Press regulation will silence pesky gadflies like me

9 January 2017 14:49

Nineteen years ago I was threatened with a libel suit by Harold Evans because of an article I’d written in…

What the papers say: An overdue overhaul for mental health and May’s Trump-sized opportunity

9 January 2017 8:52

Theresa May is launching yet another attempt to define herself as a politician today with a major speech on tackling…


Labour’s war with the media rattles on

6 November 2016 22:52

Once upon a time, ITV was the darling of the Corbynistas. In fact, it was Mr S who disclosed that…

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Number 10 might be more confident than ever of EU referendum victory, but they’re still trying to load the debate dice

23 April 2016 10:00

Downing Street is more confident than it has ever been that the EU referendum will be won. It is not…


Labour’s war on the media rumbles on: Corbyn tells off hacks outside his home

8 April 2016 12:00

As David Cameron finds himself in hot water over his admission that he once owned shares in an offshore fund,…


Owen Jones gives Seumas Milne a run for his money

11 November 2015 15:44

As Seumas Milne attempts to settle in to his new job as Jeremy Corbyn’s director of communications, the former Guardian columnist has…


Lionel Barber strengthens his ties with China

21 October 2015 15:24

Last night’s state banquet saw Jeremy Corbyn join David Cameron, President Xi Jinping and Her Majesty to raise a glass…

Labour Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Attends Rally For Supporters

Jeremy Corbyn can’t blame the ‘commentariat’ for public opinion

29 September 2015 16:24

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party conference speech started pretty well, with him poking fun at the newspapers’ more apocalyptic predictions of what would happen…

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The world belongs to Taylor Swift now. There will be no free-trial period

23 June 2015 17:46

All hail Taylor Swift. How she must give baby boomers the fear. Not just baby boomers. Also those who came…

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The moments between: the art of putting bums on seats on election night

7 May 2015 14:55

When the cameras go live in the BBC studios tonight for their election coverage it will mark 65 years of…

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Newspaper readers decide elections, not editors

6 May 2015 14:06

How much influence will newspapers have in this election? Less than ever before in print, if circulation figures (above) are…

George Osborne Gives An Election Speech In Yorkshire

The Conservatives are strategising regional media out of the grid – and it won’t help their cause

23 April 2015 15:02

This has, I think we can all agree, been the most stage-managed election ever. Nobody on a soap box, no…

The man who was almost PM

Ed Miliband resorts to begging as Labour supporters hiss at hacks

13 April 2015 18:10

As regular readers will be aware, Mr S has tracked the growing hostility toward the press at Labour Party events.…

Day Two - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Labour admit journalists ‘are people too’

10 April 2015 14:11

Is Labour’s war on the media finally over? After Mr S reported this week that journalists were jeered for asking questions…


Je suis Page 3

21 January 2015 13:20

Here is a preview of Toby Young’s Status Anxiety column from this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow… ‘I for one would be…


PM and Education Secretary at odds over Page 3

20 January 2015 13:08

The ministers covering women and equalities do have a view on the disappearance of topless Page 3 models, but the…

The apple of Putin's eye (Photo: Getty)

The Kremlin thinks Russell Brand is good news. Does that not worry him?

8 December 2014 13:34

An interesting story in today’s papers: ‘Russia’s last politically independent TV station will be forced to close at the end…

Chancellor George Osborne Visits Bentley Motors

Should politicians grumble about awkward stories?

5 December 2014 16:27

A lot of political types are very cross with the ‘biased media’ today. Ukip is currently the most aerated because some…


Overpaid, underworked, ineffectual – the myth of the NHS doctor

5 November 2014 8:15

GPs enjoy the salary of bankers, regularly pulling in £100,000 for a five-day week, with no on-call or weekend duties…

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Sinister types wanted to play Nigel Farage in Channel 4 docu-drama

2 November 2014 12:37

Channel 4 has commissioned a docu-drama that will imagine what life will be like for poor and oppressed ordinary British people under…

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Palace intrigue – is Her Majesty’s press corps on the verge of revolt?

23 October 2014 17:38

Her Majesty’s Loyal Press Corps are on the verge of revolt. Minutes of a recent meeting of the Press Gallery…

Nigel Farage at the Bolton Arms Pub in April 2014 (Photo: Getty)

Breitbart’s loss is Nigel Farage’s gain – or is it?

23 October 2014 14:51

It’s no great surprise that Raheem Kassam, the troublesome managing editor of Breitbart London, has left his job. Kassam is…

Displaced Tutsi Rwandans at a refugee camp, May 1994 (Photo: AFP/Getty)

The Rwandan genocide story that the BBC didn’t tell

17 October 2014 17:00

On Saturday 200 UK-based Rwandans, including many genocide survivors, protested outside the BBC offices in response to the documentary ‘Rwanda’s…

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Parris vs Monty rumbles on

2 September 2014 13:50

As Mr S predicted yesterday, the row between Times colleagues Matthew Parris and Tim Montgomerie has simmered on. And turning…

The Daily Mirror published this front page 'exclusive' this morning. The story is weapons grade baloney. (Image: Daily Mirror)

Another Daily Mirror front page horror

4 August 2014 10:47

What is it with the Daily Mirror and its spectacular ability to cock up its front page? We all remember the circumstances…