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What has Hezbollah’s Secretary General been reading this summer?

8 August 2014 18:09
T.E. Lawrence's vision of Arabia.

In Britain we seem to be obsessed by what our politicians are reading this summer. It tells us, so we think, about the way they’re thinking or perhaps just what… Continue reading

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The nine lives of Freya, the Chancellor’s cat

8 August 2014 16:15
Foreign Ministers Attend Friends Of Syria Meeting In London

News just in that George Osborne’s cat, Freya, was hit by a car outside Downing Street last night, and is currently at the vet’s. Freya is famous for her love of hunting… Continue reading

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Anti-Semitism in Britain makes me feel ashamed

8 August 2014 14:40
I am ashamed that anti-Semitism is sweeping Britain and Europe.(CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

As silly seasons go, this August has been pretty rubbish, I have to say. Iraq heads the list of gloomy subjects, obviously, as 100,000 Christians and many more Yazidis flee… Continue reading

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The great David Ekserdjian deserves a museum of his own

8 August 2014 14:28
Rare Roman Souvenir Acquired By The British Museum

Ever since Mr Blair’s New Dawn of 1997, the dominant idea in public policy towards public collections has been ‘access’. The doctrine is more than half-right: art, antiquities etc paid… Continue reading

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The black flag of ISIS is flying in London

8 August 2014 12:36
The black flag of jihad is flying in Europe. (SAID KHATIB/AFP/GettyImages)

There is a phrase used of, and by, jihadists: ‘First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.’ Well there’s a fine example of this on display at the moment in… Continue reading

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Jobs for the boys and girls

8 August 2014 10:21
The House of Lords is beyond reproach, apparently. (ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/GettyImages)

Mr S can’t help but notice that there is no Ukip peer among the list of the newly ennobled. This is surprising. Nigel Farage has survived attacks, smears and a… Continue reading

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Tories select raft of women – in no-hope seats

8 August 2014 9:57
Image: Getty

It has been bought to my attention that amongst the Conservative Party candidates selected this week, women outnumbered men two to one. Tory HQ are clearly very proud that Mims… Continue reading

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Thank God we’re intervening in Iraq again

8 August 2014 8:45
IRAQ-UNREST-YAZIDIS

Yesterday, I had a succession of texts from one of the priests in my local parish, Mgr Nizar, who heads the Iraqi Catholic church in London, asking, with increasing urgency,… Continue reading

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Jean-Marie Charles-Roux, a good and holy priest

8 August 2014 8:28
Journey Of The Cross And Icon Takes Place In Sydney

I am so sorry to hear of the death of Fr Jean-Marie Charles-Roux in Rome at the age of 99. I won’t attempt an obituary, but my memories of him… Continue reading

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George Galloway declares Bradford an ‘Israel free zone’

7 August 2014 16:28
MP George Galloway In Scotland To Give Speech Against Independent Scotland

Mr S doesn’t imagine that Israel is among Bradford’s major trading partners. But George Galloway has put the matter beyond doubt with this outburst. It’s raving (and chilling), even by Gorgeous George’s standards.… Continue reading

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How long before self-publicising Baroness Warsi pops up in another party?

7 August 2014 16:11
warsi

At the impressive Westminster Abbey vigil to mark the centenary of the first world war on Monday night, there was one big candle for each quarter of the Abbey, and… Continue reading

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Ten foods to tackle diabetes

7 August 2014 14:58
10-Foods

Diabetes is spreading to epic proportions in the UK. It affects 3.2 million people, a figure which has doubled since 1996 and is expected to rise to five million by… Continue reading

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Stop mollycoddling girls and let them compete with each other

7 August 2014 14:21
Students Throughout The UK Receive Their A Level Results

I was pleased to read this week that my old headmistress, Judith Carlisle, has launched a campaign to root out perfectionism in girls’ schools. Her initiative, which she is calling… Continue reading

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Kriss Akabusi and friends save the union

7 August 2014 13:00
Our Greatest Team Rises - BOA Olympic Concert

Forget Alistair Darling’s debate victory. Forget the lack of Salmond’s currency ‘Plan B’. Forget the tonne of Scottish ink that savaged Salmond in print this morning (see Alex Massie in… Continue reading

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Does pre-diabetes really exist?

7 August 2014 11:00
Image: PA

Pre-diabetes is an artificial category with virtually zero clinical relevance,’ said an American professor in the Times. A friend of mine has even been told by the vet that her little… Continue reading

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Harry Chapman Pincher – ‘Fleet Street’s spy-hound’ (1914 – 2014)

6 August 2014 18:55
Chapman Pincher tests for uranium (Photo: Getty)

Harry Chapman Pincher, the veteran investigative journalist, has died aged 100. He was renowned for unearthing military secrets and exposing spies. Earlier this year, The Spectator published a review of… Continue reading

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Why is China tearing down church crosses? Because it’s terrified of religion

6 August 2014 17:12
The Chinese state is terrified by the spread of Christianity. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Since the beginning of this year, China has been engaged in a cruel and bizarre campaign against Christians in the south-eastern province of Zhejiang. Its main target is Wenzhou, a… Continue reading

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Ukip need not fear Boris Johnson

6 August 2014 16:41
Boris Johnson Speech on Europe

So Boris Johnson is standing for parliament next year, triggering speculation about what would happen if David Cameron lost the election. Could we have Ed Miliband as prime minister, followed… Continue reading

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Violence, threats and blackmail ought to have no place in politics

6 August 2014 15:41
The Conservative Party Hold Their Annual Party Conference - Day 1

I have never issued a call for violence before, and I’m certainly not going to start now. But I wonder if people might consider the following, purely hypothetical situation. In… Continue reading

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Anti-Semitic double standards: the arts and the Jews

6 August 2014 15:35
Ruffers

‘Would you force anyone else to behave like this?’ the promoters of the UK Jewish Film Festival asked the artistic director of London’s Tricycle Theatre. Indhu Rubasingham and her colleagues… Continue reading

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Team Boris vs Team Osborne — the first skirmish

6 August 2014 12:58
Hold on to your hats. It's Boris vs George. (Image: MATT DUNHAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Today was set to be a boring day in Westminster. Sajid Javid, a courtier to George Osborne, was billed to give (yet another) speech about how the economy is going… Continue reading

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The punters back Boris for Tory leader

6 August 2014 12:46
David Cameron and Boris Johnson visit to Newark

The money is moving. Boris Johnson is now the bookies’ favourite to become the next leader of the Conservative Party. According to Ladbrokes he’s at 9/4, with Theresa May and… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond took a beating last night. And his supporters know it.

6 August 2014 11:36
Television Debate Between Alex Salmond And Alistair Darling

How about those twin imposters, triumph and defeat disaster? The reaction to last night’s debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling reveals as much as anything that happened in the… Continue reading

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Baroness Warsi – commendable but stunningly wrong

5 August 2014 22:21
Ministers Attend The Government's Weekly Cabinet

I was a little saddened by Baroness Warsi’s resignation. I like the woman; it is an odd and disturbing thing to say, but I felt I had more in common… Continue reading

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I take my kids to galleries to demonstrate my cultural superiority over the masses

5 August 2014 17:40
Chapman Brothers show at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Picture: Hugo Glendinning

Jake Chapman, one half of the YBA duo the Chapman Brothers, has been rude about taking children to art galleries. He told the Independent that ‘it’s as moronic as a… Continue reading

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