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Watch: Douglas Murray and Ben Soffa from Palestinian Solidarity Campaign discuss anti-Semitism

In this week’s Spectator, Melanie Phillips suggests that anti-Semitism is on the rise, fueled by the events in the Middle… Continue reading

‘Unity at home and strength abroad’. Britain prepares for WW1 by postponing Irish home rule

Morning kit inspection at a camp of the Ulster Volunteers Force, the unionist paramilitary force, at Ballywater on 12th July 1914. (Image: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The outbreak of war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia in July 1914 forced British politicians to postpone the Amending Bill for Irish… Continue reading

Time for a new, patient-driven approach to cancer screening?

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No screening test for cancer is 100 per cent accurate. While some individuals might benefit from having an early cancer… Continue reading

Why won’t the Salmond / Darling debate be shown in England?

What would happen to the UK if Scotland votes for independence? Photo: Getty Images.

The future of Britain is at stake, but you wouldn’t know it from how ITV is behaving. On Tuesday, STV… Continue reading

2 billion reasons to take shooting seriously

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When I told our blogs editor about an independent survey claiming that shooting was worth £2 billion to the rural economy, he… Continue reading

Now that Richard Dawkins is attacking Muslims and feminists, the atheist Left suddenly discover he’s a bigot

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‘Richard Dawkins, what on earth happened to you?’ asks Eleanor Robertson in the Guardian today. Ms Robertson is a ‘feminist… Continue reading

I thought I had contracted Ebola. Life doesn’t get much scarier than that

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Juba After an all-night rainstorm in Juba I woke to see the mosquito that bit me in the dark. Now,… Continue reading

Lunchtime lobbying from Tristram Hunt

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The search for a new Chairman of the BBC Trust is in utter chaos. After Mr Steerpike revealed that the… Continue reading

David Cameron hints at tax cuts for Middle England

Prime Minster British Prime Minister David Cameron Attends A Rally Before European And Local Elections

The Telegraph’s Christopher Hope tweets the news that David Cameron is open to raising the threshold for the 40p rate:… Continue reading

British farming cannot turn its back on the EU

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Much has been made of the political debate at the 2014 CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace. The attendance of… Continue reading

Labour wants you to pay more tax. But what about its tax bill?

Ed Miliband's Speech On Reforming Labour's Links With Unions

Westminster has got in a tizz overnight because Andy Burnham has been taped saying that he still favours a ‘death… Continue reading

Why Ed Miliband’s public image matters

Labour leader Ed Miliband addresses delegates at his party's 2011 conference. Image: Getty

For a politician to draw attention to his own deficiencies is a desperate attempt to curry favour with the electorate… Continue reading

Moeen Ali reminds us that sometimes sport is the only place for politics

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Moeen Ali, the England cricketer, faces a possible reprimand after the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game’s governing body, censured him… Continue reading

The perverse consequences of punishing the banks

A banker is hung in effigy as part of an art installation in Miami, Florida. Image: Getty

Lloyds Banking Group is to pay fines of £218 million for fixing interest rates including Libor (the rate at which… Continue reading

The three parent technique is genetic modification. Will parliament confront this?

DNA Testing

If I were choosing a third parent for a baby, you know, I’d be inclined to choose one of the… Continue reading

Ed Miliband’s ‘new politics’ update

Labour Leader Ed Miliband Speech At The Science Museum

Derision met Labour when news emerged that more than half of its prospective parliamentary candidates are former special advisers, party… Continue reading

Who cares whether English commentators like or respect Scotland?

20th Commonwealth Games - Opening Ceremony

Because the Commonwealth Games are a thing and because newspapers need to fill their pages every day it is natural,… Continue reading

The state should send many more poor children to private schools

An Overview Of Eton College

Better capital makes us richer. That’s uncontroversial when it comes to fixed capital like machine tools and computers, but it’s… Continue reading

Put people before Burnham’s platitudes: Competition in healthcare benefits patients

Andy Burnham is denigrating one of Labour's greatest policy achievements: the extension of private providers in national healthcare. (Image: Getty)

We are used to political parties trying to claim credit for any positive development that happened during their time in… Continue reading

Why does Richard Evans choose to vent his spleen on untrained teachers?

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I knew that the historian Sir Richard Evans was a rather abrasive and quarrelsome man, but I was staggered by… Continue reading

Ukip: David Cameron’s immigration policy is vacuous and cynical posturing

'It is time to take back control of our borders. It is time to leave the European Union to become a competitive, engaged, patriotic nation once more,' says Steven Woolfe, Ukip Migration Spokesman. (Image: Richard Pohle - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

I have described David Cameron’s posturing on immigration today as vacuous and cynical, for that is exactly what it is.… Continue reading

The mysterious case of David Ruffley’s letter

David Ruffley at a reception for MPs and MEPs at Buckingham Palace. Image: Steve Parsons/AFP/Getty Images

There is much hullaballoo this morning about how slow the Tories were to act over David Ruffley, the disgraced MP… Continue reading

After Mercer, Hancock, Miller and now Ruffley, we need a proper MPs Recall Bill

Patrick Mercer, whose involvement in a lobbying scandal led him to stand down as an MP. Should his Newark constituents have been able to trigger a by-election? Image: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

There seem to have been few people who did not offer their two cents on David Ruffley. From domestic violence… Continue reading

David Cameron aims at Ukip and attacks Labour with immigration clamp-down

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The government has unveiled a set of measures to curb immigration. David Cameron has written an article in the Telegraph… Continue reading

David Ruffley to stand down as an MP

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David Ruffley has announced that he is standing down as an MP at the next election. Ruffley’s decision follows the… Continue reading

Betty Boothroyd and peers set to rebuke Cameron over Baroness Stowell’s exclusion from Cabinet

Baroness Betty Boothroyd is leading the charge against the government's exclusion of the Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Stowell, from Cabinet. (Image: Getty)

Update: In a sign of the strength of feeling in the Lords on this matter, Boothroyd’s motion rebuking Cameron passed… Continue reading

In Iraq, ancient Christianity lies in ruins. But who cares?

Iraqis holds up a banner which reads in Arabic 'We are Christians and not Nazarethans, and we are proud of our religion', during a demonstration on July 24, 2014, against the threat imposed by ISIS. (Image: SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

The Mar Behnam monastery outside Mosul, seized by ISIS just over a week ago, bears an inscription in the Turkic… Continue reading

Jon Snow’s view of the Middle East is biased, inaccurate and dangerous

A picture taken from the southern Israeli-Gaza border shows rockets being fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel, on July 19, 2014. (Image: JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

I suppose viewers of Jon Snow’s Channel 4 News don’t expect impartial journalism, any more than viewers of Fox in… Continue reading

Magazine

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Are we on the verge of a new credit crunch?

Think we’ve done enough to avoid another financial crisis? Think again

Vladimir Putin’s empire of lies

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Putin’s answer to the destruction of Flight MH17 has been more propaganda. In Russia, at least, it seems to be working

What’s wrong with sunglasses

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People who wear sunglasses all the time seem to radiate disdain

Meet the new faces of nepotism

Rafferty Law (son of Jude ’n’ Sadie) with ‘close friend and fellow model’ Cora Corre (granddaughter of Vivienne Westwood) Photo: David M Benett

The old paths to the top for working-class children – sport, music, acting, writing – are now closed by nepotism

‘It’s jihad, innit, bruv’: meet the British Muslims going to fight in Syria

PALESTINIAN-ISRAEL-PRISONERS DAY

Meeting the British Muslims who have joined the ‘Islamic State’

The loveliness of Lucerne

Switzerland’s loveliest lake lies before you

When Queen Victoria came here for her summer holidays, Lucerne was already a bustling tourist destination. Today it’s just as popular. It’s easy to see why. When you emerge from… Read more

Columnists

Downing Street Prepares For Cabinet Reshuffle

Parliament's next crisis: a dangerous shortage of middle-aged men

The House of Commons is off for the summer. But few MPs and ministers expect to make it through to… Read more

The Trojan Horse affair proves Michael Gove right – and MI5 wrong

Job swap: Oliver Letwin and Lady Stowell

Peter Clarke’s powerful report on the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham schools is confirmation of the weakness of David Cameron… Read more

Why I’m against posthumous pardons, even for Alan Turing

Alan Turing and colleagues working on the Ferranti Mark I Computer, 1951 Photo: SSPL/Getty

Ross Clark is a columnist I try to read because he is never trite. So I was sorry to miss… Read more

L.P. Hartley’s guide to coping with a heatwave

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Those of us who have been struggling to endure the recent heat should turn to L.P. Hartley’s classic coming-of-age novel The… Read more

Forecasting is a mug’s game – but I was right about the economic revival

Day 35 of the Queen's Baton Relay in Scotland

‘Perhaps I should shift my prediction to 23 July 2014,’ I wrote in April 2012. ‘That’s the opening of the… Read more

Arts

Neville Marriner: still going strong at the age of 90

How conductors keep getting better at 90

Matthew Stadlen talks to three conductors about growing old very gracefully

The Lunchbox: a love story based on food and free postage

Still from 'The Lunchbox'

Was Kate due a grounding after the awards extravaganza of Revolutionary Road and The Reader? Because Labor Day (12A) slipped… Read more

Natalia Osipova interview: ‘I'm not interested in diamond tiaras on stage’

Natalia Osipova in the Royal Ballet’s ‘Connectome’, choreographed by Alastair Marriott

Giannandrea Poesio talks to Natalia Osipova about her ballet-based philosophy

When Mr and Mrs Clever-Nasty-and-Rich met Mr and Mrs Thick-Sweet-and-Poor

Darren Strange and Dan Copeland in Invincible at St. James Theatre

Torben Betts, head boy at Alan Ayckbourn’s unofficial school of apprentices, has written at least a dozen plays I’ve never… Read more

Malevich: Are Tate visitors ready for this master of modernism?

‘The Scyther (Mower)’, 1912, by Kazimir Malevich

Kazimir Malevich (1879–1935) is one of the founding fathers of Modernism, and as such entirely deserves the in-depth treatment with… Read more

I can’t see the point of Glyndebourne’s La traviata

La Traviata, Glyndebourne

One of the highlights of last year’s Glyndebourne Festival was the revival of Richard Jones’s Falstaff, spruced up and invigorated… Read more

The problem with Believe is you simply won’t believe any of it - unless you’re a child

Obstacle on the footballing front: Natascha McElhone as Georgie’s mother

The trouble with Believe is that, unless you are ten years old or under, which I’m assuming you are not,… Read more

In which James Delingpole gets down with the kids, finds they’re sex-obsessed…

Otherworld, Comedy Feeds

If there’s one thing everyone knows about BBC comedy it’s that it’s going downhill. According to Danny Cohen, now Director… Read more

Does Radio 3 need a new controller?

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Where next for Radio 3? Last Friday was the First Night of this year’s Proms season but it was the… Read more

Alexander Pope, inventor of celebrity

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‘The Picture of the Prime Minister hangs above the Chimney of his own Closet, but I have seen that of… Read more

Life

A Palestinian boy inspects the damage from behind a shrapnel riddled piece of metal following an Israeli air strike  Photo: AFP/Getty

What Poland could teach Israel

One event I regretted missing on my last visit to London was a party at the Polish Club, which has been refurbished and has a new Polish prince as its… Read more

'Oscar sat and clutched his lunchbox as the practice nurse punctured grandad in the buttock'

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‘Oscar!’ cried Miss Herd as I arrived. She was standing at the classroom door releasing her charges one by one as the parent, or in my case the grandparent, arrived… Read more

The expensive horror of the Eden Project

Cornish Oasis Garden Opened at The Eden Project

As a rule, I tend not to frequent places where there is a sign on the door saying ‘no sharps’. But I thought I would make an exception for the… Read more

Freedom for my chickens! All it took was a man with a gun

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If I haven’t mentioned my poultry for a while, it’s because the subject has been too depressing. I had been very fond of my ducks and chickens until the constant… Read more

A day with the West Ilsley trainer Denis Coakley

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Through a stormy July weekend our task was to prevent four feisty grandchildren from murdering or mutilating each other before being returned to their parents, so we gave them £3… Read more