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Keep your hair on! Seven tips for doing so, past Movember

6 November 2014 10:24

Some men are growing facial hair for Movember but lots of people are just trying not to go bald. Male pattern baldness affects half of men over the age of… Continue reading

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Norman Baker quits as a Home Office minister

3 November 2014 23:31

Norman Baker has resigned as a Home Office minister tonight. Baker has quit, blaming the difficulties of working with Theresa May and the squeeze that ministerial office has put on… Continue reading

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Smoking weed won’t make your kids smarter, but it won’t make them brain-dead, either

24 October 2014 16:20

Lacking in pep? Looking for some extra zing as winter sets in? The Spectator recommends our energy conference on 1 December. Tickets are still available, sign up here. I don’t want this… Continue reading

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Of course marijuana isn’t ‘safe’ – but should it be illegal?

13 October 2014 9:26

Sometimes I read things that really get on my wick, and last week was one of those times. A new, ‘definitive’ 20-year study has ‘demolished the argument that the drug… Continue reading

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Clegg’s dangerous drugs pledge misses the point

8 August 2014 17:38

This morning Nick Clegg announced that the Liberal Democrats want to ban judges from sending those convicted of possessing illegal drugs to prison. This policy may make sense around the… Continue reading

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The government’s drugs strategy is miles behind today’s drug dealers

4 August 2014 16:58

New powers to tackle the huge growth in ‘legal’ highs are set to be introduced. Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, is said to be pushing for the most… Continue reading

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Paracetamol might not ease back pain – but doctors should prescribe it anyway

28 July 2014 15:31

Upon seeing the headline ‘Paracetamol does not help lower back pain’, I found myself emitting a small (well – actually quite a large) sigh. The image of queues of angry… Continue reading

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Crusties, trustafarians, Chris Martin and mud: the deadly predictability of Glastonbury

26 June 2014 13:47

Glastonbury weekend is upon us, and the bores are out in force. West London buzzes to the sound of hoorays buying drugs, and the army surplus stalls of Portobello Market… Continue reading

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Spectator Debate: Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. Welcome to Generation Y’s world

18 June 2014 13:26

The Spectator’s latest debate – Stop Whining Young People: You’ve Never Had It So Good – was most disgracefully skewed in favour of the proposition. Not only did the epically… Continue reading

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The ‘war on drugs’ has not been won. Dangerous ‘legal highs’ are booming

30 May 2014 8:00

It’s fashionable nowadays to claim that young people in Britain don’t know how to have a good time. There’s certainly plenty of evidence to suggest we’re avoiding the drugs our… Continue reading

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Statins: magic bullet or massive misfire? Ask our experts

29 May 2014 0:00

In the first issue of Spectator Health, our cover piece is on the controversial issue of statins, arguably the most important ‘consumer’ medical issue facing people today. As Dr James… Continue reading

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The death of student activism

22 May 2014 16:00

Oxford students heard this morning that, after a three-day referendum, our student union, OUSU, will be disaffiliating from the National Union of Students. I voted to break with the NUS,… Continue reading

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Norman Baker’s liberal input

12 February 2014 14:47

Norman Baker was dispatched to the Home Office at the last reshuffle in order to have a strong liberal voice in the department; it was felt that the Tories’ favourite… Continue reading

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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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A court has heard allegations that Nigella Lawson took cocaine and prescription drugs on a habitual basis.(VALERY HACHE/AFP/GettyImages)

Blow to domestic goddess as cocaine allegations surface

26 November 2013 18:23

Allegations that Nigella Lawson used cocaine and prescription drugs on a habitual basis have emerged in court today after the trial judge lifted a reporting restriction. Lawson’s former personal assistants Francesca and… Continue reading

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Ecstasy Seisure In Los Angeles

Is addiction a disease?

21 November 2013 16:15

Tonight, the Spectator will host a debate on the motion: ‘Addiction is not a disease’.  Damian Thompson, Theodore Dalrymple and Dr Aric Sigman will lock horns with Trinny Woodall, Dominic… Continue reading

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The Labour Party Annual Conference

Nightmare at PMQs!

20 November 2013 15:48

It started as soon as Ed Miliband stood up at PMQs today. ‘Nightmare!’ yelled the Tories. ‘Nightmare!’ They’d been fired up by the first question from Steve Brine, who craftily… Continue reading

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Rob Ford: a ‘role model for down and out kids’

14 November 2013 17:22

Attentive Spectator readers will recall Leah McClaren’s takedown of Rob Ford, the…err…shall we say embattled Mayor of Toronto. At the time, Ford was busy denying reports that he had smoked… Continue reading

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Natalie Rowe’s strange duet with Marvin Gaye

21 October 2013 16:55

Among the more bizarre parts of Natalie Rowe’s Chief Whip, of which Mr S wrote earlier, is her alleged encounter with Marvin Gaye. The scribbling dominatrix even claims that she… Continue reading

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Who is Natalie Rowe’s ‘Joe’?

21 October 2013 11:44

The only question on lips this morning: Who is Joe? This mysterious character lurks on the pages of a new book by Natalie Rowe, a former prostitute and dominatrix who… Continue reading

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Another puff piece for Ed Miliband

17 October 2013 12:59

First Ed Miliband was papped with a teenager holding a ‘bong’ (above). Now the Labour leader is being offered dope on the street by passing fans. According to the Ham… Continue reading

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Obama Admin. Unveils New Policy Easing Medical Marijuana Prosecutions

Yes, of course the War on Drugs exists (but it shouldn’t)

10 October 2013 0:04

There is something contemptible about Nick Clegg’s latest piece of handwringing. the Deputy Prime Minister – a position that, at least notionally, carries some clout – complains that he’d very… Continue reading

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Taki has some funny news about Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in tomorrow's Spectator. (JOEL ROBINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Another dodgy deal with Gaddafi

9 October 2013 17:40

No, not Tony Blair in a big tent in the desert, but our man Taki in the Big Apple. In tomorrow’s Spectator, Taki writes, with characteristic tact, on the Middle… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg Gives A Speech On Britain In Europe

Nick Clegg says we’re losing the war on drugs. But is there even a war?

9 October 2013 16:59

This country is losing the war on drugs, according to Nick Clegg. The Deputy Prime Minister told the BBC’s Free Speech programme that he was frustrated that his Coalition partners… Continue reading

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The Silk Road has been busted – but its legacy to the international drug trade will remain

3 October 2013 12:05

Since 2011, the Silk Road has infuriated governments the world over by allowing digital pirates to operate above the law. It has been – in effect – an eBay for… Continue reading

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