Squatters are evicted from not-the-IoD

Order is restored to Pall Mall club scene

31 March 2015 12:10

Last week Mr S reported on the poshest squatters ever: dozens of angry militant lefties had taken over a building on Pall Mall to protest against a multitude of right… Continue reading

Last year around 19,000 bicycles were reported stolen to the Metropolitan Police yet only 666 (3.5 per cent) of these thefts were solved

Property crime is not a victimless crime

3 March 2015 12:01

While researching Taking its Toll, a report written with Policy Exchange on the regressive impact of property crime, some troubling facts became clear. In the year to March 2014 there… Continue reading

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When did it become OK for the police to electrocute children?

25 February 2015 11:23

Hard as it may be to imagine, dear reader, once upon a time the police managed to fulfil their obligations to society without resorting to electrocuting children. The sky did not… Continue reading

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MI5 mystery at Millbank: has the pig left the building?

14 November 2014 16:38

Of all the watering holes across the capital, Mr S knows full well that the Pig and Eye club is both the most elusive and exclusive. So Steerpike was curious to… Continue reading


The idiot economy – behind the ‘dark web’ cyber-crime busts

10 November 2014 18:59

Spectator Money is out, with ideas on how to make it, spend it and even how to be seen spending it. Freddy Gray looks at the ‘social economy’ - think tax loopholes for financiers of politically… Continue reading


24 Hours in Police Custody: a C4 programme that finally tells the truth about ‘honour crimes’

7 November 2014 16:15

Settling down to watch 24 Hours in Police Custody, the new Channel 4 programme brought to us by the team behind the excellent 24 Hours in A&E, I was expecting some… Continue reading

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Shoot first, ask questions later – police back off new gun monitoring plans

7 November 2014 13:53

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new Crimestoppers telephone hotline that the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) decided would be a good idea, that was going to… Continue reading


Of course marijuana isn’t ‘safe’ – but should it be illegal?

13 October 2014 9:26

Sometimes I read things that really get on my wick, and last week was one of those times. A new, ‘definitive’ 20-year study has ‘demolished the argument that the drug… Continue reading


Podcast: police phone hacking, Lib Dem tactics and vicious dogs

9 October 2014 9:48

In this week’s issue, Fraser Nelson and Nick Cohen examine how police are using the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa) to run wild in the public’s mobile phone records. Like… 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

Shoppers walk through the streets of Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Image: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

To understand the causes of child abuse we need to look at its perpetrators’ backgrounds

27 August 2014 18:19

Day two of the Rotherham scandal—or rather the fallout from the latest report on it—and there’s a marked, obvious change in the coverage of it from the last time the subject… Continue reading

Mitchell apology

Andrew Mitchell demands the police publish transcripts of ‘plebgate’ hearings

20 May 2014 19:24

The plebgate scandal has flared back to life tonight with a letter from Andrew Mitchell to the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bernard Hogan-Howe. Mitchell alleges that one of the… Continue reading


Keith Vaz fixes his fire on the Police Federation

16 May 2014 9:07

The Police Federation is in the firing line this morning, and not before time. The federation sounds like something out of Rebus. The allegations of ‘endemic’ bullying and ‘cruel and… Continue reading

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

Hurrah! A setback for the enemies of free speech

8 May 2014 10:51

This has been a bad month for those who want to shut down free speech in Britain. First there was the wholesale failure of Fiyaz Mughal (whose ‘work’ I have… Continue reading

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Gerry Adams’s arrest is astonishing

1 May 2014 11:04

In one sense the arrest of Gerry Adams for questioning in relation to the murder of Jean McConville is not a surprise. On the other hand it is astonishing. I… Continue reading

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Theresa May wins battle with Number 10 over stop-and-search reform

30 April 2014 15:42

So Theresa May has won her battle with Number 10 on stop-and-search reform, sort of. She announced a number of changes this afternoon to the power for police – but… Continue reading

mentalhealthcop Police inspector's Twitter suspended

Why the police silenced one of the best officers in Britain

18 February 2014 17:45

West Midlands Police’s announcement that it had ordered the closure of the blog and Twitter account of Inspector Michael Brown – ‘the mental health cop’ – has caused astonishment and anger… Continue reading

Why are Rupert Murdoch's men after Andrew Mitchell? (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Why are Rupert Murdoch’s men damning Andrew Mitchell?

13 February 2014 12:56

If you want to picture Rupert Murdoch imagine an old man on a tight rope. On the one hand, his newspapers must pursue his interests – say that everyone but… Continue reading

Laurie Lee, pictured in the late 1930s.

British jihadists in Syria cannot be compared to George Orwell and Laurie Lee

11 February 2014 15:27

George Monbiot had a moving piece in yesterday’s Guardian in which he reflected on the UK government’s efforts to arrest and charge returning British subjects who have gone to fight… Continue reading

Andrew Mitchell held a press conference today, vowing to continue the Plebgate fight. Photo: Getty Images.

Andrew Mitchell vows to continue Plebgate fight

26 November 2013 18:22

So Andrew Mitchell is going to pursue his fight with the police over the ‘plebgate’ row, even though the Crown Prosecution Service said there was insufficient evidence to suggest the… Continue reading

Chris Jones and Stuart Hinton arrive for questioning. Image: Getty

Under questioning, the Plebgate police stick to their lines

5 November 2013 18:35

All the best apologies these days are celebrated with a nice autotune session on YouTube. But this afternoon’s apologies, if you can call them that, from Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton… Continue reading

Inspector Ken MacKaill, Sergeant Chris Jones and Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton have not been cut loose by the Police Federation. Image: Getty

Feeding the Feds

28 October 2013 12:21

‘ello, ‘ello, ‘ello. What’s all this, then? The Police Federation has been trying to distance itself from the three coppers who who were hauled before Parliament last week to explain… Continue reading


The View from 22 podcast: police vs liberty, health tourism and Westminster’s economic week

24 October 2013 8:30

Are the police wasting too much time on Twitter instead of catching criminals? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Nick Cohen looks at what Britain’s fall in crime has done… Continue reading

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Andrew Mitchell: A strange apology

21 October 2013 16:51

Over the past thirteen months since the ‘plebgate’ row broke over Andrew Mitchell and subsequently broke the then chief whip’s career, a number of pieces entitled or themed ‘Andrew Mitchell:… Continue reading

Poster campaign against police cuts

A plot to harm ministers has harmed the plotters more

16 October 2013 9:00

Presumably one of the motivations behind the decision of Police Federation members to try to discredit Andrew Mitchell was an attempt to discredit the government’s wider reforms of and cuts… Continue reading