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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 the PM told the Guido Fawkes blog’s ten -ear anniversary… Continue reading

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A screengrab of a cover story that appeared in the Times of London on October 20 (Image: The Times)

Police snooping – read it in The Spectator first, then in the Times nine days later

20 October 2014 16:33

Perusing the morning papers, the denizens of 22 Old Queen Street were tickled to find a tribute to Spectator journalism on no less than the cover of the Times of… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: Stiff upper lip

8 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 10 October 1914: American visitors have been surprised at the apparent absence of emotion in England at such a crisis as the present. They can see, they say, no… Continue reading

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Loyal Boris rallies the troops

29 September 2014 19:28

Boris Johnson was on loyal form tonight at the Conservative Home rally. He told the audience that the Tory advantage on leadership and the economy would see voters coming over… Continue reading

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Ever wondered what goes on in those green sheds you see around London?

16 September 2014 18:10

You know, those mysterious huts that allow entry only to cab drivers? I used to fancy they were cover for a network of underground bunkers where cackling taxi drivers plotted… Continue reading

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The Spectator at war: A city at war

5 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 5 September 1914: LONDON changes day by day, and the London of the first few days of the war lies far in the past, distant for all… Continue reading

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My ‘fare-dodging’ hell

2 September 2014 12:01

At least every other time a ticket inspector boards a train or bus I’m on, I pretend I can’t find my ticket or Oyster card. I then miraculously find it… Continue reading

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Stills from Sir John Betjeman's BBC film 'Metro-Land'

The false paradise of Metroland

29 August 2014 18:39

Gaily into Ruislip Gardens runs the red electric train… Near the end of the Metropolitan Line, where London dwindles into woods and meadows, stands a Tudor manor house, built within… Continue reading

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Will we ever learn to love Leicester's Opal Court, 2007 winner of the Carbuncle Cup?

Will we learn to love our ugly houses?

29 August 2014 15:57

What are the root causes of Britain’s housing crisis? The Philosophers’ Mail – which has copied the format of MailOnline but I suspect is not aiming at quite the same demographic… Continue reading

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Illustration: Christian Adams

Britain’s beheaders – how we came to export jihad

20 August 2014 14:34

It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The standing man denounces the West and claims that his form… Continue reading

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Ukip need not fear Boris Johnson

6 August 2014 16:41

So Boris Johnson is standing for parliament next year, triggering speculation about what would happen if David Cameron lost the election. Could we have Ed Miliband as prime minister, followed… Continue reading

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Israel has not forgotten the history and values which underpinned its foundations, and fights to protect them.

The West has drifted away from Israel — and itself

16 July 2014 9:18

Is Israel drifting away from the West? That was Hugo Rifkind’s claim in his column in the magazine last week. Hugo wrote: ‘Israel drifting away. Never mind whose fault it… Continue reading

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Uxbridge set to be destination Boris?

11 July 2014 14:28

Mr S likes a flutter. His eyes were drawn to the latest speculation about Boris’s return to the Commons. Ladbrokes are offering 3-1 that the Blond Bombshell will be selected… Continue reading

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Video: London cabbies, Über alles

11 June 2014 18:45

What’s upsetting London cabbies? Is it really that Transport for London aren’t fairly implementing the special privileges awarded to Hackney Carriages, or are they simply against a bit of healthy… Continue reading

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Boris tribute tavern opens

10 June 2014 12:16

Mr S has oft remarked that you have only made it in life when someone has named a watering hole after you. So congratulations to the Mayor of London, who has joined… Continue reading

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Clement Attlee ventures into the East End... Cartoon by Michael Heath. (1963)

Clement Attlee’s conversion

5 June 2014 15:28

In the early 1960s, The Spectator ran a series called ‘John Bull’s first job’ – reminiscences by various prominenti about how they started out. One of the most startling, published… Continue reading

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London’s party-hungry Russians suffer Putin problem

3 June 2014 12:16

Word reaches Mr S of the plight of Mr Alexander Sucenko, organiser of next Saturday’s annual Russian Summer Ball. The ball is said to be in jeopardy because nobody wants to… Continue reading

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I’ve had it with the insufferable London elite. Have you?

22 May 2014 23:25

‘I’ve had it with these people. They are so smug; they think they know everything and they know nothing. They want a good kick in the face.’ So said a… Continue reading

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Should London leave the union?

15 May 2014 16:07

We’re four months away from Scotland’s day of destiny, with the London-Scottish media fraternity becoming increasingly alarmed, and ironically (considering their total unionism) far more noticeably Scottish. At the Telegraph… Continue reading

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Wales, sleepwalking to independence?

14 May 2014 15:04

Independence is a fringe issue in Wales. Just 12 per cent of Welsh voters support it, and that figure has been stubbornly consistent. But it is far from implausible that within… Continue reading

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The Scots were booed at Twickenham last weekend. (PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

State of the Union – not good

12 May 2014 12:12

Mr S attended the international rugby union 7s tournament at Twickenham on Saturday, which was graced by some 76,000 people – mostly yuppies on the razzle by the look of things.… Continue reading

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London as you’ve never seen it before

7 May 2014 12:40

The new Shangri-La hotel opened its doors to Mr S last night. Located on floor 35 of The Shard, the luxurious establishment was only, in fact, semi-open, since three ‘signature… Continue reading

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Why does the Tory party have a problem with ethnic minority voters? Because it deserves to.

6 May 2014 19:17

Why do the Tories have a problem with black and ethnic minority voters, daddy? It is, with all due respect to Isabel and Paul Goodman, the British political question that… Continue reading

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Modern England: a triumph of immigration and integration.

6 May 2014 13:30

In a better, more sensible, world David Cameron would make a virtue of the opportunity UKIP has given him. He would appreciate that defending his party’s record is actually an… Continue reading

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HS1 was a godsend. Bring on HS2

28 April 2014 18:48

It used to take one hour and forty five minutes to get by train from where I live in Canterbury to central London. Now, as a consequence of HS1 and… Continue reading

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