Google’s commitment is good news for Britain. But it doesn’t have much to do with Brexit

16 November 2016 13:50

Google’s decision to employ an extra 3,000 people in London is undoubtedly great news for Britain. But it’s nonsense to try…

What’s Twitter really worth?

1 October 2016 9:51

Can Twitter be worth more than Deutsche? On Tuesday, as rumours swirled of possible bidders for the microblogging site, the…


The Spectator podcast: The memory gap. Is technology taking over our minds?

11 August 2016 7:54

Smartphone ownership is predicted to hit 2.5 billion by 2019 and 60 per cent of internet traffic now comes through…

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Google isn’t racist – but it is filthy

11 June 2016 9:00

Is Google racist?  That is the charge made in a short video in which someone types ‘three white teenagers’ and…

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PMQs Sketch: Osborne managed to fight off Labour’s pocket Boadicea

25 May 2016 16:01

The only MP who doesn’t want Angela Eagle to be the next Jeremy Corbyn is Jeremy Corbyn. He was away…

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PMQs: After a strong start, Angela Eagle lost her way

25 May 2016 13:09

It was George Osborne v Angela Eagle at PMQs today, with David Cameron at the G7 in Japan. Eagle, who…

Today in audio: HMRC boss Lin Homer plays down her tax expertise

11 February 2016 15:50

It was a bad day in front of the Public Accounts Committee for Dame Lin Homer. Despite being the outgoing…


Googlewhacked? Why humiliating the search giant isn’t enough

11 February 2016 12:52

It was never going to be an enjoyable experience trying to defend Google in front of the Public Accounts Committee…


More Google woes at the Treasury

28 January 2016 18:34

Oh dear. It’s not turning out to be a great week for staff at the Treasury. After George Osborne declared…

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PMQs: Corbyn misses his chance over Google’s tax deal

27 January 2016 13:20

Today’s PMQs was an opportunity for Jeremy Corbyn to embarrass the government and align himself with public anger over how…

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Google plays the global tax game – and charitable moves aren’t common

26 January 2016 18:52

When George Osborne announced at the Conservative Party conference in 2014 that he would force companies such as Google, Facebook…

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MPs hammer Treasury ministers on ‘completely unacceptable’ sweetheart deal for Google

25 January 2016 17:57

Even though, as Fraser argued last week, Google has done nothing wrong in agreeing to pay £130 million to settle…

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Google obeys tax laws, and gives us awesome services for free. Why complain?

23 January 2016 12:06

If Google hoped for some good PR in offering £130 million to settle UK tax claims dating back to the…

Internet Companies Vie For Market Dominance

Why is big business so interested in left-wing politics?

29 May 2015 10:23

Numerous commentators have noted how the Irish marriage referendum was influenced by big business, especially Californian-based companies like Google. It’s one…

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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…

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Telescopes in contact lenses: a brilliant idea after the fiasco of Google Glass

18 March 2015 17:38

Yesterday at SXSW, the world’s grooviest ‘interactive festival’, the head of Google X – the company’s mysterious research lab –…


This new crowdsourcing site allows anyone to use their skills to advance basic human rights

16 March 2015 17:36

One of the questions I most often get asked is: ‘What can I do?’  If you agree that actual liberals…

Margaret Hodge at the Debrett's 500 party in January 2015. The event was sponsored by HSBC (Photo: David M. Benett/Getty)

Who on earth does Margaret Hodge think she is?

10 March 2015 15:23

Most people, when they hear the word populist, will think of Marine Le Pen going mad about Muslim immigrants or…

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The real reason GPs are grumpy: the robots are coming for them

15 January 2015 10:18

There’s something wrong with the relationship between patients and their GPs. I’ve spent much of this winter in my local…

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Why Cabinet Exec won’t ‘poo in the pool’

7 January 2015 20:57

If you hear any government officials talking about blue rivers in the coming days, it’s down to Google. Steve Vaughan, the…

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George Osborne’s fact-finders come up trumps in the Autumn Statement

3 December 2014 17:24

Osborne got his chance to audition for Number 10 today. He hasn’t the fluency and the synthetic chumminess of Cameron.…

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Podcast: Geeks vs spooks, a three-way Tory split and Theresa May’s manoeuvrings

27 November 2014 8:34

Are the nerds of Silicon Valley responsible for harbouring terrorists? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Hugo Rifkind and James…

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Uber is for Londoners. Black cabs are for tourists

11 June 2014 9:30

Black cab drivers are striking in London today because they are angry that Uber – a rival taxi service supported…


The Olympian smugness of the anti-Sochi gay protests

7 February 2014 18:32

Now look, as Tony Blair would say, homophobia is bad. Very bad. But does that mean we have to turn…

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Hypocrisy alert: big tech firms complain of data intrusion

9 December 2013 18:28

It’s time to reform government surveillance, so say the internet’s tech giants. Following the stream of NSA spying revelations from…