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

15 January 2015 12:25
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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

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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

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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

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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

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

15 January 2015 10:59
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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

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The real reason GPs are grumpy: the robots are coming for them

15 January 2015 10:18
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There’s something wrong with the relationship between patients and their GPs. I’ve spent much of this winter in my local surgery, what with one thing and another, sitting among the… Continue reading

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A day in the life of Britain’s sexiest man

15 January 2015 9:00
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There are, presumably, a great many people who dream about what they will say when the day comes that they get to meet David Gandy – but I have to… Continue reading

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Could a Tory peer convince the USA to stomach imported haggis?

14 January 2015 18:19
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Tomorrow, parliament will debate a topic of immense significance. Steerpike hears that Tory peer Lord McColl is planning on championing a great repressed minority, in a land that claims to… Continue reading

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Bond villain Andrew Scott gets into the spirit of 007

14 January 2015 17:41
Andrew Scott has been cast as the Bond baddie for Spectre

The last 007 film saw James Bond substitute his trademark vodka martini for a Heineken, after producers found a £30 million advertising deal with the Dutch brand too good to refuse.… Continue reading

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Would a dash of hooliganism improve the game of snooker?

14 January 2015 12:23
Ronnie O'Sullivan (Photo: Ben Hoskins/Getty)

The recent BDO and PDA darts championships were undeniably glorious. Ronnie O’Sullivan is arguing that snooker needs to learn from darts by introducing shot clocks and power play to speed… Continue reading

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Royal Opera’s Orfeo, Roundhouse: shouts its agenda so loudly the music struggles to be heard

14 January 2015 10:42
Gyula Orendt (Orfeo) and Mary Bevan (Euridice) in the Royal Opera's new staging of 'Orfeo' at the Roundhouse. Image: Stephen Cummiskey

Orfeo Royal Opera, Camden Roundhouse, in rep until 24 January What a week to stage an opera about art’s power to challenge institutional authority, oppression — even death itself. Orfeo’s weapon… Continue reading

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Food fight in Parliament: Forks clash over ‘Red Meat Month’

14 January 2015 10:39
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's Red Meat Month

Trouble is brewing in Parliament. First there was vegan month, which rattled the cages of the establishment’s red-blooded males, and now a proposal for a meat month has led to beef between a… Continue reading

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Neil Parish MP: In defence of ‘Red Meat Month’

14 January 2015 10:39
Neil Parish, the Tory MP, wants a 'Red Meat Month' in Parliament to showcase the best British produce

Dear Peta, Thank you for your recent letter objecting to my campaign to support British livestock farming and encouraging sustainable red meat industry. I read with interest your argument that… Continue reading

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Labour’s latest plan: tackling the deficit through gun licence fees

13 January 2015 18:13
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listen to ‘Chris Leslie says Labour will cut the deficit through gun licences’ on audioBoom Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury Chris Leslie was on the Daily Politics earlier today,… Continue reading

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No dry January for the BBC’s finest

13 January 2015 18:03
It was drinks all around when Tony Hall attended Barney Jones's leaving do

It was no expenses spared last night at One Great George Street to toast the departure of long-time Andrew Marr Show editor Barney Jones. Most ‘leaving dos’ in journalism involve a… Continue reading

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The joke that stunted Alan Johnson’s career

13 January 2015 17:52
Tony Blair and Alan Johnson... the glory days?

To the Oldie literary lunch where Mr S dined alongside the magazine’s editor Alexander Chancellor and Alan Johnson. Talk soon turned to Johnson’s former boss Tony Blair, as the Labour politician… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage: a two-bit demagogue and believer in lazy ‘Root Causes’

13 January 2015 15:29
Nigel Farage speaking at a press conference in Westminster this afternoon. Photo:  Mary Turner/Getty Images

Nigel Farage has performed a useful public service this week. Yes, really, he has. The UKIP leader, you see, is a believer in Root Causes. He is, in fact, a Root… Continue reading

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Nick Robinson vs Russell Brand: Round Two

13 January 2015 12:28
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Last week Nick Robinson took a swipe at Russell Brand’s call for the public to refrain from voting, claiming that it could undermine democracy. He went so far as to say… Continue reading

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Why Mo Ansar won’t jog on

13 January 2015 11:29
Mo Ansar has been described as a 'rent-a-quote commentator'

Mr S’s favourite ‘rent-a-quote’ Mo Ansar appears to have missed the message in a Twitter spat with our own Alex Massie. Ansar, who was a planning manager at Lloyds-TSB in Winchester until… Continue reading

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F***gate: How will the Tories deal with Flick Drummond’s campaign posters?

13 January 2015 8:00
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Flick Drummond’s campaign to win a Conservative seat in Portsmouth South has hit a bump in the road. Word reaches Mr S that plans for a set of campaign posters… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: another side of Judas Iscariot (plus: singing the election blues)

12 January 2015 18:30
Circa 30 AD, Jesus Christ being kissed by Judas Iscariot, the apostle who betrayed him. Original Publication: From 'The Judas Kiss' by Dore. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The latest competition invited you to take a leaf out of Hilary Mantel’s book and provide a scene that shows a well-known villain from history or literature in an uncharacteristically… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s dinner date with Amal Clooney

12 January 2015 14:33
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Ed Miliband’s popularity may be at an all time low, but the leader of the Labour party is at least now moving in A-list circles. The Telegraph reports that Miliband… Continue reading

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Margaret Hodge’s oily donation

12 January 2015 13:42
Margaret Hodge has accepted £8,000 from Bryan Sanderson, the former chief exec of BP Chemicals

Despite being the heiress to a steel fortune, Margaret Hodge never stops criticising multinational corporations over their tax affairs including the use of offshore havens and complex company schemes that befuddle the taxman. BP,… Continue reading

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Coffee Shots: Boris Johnson and Evgeny Lebedev sleep rough

12 January 2015 13:25
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Has the Mayor of London fallen on tough times? Mr S only asks after this photo landed in his inbox. On further investigation it transpires that Boris Johnson and Evening Standard… Continue reading

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Eddie Redmayne reigns as king of the Hawkings

12 January 2015 11:56
Eddie Redmayne has won the Best Actor Golden Globe for his performance in The Theory of Everything

Mr S’s colleague Tanya Gold writes in this week’s issue of The Spectator, that Eddie Redmayne is ‘very good’ in The Theory of Everything even if the Stephen Hawking biopic… Continue reading

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