The Times


Wallace and Gromit creator not happy about Ed Miliband cartoons

13 March 2015 16:55

Since the Times cartoonist Peter Brookes first drew Ed Miliband in the image of Wallace from Nick Park’s cartoon Wallace and Gromit, the Labour leader has been unable to escape comparisons to the goofy-faced… Continue reading

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A deserving winner – and undeserving losers – from last night’s UK Press Awards

11 March 2015 18:02

Last night’s UK Press Awards stood out for deserving winners – and some undeserving losers. Andrew Norfolk of The Times won two gongs for his extraordinary investigation into child abuse… 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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A thundering row on the right

1 September 2014 16:24

It’s open warfare at the Times between two leading lights on the right – the newspaper’s former Comment Editor Tim Montgomerie and longtime columnist Matthew Parris, who held no punches… Continue reading


Nick Clegg’s loopy strategy

15 May 2014 13:32

I am beginning to think that Dominic Cummings has driven Nick Clegg round the bend. The Lib Dem leader should want this row over universal free school meals to go… Continue reading

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Campaigning In South Shields

Will the last person to leave the EU please turn out the lights

15 April 2014 15:26

Nigel Farage is feeling the heat after saying that the electricity bill for his 620 square foot office is over £3,000. According to Consumer Futures, the average household dual-fuel energy… Continue reading

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Nigel Farage faces down ‘Establishment’ plot

15 April 2014 12:49

This morning’s edition of The Times reported (£) that Nigel Farage could face a probe into claims, apparently lodged by a former UKIP official, that nearly £60,000 of ‘missing’ European Union… Continue reading

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What’s next for Tim Montgomerie?

10 March 2014 22:42

Normally, we wouldn’t blog about a journalist moving jobs — but Tim Montgomerie is an exception. He is an actor in, not just an observer of, Britain’s political drama which… Continue reading

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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

Would you bet on the Scottish referendum outcome?

Betting on the future of Scotland — Parris vs. Massie

12 February 2014 9:55

How would you bet on the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum? With Ladbrokes offering odds of 1/5 on a ‘No’ vote, its a much better return than any savings… Continue reading


The View from 22 — Britain’s accidental EU exit?

10 January 2013 10:56

We’re delighted to be back with a bang for the first Spectator podcast of 2013. This week, our political editor James Forsyth discusses David Cameron’s long-delayed speech on Europe with… Continue reading

Why did Harding leave The Times? Steerpike may have the answer... Image: Getty

The rumble of the Thunderer

10 January 2013 9:00

Steerpike is back in this week’s Spectator, and here’s a little taster from Wapping: James Harding, the ousted Times editor, left with a £1.3 million payoff in his pocket and… Continue reading

William Rees-Mogg, editor of the Times 1967-1981 passed away today. Photo: Getty Images.

The genius of William Rees-Mogg

29 December 2012 15:01

At my first-ever Tory party conference, I saw William Rees-Mogg leave a reception and chased him down the corridor like a groupie. I asked him if he had any tips:… Continue reading

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Why James Harding had to quit as Times editor

13 December 2012 14:31

Given that James Harding is generally regarded as the best editor of The Times to have worked under Rupert Murdoch, what happened yesterday? Mr Steerpike has been making some inquiries.… Continue reading

Giles Coren (left) resigned from Twitter for just 24 hours. Photo: PA.

Giles Coren’s Twitter Eulogy

28 August 2012 22:46

The saying goes that the only silver lining at the end of a political career is the chance to read your own obituary without actually dying. For Giles Coren, the speculation… Continue reading


When it comes to personality, Boris will always win 

10 April 2012 15:11

The fight for London Mayor election has well and truly descended into a clash of personalities. Policies have all but disappeared while candidates trade attacks in the press. The Guardian,… Continue reading


The growth script still needs writing

15 December 2011 11:08

The Times is being a bit harsh on Cameron in its leader this morning. ‘On the economy’, it says, ‘Cameron has contracted out policy to George Osborne and then followed… Continue reading


Murdoch resigns from newspaper boards

23 November 2011 14:26

The Evening Standard has the scoop: ‘Companies House filings show James Murdoch has stepped down from the boards of both News Group Newspapers Limited, publisher of The Sun, and Times… Continue reading


The government could make political and fiscal gains if it reviews the Trident upgrade

4 August 2010 9:11

On one level, there is something admirable about the government’s uncompromising support for a Trident upgrade: senior Tories really do believe in the deterrent’s strategic importance, and are not willing… Continue reading


WikiLeaks rightly suffers a backlash

29 July 2010 9:20

Is it just me, or is there something deeply unsettling about Julian Assange’s comments in the Times today? After the paper revealed yesterday that the leaked Afghan War files could… Continue reading


The Real Martin Bright

12 February 2010 22:49

I first became aware of another Martin Bright with an interest in radical Islam a couple of years ago when a neighbour commented on remarks I had supposedly made on… Continue reading