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The Mozilla controversy suggests that the sexual revolution is getting ugly

4 April 2014 11:04
Equality campaigners have stormed the Bastille. It would be tragic if they built new Bastilles in its place.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

If you’re reading this on Firefox, you can rest assured that your custom is not going towards any hateful, disgusting, evil people who might disagree with you on something. Not… Continue reading

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We get the message: smoking is bad for you. Now leave fag packets alone

3 April 2014 23:31
Caught Smoking

What form do you reckon the government’s consultation on cigarette packaging is going to take? Given that health minister Jane Ellison has said that the government’s intention is clear and… Continue reading

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Powder Her Face: Amanda Roocroft would never give a random bell-boy a blowjob

3 April 2014 18:44
Amanda Roocroft. Photo: Richard Hubert-Smith

Before we talk fellatio, let me get the boring, snide observations out of the way. It’s great to see the ENO experimenting with space etc – exploring ‘new’ venues, going… Continue reading

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Tom Watson and Alex Marunchak keep it civil at the Savile

3 April 2014 17:23
James Murdoch Faces Calls To Stand Down As Chairman Of BSkyB At Their AGM

The potential for brouhaha lurks on any party guest list; but the stakes are not often as high as they were last night at the Savile Club, where hacks and… Continue reading

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Hurrah for National Tweed Day!

3 April 2014 14:27
The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay on a trip to Harris Image: Brighter Still/PA Wire

As I’m sure many of you will be aware, today is a very important day: National Tweed Day. To be honest, I don’t quite understand why they chose the first… Continue reading

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We need to know the truth about Gerry Adams’s alleged involvement in the ‘disappearance’ of Jean McConville

3 April 2014 11:44
Gerry Adams has said that he is willing to help the police with their inquiries into the 'disappearance' of Jean McConville. It would be good if the police took up his offer. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Readers will know that I am interested in the subject of post-Good Friday agreement ‘justice’ in Northern Ireland. Having been one of the few people to have followed the possibilities… Continue reading

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The Scottish Tories have a chance to make themselves relevant at last. Will they be bold enough to take it?

3 April 2014 10:02
Scotland Prepares For The Independence Vote

Like everyone else, I’ve often been mean about the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party. I recall suggesting they were the worst, most useless political party in the world. Fushionless and… Continue reading

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A short history of ‘conscious uncoupling’

3 April 2014 9:49
The Spectator, covering 'conscious uncoupling' since 1828.

There have been some rocky relationships in the news this year. As well as Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s conscious uncoupling, world leaders have also had problems. Vladimir Putin’s divorce… Continue reading

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The major parties don’t get UKIP, and neither does the BBC

3 April 2014 9:35
farage2

So, in the second debate between Nigel Farage and Nick Clegg the UKIP leader won by 69% to 31%, according to the post-debate polls. That, you would think, should be… Continue reading

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How I learned to love T20

2 April 2014 17:29
Holland bowler Mudassar Bukhari celebrates the wicket of England's Michael Lumb. Photo: AFP / GETTY IMAGES

Cricket snobs will tell you that Twenty20, with its dancing girls, booming pop music and illuminated bails, is nothing but a glorified piss up for people with short attention spans.… Continue reading

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Russell Crowe and Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ is thoroughly weird

2 April 2014 14:30
'Noah' is a thoroughly weird take on the Old Testament. [Image: PARAMOUNT PICTURES / THE KOBAL COLLECTION ]

The Archbishop of Canterbury has had himself photographed with Russell Crowe, after attending the screening of Noah in which Russell C has the title role. ‘A great visit…impressive,’ he tweeted… Continue reading

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Who will rid us of George Galloway?

2 April 2014 14:16
British politician George Galloway celeb

Nothing George Galloway says or does should surprise anyone any longer. Even so, his latest musings on the situation in Ukraine – delivered on the Iranian propaganda channel Press TV - are… Continue reading

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Eggcellent openings in Westminster

2 April 2014 11:45
Mr S could have been an Ukrainian egg decorator, but he didn't have the minimum PTTLS. (DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/GettyImages)

Westminster City Council is advertising the role (offered by the Westminster Adult Education Service) of tutor in ‘Ukrainian egg decoration’ – at £25 an hour. Anyone who thinks that the job… Continue reading

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Does Andrew Davies prefer Kevin Spacey’s version of ‘House of Cards’ to his own?

2 April 2014 11:07
(Image: MEDIA RIGHTS CAPITAL / THE KOBAL COLLECTION)

It sounds like the screenwriter of the original House of Cards prefers the US version, although, of course, he couldn’t possibly comment. Andrew Davies, who adapted the BBC version from… Continue reading

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Farewell, then, Nuts magazine

2 April 2014 9:09
nuts

It looks like Nuts may be about to close, ten years after the lad’s mag was launched with great fanfare. Although it came to epitomise in some people’s minds the objectification of… Continue reading

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Remember what really bad, racist TV looked like? I give you London Live

1 April 2014 19:27
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So Lebedev’s London Live has launched. And I don’t know about you but I’m hooked. I’d totally forgotten what really bad TV looked like. It’s as if the chief execs… Continue reading

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Why not fine those who waste the NHS’s resources?

1 April 2014 16:07
Image: Getty

What do I want from the budget, I was asked. So I had a think. One plea was for no more pasty taxes, which I argued distracted from the more… Continue reading

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At last, Britain is investigating the Muslim Brotherhood

1 April 2014 15:23
Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood march in Egypt. (MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP/Getty Images)

The UK government has announced a long-overdue investigation into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK. I am delighted. Why Britain should continue to act as an Argentina-like… Continue reading

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We should mourn the passing of Nuts magazine. Yes, seriously

1 April 2014 12:41
nuts

If I had a fourteen-year-old son, I’d be pretty disturbed by the news that Nuts magazine might fold. Fortunately, I don’t, and in all likelihood, I won’t have a fourteen-old-son… Continue reading

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Want a market in higher education? Here’s how

1 April 2014 12:03
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke Addresses MIT Graduates

Ed Miliband is mooting a tuition fees cut, to a maximum of £6,000 a year according to reports. I graduate in 2016. If Labour wins the next election, I’ll be… Continue reading

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Tory fingers point at Michael Fallon over Royal Mail debacle

1 April 2014 11:59
Michael Fallon (second right) at the launch of Royal Mail Plc last year. (Image: Royal Mail Group/Getty Images)

It’s not just Vince Cable who is getting it in the neck today for the scathing report into the sell-off of the Royal Mail. Michael Fallon is copping his share… Continue reading

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Opera tickets are too cheap

31 March 2014 17:55
Eva-Maria Westbroek as Anna. Photo: Bill Cooper/Royal Opera House

A revival of Anna Nicole will open the Royal Opera House new season, it was announced today. And students will be able to get in for £1, tweeted Kasper Holten proudly.… Continue reading

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They’re not all made of money on ‘Made in Chelsea’

31 March 2014 17:34
Made In Chelsea Perfume Launch - Arrivals

With the new season of Made in Chelsea set to air in on Channel 4 next week, I hear that all is not well in SW3. Extras and cast members… Continue reading

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The Crisis at Index on Censorship

31 March 2014 17:13
Demonstration Outside Houses Of Parliament As MPs Debate Lobbying Bill

Index on Censorship, once home to the most important defenders of free speech in Britain, is falling apart. Seventeen full-time staff members in place when Kirsty Hughes, a former European… Continue reading

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The state is the worst wicked stepmother of all

31 March 2014 16:22
Cinderella in tears, flanked by her two step-sisters. (Image: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

What a fantastically stupid idea, I thought, reading the paper this morning.  ‘Parents who fail to show love and affection towards their children could be sent to prison for up… Continue reading

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