continue reading


Oscars 2015: Neil Patrick Harris took it too far

23 February 2015 10:23
Eddie Redmayne accepts his award from Cate Blanchett
Picture: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Birdman soared past longtime favourite Boyhood at the 87th Academy Awards, as Alejandro González Iñárritu’s hilarious Hollywood satire unexpectedly took both of the top prizes – best picture and director… Continue reading


Should we actually be worried about the Syria-bound schoolgirls?

23 February 2015 9:42
A photo of Shamima Begum, one of the missing schoolgirls (Photo: Laura Lean/Getty)

Are you terribly worried about those three London ‘schoolgirls’ who have gone off to fight for the Islamic State in Syria? I must admit I haven’t lost an awful lot… Continue reading


I’ve received a mystifying marriage proposal

22 February 2015 9:53

I have had many proposals of marriage recently via the internet, most of them coming from young ladies in Nigeria, Ghana, the DRC and so on. Some of them haven’t… Continue reading


Spectator competition: ‘Shall I compare thee to a camembert?’ — new ways with Sonnet 18 (plus acrostic poets)

21 February 2015 9:30
Image: Getty

The challenge to put a fresh spin on Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 was the most popular competition for ages. The brief was to replace ‘summer’s day’ with a trisyllable of your… Continue reading


Ruth Davidson’s Blue-collar Conservatism subtly rebukes David Cameron

20 February 2015 18:49
David Cameron and Ruth Davidson MSP, leader of the Scottish Conservatives

Today’s Scottish Conservative conference in Edinburgh proved unexpectedly interesting. No, really. Or, rather, yes, really. Or whatever. David Cameron spoke, you see, and so did Ruth Davidson and they said… Continue reading