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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 have seen it again in the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.… Continue reading

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The 'secret' American eavesdropping base at RAF Menwith Hill in Yorkshire. Image: Getty

Britain is part of a secret Anglo-Saxon world conspiracy. How can it also be part of Europe?

3 July 2014 9:12

I’m not a great believer in the ‘special relationship’, a concept that exists almost entirely in the mind of British journalists, especially during those occasional moments when the English-speaking nations… Continue reading

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Would the word ‘NATO’ make Vladimir Putin think twice?

17 April 2014 9:05

Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States will meet in Geneva later today in order to find a solution to the confrontation in eastern Ukraine. There is not… Continue reading

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US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel. Image: Getty

America won’t be Europe’s policeman any more – but that’s good for Britain

25 February 2014 14:32

The US Army’s cuts are good for Britain. They will force our European allies to think about their own defence and re-evaluate their policies. This will highlight the benefits of… Continue reading

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Unseasonably Balmy Weather Descends On New York City

How We Invented Freedom by Daniel Hannan – my political book of 2013

31 December 2013 15:36

It’s rare to read a book about politics and be actually excited to get back to it, like you’re on holiday and lost in a novel; but that’s what I… Continue reading

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Kennedy Addressing

John F Kennedy was one of the nastiest presidents in American history

19 November 2013 14:55

The fiftieth anniversary of John F Kennedy’s assassination is, of course, an occasion for a fresh outbreak of the virulent hagiography that has corrupted the memory of his actual record.… Continue reading

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British Troops Use Desert Bases To Suppress Taliban Insurgents

War from the ground up and the limits of modern government?

14 August 2013 10:23

Emile Simpson’s War from the Ground Up, hailed by no less an authority than Michael Howard (the historian, not the politician) as a Clausewitz-for-our-times, is on my “to read” list. So I… Continue reading

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

In defence of paranoid hysteria

22 June 2013 15:56

Compare a democracy to a dictatorship and world-weary chuckles follow. The last thing a citizen can do in true tyrannies is call them tyrannies. He or she has to pretend… Continue reading

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Prize winning novelist Ben Fountain warns that writers must never trust politicians.

Ben Fountain interview: Lies are an affront to writers because lying is the corruption of language

18 June 2013 16:23

Ben Fountain’s debut short story collection, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, was published in America eighteen years after he left his job at a Dallas real estate law firm to… Continue reading

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President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address

No, Barack Obama has not declared an end to the War on Terror - Spectator Blogs

13 February 2013 17:18

I see that Con Coughlin is at it again. Apparently, you see, Barack Obama has “taken leave of reality”. How so? By declaring that al-Qaeda is but “a shadow of its former… Continue reading

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Barack Obama Sworn In As U.S. President For A Second Term

Barack Obama's inauguration speech makes the case for Bigger Government - Spectator Blogs

21 January 2013 18:03

I never quite know what to think about the whole Presidential inauguration thing. One the one hand there is always something stirring about being reminded of the sheer scale of… Continue reading

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Obama's Issues 23 Executive Orders, His First Step In  Broad Gun Control Plan

Barack Obama's Gun Control Measures: Harmless but Ineffective - Spectator Blogs

17 January 2013 14:39

Barack Obama’s response to the horror of Sandy Hook was entirely predictable, largely unobjectionable and most unlikely to make much of a difference to very much at all. Politics as… Continue reading

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National Rifle Association Holds News Conference In Wake Of Newtown School Shooting

The National Rifle Association Disgraces Itself. Again. - Spectator Blogs

21 December 2012 18:12

Earlier this week I suggested that America’s gun owners have often been let down by the leadership of the gun-rights movement. I don’t know if that has ever been more… Continue reading

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President Obama Speaks To Troops Returning Home From Iraq At Fort Bragg

Annals of Neoconservative Delusion: Leaving Iraq Edition - Spectator Blogs

14 November 2012 14:33

Douglas Murray’s latest post is a rum ‘un indeed. He asks us to believe that Barack Obama’s “foreign policy boasts” are unraveling now that the American election is usefully out… Continue reading

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Romney Campaigns Throughout Swing States Ahead Of Presidential Election

The View from the Cocoon of Denial and Epistemic Closure - Spectator Blogs

7 November 2012 19:48

William F Buckley has, alas, gone the way of all flesh but his National Review lives on and arguably remains the flagship journal of contemporary American conservatism. It certainly considers… Continue reading

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Obama Admin. Unveils New Policy Easing Medical Marijuana Prosecutions

Amidst Obama's Triumph, America Enjoys A Libertarian Moment - Spectator Blogs

7 November 2012 16:57

Amidst last night’s Democratic triumph and the confirmation that Obama is, in many respects, Ronald Reagan’s heir let’s not forget that this election was also a triumph for libertarians and… Continue reading

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President Obama Holds Election Night Event In Chicago

Barack Obama is Re-Elected President of the United States - Spectator Blogs

7 November 2012 5:45

Well, I was wrong. I thought Mitt Romney might do rather better than it seems he has. As I type this CNN has just called Ohio for Barack Obama, confirming… Continue reading

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Barack Obama Deserves A Second Term - Spectator Blogs

6 November 2012 14:10

No matter the result of today’s Presidential election, it will not be Morning in America tomorrow. Of course the successful candidate will talk of America’s essential greatness. He will promise… Continue reading

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65th Anniversary Of D-Day Celebrated At National D-Day Memorial In Virginia

The Continental Divide: Why are Red States So Red and Blue States So Blue? - Spectator Blogs

31 October 2012 18:37

So, for the third time in the last four American elections it looks as though this contest is gonna be a close one. As in 2004, however, the narrow-but-significant advantage… Continue reading

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Mid Atlantic Coast Prepares For Hurricane Sandy

Annals of Hurricane Deprivation: Wall Street Edition

31 October 2012 15:24

Hats-off to Bloomberg’s Max Abelson for this delicious, bone-dry report on how Wall Street’s finest have coped with the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Wall Street turned to Bordeaux, sushi and… Continue reading

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East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane Sandy

Did America bring Hurricane Sandy upon itself? - Spectator Blogs

31 October 2012 12:58

Apparently so. You can always count on the British left to sneer at the United States. (You can count on quite a bit of the British right to do so… Continue reading

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US-VOTE-2012-DEBATE

Barack Obama wins the second presidential debate - Spectator Blogs

17 October 2012 15:10

Barack Obama won the second of the three Presidential debates last night but he did not beat Mitt Romney as thoroughly as he had been beaten by the challenger in… Continue reading

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US-VOTE-2012-DEBATE

Mitt Romney hammers Barack Obama in the first presidential debate - Spectator Blogs

4 October 2012 4:00

Everyone says that the debates don’t change the dynamics of a presidential race very often. President Barack Obama better hope that remains the case this year. Last night’s debate wasn’t… Continue reading

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Contributor Archive - Travel Feature

A Sunny Day in Brooklyn and the American Dream - Spectator Blogs

2 October 2012 22:48

From Peggy Noonan’s blog which, unusually for a political columnist, is almost always lovely and generous and warmly-acute: “Man needs less to be instructed than reminded,” Dr. Johnson said, but… Continue reading

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Encouraging signs from talks with Iran

16 April 2012 9:18

The weekend’s six power talks with the Iranians about their nuclear programme were more fruitful than many, including I, expected. It seems that the EU sanctions on Iranian oil and… Continue reading

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