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The Spectator: defending drunkenness since 1828

23 September 2014 10:51

University terms are getting started and this year’s Freshers may be glad to read that The Spectator has always staunchly…

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Happy Valentine's Day

14 February 2013 9:48

Thanks to AH for this reminder that the Victorians – and many since – were right to think Scotland a…

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Let Them Eat Gruel: The Government-Health-Security Complex Invades Your Kitchen - Spectator Blogs

5 January 2013 14:11

Addressing the American people for the final time as President, Dwight Eisenhower warned that: This conjunction of an immense military…

What’s Next: Plain Packaging for Booze?

27 March 2012 14:13

Hats-off to Dick Puddlecote and Chris Snowdon for being quick to notice the latest absurdity being considered by the Commons…

Yes, the NHS Must Treat Fat Folk

27 March 2012 2:08

A truly repellent piece by Cristina Odone in the Telegraph in which she argues for NHS-rationing by liefestyle and wealth.…

The Department of Something Must Be Done & the Drink Police

23 March 2012 12:35

Even if you accept that the government’s plans for a minimum alcohol price in England and Wales are well-intentioned you…

Surviving the Ides of March…

15 March 2012 14:26

I’m indebted to Patrick Kidd for unearthing this terrific advertisement for Scotsh Whisky, published in the Western Morning News in…

The Public Health Racket

8 February 2012 15:00

A fine catch by Tim Worstall who rightly scoffs at this passage in today’s Telegraph report on the (Westminster) government’s…

The Legend of the Patriotic Drinker

25 October 2011 13:04

This is one hell of a statistic: In Britain, taxes on all types of alcohol contributed 36 percent of national…

A Bloomsday Puzzle

16 June 2011 3:02

As yer man said “a good puzzle would be to cross Dublin without passing a pub”. A better puzzle would…

Politician of the Year

3 September 2010 4:05

Andrew Stuttaford says Alexei Kudrin is Finance Minister of the year but, surely, that understates matters? Russia’s finance minister has…

More Booze-Related Fraud

19 January 2010 3:19

To return to a subject we considered the other day, it seems there’s no end to the mendacity ministers are…

What’s the Real Cost of Booze?

13 January 2010 3:02

A reader asks if I might write something about the “ridiculous assertion that alcohol abuse costs every Scot £900 a…

Nanny’s Intemperate Insistence Upon Temperance

9 September 2009 14:36

Angela Harbutt of Liberal Vision and Samizdata’s Jonathan Pearce say much of what needs to be said about the British…

Localism Is Barred From Your Local

20 August 2009 12:05

One of the things that’s happened as a consequence of devolution is that sometimes Westminster finds itself following Holyrood. It’s…

Burning Issue: Does Hogwarts Have A Drinking Problem?

30 July 2009 0:40

Lord knows there’s almost no idea too dumb to appear in a newspaper, but this recent effort from the New…

Big Business & Big Government, Together Again…

28 July 2009 16:37

There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical of the Scottish government’s desire to set alcohol prices. Not the least…

The First Quiet Drink of the Evening

12 March 2009 2:07

Further to this post on Dublin pubs, my father reminded me of the great, wistful moment in The Long Goodbye…

The Decline of the Dublin Pub

11 March 2009 15:01

The Long Hall: photo by Flickr user inaki_naiz. Used under a Creative Commons License. An important article in the New…

Kingsley’s Rules

26 November 2008 17:28

Roger Scruton reviews Kingsley Amis’s Everyday Drinking, now happily reissued: At the start, Amis announces certain ‘general principles’ to be…

From Gin Lane to Faliraki

26 August 2008 17:23

Ah, Sarah Lyall. Bless her. The New York Times’ London correspondent has an entertainingly gruesome piece on the lagered-up misbehaviour…

Something Must Be Done! This is Something!

16 June 2008 14:02

Chris Dillow has a splendid post filleting the Scottish government’s plans to raise the age at which one may purchase…

Department of Advertising

10 June 2008 15:09

Shamefully, I don’t think I’d heard of Billy Beer until Mike Crowley posted this fantastic advertisement at The Stump. I…

Adventures in Marketing

3 June 2008 19:20

Lots of good things come from China, but this is magnificent. Perhaps James Fallows can do a series of posts…

Picture of the Day

14 May 2008 20:31

Skipper Neil Darling and his Selkirk team-mates celebrate after Monday night’s Border League final victory over Jed-Forest, bringing the title…