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Cameron’s Lords mess

In the last reshuffle, David Cameron made Tina Stowell the leader of the House of Lords. But, astonishingly, he didn’t… Continue reading

Europe split over sanctions against Putin’s Russia

The EU's sanctions seem to fall some way short of David Cameron's ambitions. (GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

The European Council has spoken! We must all come back on Thursday after it has considered its approach to fresh… Continue reading

The incredible, inspiring story of the man who ran ‘the greatest race of all time’

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In the middle of a troubled and brawling world: some hope and inspiration. In last week’s edition of The Spectator… Continue reading

David Cameron’s decision to sack Owen Paterson will send rural voters flooding to Ukip

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During Owen Paterson’s vocal conversation with David Cameron in defence of his record as Environment Minister after learning he was… Continue reading

Britain has very little to fear from the ECHR. So why are so many Tories so afraid of it?

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On matters domestic (England and Wales division) I was sad to see Dominic Grieve turfed-out of the cabinet in last… Continue reading

More big changes expected at the BBC

Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

Mr S hears that the race to succeed Paxo came down to two candidates: the PM programme’s Eddie Mair and… Continue reading

Celebrating diversity means imposing misogyny

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People talk about their commitment to equality and diversity so readily they must assume there is no conflict between the… Continue reading

Nicky Morgan and Tristram Hunt respond to the ‘Trojan horse’ schools report

Concern Grows Over Trojan Horse Inquiry At Birmingham Schools

Nicky Morgan described the findings of Peter Clarke’s report into the Birmingham schools scandal as ‘disturbing’, and laid out how… Continue reading

Britain has let Islamists run riot – as today’s report into the ‘Trojan horse’ plot reveals

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Peter Clarke, a former counter-terror chief, has published a report today which reveals that an ‘aggressive Islamist agenda’ was pursued in… Continue reading

Report claims ‘aggressive Islamist agenda’ pursued in ‘Trojan horse’ schools

Concern Grows Over Trojan Horse Inquiry At Birmingham Schools

The Department of Education has published a damning report today which suggests there was an ‘aggressive Islamist agenda’ pursued in… Continue reading

Hopeless in Gaza; Israel’s tragically futile war

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Travelling back from holiday yesterday we had Jeremy Vine’s show on the car radio and the Radio 2 man was… Continue reading

A bold plan to make welfare more personalised and responsive

Job centres need to be radically overhauled to embed welfare changes and provide support to those who need it most. (Image: Getty)

Jobs must surely be one of the great success stories of this government: 1.8 million more people in work, and… Continue reading

Archive interview: Alexander Litvinenko on ice picks, radioactive thallium and Putin’s assassins

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In the 25 November 2006 edition of The Spectator, Neil Barnett recalled his encounters with the poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko.… Continue reading

Priti Patel ‘totally up for it’

Prime Minister David Cameron Announces His New Cabinet

Priti Patel, poster girl for the next generation of the Tory right, will be a key face on the airwaves… Continue reading

Does the man who saved Burberry from the chavs deserve £20 million?

A £20 million prize (and a supermodel to boot)

There isn’t a single item of Burberry in my wardrobe, I’m afraid, so I was unaware until this week of… Continue reading

Can the European Union agree a sanctions regime for Russia?

European Leaders Commemorate The 100th Anniversary of World War I In Belgium

David Cameron talked tough on sanctions yesterday, suggesting that he had the German and French support. I believe he means… Continue reading

Ed Miliband comes to Washington — and nobody here notices

Ed Miliband and Barack Obama meet in the White House yesterday. Photo: @Ed_Miliband.

Washington, D.C. Ed Miliband met with Barack Obama yesterday, haven’t you heard? The British press covered the visit with their… Continue reading

Caption competition: Ed Miliband meets Barack Obama

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I’m in the US right now, where the national conversation is – it’s safe to say – not fixed on… Continue reading

Flight MH17: the unctuous Bishop James Jones shows off on ‘Thought for the Day’

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Perhaps it’s my imagination, but every time the Rt Rev James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool, pops up on Thought… Continue reading

Nicky Morgan hides in office as civil servant sacks Gove’s special advisers

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New Education Secretary Nicky Morgan wasted no time in stamping her mark on her department – sacking all three of… Continue reading

David Cameron: This is a defining moment for Russia

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David Cameron has made a statement to the House of Commons about the destruction of MH17 over eastern Ukraine. He… Continue reading

Your finger nails could hold the answer to your health problems

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Eighteen hundred years ago, Romano-Britons with a variety of medical conditions would have visited the healing temple at Lydney Park… Continue reading

Nicky Morgan passes her first test as Education Secretary

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Nicky Morgan came to parliament today to praise Michael Gove, not to bury him: ‘It is a privilege,’ she said,… Continue reading

Stephen Dorrell: The NHS still has plenty to learn

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If anyone thought Stephen Dorrell would take a break from talking about health after standing down as chairman of the… Continue reading

Many of Britain’s best head teachers backed Michael Gove

George Osborne Visits A School In East London

Reading the papers over the last few days, you’d be forgiven for thinking that no teachers backed Michael Gove and… Continue reading

Tony Blair — the unloved one

The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

Tony Blair, international superstar, has jetted into London to deliver the inaugural Philip Gould Memorial Lecture at Progress, a think… Continue reading

View from 22 morning review: the West’s response to MH17 and the reshuffle fallout

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In this week’s View from 22 morning review, Douglas Murray, James Forsyth and Mary Wakefield discuss the weekend’s main stories. Can… Continue reading

It’s Evan Davis for Newsnight

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With the BBC set to make a formal announcement about Jeremy Paxman’s replacement at Newsnight imminently, tweets from BBC staff… Continue reading

Magazine

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David Cameron's Stepford ministers

The PM doesn’t want the new women in his cabinet to do anything but look nice

Women bishops at last

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The vote on women bishops is a triumph for our diplomatic Archbishops

Israel abandoned

Under-fire

The anti-Semitic West almost seems to want Israelis to suffer

'We have had so many martyrs, so many injured'

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  Gaza The main entrance to Al-Shifa Hospital was crowded with what seemed to be journalists. This wasn’t unusual. They wait here most days for ambulances ferrying in the dead… Read more

Faster, higher, stronger

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The remarkable story of the missionary and the Masai running champion

My secret lust for right-wing women

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A lust that dare not speak its name

Farewell, Speccie

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So we are all going to have to pay for fatties to have stomach bands and bypasses, are we? It may be ‘cost-effective’ to treat the obese before they go… Read more

The glorious bohemia of Prague

A literary city: Prague

Prague, ‘Golden Prague’, is rich in music, architecture, glassware, pilsner and natural beauty. It is one of those places where laughter — innocent laughter, not laughter in the dark —… Read more

Columnists

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Gove, gone

‘There’s no shame in a cabinet to win the next election,’ declared an exasperated senior No. 10 figure on Tuesday… Read more

The Spectator's Notes: this is the worst reshuffle since 1989

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This must be the worst reshuffle since Mrs Thatcher demoted Geoffrey Howe in 1989. Unlike that one, its errors are… Read more

The NHS ‘wellbeing’ monkey deserves to die

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My young daughter has a furry beaver — lifelike in all but its eyes, which to me seem cold and dead.… Read more

The ambulance service is in a state of emergency

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Tom leant back against the bathroom wall, his face streaked with blood from the nosebleed, eyes half shut like an… Read more

Fear and libertarianism in Las Vegas

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Great God, Vegas is an awful place. I realised this the moment I arrived. My cab driver — who’d been… Read more

Any other business: trouble spots in European banking

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‘1914: Day by Day’, the Radio 4 series by the historian Margaret MacMillan, is a gripping reminder that significant global… Read more

Arts

‘The Goldfinch’, 1654, by Carel Fabritius

The home of Holland’s celebrity paintings gets a makeover

Laura Gascoigne on the treasures in the newly reopened Mauritshaus museum in The Hague

Is Handel’s Messiah anti-Semitic?

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The Hallelujah Chorus crops up in the most unexpected places, says Michael Marissen in his new book about Handel’s Messiah.… Read more

Had Hollywood not lured him away, Dennis Hopper could have made his name as a photographer

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In an age when photographs have swollen out of all proportion to their significance, and are mounted on wall-sized light… Read more

‘Artmaking is a drug’ - interview with poet Paul Muldoon

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Olivia Cole talks to Paul Muldoon about the extraordinary buzz that writing gives him

Buxton Festival sticks its neck out with two rarities by Dvorak and Gluck

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Dvorak’s The Jacobin and Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, the two operas that opened this year’s Buxton Festival, are both relative… Read more

Richard Bean doesn’t believe in humans - just weasels, snakes, rats and vultures

Billie Piper as Paige Britain: gorgeous, stony-hearted news psycho

Mr Bean, one of our greatest comic exports, has an alter ego. The second Mr Bean, forename Richard, is the… Read more

How did a New York nanny become one of the great photographers of the 20th century?

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Finding Vivian Maier is a documentary about the American nanny who led a wholly secretive life as a photographer and… Read more

The quest for the perfect guitar riff is a noble one – if not quite the key to unlocking the mysteries of the universe

A series of indisputable masterpieces: Nile Rodgers of Chic

A few weeks ago, my eight-year-old son, who’s taken up the guitar, announced that he’d learned something new. He then… Read more

The two men who walked barefoot to the capitals of the four nuclear powers on a peace pilgrimage

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You might (if you’re over a certain age) still think it pretty amazing that TV not only allows you to… Read more

A celebration of Scottish artistic success over the past 25 years

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Since spring this year, art venues across Scotland have been dedicating themselves to a gigantic project called Generation. Involving more… Read more

Life

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I’ve just met the future Mrs Taki — again

 Gstaad I write this on 14 July, France’s big day and the 25th anniversary of my father’s passing. He died at dawn, on the bicentennial of the uprising, as if… Read more

I am walking to the Spectator party — sober, clean and in all my finery

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They do love a party at The Spectator. I was invited to four in ten days last week: the Apollo Summer party, the Spectator ‘At Home’ Summer party, the annual… Read more

I bought a tin of dog food and paid £67.50

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‘Cydney,’ I have just told the spaniel, ‘you had better enjoy this tin of dog food because it cost me £67.50.’ I hear you ask, ‘How on earth is this… Read more

Assisted suicide is too close to murder to be legal

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How amazing to have two former Anglican archbishops, George Carey of Canterbury and Desmond Tutu of South Africa, supporting Lord Falconer’s bill to legalise assisted suicide! It has always been,… Read more