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The Mayor of London is a wally: official

7 October 2014 15:51
(Image: Illustration from 'Where's Boris?' by Wan at Monkey Feet, Orion Books)

Far from it being Mr Steerpike’s prerogative to call a former editor of the Spectator a wally, he was rather amused by Boris’s latest escapade. Now we can all relive those classic… Continue reading

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To statin or not to statin: a new test could help decide

7 October 2014 12:36
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In the context of the ongoing and increasingly sterile debate about the pros and cons of statins to lower cholesterol, it is refreshing to hear something new. At a recent… Continue reading

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Liechtenstein is utterly ridiculous – but that’s a big part of its appeal

7 October 2014 11:23
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It’s official: Europe’s least visited country is unloved little Liechtenstein. Last year, a mere 60,000 tourists travelled to this absurd Alpine principality. For discerning Spectator readers, this is great news.… Continue reading

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Why Bombay airport is the greatest 21st century building – and what we can learn from it

7 October 2014 11:10
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‘If I had to say which was telling the truth about society, a speech by a minister of housing or the actual buildings put up in his time, I should… Continue reading

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Lib Dems to announce mental health policy ‘red line’

7 October 2014 9:03
Norman Lamb

The Lib Dems haven’t really announced many enormous policies so far at their party conference. Yesterday’s speech from Vince Cable was more notable for its loyalty than it was for… Continue reading

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Anglican bishop: Rome must protect Christians from Islamism

6 October 2014 21:48
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The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester and an evangelical Christian, has delivered a remarkable message to a group of Catholics: ‘Bishop Nazir-Ali said that, with the… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg takes a page from David Cameron's style guide

6 October 2014 17:30
Nick Clegg at the Lib Dem conference (Photo: Getty)

What exactly is going on with Nick Clegg’s conference get-up in Glasgow? As of this writing, the Deputy Prime Minister is wearing his third outfit of the day – casual jeans and a… Continue reading

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The Foyle prize for poetry will restore your faith in arts awards

6 October 2014 15:10
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Those of us who were never destined to be great young poets can probably remember the attempts. I kept my verses from when I was 14 in a pillowcase, which… Continue reading

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The Pulse: Could red wine solve the world’s problems? Probably not…

6 October 2014 12:35
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The Pulse is the Spectator’s answer to media nonsense about health. Tom Chivers looks past the headlines and all the conflicting advice about health in the news to find out… Continue reading

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The subversive thrill of Tom and Jerry

4 October 2014 22:49
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I can’t wait to watch Tom and Jerry, The Complete Second Volume, on Amazon Prime, to which, as luck would have it, I belong. Obviously I’ve seen the cartoons before – I… Continue reading

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Spectator competition: a final ‘if’ for Kipling’s ‘If’ (plus: compose an autumn villanelle)

4 October 2014 9:29
By Rudyard Kipling (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The call to add a final stanza to a well-known poem attracted an enormous entry. Nicholas Stone imagined how Coleridge might have continued had it not been for the intrusion… Continue reading

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Communion for divorced: Pope Francis has created a crisis

3 October 2014 18:11
Pope Francis Attends His Weekly Audience at St Peters Square

The Vatican Synod of Bishops on the Family begins on Sunday amid a degree of chaos unprecedented in recent Catholic history. And I’m afraid it’s the Pope’s fault. Francis kicked off proceedings in… Continue reading

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MC Dave and post-modern politics

3 October 2014 17:32
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After David Cameron’s conference speech, Mr S noticed a YouTube video of the Prime Minister all over Facebook and Twitter. For a moment it looked like a great coup for… Continue reading

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Salmond cancels first south of border appearance

3 October 2014 16:31
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Alex Salmond is licking his wounds up north in the wake of his defeat in the Scottish referendum. After describing being booed by golf fans at the Ryder Cup as… Continue reading

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Chris Grayling is an advertisement for a Labour government

3 October 2014 13:39
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Thank heavens for Ed Miliband, eh? The leader of the opposition remains the single most compelling reason to hope the Conservatives remain in power next May. A shame, then, that… Continue reading

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Michael Dugher names Tory rival as greatest living Yorkshireman

3 October 2014 9:15
Michael Dugher

Professional Yorkshireman and Labour attack dog Michael Dugher was quick to jump on the Prime Minister’s claim that William Hague was the greatest living Yorkshireman. Telling the BBC yesterday that… Continue reading

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Will Guardian readers hold their noses and vote Tory?

1 October 2014 21:48
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Well! Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian was impressed by David Cameron’s conference speech and no mistake. The campaign for 2015 has begun. On Wednesday, in what may well have been… Continue reading

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Tory faithful send the PM a clear message on Gove

1 October 2014 17:01
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Many Tories had begun to wonder where Michael Gove had got to. The Chief Whip’s move from the Department for Education was heralded with a briefing that he would be… Continue reading

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David Cronenberg’s Map to the Stars: threesomes, incest, a dead dog and whiny farts

1 October 2014 16:41
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In a scene that sticks from Map to the Stars, David Cronenberg’s Grand Guignol of a Hollywood satire, Julianne Moore, playing an ageing Hollywood never-has-been, sits on the loo in… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s message to Britain: winter is here but spring is coming

1 October 2014 14:28
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Better than Miliband is as fine a demonstration of the soft bigotry of low expectations as you possibly hope to find. Nevertheless, David Cameron’s speech to the Tory conference today… Continue reading

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Once upon a time David Cameron had a story to tell; he needs to remember it and tell it again

30 September 2014 20:11
Prime Minister David Cameron Reacts To The Scottish Referendum Decision

It is easy to inflate the importance of speeches made at party conferences. Particularly when those speeches are the last such set piece events before a general election. But they… Continue reading

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TM4PM: It’s on

30 September 2014 18:40
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Most Secretaries of State tend to lay low the night before their big conference speech, redrafting and practising. Not so Theresa May. The glammed-up Home Secretary was working the party… Continue reading

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Has Cameron actually considered the realities of his seven-day GP access scheme?

30 September 2014 17:37
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David Cameron’s seven-day opening scheme for GPs sounds like an excellent idea for patients, but I’m not convinced it is. I’d be lying if I said that I wanted to… Continue reading

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If David Cameron wants seven-day GP clinics, he’ll need market reform

30 September 2014 0:49
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Today, David Cameron will pledge that if he’s re-elected he’ll give everyone access to a family doctor seven days a week. He will say:- “People need to be able to… Continue reading

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Dan Hannan boycotts Tory conference (but promises he won’t defect to Ukip)

29 September 2014 15:49
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No Mark Reckless, no Brooks Newmark and now no Bow Group.  The oldest conservative think-thank has announced that they are boycotting this year’s Tory conference. It seems, for Dave at least,… Continue reading

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