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Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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Every 73 seconds, police use snooping powers to access our personal records. Who'll rein them in?

11 October 2014

At its peak, the Stasi employed one agent for every 165 East Germans. Spying was a labour-intensive business then — you needed to monitor telephone calls, steam open mail, plant… Read more

What's at stake

Spectator appeal: tell Scots why they should stay, and why Britain is worth saving

6 September 2014

It’s extraordinary to think that we could be 12 days away from the destruction of our country. The union of Scotland and England, perhaps the most successful and consequential alliance… Read more

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Danny Alexander on Scottish independence, income tax, Nick Clegg and George Osborne

21 June 2014

Danny Alexander doesn’t suntan well, but he looks more freckly than normal when we meet in HM Treasury.  He’s just back from the seaside town of Nairn in the Highlands,… Read more

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Why Beyoncé is a conservative icon

3 May 2014

When Time pictured an underwear-clad pop star on its cover, hailing her as one of the world’s most influential people, it looked like a crass sales ploy. But in Beyoncé… Read more

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Old Labour, New Danger

26 April 2014

A cruel new joke is doing the rounds about Ed Miliband: that the Labour leader is like a plastic bag stuck in a tree. No one is sure how he… Read more

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Why David Cameron's 'Northern Alliance' may reshape Europe

1 March 2014

If David Cameron were to divide Europe up, he’d make some crude distinctions. There would be the basket cases, like Italy, Spain, Greece, France — examples, by and large, of how… Read more

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Benefits Street exposes Britain's dirty secret - how welfare imprisons the poor

18 January 2014

No scandal has been more successfully covered up than the appalling truth about what happens to Britain’s poorest people. We have, as a country, grown used to pretending they don’t… Read more

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David Cameron on tax, coalition, ‘green crap’ and Team Nigella

14 December 2013

It’s 9.30 a.m. on a Friday and David Cameron is about to head for his Oxfordshire constituency and work from home. This is precisely the habit that his Cabinet Office… Read more

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Boozy, druggy adults. Sober, serious kids. Welcome to Ab Fab Britain

9 November 2013

Twenty-one years ago this week a sitcom arrived on British television involving three characters so improbable that they held the nation in thrall. It had started as a French and… Read more

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Primogeniture Chic

2 October 2013

If David Cameron seems at his most impassioned when praising British entrepreneurs, it’s because he has two women very clearly in mind. One is his wife, Samantha, who joined the management… Read more

What remains

The joy of 1995 Lagavulin

21 September 2013

In a small cupboard at the end of my office sits a bottle of 1995 Lagavulin, distilled in a Pedro Ximénez sherry cask. Just looking at it from my desk… Read more

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To transform schools, sack bad teachers and hire great ones. It'll transform education - and the economy

15 June 2013

The Labour years can, in retrospect, be seen as a massive experiment into the link between cash and education. Gordon Brown almost doubled spending per pupil over the past decade,… Read more

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Why Eurovision needs to be saved from the BBC

18 May 2013

Britain is a stickler for tradition and on Saturday night we will observe a relatively new one: we will bomb in the Eurovision Song Contest. The protocol now is well-established.… Read more

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Why The Spectator won’t sign the Royal Charter

23 March 2013

Whatever else is said about David Cameron’s hand-ling of press regulation, there can be no doubt that the deal he struck on Monday demonstrated masterful sleight of hand. Just days… Read more

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Budget 2013: How George Osborne ran out of ideas

9 March 2013

Before every Budget, George Osborne always seeks the advice of various MPs. He usually doesn’t heed it but it’s a good way, he thinks, to keep the troops happy. As… Read more

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The unlikely revolutionary

15 December 2012

Behind Michael Gove’s desk stands an imposing McCarthy-era poster which says: ‘Sure I want to fight Communism — but how?’ In their less charitable moments, Tories may argue that his… Read more

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The coming showdown

17 November 2012

Angela Merkel is running out of nice things to say about David Cameron and the Tory rebels who are dictating his European policy. Der Spiegel magazine recently compared the British… Read more

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Dave’s going down

6 October 2012

By now, it will be clear even to David Cameron that he is on course to lose the next general election. The British electoral system always was rigged against the… Read more

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It has to be Boris

28 April 2012

The government’s failings have hampered his campaign but he must prevail A few weeks ago, Mich­ael Gove addressed a crowd of Tory activists in the basement of a London hotel.… Read more

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Sweden’s secret recipe

14 April 2012

When Europe’s finance ministers meet for a group photo, it’s easy to spot the rebel — Anders Borg has a ponytail and earring. What actually marks him out, though, is… Read more

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Primogeniture Chic

31 March 2012

If David Cameron seems at his most impassioned when praisingBritish entrepreneurs, it’s because he has two women very clearly in mind. One is his wife, Samantha, who joined the management… Read more

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Travel – Sweden: Ice pick

25 February 2012

Now is the time to skate Stockholm’s archipelago, says Fraser Nelson There are two times to visit Sweden: the height of summer or the depths of winter. If you have… Read more

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Flight of the black swan

11 February 2012

Nassim Taleb is banging a glass against a table to demonstrate his notion of ‘anti-fragility’. ‘This glass is fragile,’ he says. ‘Vulnerable to nasty surprises.’ The glass survives his test.… Read more

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The trick Osborne missed

3 December 2011

The politically mobile American entrepreneur is a species which has no real equivalent in British politics. We tend to separate the moneymakers from the policy­makers at an early age. And… Read more

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Europe’s hit squad

12 November 2011

If you thought the EU couldn’t get any less democratic, meet the Frankfurt Group The Old Opera House in Frankfurt — once Germany’s most beautiful postwar ruin and now its… Read more