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Mel

The latest immigration madness: prove you love your wife (or husband)

26 November 2014 9:44

Sometimes it is the small things that tell you everything you need to know about the madness afflicting British politics at present. Consider this small detail from the new immigration… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Podcast: the death of the left, Rochester and Strood and equality in marriage

13 November 2014 8:50

Has Ed Miliband found himself on the wrong side of history? In this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth discusses his Spectator cover feature on the plight of progressives with John… Continue reading

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Old-school wedding announcement from Benedict Cumberbatch in the Times

5 November 2014 9:37

Mr S would not like to be on the Times news desk this morning, as the paper realises they have been scooped by their own announcements page. Actor and global… Continue reading

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Nicky Morgan: did you say that out loud? (Photo: AFP/Getty)

Did she say that out loud? Gay marriage muddle from Nicky Morgan

29 October 2014 10:49

Mixed messaging from education secretary Nicky Morgan, who also moonlights as the equalities minister: Despite saying previously that ‘marriage to me is between a man and a woman’, and voting… Continue reading

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After the Pope’s Synod-on-family fiasco, let’s judge Catholicism on Catholic terms

19 October 2014 22:29

The Church’s extraordinary Synod on the family hasn’t gone down terribly well with secular pundits. It’s been billed as a failure on the BBC, which declared that gay Catholic groups… Continue reading

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The Duke & Duchess Of Cambridge Attend A Service Of Remembrance

1914 and all that

5 August 2014 15:49

Yesterday was a chance for people to remember relatives who died in the 1914-1918 conflict, often the only record of their existence being grainy old portraits from a grandmother’s mantelpiece… Continue reading

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Mel

The key to a successful marriage…

6 June 2014 15:56

Husbands and wives across London gathered last night to hear Tim Dowling’s informed advice on How to be a Husband. At last night’s launch of his book of that title,… Continue reading

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UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Visits Eastleigh To Canvass With Candidate Diane James

UKIP stand by their latest trouble man

25 April 2014 14:37

More trouble for Ukip this morning: it seems that yet another party official has some colourful views about ‘people of color’. David Challice, who is understood to work at Ukip… Continue reading

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The Spectator, covering 'conscious uncoupling' since 1828.

A short history of ‘conscious uncoupling’

3 April 2014 9:49

There have been some rocky relationships in the news this year. As well as Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s conscious uncoupling, world leaders have also had problems. Vladimir Putin’s divorce… Continue reading

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IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri launching his report this week. Photo: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images

Podcast: Adapting to climate change, monogamy in gay marriage and new forms of electioneering

3 April 2014 8:41

Is the world finally realising it has to adapt to, rather than halt, climate change? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Matt Ridley discusses this week’s Spectator cover on… Continue reading

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Peter McGraith and David Cabreza married shortly after midnight at Islington Town Hall. Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

Gay marriage is a triumph for our arrogant political class

29 March 2014 14:55

Well, Peter and David, John and Bernado, Sean and Sinclair are now married and the happy husbands have the further benefit of the unanimous blessing of our political class. David… Continue reading

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Ed Balls, having crossed another line at the London Marathon. Image: Getty

What does Ed Balls have against marriage?

14 March 2014 11:07

Ed Balls has announced today that he’d scrap even the tiny tax break that George Osborne is planning to offer next year, thus drawing another dividing line with the Tories.… Continue reading

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Alistair Darling Poses Before Leaving To Give His First Budget Speech

Melanie McDonagh: What I’d like to see in the Budget

13 March 2014 14:47

Every year, I sit through the Budget, and every year there are great chunks of it that pass right over my and everyone’s head because they’re arcane and fiddly. Fabulous… Continue reading

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Mel

A prenup undermines a marriage before it has even begun

25 February 2014 13:00

A friend of mine, quite a distinguished lawyer, takes the view that marriage ceased to make sense after no-fault divorces came in. What, he says sternly, is the point of… Continue reading

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Kim Sears could make an honest man of Andy Murray.

Why doesn’t Kim Sears propose to Andy Murray?

31 January 2014 9:48

Is there a more tragic tale being played out in the British press than that of heroic Andy Murray and his doting, wispy girlfriend Kim Sears. He caused a stir… Continue reading

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All the president's women: Segolene Royal, Valerie Trierweiler and Julie Gayet. (PATRICK KOVARIK,VALERY HACHE,ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

The messy Hollande triangle reinforces the case for marriage

20 January 2014 11:13

Well, whatever about the French press, for British papers, the Hollande affair is the gift that keeps on giving. Apparently shored up in the presidential residence in Versailles, Valerie Trierweiler… Continue reading

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All the policy options on childcare point to getting someone else to mind your children. But what about policies that encourage parents to look after their own children?

Here’s a thought about child care: what about giving parents some choice?

19 November 2013 17:05

George Bernard Shaw made no bones about the merits of schooling: it was, he felt, a way for parents to offload the care of their children onto other people, and… Continue reading

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Can we expect more social conservatism from the Tories?

11 November 2013 12:26

The Telegraph reports that the Relationships Alliance, which is to launch in the House of Commons, warns that the ‘disintegration of romantic, social and family relationships costs the average taxpayer around… Continue reading

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Labour keeps digging on marriage tax breaks

9 October 2013 16:20

Labour has decided that David Cameron’s slip-up on marriage tax breaks at PMQs is worth digging into for a little longer. listen to ‘PMQs: Ed Balls’ point of order’ on… Continue reading

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Marriage tax breaks are not aimed at improving the lot of middle class children. They are aimed at those who surrounded by fatherlessness.

Opponents of marriage tax breaks need to ‘check their privilege’

2 October 2013 12:47

What with the flap about Ed Miliband’s dad, the legion of the outraged have forgotten what they were planning to get angry about this week – the marriage tax break,… Continue reading

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Bridget and Daniel must tie the knot.

Go on Bridget, now that Mark Darcy’s dead — marry Daniel Cleaver! #taxbreak

30 September 2013 17:49

Our world has been rocked by revelations that Bridget Jones — described as ‘the world’s most famous literary singleton‘ — is now a widow. Her ex-husband Mark Darcy has left… Continue reading

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David Cameron Visits The Children's Cancer Ward At The John Radcliffe Hospital

Marriage is a very serious business

30 September 2013 14:09

I’m not sure where I stand on the tax-breaks for married couples, announced with great hoo-ha by the government and derided by the opposition. On the one hand, as a… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Spends A Holiday In Cornwall With His Family

David Cameron unveils £1,000 marriage tax allowance

27 September 2013 22:00

That the Conservatives were going to announce a marriage tax allowance at their party conference had to be one of the worst kept secrets in Westminster since the date of… Continue reading

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Lib Dems vote for forced marriage for commitment-phobic men

19 September 2013 19:11

Never let it be said that the Liberal Democrats are against marriage – in fact they’re so keen on it that at their conference they voted for a motion that… Continue reading

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Stoner by John Williams – review

22 July 2013 10:41

Faced with a book as simple and true as Stoner, it’s easy to fall into the trap of intentional fallacy. It is the portrait of a quiet farm boy, who… Continue reading

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