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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Hangover? Try chewing on a deep-fried canary

18 March 2015 10:00
A poor fried canary, visualised by thechive.com

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

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Wanted: Nigel Farage lookalike

18 March 2015 10:00
Mr S's pick of the political lookalikes (Pictures: Susan Scott Agency)

As the election approaches, politicians will find their diaries packed with various events. It’s an equally busy time for those born with the gift of looking like a politician. ‘I’m… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage: I’ve no doubt my health will have failed by 2020

18 March 2015 8:00
United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage addresses attendees during a 'Homes for Britain' rally at Methodist Central Hall on March 17, 2015 in London, England.

After Mr S revealed the strict door policy for the launch of Nigel Farage’s new book The Purple Revolution at the Blue Boar in Westminster, the impromptu drinks affair was… Continue reading

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Solved at last: the mystery of David Cameron’s generous waistline

18 March 2015 0:00
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Why is the Prime Minister inviting everyone into his kitchen, asks Isabel Hardman. Good question. Doesn’t he realise that for those of us fascinated by Dave’s struggles with his waistline, a… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg has damaged Britain’s counter-extremism strategies

17 March 2015 19:04
(Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty)

There is some fuss around the publication delay on the government’s review into the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood in the UK.  But why the fuss?  After all, if other… Continue reading

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The children of migrants are just as British as anyone else

17 March 2015 18:05
An unhappy young person. Image: Getty

I long ago accepted that the Conservative party has lost its mind on immigration but until recently I still hoped it retained its decency. Alas, such charity seems ever more… Continue reading

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A phone used to be a helpline. Now it’s a device used to film people in distress

17 March 2015 17:14
phone

A pal recently told me a story. It was about a friend of theirs who had been travelling on a train last summer, one of those old fashioned trains, with the… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: David Cameron shows off his well-stocked kitchen

17 March 2015 15:15
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Sarah Vine criticised Ed Miliband in the Daily Mail after the Labour leader posed with his wife Justine in a bare kitchen for a BBC interview. Although the ‘forlorn little kitchen’ turned out to just be… Continue reading

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Who wants to help crowdfund my new Dolce and Gabbana suit?

17 March 2015 13:07
Net-a-Porter and Mr Porter Host A Party For Dolce & Gabbana

Fancy a bit of crowdfunding? My wife has insisted that I buy myself a new suit, as I lost weight and none of my suits fit me and the newest… Continue reading

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Michael Dugher blasts Jeremy Clarkson following Top Gear incident

17 March 2015 12:22
Michael Dugher

David Cameron came out in support for his old chum Jeremy Clarkson last week after he was suspended from Top Gear for allegedly punching a producer. Members of the opposition, however, appear to be… Continue reading

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Whatever happened to Nigel Farage, the defender of free speech?

17 March 2015 12:04
The Conservative Party Annual Conference

Once upon a time there was a libertarian champion, who led a self-styled ‘People’s Army’. He stood up to ‘political correctness’ and was famed for his outspoken views that often… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s question for the SNP: ‘Do you feel lucky, punks?’

17 March 2015 11:42
Day Two - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

I’ve written for the Scottish Daily Mail about Ed Miliband’s decision to rule out a coalition with the SNP no-one was seeking. It makes, I am almost embarrassed to say,… Continue reading

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Mark Gatiss: I based Sherlock’s Mycroft on Peter Mandelson

17 March 2015 10:03
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In the BBC’s Sherlock, Mark Gatiss plays Sherlock Holmes’s sly older brother Mycroft. Now the actor has revealed in an interview with the Radio Times that the person who inspired… Continue reading

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Lib Dems are promising to revolutionise mental health care. This is opportunism, pure and simple

16 March 2015 17:40
Lib Dem health

Given their record in government, any sane person would regard a pledge by the Liberal Democrats with a healthy dose of cynicism. Their latest hobby-horse is mental health; it has… Continue reading

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‘Magna Carta Unification Event’ at the British Library: a magna balls-up

16 March 2015 17:38
United for the first time in history: the original surviving Magna Carta manuscripts at the British Library. Photo: Clare Kendall/British Library

Early last month I tripped on up to the British Library for the ‘Magna Carta Unification Event’. Manuscripts had been choppered in from Salisbury, Lincoln, and indeed (x2) from the British Library’s… Continue reading

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What’s the point of the BBC if we no longer share common cultural values?

16 March 2015 16:24
Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

Is privatising BBC3 as bad as Isis’s destruction of Nineveh? That was the wonderfully trolling headline on a Stewart Lee piece in the Guardian over the weekend. He was making the point… Continue reading

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Is Ian Katz plotting a return to ‘snooooozepapers’?

16 March 2015 15:34
Photo: The Guardian.

With Katharine Viner guaranteed a final round interview to be the next Guardian editor-in-chief after winning a staff ballot, rumours are circulating that her former colleague Ian Katz is the other horse left… Continue reading

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Nicola Sturgeon’s baffling electoral logic: vote Green to get Labour (and the SNP)

16 March 2015 13:23
Nicola Sturgeon Delivers Anti-Austerity Speech At Universtiy College London

This election is going to be fun. Not because of the talent on display  - this is not the Champion’s League – but because most of the players are so hopeless… Continue reading

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Liberal Democrats reveal the great fissure in liberalism

16 March 2015 11:42
Maajid Nawaz on Youth Radicalization Redefined At The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival

Someone once said (it may have been me) that while the left looks for traitors the right looks for converts. Only in Britain’s centre ground, however, are converts treated as… Continue reading

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Anti-capitalist protesters occupy wrong building

16 March 2015 10:46
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Hippies have invaded the heart of St. James’s, occupying a building on Pall Mall to protest the evils of capitalism. Yet it seems they did not do their homework… 123… Continue reading

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