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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…

What the papers say: The good and bad news about Britain’s booming jobs market

16 February 2017 8:41

More Brits then ever are now in work, with the proportion of the working age population in jobs hitting 74.6…

Indigenous languages are being wiped out – and social media isn’t helping

27 January 2017 16:42

We are in Imbassai in the state of Bahia. It’s lush, beautiful and green. I am escaping the London winter…

A New Year’s resolution worth keeping: support bookshops instead of Amazon

30 December 2015 9:00

Every day in the run up to Christmas, sometimes several times a day, the front doorbell rang with a parcel…

The world belongs to Taylor Swift now. There will be no free-trial period

23 June 2015 17:46

All hail Taylor Swift. How she must give baby boomers the fear. Not just baby boomers. Also those who came…

George Osborne’s fact-finders come up trumps in the Autumn Statement

3 December 2014 17:24

Osborne got his chance to audition for Number 10 today. He hasn’t the fluency and the synthetic chumminess of Cameron.…

Nadine Dorries’s book is a surprise bestseller

5 June 2014 17:49

Nadine Dorries’s novel, Four Streets, may have been unilaterally panned by the critics, with the Telegraph’s Christopher Howse labelling it…

The drones are coming!

3 December 2013 15:11

Amazon is testing unmanned drones to deliver goods to customers — whatever next? Well, the Spec can tell you exactly…

Taps for The Washington Post

6 August 2013 11:42

So it has come to this. The Washington Post, paper of Bradlee and Woodward and Bernstein and all the rest, has…

Dame Gail Rebuck – tax cutter

11 July 2013 10:01

The Queen of Publishing, Dame Gail Rebuck, abdicated earlier this week when she stood down as chairman and chief executive…

Who cares about HMV? Shopping has never been better. - Spectator Blogs

15 January 2013 13:45

How many people presently lamenting the demise of HMV (at least in its current incarnation) actually spent any money there…

Jimmy Carr, another figure to face public wrath over his tax affairs, at a launch in a Starbucks in 2012. Picture: Getty

MPs criticise ‘voluntary’ tax arrangements for Starbucks and other big companies

3 December 2012 9:01

Danny Alexander might be glad that a PR panic before the Public Accounts Committee published its report into HMRC and…

When ‘boycott’ isn’t quite the right word

22 November 2012 16:22

Boycott Amazon was the message from Margaret Hodge MP in last weekend’s Observer. This comes in the wake of new…

Annals of Odd Complaint: Moaning that Google Does Exactly What You Say You Want It To Do - Spectator Blogs

20 November 2012 11:21

Via Tim Worstall, here’s Jeanette Winterson: A fiery Jeanette Winterson has called for the hundreds of millions of pounds of…

The Galactic Empire of Amazon

29 October 2012 15:04

I think that most people working in publishing think they’re involved in some giant role playing game. Rather than simply…

Naomi Wolf, Marie Stopes and grand deceit

3 September 2012 11:27

‘This man makes a pseudonym and crawls behind it like a worm,’ wrote Sylvia Plath in The Fearful. The weekend’s…

Across the literary pages: Ned Beauman

23 July 2012 18:35

London doesn’t really have a literary hipster scene, but if it did, Ned Beauman would be centre stage. The 27-year-old…