The Spectator podcast: Brexit, and the return of political lying

26 May 2016 8:00

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Brexit odds – live updates on percentage chance of UK leaving the EU

26 May 2016 7:56

With opinion polls showing dazzling range – from Leave being 4 points ahead to Remain 13 points ahead – it’s…

What seeing Thomas a Becket’s elbow taught me about the church

25 May 2016 18:06

It’s not every day, you know, you get to see a bit of the elbow of Thomas a Becket. In…

PMQs Sketch: Osborne managed to fight off Labour’s pocket Boadicea

25 May 2016 16:01

The only MP who doesn’t want Angela Eagle to be the next Jeremy Corbyn is Jeremy Corbyn. He was away…

Pope used Argentinian ‘ghostwriter’ for controversial document on the family, claims Vatican expert

25 May 2016 15:34

The leading Vatican commentator Sandro Magister – a conservative Catholic detested by the Pope’s entourage – this morning published an article that will severely…

PMQs: After a strong start, Angela Eagle lost her way

25 May 2016 13:09

It was George Osborne v Angela Eagle at PMQs today, with David Cameron at the G7 in Japan. Eagle, who…

Donald Trump vs Hillary Clinton will make for the Millwall of elections

25 May 2016 12:02

If there was any doubt over how Donald Trump was going to go about his problem with women voters it…

If atheists do have values, what are they?

25 May 2016 10:58

There’s an interesting article in the Guardian by Julian Baggini. Now that nearly half of Britons say that they have…

My take on the England football team

25 May 2016 9:40

Apologies for the lack of blogs – I’ve been on jury duty for two weeks. Hang the bastard, regardless of…

The ‘Trump Train’ rolls on – can anyone stop it?

25 May 2016 7:55

Donald Trump has won the Washington primary – setting the stage for him to wrap up the Republican nomination on…

Hilton: Brexit would be the crowning achievement of Tory modernisation

25 May 2016 0:01

In a speech to Policy Exchange today, Steve Hilton—David Cameron’s former senior adviser—will make the case that ‘any intellectual rigorous…

The NUS is made up of careerists playing at being students

24 May 2016 19:29

Bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and wary of not lobbing their mortarboards too vigorously, students graduating in the coming weeks are set for a tough…

Today in audio: Fallon says Putin would ‘Vote leave’

24 May 2016 17:34

Vladimir Putin’s name has popped up again in the Brexit debate. This time, however, it wasn’t the Prime Minister suggesting…

Are we about to see the return of the Kings?

24 May 2016 14:15

With only two months until the Rio Olympics, Brazil’s woes continue, with a minister in the interim government being forced…

Project Fear 2 is a rubbish sequel. But it will still work

24 May 2016 13:17

Sometimes, in this game, it’s tempting to over-complicate things. The lesson of Talleyrand’s death – What did he mean by that? –…

How good government often goes unnoticed and unrewarded

24 May 2016 12:25

What make a good minister? Is it how well they perform at the Dispatch Box in the Commons? Or their…

The lies of meritocratic Britain

24 May 2016 12:06

In England after the Norman Conquest the worst insults you could throw were class insults. So long has feudal prejudice…

So what if Brexit briefly raises the cost of a family holiday, Prime Minister?

24 May 2016 8:18

Nicola Sturgeon urged the Government yesterday to lay off the ‘Project Fear’ strategy and instead focus on spelling out the…

Tony Benn on the 1975 referendum

24 May 2016 7:35

This letter from Tony Benn to his constituents was written in 1975 and published in The Spectator.  In 1975 you…

If Brexit solves the housing crisis, bring it on

23 May 2016 22:30

It is, at times, unclear that George Osborne is aware that the under-30s are voting in this EU referendum. When…

Is the Leave campaign going around in circles?

23 May 2016 22:01

Boris Johnson took in a car factory as part of his day of campaigning for Vote Leave in Yorkshire. The…

Brexit might cause a short-term shock but it won’t be as bad as the Treasury makes out

23 May 2016 17:07

There’s already quite a wide consensus around the basic assumption of the Treasury’s latest report that there would be a…

The Treasury’s Brexit short-term impacts analysis: A bit high, a lot political

23 May 2016 16:46

The Treasury’s analysis of the short-term impact of Brexit offers us two scenarios for the two years following the referendum: a base ‘shock’…

The working-class vote explains the rise of Austria’s far-right

23 May 2016 15:56

So Austria has a new leader. The radical leftist Alexander Van der Bellen, a former Green party leader running as an…

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