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24 Hours in Police Custody: a C4 programme that finally tells the truth about ‘honour crimes’

7 November 2014 16:15
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Settling down to watch 24 Hours in Police Custody, the new Channel 4 programme brought to us by the team behind the excellent 24 Hours in A&E, I was expecting some… Continue reading

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Shoot first, ask questions later – police back off new gun monitoring plans

7 November 2014 13:53
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A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new Crimestoppers telephone hotline that the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) decided would be a good idea, that was going to… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond’s School of Denial

7 November 2014 13:32
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Alex Salmond is on his way out. The First Minister gives every impression of enjoying – or at least making the most of – his farewell tour. And why not?… Continue reading

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Are Zoe Williams and the fatuous Left mad or disingenuous?

6 November 2014 22:35
Rotherham. Alexis Jay's report estimates that at least 1,400 children were sexually abused in the town's care homes between 1997 and 2013. Image: Anna Gowthorpe/Getty Images

Today I went on the Daily Politics, presented by Andrew Neil. Talked about a bunch of stuff and then debated the issue of political correctness with Zoe Williams, from The Guardian.… Continue reading

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Leviathan: the anti-Putin film the Russians tried to ban that’s tipped for an Oscar

6 November 2014 17:32
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The funny thing about a film like Leviathan, which many expected to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes earlier this year (it didn’t), is that suddenly an awful lot of… Continue reading

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Dame Vivienne Westwood and model Alice Dellal told to frack off by Guido Fawkes gang

6 November 2014 13:05
Alice Dellal and Vivienne Westwood

Mr S was in one of Westminster’s finest watering holes last night to toast Guy Fawkes. And who better to do it with than his old muckers from Guido Fawkes,… Continue reading

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Juncker wants more UK money for the EU budget – he could check Luxembourg’s coffers

6 November 2014 10:55
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By rights, Jean-Claude Juncker should be in dire political trouble this morning, not lecturing Britain about paying an extra £1.7 billion to the European Commission. Documents obtained by the International… Continue reading

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Old, vulnerable and hungry – the shocking view from inside the NHS

6 November 2014 10:40
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I am leaving London soon, coming to the end of my time as a voluntary hospital visitor working from a chaplaincy in a London teaching hospital. I have been roaming… Continue reading

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Keep your hair on! Seven tips for doing so, past Movember

6 November 2014 10:24
If the Prime Minister and Mayor of London took on the Movember challenge. (Photo: Getty)

Some men are growing facial hair for Movember but lots of people are just trying not to go bald. Male pattern baldness affects half of men over the age of… Continue reading

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In the court of King Dave, can Cameron phone home?

5 November 2014 9:40
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An absolute gem in the Telegraph’s morning memo today by Stephen Bush, who claims that the Prime Minister has more than a passing interest in today’s government announcement that mobile… Continue reading

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Old-school wedding announcement from Benedict Cumberbatch in the Times

5 November 2014 9:37
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Mr S would not like to be on the Times news desk this morning, as the paper realises they have been scooped by their own announcements page. Actor and global… Continue reading

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Overpaid, underworked, ineffectual – the myth of the NHS doctor

5 November 2014 8:15
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GPs enjoy the salary of bankers, regularly pulling in £100,000 for a five-day week, with no on-call or weekend duties and a lovely taxpayer-funded holiday every year. I know this… Continue reading

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Educational apartheid is Scotland’s greatest national disgrace

4 November 2014 16:11
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A while back I was speaking at one of those How did it all go so wrong? post-referendum discussions and, as expected, the air was thick with recrimination. The good… Continue reading

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Carry on waffling about Europe, Dave – but do the EastEnders approve?

4 November 2014 15:42
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Having perused the replies for my call to caption Ed Miliband and Mary Creagh, Mr S is sorry to say that there is no ‘winner’, nor even a ‘favourite.’ There… Continue reading

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‘Swamped’ much? David Blunkett 2014, meet David Blunkett 2002

4 November 2014 10:57
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Last week saw an example of the cynicism, not to mention circularity, of our immigration debate that is too important to miss. The former home secretary, David Blunkett, took to… Continue reading

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The idiot diet – nonsense vs common sense in ‘Paleo’ nutrition

4 November 2014 8:11
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Looking for real power? Get a jump-start on the future of global fuel at The Spectator’s energy conference on 1 December. Tickets are still available here. There’s a great New Yorker cartoon – two… Continue reading

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What happens to male ballet greats when they retire?

3 November 2014 15:46
Rudolf Nureyev was a rarity: even greater as a director (at the Paris Opera Ballet) than he was as a dancer

What happens when a torrent of exceptional male stars leave the stage and flood the jobs market? Especially in a world when classical ballet appears to be becoming less fashionable,… Continue reading

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What to expect from Owen Paterson’s think-tank launch?

3 November 2014 15:29
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Whatever could Owen Paterson be up to? The sacked Environment Secretary gave a punchy speech a few weeks back on climate change and is now set to intervene in the… Continue reading

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Pop stars at prayer – from Madonna to the Beatles, and jihadist Cat Stevens

3 November 2014 15:12
Chelsea Hospital Chapel

A spoof in the Israeli Daily recently had Eminem planning to convert to Judaism and move to Tel Aviv. But I don’t think we’ll be seeing that any time soon… Continue reading

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Sex-specific abortion is gruesome – but not explicitly illegal in Britain

3 November 2014 11:51
A woman in London poses next to a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci of a foetus dated 1511, at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace  in 2012 (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Imagine that you became pregnant. Imagine that you were entirely dependent upon your husband. Imagine that you became the victim of domestic violence during that pregnancy, and your husband began… Continue reading

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Four (more) reasons to loathe Oxford

3 November 2014 8:07
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Nick Cohen observed in a recent Spectator: ‘The graduates of Oxford’s Politics, Philosophy and Economics course form the largest single component of the most despised generation of politicians since the… Continue reading

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Want babies? Get a job, lose the Lycra – and other fertility tips

3 November 2014 7:45
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Did you know that one in six couples in the UK have difficulty conceiving? That’s roughly 3.5 million not very happy people. A healthy diet, not smoking and not being… Continue reading

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Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary – a modern tragicomedy

2 November 2014 20:43
The hopelessly miscast Nicky Morgan

Another day, another cock up from Nicky Morgan. The Department for Education’s official Twitter feed has hastily deleted a message stating:- Doh! As plenty of social media users were quick… Continue reading

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Sinister types wanted to play Nigel Farage in Channel 4 docu-drama

2 November 2014 12:37
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Channel 4 has commissioned a docu-drama that will imagine what life will be like for poor and oppressed ordinary British people under the first few months of a Ukip government. As you… Continue reading

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Caption Ed Miliband and see Alex Salmond’s face in the Halloween pumpkins

1 November 2014 14:38
Manchester, 31 October 2014 (Photo:  Nigel Roddis/Getty)

Even the po-faced Associated Press (video above) couldn’t but describe as ‘toe-curling’ Ed Miliband’s encounter with a homeless hijabi. Pundits agree that Ed appeared ‘terrified’ of the beggar in Manchester. Mr… Continue reading

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