Now that the Sun has axed Page 3 girls, will Britain ever be the same?

19 January 2015 23:31
Lacey, 19, from Bradford.

Word is that Friday’s edition of The Sun was the last to have a topless woman on Page 3 – thereby closing a chapter of British cultural history. Immortalised, perhaps, in… Continue reading


Catholics must not breed like rabbits, says the Pope. Yes, you read that right

19 January 2015 19:56

Catholics should not breed like rabbits and gender theory is a bit like the Hitler Youth. Yup, the Supreme Pontiff is giving another of his in-flight interviews and yet again… Continue reading


Chuka his toys out of the pram

19 January 2015 16:03

Uh oh, looks like Chuka Umunna hasn’t been doing his homework. The shadow business secretary walked out of a live television interview on Sky News after he was asked his… Continue reading


Good question, Mr Bryant, where are the Albert Finneys and the Glenda Jacksons?

19 January 2015 15:48
James Blunt and Chris Bryant.

James Blunt, the self-deprecating musician who may or may not have stopped World War III, has written an open letter to Chris Bryant calling him a ‘classist gimp’ after the… Continue reading


Green Party smash their own system

19 January 2015 15:00
Natalie Bennett says Green Party membership has reached record numbers

Last week the Green Party announced that their membership has soared to 52,000, thanks to a little help from the free publicity awarded to them by the Prime Minister over the leaders’… Continue reading


‘Blooming precious’ James Blunt vs ‘prejudiced wazzock’ Chris Bryant

19 January 2015 14:16
James Blunt is married to Sofia Wellesley

Chris Bryant’s call for more diversity in British culture, has hit a nerve with James Blunt. After Bryant, the new shadow culture minister, remarked that ‘we can’t just have a culture… Continue reading


Will South Thanet care that Al Murray has a gig in Dartford on election night?

19 January 2015 13:00

On election night, Al Murray will not be in South Thanet as is the usual custom among candidate hopefuls. Instead, the 46-year-old comedian will be performing a gig in Dartford. Despite… Continue reading


Met Opera Live’s Merry Widow, review: kitsch, glorious kitsch

19 January 2015 11:54
Renée Fleming is Hanna and Nathan Gunn is Danilo in Lehár's The Merry Widow. Photo: Brigitte Lacombe/Metropolitan Opera

The Merry Widow Met Opera Live ‘Even today, at 75, the waltz from The Merry Widow sends me into a fit of rage,’ wrote Richard Strauss to his close collaborator… Continue reading


How Kraftwerk did more to shape modern music than anyone since the Beatles

19 January 2015 9:00
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Normally, few things in life are quite so tedious as listening to a bunch of academics discussing pop music. However this week’s Kraftwerk Konferenz at Aston University may be the… Continue reading


The coalition government is not blame for the latest NHS ‘crisis’

18 January 2015 11:29
No, the Tories aren't killing off the NHS.

Of all the accusations thrust at the Conservatives by Labour over the NHS in recent weeks, their weakest has been the attempt to blame the Government’s reforms to the NHS… Continue reading


Spectator competition: Not Richard Dawkins’s Book of the Year (plus: literary agony uncles and aunts)

17 January 2015 9:15
Richard Dawkins. Could these blurbs make the bible his book of the year? Image: Getty

The recent call for publicity blurbs that sell the bible to a modern audience attracted a host of new competitors as well as the old-timers. Kieran Corcoran’s entry presented Jesus… Continue reading


Burnham’s bill for hollow Hunt legal threat

17 January 2015 9:00
The Attorney General Applies To Judges At The High Court To Quash The Original Hillsborough Inquest Verdicts

Ubiquitous Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has had to admit that he ‘spent’ £25,000 in a disastrous and embarrassing threat to sue his counterpart Jeremy Hunt. Burnham has had to… Continue reading


The ineffable sadness of Mitt Romney 2016

16 January 2015 14:58
Mitt Romney Campaigns With AK Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan In Anchorage

The suggestion Mitt Romney might make another run for the Presidency of the United States made me think of a line from one of my father’s novels: ‘There’s nothing so sad… Continue reading


Do Theresa May and Mr Henry Bellingham think we were born yesterday?

16 January 2015 12:57
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On Wednesday the Home Secretary made a statement in the House of Commons about the terrorist attacks last week in Paris. Here is part of the Hansard transcript of the… Continue reading


Charles Moore puts Michael Gove’s ‘jazzy’ ringtone to the test

16 January 2015 12:19
Michael Gove's secret is out

Ever since Michael Gove was scolded at Cabinet for bringing his noisy mobile phone into the room, everyone’s been trying to find out what the ringtone is. Cabinet sources various… Continue reading


That’s Dr Vince Cable to you…

16 January 2015 11:10
Vince Cable has a PhD

After Vince Cable was ditched last week as the Liberal Democrat’s main economic spokesman, Mr S is pleased to hear that he still has some titles left to his name.… Continue reading


Nine ways to stop your child getting fat

16 January 2015 10:17

About a third of children in the UK are overweight, increasing their risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and joint problems in adulthood. Here are some hints… Continue reading


Truth, Lies, Diana review: it was a cover-up!

15 January 2015 17:05

Truth, Lies, Diana Charing Cross Theatre, in rep until 14 February John Conway’s sensationalist play, Truth, Lies, Diana, is a forensic re-examination of the circumstances surrounding the princess’s death in 1997.… Continue reading


Al Murray in Twitter spat with Ukip MEP

15 January 2015 16:20

Although Nigel Farage referred to his new political rival Al Murray as the first ‘serious opponent’ he has encountered in South Thanet, not all of Ukip are amused that The Pub Landlord is running… Continue reading


Red Meat Month: Tory MP vs Peta

15 January 2015 13:36
Neil Parish and Mimi Bekhechi fight it out on today's Daily Politics

After Mr S’s ‘Red Meat Month’ article revealed the trouble brewing between Neil Parish and Peta’s UK director Mimi Bekhechi over the Tory MP’s proposal for a meat month in Parliament, the pair appeared on today’s Daily Politics… Continue reading


Dear David and Barack, Britain and America didn’t defeat the Nazis alone

15 January 2015 12:25

It’s easily done, I know, when you’re trying to convey the beauty of a two-way relationship, to remember that others may have been involved in the events that brought you… Continue reading


Peers demand PM lobbies President over haggis ban

15 January 2015 12:23
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Patriotic peers have demanded that David Cameron raise the US haggis import ban with President Obama at the White House today. As Steerpike noted yesterday, the 1971 ban on the… Continue reading


Can we have some critical thinking in discussing Islam?

15 January 2015 12:14
British autor Richard Dawkins photographed during his Doctorate of Honnor at the Antwerp University. Image: Getty

There are many disheartening aspects to the war on cartoonists, one of which is the way that some people are so caught up in their own culture war that they… Continue reading


Charlie Hebdo: Murdoch’s Sky News bows to the demands of murderers

15 January 2015 11:37
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Caroline Fourest is a French journalist and feminist. Unlike so many of her Anglo-Saxon sisters she does not think freedom is only for white women, and is ready to condemn the… Continue reading


Obesity a disability? Only lawyers will benefit from the ECJ’s farcical classification

15 January 2015 10:59

Real disability is humbling for those who have to live with it and those who care for the disabled. A true disability — degenerative neurological disease, for instance — involves… Continue reading