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MP Nigel Evans Is Found Not Guilty Of Sex Offence Charges

British justice the envy of the world? Tell that to Nigel Evans

14 April 2014 11:32

I am utterly delighted that Nigel Evans has been acquitted of serious allegations of sexual assault. He is a good, kind, gentle and decent man and a very old friend.… Continue reading

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Gerry Adams has said that he is willing to help the police with their inquiries into the 'disappearance' of Jean McConville. It would be good if the police took up his offer. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

We need to know the truth about Gerry Adams’s alleged involvement in the ‘disappearance’ of Jean McConville

3 April 2014 11:44

Readers will know that I am interested in the subject of post-Good Friday agreement ‘justice’ in Northern Ireland. Having been one of the few people to have followed the possibilities… Continue reading

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Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

FGM is a shaming indictment of multiculturalism and mass-immigration

25 March 2014 15:05

A number of interesting things have happened recently: The Law Society has provided legal guidance to ensure that Muslims in Britain can have their wills judged according to Sharia. BBC… Continue reading

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The inimitable General Boles produced this mock-up of crime-fighter Carswell.

Douglas Carswell, crime fighter

24 January 2014 13:42

Mr S has long admired Essex Tory MP Douglas Carswell. Not only does the rebel with a cause bring a fascinating aspect to the political debate, it also turns that… Continue reading

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The claims surrounding the alleged dalliance between President Hollande and the actress Julie Gayet become more fantastic by the day. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

The President, his mistress and the Mob

13 January 2014 15:03

There was a moment when it looked like French Closer had done President Hollande a favour. His poll ratings have been abysmal and the economy has tanked. What better distraction… Continue reading

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Caught Smoking

Ten things that went badly right in Britain in 2013

20 December 2013 14:59

This was supposed to be the year of strife, strikes, misery and more. Instead, to the surprise of Britain’s politicians, things have instead gone badly right. I look at them… Continue reading

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Old England died in 1963

21 November 2013 12:55

There is no better measure of the pivotal importance of 1963 than to recall what Britain was like in the early 1950s, as we slowly emerged from the shadows of… Continue reading

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BRITAIN-POLITICS-CONSERVATIVES

Chris Grayling gets a relatively easy ride over reoffending rates

10 November 2013 12:19

Theresa May accepted her Spectator Politician of the Year award with the quip: ‘It used to be a joke that I lock them up and Ken Clarke lets them out,… Continue reading

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What will history make of Britain’s treatment of Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin?

8 November 2013 17:49

‘A historic catastrophe’ is how Martin Bright describes it. He is referring to the policy by which successive governments in the UK, Conservative, Labour and coalition, are accused of having… Continue reading

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Argentina's President Kirchner is not afraid to play on the global stage by her own rules. Britain should stop her. (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Argentina’s G-20 membership should be revoked

12 August 2013 17:07

When Argentina appears in British public discourse, it is normally in relation to one of the two ‘f’s – football or the Falklands. The behaviour of President Cristina Kirchner’s regime… Continue reading

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City Types

A book you must read: Berlin Noir, the Bernie Gunther saga

7 August 2013 15:32

One of the givens in detective fiction these days is that the sleuth should be deeply flawed. You almost expect, as you pry open the pages of the latest overnight… Continue reading

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A general view of the 18th green on the Alcadeisa Golf Club

Gibraltar – 200 years of history in the Spectator

6 August 2013 10:13

The most dramatic part of Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s unmatched submarine novel, Das Boot, takes place beneath the Straits of Gibraltar, when Buchheim’s U-boat is ordered from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean. ‘How… Continue reading

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van

The immigration van – success or failure?

27 July 2013 13:48

Everyone in SW1, it seems, has an opinion on this controversial scheme. Most people hate it. The general assumption is that this is a Tory stunt clothed as a government… Continue reading

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The government’s illegal immigration van scheme is not aimed at illegal immigrants

26 July 2013 14:19

I wonder how many illegal immigrants who’ve seen the government’s imprecations for them to leave the country have done exactly that? Seen the van driving around with its placard and… Continue reading

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Rangers v Celtic

Scotland’s Shame? Not In My Name.

23 July 2013 10:40

There are many Scotlands and they’re all dreadful. That at any rate seems to be the message from the Scottish government’s anti-sectarianism ‘taskforce’. We’re all in denial about sectarianism and… Continue reading

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What has happened to the deluge of Romanians?

22 July 2013 11:06

Snoring in the sunshine down Park Lane, in London, last week was the latest gift to Britain from the Great God of Multicultural Diversity, sixty-odd snaggle toothed Romanian gypsies. I… Continue reading

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X Factor Judge Tulisa Contostavlos And Her Former Boyfriend Justin Edwards Attend Court Over Leaked Sex Tape

The fake-sheik strikes again, with Tulisa in the clink

4 June 2013 15:04

The ‘fake-sheik’ has pulled off another classic sting operation, worthy of his time at the News of the World. Mazher Mahmood can add Tulisa Contostavlos, the ‘musician’ turned X-Factor judge,… Continue reading

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Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans Returns To Work Following Arrest

If a policeman stops you, accuse him of raping you and force him to arrest himself.

10 May 2013 14:05

Now that virtually any well-known male entertainer of a certain age is arrested for alleged sexual offences, it is becoming clear that this is more a culture war than a… Continue reading

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Sunset In China's Countryside

Schroder – one man’s journey into night

30 April 2013 10:54

Erik Schroder is an East German who last saw his mother when he was five years old. In 1975 only his unspeaking father crossed the Wall with him into West… Continue reading

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Alan Rusbridger, editor of the Guardian. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Stolen books returned to Lambeth Palace. You read it first in the Spectator

30 April 2013 10:07

Congratulations to the Guardian for being one fortnight behind the news. The paper’s website reports that a deceased thief returned 1,400 stolen books to Lambeth Palace’s library. The citizens of King’s… Continue reading

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Surrey celebrating their win in 2011. Image: Getty

Cricket is more than a game

26 April 2013 11:38

Does this advert ring a bell? It showed a handsome young man hitting a cricket ball far into the distance. It appeared on the Tube last spring. The tagline read:… Continue reading

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Daily Life In Glasgow After The SNP Announced Their Social Fund During Their Annual Conference

The Philpott case is horrific; so is the attempt to hijack it for any political purpose

5 April 2013 16:15

The sorry truth of the Philpott case is that almost nothing can be learnt from it. Everything would be so much simpler if there were clear public policy conclusions that… Continue reading

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6 children died as the result of a criminal act. Should we not, as a society, examine all of its causes, including the problems in the welfare system?

The Philpotts – what happened to Labour’s view that we should be tough on the causes of crime?

4 April 2013 17:12

Several Labour MPs have expressed their disapproval of George Osborne’s comments about the taxpayer funding Mick Philpott’s lifestyle. For example, Andy McDonald, MP for Middlesbrough, said that welfare is a ‘completely… Continue reading

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Rangers v Celtic

Scotland’s War on Clothes: Be Careful What You Wear

28 March 2013 13:28

Welcome to Scotland, a land where freedoms of expression and other liberties are treated so seriously that the police and prosecuting authorities would never dream of monitoring and judging the… Continue reading

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David Cameron's speech on immigration in Ipswich has failed to caspture the media's attention. (Chris Radburn/AFP/Getty Images)

David Cameron’s immigration speech fails to capture the imagination

26 March 2013 10:41

This morning’s papers have followed the lead of yesterday’s TV news bulletins: the prime minister’s immigration speech was not the success it might have been. The Times is lukewarm (£).… Continue reading

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