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A worker poses outside the Dwa Koty Polish delicatessen in Crewe, England (Photo: Getty Images)

There is no such thing as ‘immigrants’ – only Poles, Yanks, Somalis…

6 November 2014 15:50

There was much glee about yesterday’s publication of a report into the economic impact of immigration, which concluded eastern Europeans had provided a net benefit of £4.4 billion to the… Continue reading

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Kurds can pull off miracles, but they need help against Isis

6 November 2014 12:05

The Kurds can pull off minor miracles when they need to. They require active support, however, now they are at the centre of the global struggle against the self-styled Islamic… Continue reading

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The real winner at the US mid-terms? Hillary Clinton

5 November 2014 14:54

Washington, DC The American election cycle is beginning to resemble the 1993 comedy Groundhog Day. In the film, you may recall, Bill Murray plays an egomaniacal Pittsburgh weatherman named Phil… Continue reading

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Lame duck unleashed – Bulgarian in London asks ‘what next’ on US immigration

5 November 2014 12:52

London Careening through the city in a minicab last night, en route to a pub in Bloomsbury that had promised to screen US election results, the mustachioed driver confirmed my accent… Continue reading

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Mitt Romney addresses the crowd during a rally for Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan (Photo: David Ryder/Getty)

Obama was the Republicans’ greatest weapon last night. What will they do without him?

5 November 2014 12:45

Anchorage, Alaska You don’t mean a thing if your state’s not a swing, goes the saying in American elections. But if it is a swing, then a whirlwind of money,… Continue reading

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From left: US General John Allen, Kuwaiti foreign ministry under secretary Khaled al-Jarallah and Qatari foreign minister assistant Mohamed bin Abdullah al-Rumaihi, in Kuwait City on October 27, 2014 (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

The US won’t beat Isis alone; Qatar and other Gulf allies must help in Iraq

30 October 2014 11:07

Revelations keep pouring in about the uneasy relationship between Western aid givers and ISIS operators: from bribes given by humanitarian convoys to secure access in war-torn Syria, to food and… Continue reading

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US sailors aboard the USS Colorado, a Colorado-class battleship, during World War One. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: American sympathy

29 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 31 October 1914: We do not ask for help of any material kind from the United States; we recognize that a strict neutrality is not only her… Continue reading

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Meet the two Americans set to steer the next general election

27 October 2014 16:00

Washington, D.C. David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg – the obvious targets to blame for the disillusionment engulfing British politics. But let’s not forget the role of the Americans.… Continue reading

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An Afghan soldier mans the machine gun on a helicopter ferrying troops from Camp Bastion in Helmand province to Kandahar military base. October 12, 2009. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

Farewell to Afghanistan (for now)

26 October 2014 22:01

Britain has ended combat operations in Afghanistan. The war did topple the Taleban, but it hasn’t got rid of them. It has improved some things in Afghanistan – better roads,… Continue reading

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Canada's National War Memorial, on October 23, 2014 (Photo: Getty Images)

Is Canada’s foreign policy making the country any safer?

24 October 2014 16:58

We Canadians like to think that we are a boring and peaceful nation, that nothing much ever happens here, and everybody likes us. It therefore comes as a shock when… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg’s pro-European arguments lack the nuance needed to win over the electorate

20 October 2014 15:16

At his press conference this morning, Nick Clegg told Jason Groves, ‘Do you really think Washington is going to bother picking up the phone if we can’t even punch above… Continue reading

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A Dutch slave ship arrives in Virginia, 1619 (Engraving from Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Happy ‘anti-slavery day’ to Clapham Christians, et al

18 October 2014 17:29

October 18 is ‘anti human-trafficking’ day by 2007 Act of European Parliament; along with ‘anti-slavery day’ by 2010 Act of UK Parliament. So there’s that, for the 29.8 million people worldwide estimated… Continue reading

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A brief history of biker gangs at war – Islamofascist Iraq edition

15 October 2014 8:21

America and Britain are still fumbling for policies to deal with nationals joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In Holland, meanwhile, authorities faced a more cheering task: sorting… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Stiff upper lip

8 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 10 October 1914: American visitors have been surprised at the apparent absence of emotion in England at such a crisis as the present. They can see, they say, no… Continue reading

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In praise of Den-zel

18 September 2014 13:21

His Christian name is only two syllables, with the stress (following the African-American pronunciation) on the second. Two syllables that are a byword for urbane cool. A mellifluous shibboleth – the… Continue reading

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Crowds gathered outside The Capitol building in Washington D.C for the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States of America, in 1913  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: A word to America

14 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 12 September 1914: WE desire to address a word to the American people, a word which must be spoken, though we are fully aware that it will… Continue reading

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Police attempt to control demonstrators protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Image: Scott Olson/Getty Images

America’s racial tensions are on show for the world to see in Ferguson

19 August 2014 9:41

Washington, D.C. Week two of the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri and peace is nowhere in sight. The problems began on Saturday 9th August when Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American,… Continue reading

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Algerian cavalry in 1914 (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)

The Spectator at war: An American joins the fight

13 August 2014 8:00

A letter from the 15 August 1914 Spectator: SIR,- As an American, I venture to point out that England’s decision to live up to her implied promises to France, as… Continue reading

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Obama moves against ISIS. This time, it’s a war worth fighting

8 August 2014 8:06

Back to Iraq, then. President Obama’s announcement last night that America would intervene militarily in defence of the Kurds is by any standards a stunning development. The President, whom hawks… Continue reading

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‘Tolerance’ is the last thing gays need

4 August 2014 16:59

There I was flexing my defensive muscles, waiting for the tsunami of hatred to come my way once my new book hit the shelves, when I discovered that not only… Continue reading

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Why is The Daily Dot, smooth and sassy website of ‘the internet community’, publishing racist nonsense?

23 July 2014 19:14

The Daily Dot, founded less than two years ago, is best read while sipping the flattest of flat white coffees. I love it, even though it’s not pitched at me:… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband and Barack Obama meet in the White House yesterday. Photo: @Ed_Miliband.

Ed Miliband comes to Washington — and nobody here notices

22 July 2014 7:56

Washington, D.C. Ed Miliband met with Barack Obama yesterday, haven’t you heard? The British press covered the visit with their usual gusto but the visit barely registered on the radar… Continue reading

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Video – The leader of ISIS makes his first public appearance

5 July 2014 17:31

A video has just emerged of the new ‘Caliph’, otherwise known as the leader of the Islamic State (aka ISIS). Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is shown leading Friday prayers earlier this week… Continue reading

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Will America take up the job of whack-a-mole in the Middle East?

30 June 2014 19:30

President Obama said recently that the United States cannot simply play ‘whack-a-mole’ in the Middle East. The only appropriate response to which is to say, ‘Yes you can.’ We can… Continue reading

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Tony Abbott, the Prime ‘Nerd’ of Australia

13 June 2014 14:25

There are two types of Australian male: the ‘julios’, a modern import who likes soft drinks and hair product, and the ‘nerds’, the traditional breed who like beer and Sheilas.… Continue reading

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