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The BBC swallows more fanatical nonsense from Action on Sugar

31 May 2015 15:15

Action on Sugar, the bastard offspring of Consensus Action on Salt, has noticed that dried fruit contains sugar. As with every utterance from the pressure group, the BBC thinks this… Continue reading

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Alex Salmond knows all about the art of politics

29 May 2015 14:54

‘The art of politics is not to lie,’ claimed Alex Salmond on last night’s This Week. “The art of politics is not to lie” @AlexSalmond tells @afneil about Carmichael comments… Continue reading

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Peter Florence, Caroline Michel, Alan Yentob and Rosie Boycott at the GQ party

Alan Yentob admits he inspired W1A bicycle plotline

26 May 2015 13:26

With the BBC’s self satire W1A proving to be one of the corporation’s most popular shows, much has been made of whether the comedy is too close for comfort given that… Continue reading

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Do Google and Facebook threaten the free press?

20 May 2015 12:50

What are newspapers for? The answer, of course, is not just to tell us what’s going on and explain the implications, but also to select the most important items from… Continue reading

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Labour leader Ed Miliband and Jeremy Paxman chat during the filming of  'Cameron & Miliband ; The Battle For Number 10' on March 26, 2015 in London, England.

Jeremy Paxman: BBC licence fee can’t last

19 May 2015 17:51

Although Jeremy Paxman spent several decades working for the BBC, the presenter took an opportunity at a Royal Television Society talk today to cast doubt over its future. With the BBC’s charter renewal… Continue reading

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Why dance needs a Simon Cowell

15 May 2015 17:08

I have more and more time for Simon Cowell. On Britain’s Got Talent on Saturday night he was dishing out his hard-faced reality check to the parade of wannabes who… Continue reading

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Cameron has one chance to abolish the licence fee and this is it

13 May 2015 13:09

As the news of John Whittingdale’s appointment as Culture Secretary came through, I happened to be sorting my pile of threatening letters from TV Licensing. It was taking me a… Continue reading

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Jeremy Clarkson and James May take to the road after TV talks

13 May 2015 12:28

After Jeremy Clarkson was sacked from Top Gear, his fellow presenters James May and Richard Hammond resigned in protest. Since then, the trio have been spotted together over the past… Continue reading

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Tom Baldwin says BBC showed more bias against Labour than the Tories

13 May 2015 11:14

Ed Miliband’s spin doctor Tom Baldwin has been rather quiet since Labour’s disastrous election night results. Now the former Times journalist has explained his radio silence in an article for the… Continue reading

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It’s Labour’s loss if they don’t take Ukip voters seriously

13 May 2015 11:08

Almost four million people voted for Ukip on 7 May. That, in itself, is an astonishing achievement for a party which is a) newish and b) endured more vilification than even… Continue reading

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‘Binge Britain’ has ended. Get over it

13 May 2015 10:58

A certain amount of amnesia is required if you are to believe everything the ‘public health’ lobby tells you. Alcohol is frequently in the media but the only story relating… Continue reading

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Will Ed and David’s relationship put off potential Labour leaders?

11 May 2015 17:43

David Miliband has just given a brutal interview to BBC News in which he took a few more words to say ‘I told you so’ about the way his brother… Continue reading

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The moments between: the art of putting bums on seats on election night

7 May 2015 14:55

When the cameras go live in the BBC studios tonight for their election coverage it will mark 65 years of televised analysis of the results. As the BBC’s own delightful… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage is surrounded by media during a UK general election campaign event in the market square in Aylesbury on April 30, 2015.

The fruitcakes are back as Ukip declares ‘war with the BBC’

1 May 2015 14:44

Ukip is becoming a two-faced party. One side is made up of credible political challengers, while the other side comprises LibLabCon conspiracy theorists. Since the last election, the party has made progress… Continue reading

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Labour leader Ed Miliband takes part in a special BBC Question Time programme, hosted by David Dimbleby (L), with the three main party leaders appearing separately, at Leeds Town Hall on April 30, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Campaign kick-off: six days to go

1 May 2015 9:30

By this time next week, the election will all be over and it will be a question of seats, leaderships and coalitions. With six days of campaigning left, today will… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron takes part in the "BBC Question Time: Election Leaders Special" television program at Leeds Town Hall in Leeds, northern England on April 30, 2015.

Listen: The Spectator’s verdict on the Question Time leaders special

30 April 2015 23:18

According to the snap poll, David Cameron has won the final TV ‘debate’ of the short campaign. In this View from 22 podcast special, Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and I… Continue reading

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A police sniffer dog checks the stage of the "BBC Question Time: Election Leaders Special" television show at Leeds Town Hall in Leeds, northern England on April 30, 2015.

As it happened: Question Time leaders special

30 April 2015 19:52

Welcome to the Spectator’s live coverage of the special edition of Question Time with David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. We’ll be providing live analysis of the final TV programme… Continue reading

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Camilla Long made a joke about Nigel Farage during an episode of the BBC's Have I Got News For You

Camilla Long’s Have I Got News For You appearance causes problems for Ukip

30 April 2015 15:41

After Camilla Long claimed on last Friday’s Have I Got News for You that she had spent more time in South Thanet than Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader failed to… Continue reading

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Cameron needs to keep the momentum going in tonight’s Question Time

30 April 2015 13:41

Tonight’s Question Time is, probably, the most important TV event of the campaign. The fact that it is on BBC1 in prime time means that it is likely to attract… Continue reading

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Did David Cameron take a dig at the BBC’s Robert Peston?

27 April 2015 18:58

After Mr S’s colleague Camilla Swift revealed how the BBC misquoted David Cameron as saying he loved foxhunting when he appeared on the Andrew Marr Show, they were accused by some of… Continue reading

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The dodgy science behind the claim that exercise doesn’t help you lose weight

27 April 2015 14:00

You may have heard the news that the nation’s doctors have had a change of heart about physical activity and no longer believe it to be a sensible way of… Continue reading

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Has the BBC painted its website red?

24 April 2015 15:26

Dare Mr S suggest the BBC election website is a little skewed towards the red corner? Miliband’s foreign policy foray leads the hub, yet fails to give much coverage of the… Continue reading

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Campaign kick-off: 16 days to go

21 April 2015 9:14

The Tories are partying like it’s 1992. Sir John Major is being wheeled out today to reinforce what Michael Fallon and others have said: the SNP are dangerous for Britain. Labour… Continue reading

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Exposed: the BBC’s ‘foxhunting’ smear against David Cameron

20 April 2015 17:31

The Prime Minister’s interview on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday showed that despite claims to the contrary, Cameron isn’t lacking in passion; the PM was full of fight and his… Continue reading

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The BBC debate confirmed some unhelpful female stereotypes

17 April 2015 12:26

If I were a nicer person, I suppose I’d have been rather more moved by what the Independent called the moment that summed up last night’s leaders debate, the ‘beautiful group hug’… Continue reading

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