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Russell Brand Performs In Frankfurt

Russell Brand cannot let BBC row slide

24 April 2014 11:00

Russell Brand won’t let go of his row with the BBC. He popped up as the mystery guest at Letters Live (a spin off from the wonderful Twitter account @LettersOfNote,… Continue reading

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Marlon Brando and Katy Jurado photographed in the 1950s, at the height of the former's 'elbow time' career.

Does Country Life know their derrière from their elbow?

23 April 2014 16:46

Fun times for our country cousins over at Country Life: they have compiled a list, drawn up with the help of Jeremy Paxman and Jilly Cooper, of dos-and-don’ts to guide… Continue reading

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Jeremy Paxman

Paxo turns fire on the Beeb

16 April 2014 18:02

Is Mr Steerpike alone in thinking that Jeremy Paxman can’t be bothered anymore? First there was his wet rag interview with the ‘Chrystal Methodist’ Paul Flowers, the former Co-op chairman.… Continue reading

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UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Campaigning In South Shields

Will the last person to leave the EU please turn out the lights

15 April 2014 15:26

Nigel Farage is feeling the heat after saying that the electricity bill for his 620 square foot office is over £3,000. According to Consumer Futures, the average household dual-fuel energy… Continue reading

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Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Image: Getty

Nigel Farage faces down ‘Establishment’ plot

15 April 2014 12:49

This morning’s edition of The Times reported (£) that Nigel Farage could face a probe into claims, apparently lodged by a former UKIP official, that nearly £60,000 of ‘missing’ European Union… Continue reading

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David Cameron tours a Total shale site in Lincolnshire. (AFP PHOTO/Lindsey Parnaby.)

The potential of shale – in the fight against climate change…

14 April 2014 18:27

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a report earlier this morning which contains a remarkable insight. Ottmar Edenhofer, head of the IPCC working group, told a press… Continue reading

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The Speccie and The Staggers will go head to head at the Fortnum and Mason drinks writer of the year award.

Staggers Drawn at Fortnum & Mason Awards

9 April 2014 9:30

As the two leading British political weeklies, the Spectator and the New Statesman, have for many years enjoyed a relationship of jocular antagonism. This amiable sort of rivalry can been maintained as their differences… Continue reading

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Maria Miller's support is vanishing as press moves in for the kill. (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Tory MPs turn on Maria Miller – and Dave

7 April 2014 14:38

Maria Miller is losing friends, fast. Furious briefing over the last 24 hours has seen a host of Tory MPs withdraw their support for the embattled Culture Secretary - and question the judgment… Continue reading

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Stop the press! Delegates at the 2011 Conservative Party conference in Manchester are alleged to have taken part in a gay orgy! (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

What happens at conference stays at conference

7 April 2014 12:17

Readers of yesterday’s Mail on Sunday were treated to what appeared to be the perfect ‘Tory Sleaze!’ story. But appearances can deceive. Here’s what the Mail reported: ‘A Tory Minister… Continue reading

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James Murdoch Faces Calls To Stand Down As Chairman Of BSkyB At Their AGM

Tom Watson and Alex Marunchak keep it civil at the Savile

3 April 2014 17:23

The potential for brouhaha lurks on any party guest list; but the stakes are not often as high as they were last night at the Savile Club, where hacks and… Continue reading

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Demonstration Outside Houses Of Parliament As MPs Debate Lobbying Bill

Index on Censorship is thriving and defending free speech around the world

Index on Censorship defends free speech and debate for all – so we defend Nick Cohen’s right to write a blog highly critical of Index. The problem is, however, that… Continue reading

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Made In Chelsea Perfume Launch - Arrivals

They’re not all made of money on ‘Made in Chelsea’

31 March 2014 17:34

With the new season of Made in Chelsea set to air in on Channel 4 next week, I hear that all is not well in SW3. Extras and cast members… Continue reading

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Demonstration Outside Houses Of Parliament As MPs Debate Lobbying Bill

The Crisis at Index on Censorship

31 March 2014 17:13

Index on Censorship, once home to the most important defenders of free speech in Britain, is falling apart. Seventeen full-time staff members in place when Kirsty Hughes, a former European… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband Contacts The Owners Of The Mail Newspaper Titles

Finally, after 118 years, The Daily Mail masters irony

27 March 2014 16:10

The Daily Mail has been holding habitués of the corridors of power to account for so long, it has decided that it deserves a corridor of its own. The Editors… Continue reading

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Peter Robins, The Spectator's chief sub editor. Photo: Alan Davidson.

The genius of the Spectator’s Peter Robins

26 March 2014 11:11

Some of the best journalists in Britain rarely, if ever, have their names in print. One of them is my colleague Peter Robins, the genius chief sub editor (or, technically,… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband’s sympathy for ‘needy’ Gove

25 March 2014 13:30

Congratulations to Sarah Vine. Last night the Mail columnist achieved the almost impossible feat of getting the leader of the Labour Party to defend his party’s favourite pantomime villain: Michael… Continue reading

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Tonight's edition of Dispatches on Channel 4 will reveal that at least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts in the last two years. (Image: Getty/PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Burning foetuses to heat hospitals: a perfect metaphor for modern Britain

24 March 2014 18:16

By way of a metaphor for the way the NHS and, come to that, the law regards foetuses, you can’t really better the reality, viz, that foetal remains from abortions… Continue reading

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The media pack, desperate for something to report on missing MH370, has decamped to Perth.

Can we stop 24 hour news?

21 March 2014 9:39

As there is an intermittent debate over media ethics in this country, might we reflect on the following? The story of the missing Malaysian plane is an unimaginable nightmare for… Continue reading

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Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

The BBC is more scared of offending Muslims than gay people

20 March 2014 17:39

Just to ring the changes, I’ve written about the BBC and political correctness for the mag this week. Yeah, yeah, I know – you haven’t heard enough about that subject.… Continue reading

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Jerry Hayes relates the famous occasion when the editor of Punch tricked the Mail's Nigel Dempster into believing that Lord Rothermere (pictured) was on the phone.

The fake proprietor calls

20 March 2014 14:47

Westminster and Fleet Street are all a flutter about An Unexpected MP: Confessions of a Political Gossip, the memoirs of former Tory MP, Jerry Hayes. It’s a fun, naughty read.… Continue reading

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Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

Owen Jones: ‘the BBC is stacked full of right wingers’

17 March 2014 13:08

Owen Jones has denied that Newsnight’s appointment of former Labour adviser and TUC official Duncan Weldon as economics correspondent is more evidence of ‘left wing bias’ at the BBC. On… Continue reading

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What would you like to see in this year's Budget?

What I want in the Budget: penalties for those who miss NHS appointments

16 March 2014 14:25

Every year the Budget comes and goes, amid a flurry of live blogging and urgent blog posts at The Spectator. And almost every year, the papers are full of the… Continue reading

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David Miranda questioned

ONS rebuke Guardian for zero hour reporting

13 March 2014 14:06

‘Facts are sacred’ claim the Guardian, but some facts are evidently more sacred than others. Mr S was amused earlier this week when the Office of National Statistics rebuked the… Continue reading

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Protests Are Held Throughout The UK Opposing The Coalition Government's Spending Review

‘Almost a conservative’ – in praise of Bob Crow, 1961-2014

11 March 2014 10:28

Very sad to hear of Bob Crow’s death. Doubtless his erstwhile political opponents will be falling over themselves to say that he will be ‘sadly missed’. But I’ve admired him… Continue reading

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Tim Montgomerie. Photo: BBC.

What’s next for Tim Montgomerie?

10 March 2014 22:42

Normally, we wouldn’t blog about a journalist moving jobs — but Tim Montgomerie is an exception. He is an actor in, not just an observer of, Britain’s political drama which… Continue reading

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