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Spectator most-read: Trump’s defeat, life in the Royal Navy and ‘racist’ Oxford

5 February 2016

3:54 PM

5 February 2016

3:54 PM

The Spectator’s fifth most-read article of the week was Nigel Farndale on what life was like on board a warship in our ‘much reduced’ Royal Navy. Nigel joined the crew of HMS Bulwark in the Mediterranean where he found a Royal Navy undergoing an identity crisis amidst swingeing cuts.

Our fourth most-read piece was Damian Thompson on the furore surrounding the last-minute decision to pull an incendiary book about the Church of England.

Publisher Bloomsbury sent a panicky message to reviewers asking them to return their copies of ‘That Was The Church That Was: How the Church of England Lost the English People’. You can read Damian’s article about why the decision was made by clicking here.


Freddy Gray’s article written in the wake of Donald Trump’s defeat in Iowa was our third most-read piece. Freddy said that the Trump campaign could now start to fall apart, but he also said there was a chance the billionaire businessman could still bounce back. He wrote:

But even if Trumpmania does now vanish in a great puff of orange smoke, his candidacy has shaken the Republican Party, and American politics, to the core. The Trump phenomenon cannot yet be brushed aside as a curious anomaly.

The Spectator’s second most-read piece of the week was Toby Young’s article on why David Cameron was wrong about Oxford and race. The PM had appeared to blame the University for failing to recruit more black students. But Toby argued:

The fact that a young black man in Britain is more likely to go to prison that a top university does indeed shame our nation. But Oxford is not to blame.

And the most-read piece of the week on the Spectator was Douglas Murray’s take on the refugee crisis engulfing Europe.

He said:

‘Everybody on earth now knows that Europe’s present leaders lack either the will or the means to enforce their own laws. So more people will come next year, and the year after that and the year after that.’


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