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Donald Trump Makes Announcement At Trump Tower

The sooner the Republicans stop Donald Trump, the sooner they can beat Hillary Clinton

28 July 2015 10:42

Lunatics with money are never ‘mad’, only eccentric. In America, they can also class as Republican presidential candidates. Hence Donald Trump – a barmy billionaire with a mouth bigger than… Continue reading

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Sepp Blatter (Photo: Valeriano Di Domenico/Getty)

Sepp Blatter falls foul of the world’s CCTV system

2 June 2015 18:33

 ‘In matters of criminal justice,’ said NatWest Three defendant David Bermingham after a London court extradited him and his co-defendants to face Enron-related US fraud charges even though nothing they… Continue reading

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Mass surveillance is being undermined by the ‘Snowden effect’

2 June 2015 14:28

We are in the middle of a Crypto war again. Perhaps we have always been in the middle of a Crypto war. Since the 70s, the right and ability to… Continue reading

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One human right should not be able to extinguish another human right

1 June 2015 9:55

The Human Rights Act (1998) has a big fan base. In legal, political and celebrity circles there is much enthusiasm for it. Yet the law is not giving us the… Continue reading

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A symbol of peace? (Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty)

Tony Blair has long been an irrelevance in the Middle East peace process

28 May 2015 11:52

Following months of speculation, Tony Blair has finally announced he is standing down as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East after eight years in the post. It is tempting to… Continue reading

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President Obama And Prime Minister Cameron Meet At The White House

Obama gets personal on Twitter. Will Cameron follow suit?

18 May 2015 18:10

With an increasing number of Twitter accounts for politicians and celebrities run by staff rather than the subjects themselves, the PR-y tweets can often make for a dull read. So… Continue reading

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Why wasn’t the head of Hamas properly cross-examined during his BBC interview?

10 April 2015 13:26

When journalists have the much sought after opportunity to interview the heads of states and organisations with appalling human rights records the very least we expect is to see such… Continue reading

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Rand Paul’s libertarian crusade will shake up the presidential race

7 April 2015 17:16

Finally, the presidential race got interesting. The thought of Hillary Clinton vs Jeb Bush was too much of a rerun of the same old thing: big government liberal vs big government… Continue reading

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Has Ed Miliband been spending £10,000 a day on Obama debate coach?

26 March 2015 10:29

Tonight Ed Miliband and David Cameron will be interviewed by Jeremy Paxman in two separate interviews, after Cameron declined to do a head-to-head interview with the Labour leader. Now, Mr S hears… Continue reading

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50 years on, the battle for civil rights continues in America

7 March 2015 17:11

Fifty years since the first civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, America still has huge problems with race. Only this week a federal investigation into the killing of an… Continue reading

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Benjamin Netanyahu discusses Iran (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Was Netanyahu’s message worth the diplomatic damage it caused?

5 March 2015 11:40

For weeks before his plane set off for Washington, Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress was exhaustingly analysed here in DC. Did Speaker Boehner adequately notify the White House… Continue reading

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A Coptic clergyman shows a picture of one of the men murdered by Islamic State (Photo: Mohamed El-Shahed/Getty)

Islamic State will flourish if the West picks sides in Libya

18 February 2015 10:34

Conventional wisdom suggests that Islamic State and its affiliates have mastered social media. Yet the group’s real talent lies in dominating the traditional media cycle and using sensational violence to goad its enemies… Continue reading

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Benjamin Netanyahu has repeated his call for European Jews to immigrate to Israel (Photo: Menahem Kahana/Getty)

Israel has become a life-insurance policy for many British Jews

16 February 2015 12:22

Weekends are quality time in the Alderman household. On Saturday evenings, following the termination of the Sabbath, my wife and I are accustomed to sit together, review the week that… Continue reading

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Grant Shapps: Haggis is not terrorism

12 February 2015 14:22

Haggis was on the menu at the Tories’ Black and White Ball on Monday, and now it’s on the political agenda too. In an otherwise dry speech on the Transatlantic… Continue reading

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Mitt Romney Campaigns With AK Senate Candidate Dan Sullivan In Anchorage

The ineffable sadness of Mitt Romney 2016

16 January 2015 14:58

The suggestion Mitt Romney might make another run for the Presidency of the United States made me think of a line from one of my father’s novels: ‘There’s nothing so sad… Continue reading

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Peers demand PM lobbies President over haggis ban

15 January 2015 12:23

Patriotic peers have demanded that David Cameron raise the US haggis import ban with President Obama at the White House today. As Steerpike noted yesterday, the 1971 ban on the… Continue reading

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Could a Tory peer convince the USA to stomach imported haggis?

14 January 2015 18:19

Tomorrow, parliament will debate a topic of immense significance. Steerpike hears that Tory peer Lord McColl is planning on championing a great repressed minority, in a land that claims to… Continue reading

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@CENTCOM's Twitter page as it appeared after the hack

The real danger of #CyberJihad is that anybody can get involved

13 January 2015 10:17

There was a certain irony to the news that @CENTCOM had been hacked yesterday afternoon. While President Obama was giving a speech on cybersecurity, the U.S. Central Command Twitter account… Continue reading

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The Battle of New Orleans, as imagined by  Edward Percy Moran in 1910

It’s 200 years since Britain last fought America. But it’s not a battle the British care to remember

8 January 2015 8:30

2015 is the year of Waterloo and Wellington. The 200th anniversary will be celebrated with grand commemorations on the battlefield and in London. But today, January 8th, 2015, is also… Continue reading

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Saudi Arabian men wait outside the Masma

The Saudis are playing a clever game with oil supplies. Here’s how to understand it

6 January 2015 15:32

As oil prices continue to plummet, the rather sterile debate over Saudi intentions drags on. Some believe the Saudis are locked into a secret conspiracy with Washington to stiff Russia… Continue reading

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Boris in his birth town (Photo: Getty)

Boris’s dilemma: relinquish his US passport or pay American tax

24 November 2014 18:18

When in doubt, blame wealthy foreigners for any political problems. That goes for pols in the US and the UK alike, and even the dual-national Mayor of London is not immune. Boris Johnson opposes blanket… Continue reading

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Crowds gathered outside The Capitol building in Washington D.C for the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States of America, in 1913  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: A word to America

14 September 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 12 September 1914: WE desire to address a word to the American people, a word which must be spoken, though we are fully aware that it will… Continue reading

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Has turned into a hermit with Noel Edmonds' hair: Julian Assange (right). Images: Getty

Julian Assange is a narcissist and a nut. But if America comes for him we should take his side

19 August 2014 17:33

This is an extract from Hugo Rifkind’s column in this week’s Spectator, out on Thursday Poor Julian Assange. Call me a contrarian but I’m genuinely starting to feel sorry for… Continue reading

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Don’t listen to the hawks — the west should leave Iraq alone

13 August 2014 19:31

This is a preview from this week’s Spectator, available tomorrow: Peering down from the Olympian heights of the New York Times, the columnist David Brooks writes that “We are now living in… Continue reading

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The minimum wage is broken – here’s how to fix it

2 April 2014 14:34

While welcoming George Osborne’s emphasis this week on raising employment, I have some caveats about his target – to have the highest employment rate in the G7. This isn’t hugely… Continue reading

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