Jon Snow on skunk: ‘I felt utterly bereft’

17 February 2015 14:28
Who am I?

Jon Snow previously investigated the effects of taking ecstasy in a Channel 4 documentary. Now, in the interests of investigative journalism, the newsreader has been filmed taking skunk for a follow-up… Continue reading


Iolanta/Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Met Opera Live, review: enterprising take on two masterpieces

17 February 2015 12:53
Anna Netrebko in the Met's new production of Tchaikovsky's Iolanta. Photo: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

Iolanta / Duke Bluebeard’s Castle  Met Opera Live The Met’s antepenultimate relay of the season was an enterprising pairing of two operas, one of which we should see more often, and both of… Continue reading


A true feminist will defend the unborn girls being aborted in the UK because of their sex

17 February 2015 11:52

Question: Is abortion on gender grounds illegal in the UK? Answer: yes and no and maybe – depends who you ask. Ask Britain’s biggest abortion provider, the British Pregnancy Advisory… Continue reading


‘Ukip: The First 100 Days’ shows the media prefers to laugh at than understand the party

17 February 2015 11:42
Television UKIP: The First 100 Days

What would happen if Britain left the EU later this year? According to Channel 4, the country would descend into riots and anarchy. Last night’s one-off drama Ukip: The First… Continue reading


Cathy Newman cancels charity appearance following mosque incident

17 February 2015 11:41

After Cathy Newman falsely tweeted that she had been ‘ushered’ out of a mosque on an open day, she made a public apology and said that she was planning to to take a break… Continue reading


Bold new Tory election strategy: Tax cuts for our chums; welfare cuts for you

17 February 2015 11:29

“There’s a lot we need to do in this party of ours. Our base is too narrow and so, occasionally, are our sympathies. You know what some people call us… Continue reading


Watch: Ed Miliband mucks up his lines

16 February 2015 17:47
To the left, to the left, (Photo: Getty)

Ed Miliband appears to have found some safe ground for his party this week, attacking the Tories whenever he can over tax avoidance claims. If he plans to continue on this note, Mr… Continue reading


Alex Salmond: Time for American citizens to enjoy haggis

16 February 2015 15:29
Referendum Debate Continues As Campaigns Enter Final Week

Former First Minister Alex Salmond has backed Steerpike’s campaign to overturn the US haggis import ban, gleefully admitting it ‘looks like we might be getting somewhere.’ Welcoming last week’s developments,… Continue reading


Hyperbole about the dangers of ‘skunk’ won’t help those at risk – but a change in the law might

16 February 2015 13:58

Can I write an entire blog post about one sentence? I’d certainly like to. The sentence in question is ‘The potent form of the drug, known as ‘skunk’, is so… Continue reading


Kindred spirits? Nigel Farage wants Jean-Claude Juncker as his drinking buddy

16 February 2015 13:50
(Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

Nigel Farage wrote in the Spectator of his struggle to complete Dry January, while Jean-Claude Juncker is reported to be partial to a glass of cognac to kick start the day. So… Continue reading


Tory MP accepts donation from banker who used same tax avoidance scheme as Jimmy Carr

16 February 2015 13:19
Conservative Party Conference 2012

With the Tories currently getting flak for holding a ball for the party’s super rich donors in the same week queries were raised about their tax habits, Ken Clarke appeared on the Sunday… Continue reading


Don’t be a tit Harriet – it’s for charity

16 February 2015 13:16
A breast cancer campaign or a dig at Harriet Harman?

Mr S witnessed an awkward moment for Harriet Harman before the microphones were switched on for Friday night’s episode of Any Questions. During the off-air warm-up at BBC’s Broadcasting House, Labour’s deputy… Continue reading


How many more terror attacks until we have a serious discussion about offending religions?

15 February 2015 17:00
Forensic police officers work at a cultural centre in Copenhagen, Denmark, where shots were fired during a debate on Islam and free speech on February 14, 2015.

Another week and another completely random attack by a gunman hunting down cartoonists before inexplicably heading to the local synagogue. My guess is that events in Copenhagen yesterday have already… Continue reading


Spectator competition: pogonophobe or pogonophile? (plus: lines on heaven and hell)

15 February 2015 10:28

The beard has come a long way since the dark days of Mr Twit, Jimmy Hill and The Joy of Sex. As Ekow Eshun points out in his insightful essay… Continue reading


David Cameron’s one law for the rich shows he doesn’t understand the British

14 February 2015 16:34
Prime Minister David Cameron attending the Lord Mayor's Banquet, at Guildhall in the City of London

The great historian of the Soviet Union Robert Conquest’s Third Law of Politics reads: ‘The simplest way to explain the behaviour of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it… Continue reading


Tom Hollander’s disastrous dinner date with Joan Collins

14 February 2015 13:00
"The Invisible Woman" - Festival Gala European Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals: 57th BFI London Film Festival

When Tom Hollander met Joan Collin on the set of The Clandestine Marriage the pair hit it off. In fact, they got on so well that Hollander attended the Dynasty star’s Christmas party… Continue reading


Tory Black & White Ball tempts Nancy Dell’Olio into politics

14 February 2015 10:00
Nancy Dell'Olio attended the Tory Black & White ball as the guest of Ivan Massow

One of the more glamorous attendees of this week’s Tory Black and White ball was Nancy Dell’Olio. The former girlfriend of Sven Goran Eriksson attended the Conservative fundraiser as the guest of… Continue reading


Guardian editorship: Staff ballot revealed

13 February 2015 14:45
David Miranda questioned

The names for the Guardian‘s staff ballot are in, and judging by the shortlist the publication could be close to following in the footsteps of the Economist by appointing its first female editor. Of… Continue reading


Conservatives invite Dubai prisoner David Haigh to attend Tory campaign day

13 February 2015 13:20
David Haigh is a former managing director of Leeds United

Conservative HQ might want to think a bit more carefully in the future when it comes to the guest list for their events. Mr S only makes the suggestion after… Continue reading


The sadistic sport of the hunt saboteurs makes you long for the good old days

13 February 2015 12:49
It’s 10 years since the hunting ban came into force (Photo: Justin Tallis/Getty)

At a recent day’s hunting in Wiltshire, a man in a balaclava trying to pull a rider off his horse and said, ‘Some of you will be going home in… Continue reading


Not ready for real love? Tinder is the one for you

12 February 2015 17:25

There was once a time when finding a twenty-something on a dating site was as rare as finding a pensioner in a branch of a Hollywood Bowl. Having an online… Continue reading


Confirmed: Inside the Commons will reveal ‘rift’ between John Bercow and Robert Rogers

12 February 2015 16:24

Speculation has been rife that John Bercow’s decision to let cameras into the commons for a BBC documentary will backfire on him. Reports have claimed that the Speaker of the Commons is… Continue reading


The orthodoxy of the ‘safe space’ has now led to racial segregation at a British university

12 February 2015 15:57

Props to Goldsmiths Students’ Union, for taking the ‘safe space’ concept to absurd new levels. Last week, one faction of the union hosted a screening of the film Dear White… Continue reading


PinkVanGate: Harriet Harman denies telling Karen Danczuk to join Girls Aloud

12 February 2015 14:43
Did Harriet Harman tell Karen Danczuk to join Girls Aloud?

Yesterday Harriet Harman claimed that Labour’s pink ‘Woman to Woman’ van is not patronising after a public backlash saw the feminine choice of colour ridiculed online. Now the deputy leader faces further backlash,… Continue reading


Grant Shapps: Haggis is not terrorism

12 February 2015 14:22

Haggis was on the menu at the Tories’ Black and White Ball on Monday, and now it’s on the political agenda too. In an otherwise dry speech on the Transatlantic… Continue reading