Mumsnet risk wrath of ‘Mrs Clegg’

26 September 2014 19:03
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First we had Mrs Miliband redefining her role from elusive lawyer to political campaigning wife; now we have another once shy ‘leader’s wife’ tweaking their public profile. The Liberal Democrats… Continue reading


Multiculturalism makes Isis a threat to Britain

26 September 2014 18:00
Lt. General William Mayville Jr. Briefs The Media At Pentagon On Recent Strikes Against Isis In Syria. Image: Getty

So we’re back to bombing Iraq again, by the looks of things, for the third successive decade – this time to destroy the Islamic State, or Isis or whatever they’re… Continue reading


Islamic State militants are being bombed by an Arab woman. That must sting

26 September 2014 16:37
Major Mariam al-Mansouri

Bombs are now dropping on Islamic State targets, and not a day too soon. But to add to the salty sting of missiles landing in jihadi strongholds, the United Arab… Continue reading


‘Jews Got Money’ – challenging anti-Semitism and a Jewish taboo

26 September 2014 15:55
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The other day someone tweeted at me the words ‘J£w$ Got Mon€¥’. And I was just about to tweet back: ‘Get stuffed, you anti-Semitic scum’. But I clicked on the… Continue reading


We have a new dance critic – and she’s not happy with The Arts Council

26 September 2014 14:51
Akram Khan and Sylvie Guillem in 'Sacred Monsters'. Photo:  Sadler's Wells

Hello. I recognize some of you. We’ve bumped against each other in Sadler’s Wells or Covent Garden or the Birmingham Hippodrome. I look forward to meeting you below the line… Continue reading


ISIS are a scourge on humanity; the UK must play its part in confronting this horror

26 September 2014 12:01

Doing nothing is always an option. Sometimes it can even be a sensible policy. There is much to be said for modesty and restraint and an awareness that unforeseen consequences lurk… Continue reading


Deborah Devonshire: JFK’s friend, Hitler’s antagonist, The Spectator’s columnist

25 September 2014 18:34
Deborah Devonshire (Picture: National Portrait Gallery)

The lives of the Mitford Sisters have riveted, and repelled, anglophiles since the thirties. Diana Mitford once wrote, ‘I must admit “the Mitfords” would madden ME if I didn’t chance… Continue reading


Good riddance to rhetoric

25 September 2014 16:32
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Autumn is here, and so the political classes celebrate the return of Any Questions and Question Time. (The Dimbleby is the only species that hibernates during the summer.) This year,… Continue reading


Why are we paying more benefits to Islamist preachers than our own soldiers?

25 September 2014 14:27
Anjem Choudary (Photo: Getty)

‘We need new laws’ is a phrase most often heard from people who haven’t much bothered to investigate whether laws which are already on the books can be used. For… Continue reading


Beware: Scottish Labour is a zombie party and the undead still walk

25 September 2014 12:38
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David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, is not often granted much respect. He is not a natural television performer, which does not help. He is a Scottish Conservative,… Continue reading


Can the Game of Thrones option save the UK?

25 September 2014 11:12

I’ve been in Turkey the past week, which as anyone will tell you is the friendliest and most beautiful of countries, and a kinder and more welcoming people you will… Continue reading


Anything Bill can do, Ed can do too

24 September 2014 20:28
Bill de Blasio and Ed Miliband each making a food-based gaffe.

The hall may have been half empty during his speech, but New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said lots of nice things about Ed Miliband during the closing session of Labour… Continue reading


It’s up to each woman to decide whether the pill’s benefits are worth the risks

24 September 2014 15:43
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According to a new paper published in the journal Cancer Research women taking combined oral contraceptive pills (COCP) have a 50 per cent increased risk of developing breast cancer. Frightening stuff – or… Continue reading


Paxo to Channel 4

24 September 2014 11:28
Edinburgh International Book Festival Portraits 2007

Poor Jon Snow. The veteran presenter has some serious competition from the latest BBC defection to Channel 4; it’s the big one. After months of speculation about his future, and… Continue reading


The Scottish Catholic bishops and the Nationalists: a scandal is coming to light

23 September 2014 19:47
How much did Archbishop Tartaglia know? Image: Getty

Professor Tom Gallagher, a Scottish Catholic historian, wrote a post here yesterday accusing the Catholic hierarchy of Scotland of covertly supporting the Yes campaign. Now there are two pieces of… Continue reading


Are Syria air strikes legal? Perhaps not, but why should we care?

23 September 2014 19:00
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‘Are Syria air strikes legal?’ asks the BBC as part of its lead story today. The answer is that nobody is very sure. But personally I do wonder: ‘Why should we even… Continue reading


My dyslexia means I can’t spell, but I can be a spy

23 September 2014 16:01

Apparently, I’d make a good spy. I may not be discreet or fluent in Russian, but I do have one rare quality that GCHQ prizes: I’m dyslexic. The intelligence agency… Continue reading


The Disappearance of Michel Houellebecq: French chin-stroking at its very best

23 September 2014 14:59

Just when you thought Bernard-Henri Lévy had taken a chin-stroking national stereotype as far as it could possibly go, you open Le Monde‘s business pages and see this. Bernard Maris,… Continue reading


The Yes movement slowly moves through the Kubler-Ross stages of grief

23 September 2014 13:38

No-one has died. No-one has been stabbed. Someone, I suppose, may have been punched. So let’s retain some sense of perspective as we consider and try to make sense of… Continue reading


By all means protest against Exhibit B, but do not withdraw it

23 September 2014 13:20
Brett Bailey's Exhibit B

Having met with an equal mix of critical acclaim and revulsion at the Edinburgh Festival, Brett Bailey’s Exhibit B – based on the ‘human zoos’ and ethnographic displays of the… Continue reading


Why shooting Wigmore Hall was the kindest thing to do

23 September 2014 12:01
Wigmore Hall at Newmarket in 2010. Image: Getty

On Saturday, the Daily Mirror published a front-page photograph of the racehorse Wigmore Hall with a gun to his head, about to be put down, having broken its leg. Unsurprisingly,… Continue reading


Justine Thornton becomes Justine Miliband for Labour campaign

23 September 2014 10:53
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Having spent four years sticking to a wave at the end of conference and the odd photograph together with her husband, Justine Thornton has burst onto centre stage at Labour’s… Continue reading


The Spectator: defending drunkenness since 1828

23 September 2014 10:51
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University terms are getting started and this year’s Freshers may be glad to read that The Spectator has always staunchly supported the right to get drunk. In the late 19th… Continue reading


Shadow ministerial munchies

23 September 2014 10:07

Fancy a cheeky chew on Chuka, a bite of Balls or a munch on Miliband? At last night’s Sky party at Labour conference, the Shadow Cabinet were out in force… Continue reading


Stop blaming doctors for antibiotic abuse

22 September 2014 16:01
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According to the World Health Organisation’s latest report into antibiotic resistance we are facing a ‘problem so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine… A post-antibiotic era, in… Continue reading