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Liz Truss on a sticky wicket over prison reform

19 December 2016 18:21

On Friday, Birmingham prison played host to the worst prison riot since the Strangeways jail riot 16 years ago. Stairwells…

What the papers say: ‘Bone headed’ Labour and why it’s right to reform the Lords

18 November 2016 8:44

Labour’s confused stance on immigration riles the tabloids in today’s papers – with the party’s position described as ‘bone headed’ in…

What the papers say: Britain’s ‘dangerous’ prisons and Brexit ‘indecision’

16 November 2016 8:45

The decision by prison staff to walkout yesterday before returning to their posts following a court ruling leads many of…

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The unfair attacks on Liz Truss prove that Parliament has too many lawyers

8 November 2016 15:52

If there were any doubt that there are too many lawyers in Parliament it has been removed by the meeting,…


In defence of the Daily Mail

8 November 2016 12:15

Who’s more hysterical: the Daily Mail for branding three judges ‘enemies of the people’ or the Dailymailphobes who have spent…

Conservative party conference, day three: The Spectator guide

4 October 2016 7:46

The Conservative party conference is now in full swing, with a host of top cabinet ministers taking to the stage…

It’s time to drop the British Bill of Rights for good

3 September 2016 11:00

The Government plans to scrap plans to scrap plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. Here we go again. Following…

Liz Truss confirms there will be a British bill of rights. But we still don’t know when

22 August 2016 13:18

It’s been over a month since Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street. And yet the process of…

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Liz Truss attracts far more vitriol than her male non-lawyer predecessors. Why could that be?

21 July 2016 10:41

A politician with no legal training and limited experience of the legal world becomes Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor. The…

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The Spectator summer party, in pictures

6 July 2016 23:30

In recent weeks, Westminster politicians have found themselves compared to the characters of House of Cards and Game of Thrones over their post-referendum antics.…


Video: feisty Brexit teenager leaves Cabinet member Liz Truss speechless on Question Time

26 February 2016 14:22

Despite the In campaign’s best efforts to reach the youth vote with the help of Britain Stronger in Europe board…

The Door To Number 10 Downing Street

What was said at the EU referendum Cabinet

20 February 2016 14:45

At Cabinet this morning, every minister spoke in strict order of Cabinet seniority. This meant that Michael Gove was the…

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Has Liz Truss just declared her support for Cameron in the EU referendum?

6 January 2016 10:42

David Cameron’s declaration that ministers will be able to campaign on the opposite side from him come the EU referendum…

Emergency rescue workers use an inflatable boat to travel down the flooded streets of Cockermouth, in Cumbria (Photo: Andrew Yates/Getty

Cumbria’s floods can’t just be blamed on the ‘climate change bogeyman’

10 December 2015 16:22

The flooding in Cumbria came at a bad time for those who make their living hyping global warming. Pretty much…

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (C) looks at the flood defence system in Carlisle , north west England on December 7, 2015.

Liz Truss defends government spending on flood defences

8 December 2015 9:08

The flooding in Cumbria is continuing to cause misery for thousands of people and as often happens in these situations,…

Shadow Defra secretary Kerry McCarthy speaking at an 'End the Cull' rally. Image: PA

Meet the new anti-meat, anti-shooting, pro-badger shadow Defra secretary

14 September 2015 17:22

It’s no surprise that Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet appointments have rattled a few cages – and the choice of Kerry…

The husky is dead. Long live green conservatism (Photo: Bruno Vincent/Getty)

David Cameron must now lead a green Conservative government

1 June 2015 13:36

Those on the left tend to think that British Conservatism is a derivative of US Republicanism. But environmental policy shows…

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Hunting may be banned, but the fight still goes on

18 February 2015 17:18

Ten years ago today, Tony Blair’s ban on hunting with dogs came into force. Rural communities had marched, Otis Ferry…

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Tory detox mission continues as Liz Truss speaks softly to ‘Green Blob’

26 November 2014 17:43

One of the major themes of this year’s big Tory reshuffle was the attempt to detoxify certain policy areas where…


Gunpowder, treason and caviar – selling out in Westminster, Guido style

22 October 2014 12:20

If you’re going to sell out to the establishment, you might as well do so on an industrial scale. As…


Conservative conference: Liz Truss and Sajid Javid hit Labour

29 September 2014 11:30

Two of the brightest rising stars in the Conservative party, Sajid Javid and Liz Truss, addressed the Tory conference. After…

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British farming cannot turn its back on the EU

30 July 2014 11:22

Much has been made of the political debate at the 2014 CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace. The attendance of…

Nigel Farage and Ross Murray of the CLA at the Game Fair. Image: Twitter, @TheGameFair

Are Nigel Farage’s agricultural policies really ‘unrealistic and uncosted’?

23 July 2014 15:15

Much has been made of the reception that greeted Nigel Farage at the CLA Game Fair on Friday. The punters were far more…


David Cameron’s decision to sack Owen Paterson will send rural voters flooding to Ukip

22 July 2014 16:41

During Owen Paterson’s vocal conversation with David Cameron in defence of his record as Environment Minister after learning he was…


Podcast: a misogynistic reshuffle, punishment for ministers and why right-wing women are sexier

17 July 2014 9:44

In this week’s Spectator, Melissa Kite argues that David Cameron’s reshuffle has been soured by misogyny. The PM doesn’t want…