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Moeen Ali. (Image: Getty)

Moeen Ali reminds us that sometimes sport is the only place for politics

29 July 2014 18:46

Moeen Ali, the England cricketer, faces a possible reprimand after the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game’s governing body, censured him for wearing two wristbands, one saying ‘Save Gaza’, the other… Continue reading

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Why is The Daily Dot, smooth and sassy website of ‘the internet community’, publishing racist nonsense?

23 July 2014 19:14

The Daily Dot, founded less than two years ago, is best read while sipping the flattest of flat white coffees. I love it, even though it’s not pitched at me:… Continue reading

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Why can't we be more like the Germans? (PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Why we’ll mostly be supporting Germany on Sunday

11 July 2014 12:56

If you’re walking through any built-up area in England between 8 and 10pm this Sunday and you hear a cheer you can be pretty sure it means one thing –… Continue reading

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British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg’s self-pitying guide to parenting

8 July 2014 17:08

‘I’m like any parent,’ says Nick Clegg (Deputy Prime Minister, privy councillor and universally derided leader of the Liberal Democrats). Speaking to the Radio Times, as any old parent might do, Average Dad… Continue reading

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Jeremy Paxman: Newsnight’s run by kids

27 June 2014 10:49

It’s fair to say that Jeremy Paxman did not see eye-to-eye with Ian Katz, the modish former Guardian hack who edits Newsnight these days. Paxman told the crowds at the Chalke Valley… Continue reading

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Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, County Durham. Not to be confused with Yorkshire.

Carpet-bagging MP confuses Yorkshire and Durham

16 June 2014 15:33

Helen Goodman, the Labour MP for Bishop Auckland in Durham, was born in Nottinghamshire and brought up in Derbyshire, so you would have thought that she might take extra care… Continue reading

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Winter Storm Brings More Snow To DC Area

The age of Selfish Whining Monkeys

2 June 2014 20:13

I had a horrible dream last night that I’ve never had before. In the dream, I knew I had to get up early and couldn’t get to sleep. Every time… Continue reading

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Wales, sleepwalking to independence?

14 May 2014 15:04

Independence is a fringe issue in Wales. Just 12 per cent of Welsh voters support it, and that figure has been stubbornly consistent. But it is far from implausible that within… Continue reading

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Jenny Willott is right about PMQs. It is dreadful

8 May 2014 18:54

Oh dear, I don’t suppose I’ll get much support in these parts for what follows. But I’m sorta with Jenny Willott, the Liberal Democrat MP and Business Minister. She has… Continue reading

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Ayaan Harsi Ali is a classic of example the trend whereby 'traitors' are abandoned by people who ought to be their friends.

How to be a traitor

8 May 2014 10:51

No one is as hated as deeply as the apostate. Ordinary opponents are nothing in comparison. They are unbelievers, who know no better. It is not their fault if the… Continue reading

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Michael Gove And Theresa May Give Evidence To The Leveson Inquiry

One member of Team Gove is a Theresa May fan

7 May 2014 9:45

Sarah Vine is famed for using her column in the Daily Mail to share embarrassing personal anecdotes about Michael Gove (often involving his underpants) and to offer deeply unhelpful advice… Continue reading

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Political correctness is a form of attention seeking that drives people to ever-madder extremes.

Political correctness gone mad – and madder – and even madder

2 May 2014 15:12

In a blog for the IEA the other day Kristian Niemietz looked at the economics of holding politically correct views. Disagreeing with the idea proposed by Spiked magazine that PC is… Continue reading

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Is Johann Hari ghost-writing Russell Brand’s ‘revolutionary manifesto’?

1 May 2014 18:21

Whispers reach Mr Steerpike that disgraced journalist Johann Hari has been tasked with ghost-writing Russell Brand’s next book, the much-dreaded revolutionary manifesto to ‘establish a personal and global utopia’. Mr S… Continue reading

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One solution to revenge porn: ‘cad-shaming’

29 April 2014 12:23

I’m kicking myself because back in 2011 or 2012 Paddy Power gave me odds of 66/1 on Ukip topping the 2014 poll, which I chickened out of taking. It was… Continue reading

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Lizzy Vaid of UKIP

Revenge porn’s Ukip poster girl highlights the dangers of digital media

28 April 2014 15:00

Poor Lizzy Vaid. You’ll recognise her as the poster girl from Ukip’s recent party manifesto, who turned out to be Nigel Farage’s assistant. She’s also just found herself the victim of a… Continue reading

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Adam Boulton is not retiring. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

Adam Boulton’s not retiring, no siree!

28 April 2014 10:41

Utter the word ‘retirement’ in 4 Millbank at your peril. The bods at Sky News are waiting for the arrival of their new political editor, Faisal Islam, who is working… Continue reading

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The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Tour Australia And New Zealand - Day 10

The Royal Family beats Australia’s dreary political class hands down

18 April 2014 9:00

Only a few hours before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge landed in Sydney for the start of their much-hyped royal Australian visit, Barry O’Farrell, the popular Premier of New… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson And Michael Bloomberg Launch Mayors Challenge In Europe

What if mayors ruled the world?

12 April 2014 16:11

Once, countries competed. Now, cities do. Take the above video of Stockholm, boasting about being the best place in the world to live and work. As the magician says, ‘it’s… Continue reading

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Finally, Gerald Scarfe has made it: he has had a bar named after him. (JENS SCHLUETER/AFP/Getty Images)

A tipple and a scribble with Gerald Scarfe

8 April 2014 12:46

Mr Steerpike longs for the day that he has a bar named after him, so he went to doff his cap to Gerald Scarfe at Scarfe’s Bar last night. Cartoonist… Continue reading

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You sexist/racist/liberal/elitist bastard! How dare you?

7 April 2014 14:49

While he was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, Tony Judt found the breath to educate those who believe they could ameliorate pain with soft words and bans on ‘inappropriate’ language.… Continue reading

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Does Andrew Davies prefer Kevin Spacey’s version of ‘House of Cards’ to his own?

2 April 2014 11:07

It sounds like the screenwriter of the original House of Cards prefers the US version, although, of course, he couldn’t possibly comment. Andrew Davies, who adapted the BBC version from… Continue reading

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Russell Brand Performs In Frankfurt

Russell Brand vows to write the revolution

14 March 2014 14:46

For a man who claims to be apathetic about politics, Russell Brand is rather noisy. Not content with guest editing the New Statesman and getting crucified by Jeremy Paxman, all… Continue reading

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The Red Lion (Image: Political Pictures)

Business as usual at the Red Lion

20 February 2014 15:36

Lamentations spread across Westminster when rumour had it that the Red Lion on Whitehall was to be reborn as trendy metropolitan wine bar. The old boozer was the scene of… Continue reading

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Is 'Sherlock' compassionate or imaginative?

Writers tend to the Left because they have imagination, not compassion

10 February 2014 14:00

I apologise for writing a blogpost about a tweet, which can look a bit like over-analysis, but I was intrigued by a couple of things that writer Graham Linehan wrote… Continue reading

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A Ukip candidate has suggested that the Department for Media, Culture and Sport should be moved to Manchester. Why not move the whole civil service and political establishment to Manchester?

Could we move all politicians to Manchester?

4 February 2014 14:32

The Ukip candidate for Wythenshawe and Sale East has come up with a rather interesting idea: he wants to move the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to Manchester, bringing… Continue reading

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