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The Spectator at war: Censorship and mystification

6 December 2014 8:30

From The Policy of Mystification, The Spectator, 5 December 1914: Let us say that we have not ourselves suffered from the Censorship at all. We have never submitted, and have… Continue reading

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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 journalists ‘fabricated’ (which is today synonymous with ‘transcribed’) some remarks… Continue reading

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Why are sports biographies treated differently to other works?

13 October 2014 13:18

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been running in London theatres for 62 years straight – a period that spans more than 25,000 performances. As is traditional in the genre, it ends… Continue reading

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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 up the temperature in the Times’ Red Box email this… Continue reading

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The First Editions Of The Sun On Sunday Hit The Newstands

The War on Rupert Murdoch is the Real Story of the Hacking Saga.

27 June 2014 0:21

The hacking scandal was about many things but the way in which it has played-out and, crucially, been reported reminds us that it has chiefly been about power. Not just… Continue reading

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Conservatives, Labour And Lib Dems Agree A Deal On Press Reform

The secret life of the leader writer

30 April 2014 14:47

The latest series of Andrew Rawnsley’s ‘Leader Conference’ on Radio 4 starts tonight…keenly awaited obviously. But having been on the programme a couple of times – though not, funnily, since… Continue reading

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Is Charles Saatchi interested in The Independent? (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images))

Will #TeamSaatchi rescue the Indy?

17 January 2014 17:36

Roy Greenslade has set the hare running with his claim that Alexander Lebedev and his mini-mogul son Evgeny are looking to offload the Independent titles. The ‘viewspaper’ is understood to… Continue reading

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Witnesses Are Recalled To The Leveson Inquiry

The Daily Mail is disreputable, twisted, tendentious and malignant. Thank heavens for that

4 October 2013 10:18

For the want of a question mark, the empire was defeated. Something like that anyway. Changing The Man Who Hated Britain to A Man Who Hated Britain? would have saved the Daily Mail… Continue reading

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David Miranda questioned

Guardian CEO: my newspaper can’t survive in the UK

30 September 2013 21:02

The chief executive of The Guardian has delivered a rather grim verdict about the newspaper’s future (or lack thereof). ‘At the moment, I believe we could not survive in the… Continue reading

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Amazon's Jeff Bezos To Buy The Washington Post For 250 Million

Taps for The Washington Post

6 August 2013 11:42

So it has come to this. The Washington Post, paper of Bradlee and Woodward and Bernstein and all the rest, has been sold to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. For $250m. That, apparently,… Continue reading

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Daily Life In Glasgow After The SNP Announced Their Social Fund During Their Annual Conference

The Philpott case is horrific; so is the attempt to hijack it for any political purpose

5 April 2013 16:15

The sorry truth of the Philpott case is that almost nothing can be learnt from it. Everything would be so much simpler if there were clear public policy conclusions that… Continue reading

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Conservatives Consider Family Tax Reform

An Antediluvian Tory Press Causes Problems for David Cameron

20 March 2013 10:52

Today’s papers make dreadful reading for anyone with an interest in modern, reformed conservatism. They are a reminder – if it were needed – that the Tory press is estranged… Continue reading

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After Leveson and McCluskey, does Alex Salmond believe in the freedom of the press?

18 March 2013 11:53

So, it seems some kind of torturous “deal” has been reached in London on how best to regulate the press in the future. If David Cameron’s proposals for a Royal… Continue reading

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The Duchess of Cambridge has completed her final engagement before taking time off ahead of giving birth. (ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

Hilary Mantel did not attack Kate, she defended her.

20 February 2013 14:55

Like grief, stupidity has a hierarchy. So, on balance, Ed Miliband’s response – if it can be so dignified – to Hilary Mantel’s essay about the mystery and magic attraction… Continue reading

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Obituary of the Week: Jungleyes Love - Spectator Blogs

12 February 2013 10:03

I’ve been on Jura on a Wedding Planning Immersion Course* these past few days so, apart from noting that the Pope is retiring (upon which I have no opinion), I’ve… Continue reading

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'No gloss, no wit, no political nuance, no juxtaposition' - Charles Moore on Gerald Scarfe. Picture: Getty

Charles Moore on the witlessness of Gerald Scarfe

29 January 2013 8:36

Before Gerald Scarfe caused outrage in the last Sunday Times with a cartoon so tasteless (and, critics said, anti-Semitic) that Rupert Murdoch issued a personal apology, our columnist Charles Moore pointed… Continue reading

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Frank Keating, 1937-2013 - Spectator Blogs

26 January 2013 13:53

A while back a friend remarked that a piece I’d written – on cricket probably though, perhaps, darts – was “worthy of Frank Keating”. I can’t say if the compliment… Continue reading

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Irish Tragedies

Irish Newspapers Attempt to Kill the Internet - Spectator Blogs

4 January 2013 15:31

If Andrew Sullivan offers one example of how to thrive in the confusing, difficult, exciting new media world then, by god, the Irish newspaper industry offers another. The Irish newspaper… Continue reading

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Polish Work Force Leads to Largest Migration In Centuries

Today's easy question: Why won't minorities support right-wing parties? - Spectator Blogs

11 December 2012 17:40

I’m afraid that I can’t help but feel some of the comments left responding to this post go some way towards answering a question Daniel Hannan asked recently: why do… Continue reading

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Who speaks for the British press?

4 December 2012 17:57

At the end of the editors’ meeting in 10 Downing St today, there was an awkward moment when someone asked if the past hour had been on or off the… Continue reading

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Ed Miliband's Leveson response shows his weakness: he's a follower, not a leader. - Spectator Blogs

3 December 2012 15:09

The biggest risk in punditry is the determination to see what you want to see. Confirmation bias is an ever-present clear and present danger to solid thinking. Nevertheless, though keeping… Continue reading

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David Cameron will apply pressure to newspaper editors to set up a new press regulator quickly. Picture: Getty

Pressure on the editors as Labour threatens own Leveson bill

3 December 2012 10:05

One of the foundations on which David Cameron based his decision to reject statutory underpinning of press regulation was that editors would set up a new system based on Lord… Continue reading

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Twitter Co-Founders Biz Stone And Ev Williams Address Developers Conference

Suing Twitter for Libel is a Mug's Game - Spectator Blogs

20 November 2012 15:55

Rod Liddle asks a question of the kind one frequently sees raised by media types: [W]hy is [Lord McAlpine] not suing Twitter itself? It is not Philip Schofield who the… Continue reading

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Mick Hume's new book argues that we need a free and responsible press now more than ever. Image: Getty.

We need a free press more than ever

7 October 2012 11:46

I’m a bit late with this, as the book has been out a few days or so. But it’s worth getting hold of Mick Hume’s book about newspapers: There is… Continue reading

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Scandal of Soft Touch Britain Revealed - Spectator Blogs

4 September 2012 18:54

Yet more evidence that the country is going to the dogs. Doubtless this is the ECHR’s fault too. Or, of course, It’s Liverpool, Jake… [Thanks to GM]

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