What Oxfam won’t tell you about capitalism and poverty

16 January 2017 7:22

Your average milkman has more wealth than the world’s poorest 100 million people. Doesn’t that show how unfair the world is?…

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What Oxfam won’t tell you about capitalism and poverty

18 January 2016 7:37

Your average milkman has more wealth than the world’s poorest 100 million people. Doesn’t that show how unfair the world is?…

Whisper it, but there has never been a better time to be young and African

Around the world, poverty is collapsing. Why is that so hard to believe?

6 January 2016 16:19

In 2012 and 2013, The Spectator opened its Christmas special issue with a leading article counting the ways in which…

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Artist gets £15,000 of public funds to live in Glasgow and eat chips

5 January 2016 13:26

The Glasgow Effect is a term given by epidemiologists and sociologists to describe the disproportionate levels of ill health and…

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Does George Osborne really want to make himself the scourge of the strivers?

6 November 2015 11:59

Without George Osborne, we’d probably be living under Prime Minister Ed Miliband right now. His value to the government goes…

Andrew Neil, Jack Monroe, Owen Jones and Molly Scott Cato at last night's Spectator debate.

Should politicians leave the wealthy alone?

23 April 2015 16:36

Bashing the rich has become trendy. Last night, the Spectator hosted a debate at the Guildhall School of Drama on…

The Trussell Trust’s misleading figures on food bank usage help no one

22 April 2015 14:29

A day after the BBC admitted to misquoting David Cameron on foxhunting, the broadcaster made another admission of error last night over…

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Justin Forsyth has far more to apologise for than Tony Blair’s Save the Children award

3 March 2015 13:47

You almost have to admire Justin Forsyth’s brass neck. He is a former Gordon Brown spin chief earning a Prime…

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…


Under Oxfam’s dodgy maths, someone with 50p to his name is “richer” than bottom 2bn

19 January 2015 12:26

Global capitalism has eradicated poverty and generated prosperity in the developing world at an unprecedented rate. You might imagine that a…

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Why Britain is poorer than any US state, other than Mississippi

22 August 2014 10:41

Now and again, America puts its inequality on display to the world. We saw it after Hurricane Katrina and we…

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Let’s have more work and lower costs to raise living standards – the Living Wage won’t help

24 June 2014 11:34

In the latest in a long-line of Commissions or studies into the roll-out of a ‘Living Wage’, today the Archbishop of…

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The Spectator: on popes and poverty since 1828

13 March 2014 18:28

A year ago, a relatively unknown Argentine cardinal, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope. A few days later he announced…

Rochdale Foodbank Use Triples In A Year

Does it matter if Tories don’t know what it’s like to be poor?

20 January 2014 16:21

I have this theory that the reason why the British public is so hugely in favour of cutting welfare to…

The tragedy is that Hugo Chavez is no longer around to reap what he sowed. (YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuela: a shining example of how not to help the poor

23 November 2013 13:00

No serious person today views the Cuban Revolution as anything other than an impoverished tyranny – up to and including…

'Big Brother' watches over Winston Smith (Edmond O'Brien) and Julia (Jan Sterling), during the filming of the 1955 adaptation of '1984'. Image: Getty

Do we need George Orwell Day?

21 January 2013 14:28

I doubt that George Orwell needs ‘George Orwell Day’. Aldous Huxley, Henry Green, J.G. Ballard, each of those dead writers…

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A coalition of the complacent

7 January 2013 14:21

I don’t like to think that I am rich. In theory, I know that in comparison to the vast majority…

In today's Guardian, George Monbiot, former anarchist and man of the people, describes his conversion to the bourgeoisie. Image: Getty

George Monbiot joins the bourgeoisie

26 December 2012 18:42

They always manage to pull something special out of the hat at Christmas, over at the Guardian. Last year it…

Tory Ruth Davidson decided that the recalictrant Scots needed telling some home truths. Image: Getty.

The Tories Vs Scotland

8 October 2012 19:01

Interesting comments from Ruth Davidson, the chairthing of the Scottish Conservative Party, about her fellow countrymen. Only twelve per cent…


Saving the children? Another child poverty report misses the bigger picture

5 September 2012 21:06

Yesterday’s reshuffle isn’t the only story in town. Save the Children, a global charity, has today started to fundraise for…

The average cost of bringing up a child is now £143,000. Picture: Getty.

Ignoring struggling families will be politically costly

5 September 2012 17:45

More bad news for Britain’s families: new research shows that the cost of bringing up a child is an eye-watering…

Double Olympic Champion Mo Farah Leads Delegation of British Athletes at No 10 Downing St

The hunger Games

12 August 2012 14:39

One million children at risk of starvation in Niger; global food inflation last year of approximately 6 per cent; political…

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Troubled families policy deserves cross-party support

22 July 2012 9:30

The report published this week by Louise Casey, the Government’s ‘Troubled Families’ Tsar, has attracted a fair amount of criticism,…


A more ambitious approach to fighting poverty

14 June 2012 15:00

‘You attack poverty by knowing what you do changes the lives of those people.’ In that phrase on this morning’s…

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde

A diplomatic racket

4 June 2012 18:45

In my Observer column on Sunday I mentioned in passing that in a crisis, elites have to be able to…