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Imagine the uproar if a Tory minister proposed a “do-it-yourself” NHS?

3 February 2014 9:25

Consider these two stories. In the first the government approves new proposals to overhaul hospital outpatient care. For once there…

Antiwar Demonstration In London

The Iraq War's Real Victims? Laurie Penny and the Narcissistic Left

14 February 2013 16:18

Don’t take my word for it. Ask the redoubtable Ms Penny herself. Contemplating the “lesson” of the anti-war protests a…

Britain Basks In Sunshine As The Easter Holidays Get Underway

Correction of the Year - Spectator Blogs

21 January 2013 10:34

Courtesy of Time magazine: This article has been changed. An earlier version stated that Oxford University accepted “only one black…

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Lance Armstrong, the Greatest Cheat in the History of Sport, Prepares to Admit His Sins - Spectator Blogs

5 January 2013 20:21

The news, reported by the New York Times, that Lance Armstrong is preparing to confess his sins reminds me of…

Is Sir Simon Jenkins the Worst Columnist in Britain?

27 April 2012 11:53

I know that this must seem a large claim while so many other rotters still breathe but at least, as…

Today in Stupidity: Salmond is Hitler & the Economist is Racist

19 April 2012 10:39

David Starkey’s declne from competent historian to reactionary nitwit has been a sad business. I’m afraid it shows no sign…

Today in Stupidity: Who Lost Syria?

15 March 2012 19:38

Perhaps I should apologise to Leon Wieseltier? His recent column is not a patch on Jennifer Rubin’s latest screed which…

War Games: Syria & Iran Edition

15 March 2012 16:06

The past is always a different, better place and never more so than when commentators dip into American history to…

Shocker! Cameron Snubs Republicans!

12 March 2012 18:30

Nile Gardiner is always good for a laugh and his latest contribution to the Telegraph is no exception. Apparently David…

The John Wilkes Society is Reborn

18 January 2012 5:53

John Wilkes was radical and wrong; his latter-day equivalents are merely stupid and wrong. To buttress this notion, I submit…

Say what you will about North Korea, at least they’re authentically Korean

22 December 2011 15:32

Drivel, of course, and the kind of thing you’d expect to find in the Guardian. One expects rather more from…

How To Lose An Argument: Jim Murphy Edition

6 December 2011 18:18

Meanwhile, in more examples of sloppy Labour arguments here’s a tweet Jim Murphy sent this afternoon: Oh dear. Murphy is…

When FIFA Meets the Bilderbergs*

30 November 2011 13:30

Via Norm, Verso are publishing a very silly book by Marc Perelman titled Barbaric Sport: A Global Plague. Norm reports…

No, Barack Obama is not the Second Coming of George McGovern

26 October 2011 0:01

On the other hand, Rich Lowry – editor of National Review and therefore a man who should know better –…

Three Cheers for the House of Lords

12 October 2011 0:01

As a general rule complaints that the opposition are too beastly for words should not be taken too seriously. They…

An Irish Recovery?

27 September 2011 11:35

I think it’s tiresome the way countries in desperate economic trouble are treated as lab rats by pundits far away…

Annals of Self-Awareness: Cristina Odone Edition

20 September 2011 21:53

I don’t think “squeezed middle” means what the lovely Mrs Odone thinks it means: For the past decade, our parental…

Foreign Policy Hogwash

17 September 2011 3:16

As a general rule any time you read an article asking that foreign policy be recalibrated to take greater account…

Adam Curtis Is At It Again

16 September 2011 18:26

  The great story-teller’s latest piece is a rum business indeed. Apparently: The guiding idea at the heart of today’s…

President Tin Cup

25 August 2011 13:59

It’s August so you could be forgiven for thinking Thomas Friedman’s latest column offering pony-in-the-sky advice to Barack Obama is…

Abusing Winston

23 June 2011 17:00

Whenever an American conservative uses Winston Churchill to make a cheap political point you can be sure there’s nincompoopery on…

Exciting New Adam Curtis* Project!

21 June 2011 12:30

Better still, it’s only three minutes long! Sadly the video can’t be embedded so you’ll have to hop over here…

Osama bin Laden Was Not America’s Useful Enemy

5 May 2011 14:41

The Guardian is a great newspaper but, lord, does it ever print some claptrap. Via Messrs Geras and Worstall comes…

The AV Referendum Discredits Referendums

18 April 2011 16:42

The only thing that has been proved by this referendum on changing the electoral system used for Westminster elections is…

This internet thing is never going to catch on.

12 April 2011 2:34

A classic, via Norm, from Sir Simon Jenkins. Apparently, “The Internet will strut an hour upon the stage, and then…