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Pope John Paul II, born Karol Wojtyla (Photo: Getty)

Correction of the day: is the Pope Catholic?

11 August 2015 11:32

The results are in. After scrolling through today’s papers, ‘Correction of the day’ goes to the Times for an apology which brings new meaning to the age-old question ‘is the Pope… Continue reading


Déjà-lu in today’s Times — but where was the Spectator’s credit?

7 August 2015 16:37

Mr S couldn’t help but notice that the Times made for familiar reading this morning. A leader titled ‘Ending the Exodus’ suggested that the government ought to ‘Give Syrian refugees… Continue reading

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Is David Aaronovitch taking the piss out of himself?

30 July 2015 11:05

This job is getting harder and harder, because it is no longer possible to parody or satirise the blithe stupidity of the liberal London middle class. It now exists in… Continue reading

Middle class people are not the most at risk from alcohol-related harm, despite drinking more

The myth of the ‘middle class drink epidemic’

24 July 2015 11:48

With alcohol consumption falling every year for over a decade it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain the myth that Britain is in the grips of a drinking epidemic, but… Continue reading

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair Appears Before The Committee Investigating The On The Runs Scheme

Revealed: The ‘Blairite’ crime policy that never was

21 July 2015 11:11

With rumours flying around the Commons that if elected, Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn would appoint a Shadow Peace Secretary in the place of a Shadow Defence Secretary, Mr S… Continue reading


Backbench ‘plot’ deprives Alan Mak of his favourite spot at PMQs

17 June 2015 16:40

Unfortunate timing for ambitious new Tory MP Alan Mak to be turned over by the Times today, after he was on the order paper to ask a prominent question at… Continue reading

Ed Miliband and Lord Mandelson at a press conference at Millbank Tower in central London, on January 8, 2010.

Five things we’ve learnt from The Times’ Ed Miliband investigation

10 June 2015 16:21

The dissection of Labour’s election defeat continues with a very thorough series of pieces in today’s Times by Rachel Sylvester and Michael Savage. Describing Ed Miliband’s tenure as leader as a ‘five-year suicide note’,… Continue reading


Rupert Murdoch jets into London to see off Miliband

2 May 2015 10:00

Ed Milband used his interview with Russell Brand as a chance to bash his arch-enemy Rupert Murdoch. The Labour leader claimed that the media mogul is ‘much less powerful than he… Continue reading


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

Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Image: Getty

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

Tim Montgomerie. Photo: BBC.

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

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

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

Why did Murdoch lose confidence in Times editor James Harding? Photo: Getty Images.

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