If universities censor, they can’t complain when the state censors them

21 April 2015 15:38
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I spoke at a Guardian debate on free speech before an audience of students at King’s College London last night. I’ve argued with racists and Putinists in my time and… Continue reading


Sam Cam’s sister criticises Ed Miliband for standing against his brother

21 April 2015 14:56
Emily Sheffield and her sister, Samantha Cameron (Photo: Getty)

Given that Samantha Cameron and her sister Emily Sheffield have both forged successful careers of their own in varying fields, sibling rivalry is unlikely to have ever been an issue… Continue reading


Dragons’ Den star: Why I didn’t sign business letter backing the Tories

21 April 2015 14:17
Touker Suleyman celebrates the relaunch of the clothes brand Ghost

Last month over 100 British business leaders signed a letter backing the Conservatives’ economic policies. The letter, which was published in the Daily Telegraph, was seen as damaging to Labour… Continue reading


Hampstead liberals can use their vote to fight radical Islam (and silence right-wing bores)

21 April 2015 12:43
Maajid Nawaz (Photo: Getty)

A few months ago I was in a pub on a quiet night and overheard a young couple having an argument about politics. They were both, I’m guessing, young white… Continue reading


Islamic extremism doesn’t need a rebrand

21 April 2015 11:11
Boris Johnson during a visit to the Husseini Mosque in 2008 (Photo: Daniel Berehulak/Getty)

I have been wondering why nobody so far in this election seems to have made any mention of what most people recognise to be the biggest security problem facing this… Continue reading


Andrew Marr and the BBC misquoted David Cameron – but how did they get it so wrong?

21 April 2015 10:41
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After yesterday’s piece, in which I called out Andrew Marr for attributing an entirely incorrect quote to the PM on his Sunday morning show, two things have happened. Firstly, as Mr… Continue reading


Andrew Marr admits the BBC misquoted David Cameron on foxhunting

20 April 2015 19:21

After Mr S’s colleague Camilla Swift wrote of the Twitterstorm that engulfed David Cameron after Andrew Marr claimed on air that the PM had declared foxhunting to be his favourite sport, the presenter has… Continue reading


She’s wrong, but Katie Hopkins has a right to call migrants ‘cockroaches’

20 April 2015 17:32
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I know we’re all supposed to be spitting blood over Katie Hopkins’ Sun column about African migrants. In fact, anyone who isn’t currently testing the durability of their computer keyboard by… Continue reading


Exposed: the BBC’s ‘foxhunting’ smear against David Cameron

20 April 2015 17:31
cameron marr hunting

The Prime Minister’s interview on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday showed that despite claims to the contrary, Cameron isn’t lacking in passion; the PM was full of fight and his… Continue reading


What’s more disturbing than a group of discredited old Nazis? The Green Party

20 April 2015 16:05
The Green Party Launch Their Election Manifesto

Yesterday’s Mail on Sunday had an interesting account of a meeting in London of Nazis, neo-Nazis, British National Party types and anti—Semites of various other hues. The paper infiltrated the meeting and exposed… Continue reading


Is the election site May 2015 really as ‘unaligned’ as it claims?

20 April 2015 15:56
Opposition Leaders Arrive For The Live BBC Debate

Twitter is abuzz today following the election site May 2015‘s claim that Ed Miliband will most likely win the election. The article in question argues that it would be very difficult –… Continue reading


Joyce DiDonato, the New York Philharmonic and Alan Gilbert at the Barbican reviewed: ‘seductive’

20 April 2015 12:28
Joyce DiDonato with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic at the Barbican. Photo: Chris Lee

We ought to have discovered Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Nyx (2011) before now. The dense orchestration was dappled with soupçons of indigenous music, folk, noir, Harryhausen Hollywood and French impressionism. The New York… Continue reading


Watch: Russell Brand trespasses on Lord Rothermere’s property

20 April 2015 12:25

Earlier this year Mr S revealed that Russell Brand had made an unwelcome visit to the home of Lord Rothermere, the proprietor of the Daily Mail newspaper group, as part of filming for… Continue reading


A vote for the SNP is a vote for a Labour government

20 April 2015 11:31
SNP Launch Their Manifesto In Edinburgh

For decades now the SNP have thirsted for the moment when they can be ‘relevant’ to the outcome of a Westminster general election. Well, they have that relevance now. Never before has… Continue reading


Don’t get angry at Katie Hopkins if you don’t support policies that could save migrants

20 April 2015 11:29
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The latest issue of The Spectator carries an interesting piece by James Bartholomew on ‘virtue signalling’, the bane of social media and political debate; that is, people expressing how ruddy… Continue reading


Ditch the gym. The key to fitness is boxing

20 April 2015 10:30
Don't mess with this woman. She's a Tory MP

A well-trained boxer is the most thoroughly conditioned human in the sporting world: there is no other sport that demands such a sustained level of ruthless physicality from its participants.… Continue reading


Ed Miliband was ‘absolutely terrified’ by hen party, bless him

20 April 2015 9:57

Over the weekend, Mr S brought you the unlikely tale of the Labour leader becoming a pin-up for a brood of hens on a night out in Chester. Sadly his… Continue reading


Duelling advice for Nigel Farage

19 April 2015 12:31

A Polish prince this week challenged Nigel Farage to a duel. The prince, Yanek Zylinski, blames Farage and Ukip for anti-Polish sentiment in the UK so he’s suggesting they meet in Hyde… Continue reading


Watch: Ed Miliband treated like rock star by screaming girls. Seriously

19 April 2015 9:14
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You have to hand it to Justine Thornton. After her interview, where she alerted the world to Red Ed’s status as a bit of a boulevardier having secretly dated the… Continue reading


Tories are left playing by Aussie rules

18 April 2015 18:34
Lynton Crosby

Tory campaign boss Lynton Crosby invited the former Australian Prime Minister John Howard into Conservative Party HQ on Thursday afternoon to give staff and ministers a mid-campaign pep talk. Firing… Continue reading


Who would have thought the Greens would be so rubbish with rubbish in Brighton?

18 April 2015 10:00

On Thursday Natalie Bennett spoke during the BBC Challengers’ Debate of the positive change Caroline Lucas has brought to British politics since she was elected as the MP for Brighton Pavilion. However,… Continue reading


Spectator competition: Nigel Farage’s Desert Island discs (plus: a politician’s take on Kipling’s ‘If’)

18 April 2015 9:30
Nigel Farage. No prizes for guessing what his desert island luxuries might be. Image: Getty

The latest challenge was to suggest suitable Desert Island discs for a historical figure, living or dead. Your choice of castaways was somewhat narrow — Richard III, Henry VIII, Tony… Continue reading


‘Naughty’ Nicola Sturgeon reveals the saucy portrait that hangs in her home

17 April 2015 17:02
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Nicola Sturgeon’s style transformation over the past decade has been well-documented. The Mail on Sunday journalist Liz Jones went so far as to suggest that she had gone from being… Continue reading


Don’t try and bring race into the voting booth. It has no place there

17 April 2015 16:39
Sol Campbell in the new Operation Black Vote campaign

The voting booth is, to borrow a fitting phrase from history, the great leveller. Outside the voting booth, you might be a blinged-up billionaire with more yachts than most people… Continue reading


The trailer for the new Star Wars film suggests it could be the best yet

17 April 2015 16:30

If the Fast & Furious team made Casablanca 2 (‘Morocco Drift’) it would be a more artistically credible, better acted, and more entertaining movie than Star Wars: Episode I –… Continue reading