More big changes expected at the BBC

22 July 2014 14:05
Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

Mr S hears that the race to succeed Paxo came down to two candidates: the PM programme’s Eddie Mair and Today’s Evan Davis. Davis’s move frees up the morning slot… Continue reading


Celebrating diversity means imposing misogyny

22 July 2014 13:55
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People talk about their commitment to equality and diversity so readily they must assume there is no conflict between the two. The phrase falls off the tongue as if it… Continue reading


Britain has let Islamists run riot – as today’s report into the ‘Trojan horse’ plot reveals

22 July 2014 13:09

Peter Clarke, a former counter-terror chief, has published a report today which reveals that an ‘aggressive Islamist agenda’ was pursued in ‘Trojan horse’ schools in Birmingham. He has found evidence of a… Continue reading


Hopeless in Gaza; Israel’s tragically futile war

22 July 2014 12:05

Travelling back from holiday yesterday we had Jeremy Vine’s show on the car radio and the Radio 2 man was talking about the fighting in Gaza and as is often… Continue reading


Priti Patel ‘totally up for it’

22 July 2014 11:14
Prime Minister David Cameron Announces His New Cabinet

Priti Patel, poster girl for the next generation of the Tory right, will be a key face on the airwaves come election time. When the PM offered her a job last… Continue reading


Nicky Morgan hides in office as civil servant sacks Gove’s special advisers

21 July 2014 16:59
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New Education Secretary Nicky Morgan wasted no time in stamping her mark on her department – sacking all three of Michael Gove’s special advisers on Friday morning. Friends tell Mr… Continue reading


Your finger nails could hold the answer to your health problems

21 July 2014 16:04
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Eighteen hundred years ago, Romano-Britons with a variety of medical conditions would have visited the healing temple at Lydney Park in Gloucestershire, with some of them drinking the iron-rich waters… Continue reading

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Stephen Dorrell: The NHS still has plenty to learn

21 July 2014 15:11
A celebration of the NHS during the Olympic Opening Ceremony in 2012. Image: Getty

If anyone thought Stephen Dorrell would take a break from talking about health after standing down as chairman of the House of Commons health select committee, they were quite wrong. The… Continue reading


Tony Blair — the unloved one

21 July 2014 13:22
The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

Tony Blair, international superstar, has jetted into London to deliver the inaugural Philip Gould Memorial Lecture at Progress, a think tank. The speech would have enraged the likes of Len… Continue reading


It’s Evan Davis for Newsnight

21 July 2014 10:58
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With the BBC set to make a formal announcement about Jeremy Paxman’s replacement at Newsnight imminently, tweets from BBC staff revealing the news were hurriedly deleted. Not quite all of… Continue reading


Can you help Owen Paterson?

21 July 2014 8:04
Out for revenge? Former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson. Image: Getty

Mr S was sipping his breakfast tea when he saw this plea from deposed Cabinet minister Owen Paterson: I’m looking for someone to run my new office, but I seem… Continue reading


We’re more likely to get assisted suicide with a Labour government

20 July 2014 13:36

A doctor friend told me the other day that when he was taking a patient through her care programme plan – it’s now required for elderly and terminally ill patients… Continue reading


Sorry Dave, it’s Boris and Farage for Charlie Brooks

19 July 2014 18:58
Charlie Brooks. Image: Getty

The other darling of the CLA Game Fair — alongside former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson — was Charlie Brooks (aka Mr Rebekah Wade), who appears to be back on the country scene… Continue reading


London’s pro-Palestine rally was a disgusting anti-Semitic spectacle

19 July 2014 16:33
Protesters display placards and banners as they take part in a demonstration against Israeli airstrikes in Gaza in central London on July 19, 2014. Image: CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of anti-Semites have today succeeded in bringing central London to an almost total standstill. They marched though the centre of the city before congregating to scream outside the Israeli… Continue reading


Spectator competition: craft a voter-repelling party political broadcast (plus James Joyce and co. give Phil Neville a masterclass in football commentary)

19 July 2014 9:30
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Unkind comparisons were drawn, after his commentary debut, between Phil Neville’s style and a speak-your-weight machine. One Twitter user speculated, when the England physio was stretchered off injured, that it… Continue reading


No love for Liz Truss at country day out

18 July 2014 16:15
PopulOwen Paterson. Image: Getty

Sacked Environment Secretary Owen Paterson was the darling of the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace today. A steady trickle of well wishers queued, as if at a wake, to… Continue reading


Why won’t suspected terrorist John Downey be tried?

18 July 2014 14:57
Alleged Hyde Park bomber John Downey. Image: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

The Hallett Review was published yesterday. This is the review ordered by the Prime Minister in February after the collapse of the trial of John Downey. Readers will remember that… Continue reading


Forget about Assisted Dying: what about Assisted Living?

18 July 2014 8:55

By the time most readers see this, the House of Lords will have formed a view about Assisted Dying. Some Anglican bishops have got wonderfully on-the-one-hand/on-the-other about it. They seem… Continue reading


Labour shadow minister attacks reshuffle women

17 July 2014 13:04
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There’s something wonderfully ironic about a Labour party that boasts about decency in politics yet has a frontbencher who tweets things like this: Bravo to Helen Goodman, Labour’s Shadow Culture,… Continue reading


Gilbert and George have lost their bottom over the burka

17 July 2014 12:52
Gilbert and George have not engaged in equal-opportunity blasphemy.  Not by a long shot. (JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Let’s brood, shall we, on the following report in the Evening Standard about an exciting new departure by the winsome duo, Gilbert and George, on the back of their new… Continue reading


Weak David Cameron is more ‘Borgen’ than ‘Game of Thrones’

17 July 2014 11:01
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I don’t know if David Cameron was trying to tell us something about Michael Gove’s prospects as chief whip by comparing him to the Hand of the King in Game… Continue reading


Warning to all fasting Muslims!

17 July 2014 9:49
Drink water, say the public health officials.

Are all of Britain’s fasting Muslims about to die because of the heatwave? This is what’s worrying me as I sit in my darkened room — curtains drawn and lights… Continue reading


Liz Truss is no friend of Mr Badger

17 July 2014 9:11
Liz Truss

What some people seem to forget is that Owen Paterson wasn’t (and Liz Truss isn’t) just Environment Secretary. As well as having responsibility for the environment, the role also covers… Continue reading


How to beat Alzheimer’s

16 July 2014 16:24
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British scientists have identified a set of proteins in the blood which can predict, with 87 per cent accuracy, the start of dementia. Symptoms, apparently, take about ten years to appear after the actual start… Continue reading


Mrs Gove goes on the warpath, as Michael plots his media career

16 July 2014 11:16
Prime Minister David Cameron Announces His New Cabinet

Well, Michael Gove’s wife, Sarah Vine, has made her views clear: tweeting that the reshuffle was ‘a shabby day’s work which Cameron will live to regret’. Crikey. Talk about ‘stand… Continue reading