Who will be the next head of the British Museum? Here are the runners and riders

8 April 2015 19:37
British Museum director Neil MacGregor at the opening of the exhibition on Greek art, with the marble sculpture of the river god Ilissos, at rear, in the Hermitage, St Petersburg. Photo: AP/Dmitry Lovetsky

The hunt for the next head of the British Museum is not going to be easy. The director needs to have the confidence of his trustees, to inspire his curators and to… Continue reading


Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP continue to defy the usual laws of politics

8 April 2015 18:07
Scottish Party Leaders Participate In A Live STV Debate

It’s nice to be noticed. I cannot recall the Scottish portion of a UK general election ever exciting this much interest from folk unfortunate enough to live south of the… Continue reading


Trans activists are effectively experimenting on children. Could there be anything more cruel?

8 April 2015 15:45
A boy who plays with dolls is not trans or dysphoric - he's just a boy who plays with dolls

Can you think of anything more cruel than telling a five-year-old boy who likes Lady Gaga that he might have gender dysphoria? Or telling a nine-year-old tomboy who hates Barbie… Continue reading


Coffee Shots: Election fatigue strikes again

8 April 2015 15:39
It's all got a bit much

After Mr S revealed the angry note one disgruntled voter in Bedford put on their door after being bombarded with Labour campaign leaflets, election fatigue has now spread to children too. It’s… Continue reading


Ed Balls is dodging the airwaves

8 April 2015 13:09
Image: Getty.

Ed Balls has gone to ground after his BBC interview surfaced from January undermining Labour’s big policy announcement on non-doms. So far his disappointing deputies Chris Leslie and Shabana Mahmood… Continue reading


Labour ignore the yellow peril

8 April 2015 12:59
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

Labour have not had much luck in this campaign when it comes to buses. Leaving aside the brouhaha over the sexist ‘pink van‘, the travelling Miliband entourage and press pack… Continue reading


Labour’s non-dom millionaire donor stays silent over Ed’s proposals

8 April 2015 12:35
Lakshmi Mittal is one of Labour's biggest donors

Today Ed Miliband has announced with all guns blazing that the Labour party will abolish non-dom status if they are elected in May. The party has labelled the current non-dom tax rules… Continue reading


Is Ed Balls running scared from debating George Osborne?

8 April 2015 8:00

When Ed Balls appeared alongside George Osborne on the Andrew Marr Show earlier this year, the Shadow Chancellor told viewers how much he wanted to have a TV debate with… Continue reading


How a weird medieval recipe is fighting superbugs

7 April 2015 20:52
They weren't wrong about everything

Medieval medicine doesn’t have a great reputation, it’s fair to say. But one of its recipes may help us tackle the great curse of 21st-century disease control – the growing ineffectiveness… Continue reading


Snowden now faces the traitor’s fate – worship from hipsters and Hollywood

7 April 2015 18:05
A statue of Edward Snowden is seen at the Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn on April 6, 2015.  A group of artists on Monday installed a bust of the fugitive US intelligence analyst before authorities quickly removed the illicit statue (Photo: Jewel Samad/Getty)

New York Brooklyn is the hipster heaven of New York, which is perhaps why it was there that a bust of Edward Snowden was unveiled yesterday.  Not that it stayed… Continue reading


Salman Rushdie sets the record straight on the classics

7 April 2015 17:51
56th BFI London Film Festival: Midnight's Children - Official Screening

Salman Rushdie became embroiled in a literary row over the weekend after he rated a number of books on the website Goodreads thinking these would be private when in fact the information was viewable to the… Continue reading


My night with Nicola Sturgeon

7 April 2015 17:27
Leader Of The SNP Nicola Sturgeon Gives A Speech On Child Poverty

When I watch Nicola Sturgeon exercising her newfound charm and confidence, I experience a pang of intimate regret. Some 15 years ago — when she was a new MSP and… Continue reading


Rand Paul’s libertarian crusade will shake up the presidential race

7 April 2015 17:16

Finally, the presidential race got interesting. The thought of Hillary Clinton vs Jeb Bush was too much of a rerun of the same old thing: big government liberal vs big government… Continue reading


Don’t expect to hear anything about Islamic State during the election campaign

7 April 2015 15:50
The Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, where Islamic State fighters have launched an offensive (Photo: Getty)

Granted, you don’t really expect foreign policy to feature much in an election campaign – we’re not saints – but it’s still shaming the way that the biggest foreign policy… Continue reading


Coffee Shots: Puppy love for Yvette Cooper and Will Straw

7 April 2015 14:50

Could this photo beat Nick Clegg’s hedgehog photo call to be the strangest animal election campaign snap? Here Yvette Cooper and Labour’s candidate for Rossendale and Darwen Will Straw are… Continue reading


How Labour can use Europe to stop the Tories

7 April 2015 13:53
Liberal Democrats Annual Spring Conference 2014

One of the first tasks of a party in our time of fragmented politics is to stop their opponents making alliances. As things stand, the Tories can form a coalition… Continue reading


Kids love fairy tales. This doesn’t mean they must be taught about transgender politics

7 April 2015 13:07

If the NUT didn’t exist it would be necessary for a latter-day Michael Wharton to invent it. This week the teaching union is having its congress where, among other things, it’s… Continue reading


Journalists jeered for asking Tony Blair questions at Labour press conference

7 April 2015 12:49

Labour have continued their bizarre war on the media with aplomb. As Mr S has reported in the past, pesky journalists that have the audacity to ask awkward questions are… Continue reading


Being a bit fat can be healthy. But the medical profession doesn’t want us to know

7 April 2015 12:02
Doctors bang on about obesity – but ignore the benefits of fatness

A GP called Malcolm Kendrick has written a book about politically correct manipulation of medical data – and has cropped up in the Independent highlighting the medical profession’s unwillingness to share… Continue reading


Revealed: Desperate Clegg takes £50,000 in last-minute donations in fight to keep his seat

7 April 2015 11:35
(Photo: Getty)

According to a recent Ashcroft poll, Nick Clegg is on course to lose his seat in the general election. If he is ousted from Sheffield Hallam, the Deputy Prime Minister… Continue reading


We don’t think of highly gifted people as mentally disabled. Perhaps we should

4 April 2015 22:50
Michelangelo: genius and soap-dodger

I’m intrigued by this recent study suggesting that intellectual gifts and learning disabilities, far from lying on opposite ends of a spectrum of intelligence, sometimes go hand in hand. Intrigued, but… Continue reading


Coffee Shots: Election fatigue sets in

4 April 2015 16:45

With just five weeks to go till polling day, one happy voter in Bedford has had enough. Mr S suspects that it’s for the best if Patrick Hall, the Labour candidate for… Continue reading


Blessed are the speechmakers?

4 April 2015 0:01
The unlucky ninth president of America, William Henry Harrison

As the election season finally gets its boots on, office-seeking motor-mouths of every creed and colour would do well to remember the tale of William Henry Harrison, ninth president of… Continue reading


Who won the leaders’ debate? All of them.

3 April 2015 10:40
Seven Leaders Of Britain's Political Parties Join Televised Debate

So who won? That’s the question, isn’t it? Well, not really. This debate, like most such affairs, is not a horserace in which the winner is easily determined. Because not… Continue reading


Nigel Farage causes problems for Alison Jackson ahead of leaders’ debate

2 April 2015 17:32
Cross Party Support At Homes For Britain Rally

Tonight’s leaders’ debate will see the seven party leaders battle to be heard on ITV. The set up has given organisers a headache as they work out how to arrange it without the debate descending… Continue reading