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The morally illiterate obituaries to Martin McGuinness are just what he would have wanted

22 March 2017 7:34

Well the obituaries for Martin McGuinness are in. And many are as morally illiterate as the man himself could have…

Andrew ‘Calamity’ Cooper – the man who blew Remain – in talks to take on Scotland project

21 March 2017 17:35

Scottish nationalists may want to get the champagne at the ready. Word reaches Steerpike that Andrew ‘Calamity’ Cooper – the serial…

Martin McGuinness – a man who put the ballot before bullets

21 March 2017 17:34

Ulster is where memory burns long and forgiveness comes slow. The death of Martin McGuinness will pass without the spilling of…

Tintin is an EU hero - but is Captain Haddock on Britain's side?

21 March 2017 16:42

Blistering barnacles! Thundering typhoons! What dastardly double-dealing! To bolster their puny team of pen-pushing, quota-quoting civil servants, those fiendish Brussels…

‘Ultra Brexiteers’: the new menace to polite society

21 March 2017 15:57

For someone who once branded his own Cabinet colleagues ‘bastards’ — and two decades later said he only called them…

The Brexit bunch are the real referendum whiners

21 March 2017 15:33

In an age of fanaticism, it was always unlikely that the urge to censor would be confined to the left.…

In defence of George Osborne (by the Evening Standard’s departing editor)

21 March 2017 11:47

So I am feeling a bit better about my lack of radio experience. These are exciting times for free movement…

Rising inflation isn’t anything to panic about

21 March 2017 11:33

Predictably enough it didn’t take long for the rearguard Remain lobby, and other opponents of the government, to jump on…

Jacob Rees-Mogg leads the celebrations at Article 50 party: ‘to the Brexit heroes of Islington!’

21 March 2017 11:30

Was it a case of fate or a helpful tip off from No 10 that meant Brexit Central‘s Brexit party…

What the papers say: Jean-Claude Juncker’s ‘deluded’ Brexit punishment talk

21 March 2017 9:34

Finally, we have a date: March 29th will see Theresa May trigger Article 50 and set the Brexit train in…

Macron and Le Pen both fail to dazzle in first French Presidential debate

21 March 2017 8:49

It was the burkini that brought Monday night’s debate to life between the five main presidential candidates for next month’s…

At least Martin McGuinness made old age. Many others didn’t

21 March 2017 8:13

So Martin McGuinness has died. Already this is giving vent to the sort of ‘How McGuinness became a man of…

Spectator competition winners: the Gettysburg Address as it might have been given by Donald Trump

20 March 2017 18:00

The latest challenge asked for a version of the Gettysburg Address as it might have been given by a prominent…

Caption contest: Theresa May’s Vogue shoot

20 March 2017 17:18

Brexit and Budget ‘omNICshambles’ are enough to keep any Prime Minister busy. But even with her bulging in-tray, the Prime Minister…

George Osborne trolls MPs

20 March 2017 16:52

After George Osborne was announced as the new editor of the Evening Standard on Friday, there was uproar across the…

Revealed: the 63 Labour seats the Tories could snatch at the next election

20 March 2017 15:57

Theresa May has once again ruled out a snap general election but that doesn’t mean the temptation to hold one…

George Osborne finds old habits die hard

20 March 2017 15:24

George Osborne became the subject of much mockery over the weekend after Rohan Silva let slip that the former chancellor…

How quickly can a reciprocal rights deal be done for UK and EU citizens?

20 March 2017 15:18

The EU has been adamant that there will be no negotiation with the UK without formal notification that Britain is leaving. But…

President Erdogan’s nationalist game plan

20 March 2017 15:05

Ask any two Turkish nationalists how they will vote in their country’s upcoming referendum, and you’re likely to get two…

What hard-left plot? Corbyn and Watson go on ‘away day’

20 March 2017 14:27

This morning, Tom Watson kicked off the day with an appearance on Sky News, where he complained that the hard left are behind…

Our prisons are a mess – and Amazon’s ‘bumphone’ reviews reveal why

20 March 2017 13:14

On the Amazon page that sells the world’s smallest mobile phone, the reviews are mainly about putting it into your…

Theresa May will trigger Article 50 next week

20 March 2017 11:57

The wait is over. Almost. Theresa May will trigger Article 50 – the first formal step in Britain’s departure from the…

If the EU didn’t like Boris’s prison guard joke, why conform to the stereotype?

20 March 2017 8:47

A few weeks ago, Boris Johnson made a point about the EU negotiations and the futility of the idea of…

What the papers say: Why Tony Blair is still wrong about Brexit

20 March 2017 8:37

Why did 17.4m people vote for Brexit? A long list of reasons have been put forward but Tony Blair thinks…

Boris Johnson and the Cursed Theatre Trip

19 March 2017 21:34

Spare a thought for Boris Johnson. Ever since the Brexit vote, the Foreign Secretary has struggled with the often hostile…