It’s Labour’s loss if they don’t take Ukip voters seriously

13 May 2015 11:08
(Photo: Adrian Dennis/ Getty)

Almost four million people voted for Ukip on 7 May. That, in itself, is an astonishing achievement for a party which is a) newish and b) endured more vilification than even… Continue reading


‘Binge Britain’ has ended. Get over it

13 May 2015 10:58
Image: Getty

A certain amount of amnesia is required if you are to believe everything the ‘public health’ lobby tells you. Alcohol is frequently in the media but the only story relating… Continue reading


What Labour must do is estrange its awful voters

13 May 2015 10:09
(Photo:  Ben Stansall/Getty)

And so now we have to suffer the epic delusions, temper tantrums and hissy fits of the metro-left. They simply cannot believe how you scumbags could have got it so… Continue reading


I used to have Asperger’s. Now I’m autistic, according to ‘experts’. I don’t believe it

12 May 2015 20:00

Autism is being diagnosed all over the place right now. There’s been an explosion in the number of cases, we’re told. This could be something to do with better diagnostic tools, and… Continue reading


The polling debacle – and the wisdom of Walt Whitman

12 May 2015 18:45
Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 18.43.11

I was at the IEA/Taxpayers’ Alliance post-election conference yesterday, listening to Lord Ashcroft giving facts and figures about why voters chose the Tories. Given how wrong all of the pollsters were,… Continue reading


Some advice to people angered by the election: add some Tories on Facebook

12 May 2015 16:29

My father recently passed away, and the stories people inevitably tell of the dead brought back memories of childhood. As a small boy I remember Sunday lunches that culminated with… Continue reading


Labour lost the working-class vote a long time ago

12 May 2015 15:10
A series of election posters produced by the British Labour Party during the 1950s (Photo:  Getty)

What’s Labour’s problem? Following its fantastic drubbing at the polls, the most common answer to that question is that the party has for too long ignored its traditional base: working-class… Continue reading


Tory discomfort at equalities appointment

12 May 2015 15:03
Conservative Candidate Campaigns In Constituency Hit By Expenses Scandals

To appoint one Equalities Minister who voted against gay marriage looked sloppy, to do it twice looks frankly strange. Yet that is what the Prime Minister has just done. Education… Continue reading


The quacking of homeopaths and other ‘alternative’ therapists is growing even louder

12 May 2015 10:52
The charismatic Dr Oz is in trouble for publicising quack therapies

The proponents of ‘alternative medicine’ often make claims that are testable and therefore falsifiable – and yet no amount of testing and falsifying convinces these sectarians that what they believe is nonsense.… Continue reading


New SNP MPs take drinking advice from Alex Salmond

12 May 2015 10:45
Image: Getty

Ahead of the arrival of 56 SNP MPs in Westminster yesterday, Alex Salmond offered his new colleagues some advice in a recent interview. He said: ‘Make your voice heard, represent your constituents, and stay… Continue reading


Porn and video games: more hysteria about ‘rewiring brains’

11 May 2015 23:00
Game Reviw La Noire

Here we go again. What effect do you think watching porn and video games have on young men? Yup, they rewire the brain. It’s such a clumsy metaphor – the… Continue reading


Danny Alexander leaves no handover note for Greg Hands

11 May 2015 17:51
The Liberal Democrats Hold Their Annual Party Conference

When Liam Byrne departed from the role of chief secretary to the Treasury in 2010, he left a note for his successor which read that ‘there is no money’. The note went… Continue reading


Winner of the Guardian’s election sweepstake finds victory isn’t sweet

11 May 2015 17:29
David Miranda questioned

Mr S previously reported that there were plans to donate the Guardian‘s election sweepstake to a foodbank. The decision was made after the organisers assumed that none of their employees could have… Continue reading


Britain’s youngest MP is given a warm Westminster welcome

11 May 2015 16:25
The Scots are here (Photo: Adrian Dennis/Getty)

Warning: The SNP revolution has begun in Westminster. This afternoon Nicola Sturgeon arrived at parliament with her 56 newly elected SNP MPs in tow. However, despite talk of discord between the… Continue reading


Anti-austerity protester makes sign out of box for £600 television

11 May 2015 14:20

Seemingly missing the democratic process that returned a Tory government with a majority and an increased share of the vote, the hard left took to the streets of Westminster over… Continue reading


Coffee Shots: Bottles of Bolly arrive at Downing Street

11 May 2015 11:57

While cases of Moët & Chandon champagne have been photographed making their way to Downing Street in previous years, the new government appears to have developed finer tastes. Sean Clare, a BBC producer, reports… Continue reading


Ignore the latest fad theory. The ‘secret’ of weight loss is to eat fewer calories than you burn

11 May 2015 9:25
Even Time magazine publicises these dodgy theories

Before I got sidetracked by bogus obesity predictions, I was discussing the equally bogus controversy about whether physical inactivity is linked to obesity. It’s now fashionable to argue that exercising… Continue reading


Why Ukip will descend into sectarian chaos

9 May 2015 23:50
Image: Getty

Yes, yes, I know it’s supposed to be ‘unfair’ that Ukip ended up with only one MP while securing 13 per cent of the popular vote. But that’s first-past-the-post for… Continue reading


Laurie Penny defends war memorial vandalism at anti-Tory march

9 May 2015 21:35

After David Cameron won a surprise Conservative majority in the general election, angry anti-austerity protesters gathered near Parliament Square today to let their outrage be known. During the demonstration, a war memorial, honouring the women… Continue reading


Spectator competition: a poem for the victorious Nicola Sturgeon

9 May 2015 12:10
Nicola Sturgeon, as depicted by Morten Morland on the cover of this week's Spectator (with apologies to Delacroix)

In a 1985 interview with the New Republic,  Mario Cuomo famously said that politicians campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Last week, we asked competitors to put their own twist… Continue reading


The reshuffle has begun – but the real excitement will happen on Monday

8 May 2015 17:49
David and Samantha Cameron re-entering 10 Downing Street earlier this afternoon. Image: Getty

David Cameron has reappointed several of the most senior members of the government. George Osborne stays as Chancellor, Theresa May remains Home Secretary, Philip Hammond Foreign Secretary and Michael Fallon… Continue reading


Cabinet reshuffle: George Osborne, Theresa May, Michael Fallon and Philip Hammond remain in their posts

8 May 2015 16:49
Osborne strutting down Downing Street. Image: Getty

David Cameron has ‘reshuffled’ his Cabinet. George Osborne has been re-appointed as Chancellor, and will also be First Secretary of State, as were William Hague and Peter Mandelson. The title implies… Continue reading


Today Britain has changed, changed utterly. A terrible beauty is born.

8 May 2015 16:44

So this is what history feels like. Painful, frankly.  None of the usual meteorological metaphors – earthquake, hurricane, avalanche, landslide, tsunami – seem strong enough. Make no mistake, Theresa May was… Continue reading


Channel 4′s The Vote reviewed: ‘complex, acute, very funny and oddly moving’

8 May 2015 14:21

He’s back on top form. James Graham has taken the unlikeliest setting, a polling station during the last hour of a general election, and turned it into a beautifully crafted… Continue reading


BBC mistake SNP MP for Nicola Sturgeon’s husband

8 May 2015 13:07

Given that staff at the BBC have been providing rolling election coverage, it’s understandable that they may be rather tired. Even so, Mr S was surprised to see that BBC veteran… Continue reading