Revealed: The ‘Blairite’ crime policy that never was

21 July 2015 11:11
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Appears Before The Committee Investigating The On The Runs Scheme

With rumours flying around the Commons that if elected, Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn would appoint a Shadow Peace Secretary in the place of a Shadow Defence Secretary, Mr S… Continue reading


Jon Ronson is wrong — Katie Hopkins isn’t insane, damaged or weird

20 July 2015 18:13
Katie Hopkins seen leaving the ITV Studios after an appearance on 'Loose Women' on February 9, 2015 in London, England.

Another conflict of interest and indeed of my mental state. I can think of no journalist I enjoy reading more than Jon Ronson. He is, I think, unequivocally brilliant and… Continue reading


David Cameron has given his best speech yet on tackling Islamic extremism

20 July 2015 18:01
David Cameron delivers a speech at Ninestiles Academy in Birmingham, central England, on July 20, 2015.

The Prime Minister’s Birmingham speech on radicalisation and Muslim communities in the UK given earlier today is a rather important one. Regular readers will know that I’m not easy to… Continue reading


John Bercow enjoys (yet another) sports jolly

20 July 2015 17:53
John Bercow attends Wimbledon

Last year John Bercow proudly boasted during an interview with Roger Federer on Radio 4 that he had watched 65 of the tennis ace’s matches that year. An impressive feat… Continue reading


Is the Guardian about to endorse Jeremy Corbyn?

20 July 2015 12:34
UK Labour Party Leader ship Hustings

Despite frequent claims from both sides of the political spectrum that Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn is ‘unelectable’, he has so far managed to win the endorsement of Unite as well… Continue reading


Brave Cardinal Pell challenges Pope Francis’s dogma on climate change

18 July 2015 22:53

‘The Church has got no mandate from the Lord to pronounce on scientific matters.’ In that one sentence, Cardinal Pell puts his finger on what is wrong with Laudato Si‘,… Continue reading


Spectator competition: a lecherous poet gets his come-uppance (plus: Gove’s rules)

18 July 2015 9:47
August 1966:  A member of the International Society of Girl Watchers uses the ploy of wiping his shoulder in order to leer unnoticed at a passing woman. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Given the kerfuffle caused by the recent publication of Craig Raine’s ‘Gatwick’ in the London Review of Books, I thought it might be interesting to invite competitors to compose their… Continue reading


Jeremy Vine finds his exit poll prediction is no laughing matter

17 July 2015 16:50

Nick Robinson recently revealed Jeremy Vine’s off-air reaction to the exit poll on election night. ‘So Scotland will go independent and the BBC will be shut down,’ the Radio 2… Continue reading


George Osborne crashes Number 10 for Treasury party

17 July 2015 13:32
David Cameron Arrives In London As Conservatives Are Projected To Win The General Election

When George Osborne stepped in for David Cameron at PMQs, it was seen as the Chancellor’s chance to show that he had what it takes to be Prime Minister. With that… Continue reading


Labour’s new donor: #ToriesForCorbyn

16 July 2015 16:43
GMB union annual conference - Dublin

Oh dear. According to a recent poll Jeremy Corbyn could win the Labour leadership. This news has brought joy to left-wing activists and Tories alike, though granted this is for… Continue reading


National Busking Day is an insult to real buskers

16 July 2015 15:53
(Photo: Getty)

This Saturday is National Busking Day, a series of events across the country proving that Britain’s arts establishment just don’t get it. The whole point of busking is that it’s… Continue reading


First James Naughtie, now John Humphrys slips up over Jeremy Hunt

16 July 2015 12:32

When James Naughtie steps down from the Today programme this autumn, his Jeremy Hunt gaffe will stand out as one of his more memorable moments. The Scottish presenter accidentally introduced him by… Continue reading


Andy Burnham: how Arthur Scargill inspires me

15 July 2015 13:55
Day Four - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

When Martin Freeman endorsed Labour ahead of the election, his credentials were called into question after Steerpike reported that Freeman was a former supporter of Arthur Scargill’s far-left Socialist party. So… Continue reading


Riddled with clichés, routinely inept: Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman should never have been published

14 July 2015 17:18
(Photo: Getty)

This is an interesting document, and a pretty bad novel. I don’t know why anyone thought it would be otherwise. In 1960, Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird. It… Continue reading


Mhairi Black: I’m the only 20-year-old George Osborne will help with housing

14 July 2015 16:10

Last week the SNP MP Phil Boswell made a ‘depravity’ gaffe in his maiden speech. Happily, his colleague – and Parliament’s youngest MP – Mhairi Black had more luck today… Continue reading


Revealed: the documentary the BBC doesn’t want you to see

14 July 2015 11:35

Nate Silver has a lot to answer for. Yes, he called the US general election correctly – but he then led the fashionable view that opinion polling technology is now so… Continue reading


Lord Adonis ‘stranded in Philippines’: send cash immediately

14 July 2015 11:24
Senior Figures Speak At British Chamber of Commerce Annual Conference

This morning’s mailbox gave Mr S cause for alarm. A message popped up from Lord Adonis explaining that he had been mugged on holiday in the Philippines and was ‘freaked out’.… Continue reading


Joan Bakewell suggests over-75s pay their own licence fee

14 July 2015 11:18

Much has been made of the threat the Tories pose to the BBC after they said the corporation must take on the £750m cost of free TV licences for the… Continue reading


Tally No: the SNP abandons its principles to tweak the Tories

13 July 2015 21:42
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In 2008 Alex Salmond told Total Politics that: ‘As you know, by choice, SNP MPs have abstained from every vote on English legislation that does not have an immediate Scottish consequence.… Continue reading


Jeremy Clarkson completes final lap of Top Gear test track

13 July 2015 16:59
(Credit: Jeremy Clarkson)

Earlier this year Mr S reported how Jeremy Clarkson got on stage at a glitzy charity auction and told the audience that the BBC were ‘f—ing b—–ds’. Happily, during the expletive-filled rant… Continue reading


Has Andy Burnham’s wife kissed a Tory?

13 July 2015 14:09

When Andy Burnham attended London Pride, the Labour leadership hopeful proudly sported a t-shirt which read ‘never kissed a Tory’. While Mr S is yet to track down a Tory… Continue reading


Stella Creasy’s deputy leadership campaign is hit by online glitch

13 July 2015 9:27

Given that Labour’s next deputy leader will need to take on a pivotal role when it comes to both campaigning and communicating on behalf of the party, Stella Creasy’s campaign took… Continue reading


Place your bets! Bookies reveal favourites to be next BBC political editor

10 July 2015 17:19

Yesterday Nick Robinson confirmed reports that he is leaving his role as the BBC’s political editor to join the Today programme. Now the race is on to find a worthy… Continue reading


We need a Campaign to Protect Urban England

10 July 2015 16:02

If a political subject is inconvenient to both Left and Right then the chances are that it won’t get addressed, however serious the problem. And so it has been with… Continue reading


Andy Burnham talks equality at £1400 private members’ club

10 July 2015 13:20
Public Inquiry Into Stafford Hospital Scandal Resumes

Throughout his career, Andy Burnham has been keen to point out that he is not one of the ‘metropolitan elite’. The Labour leadership hopeful says that ‘for too long there… Continue reading