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James Delingpole is officially the world’s best political blogger. (Well, that’s what the 2013 Bloggies said). Besides the Spectator, he is executive editor of Breitbart London and writes for Bogpaper.com and Ricochet.com. His website is www.jamesdelingpole.com and his latest book is Watermelons.

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Cameron contemporary James Delingpole reviews the Bullingdon Club film

20 September 2014

Spoiler alert: the first five minutes of The Riot Club are so dreadful that you’ll wish you hadn’t gone. It is, as you probably know, the film version of Laura… Read more

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I love that people assume I’m gay

20 September 2014

At a birthday dinner over the weekend I was introduced to this delightful party girl of a certain age whose diet for the evening consisted of chips and Grey Goose… Read more

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My amazing dad has found the secret of a happy life

13 September 2014

This week I wanted to tell you about my amazing dad. He hasn’t died or anything. I just thought I’d get in there with my panegyric quick while he’s still… Read more

Where are the Betjemans de nos jours?

We need more opinionated English eccentrics making documentaries like, ahem, me...

6 September 2014

Is it just me or are almost all TV documentaries completely unwatchable these days? I remember when I first started this job I’d review one almost every fortnight. Always there’d… Read more

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Frankie Boyle is a cowardly bully, and I’m ashamed I ever stood up for him

30 August 2014

‘Outspoken comic Frankie Boyle has called on the BBC to sack “cultural tumour” Jeremy Clarkson.’ Can anyone tell me what’s wrong with this opening sentence from a recent news report?… Read more

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Eye-gouging within the first half-hour: the edgy new rules of TV drama

23 August 2014

Where is Jessica Hyde? If those words mean nothing to you then I have some excellent news. If not, then you’ll already be aware that I have failed you totally.… Read more

Should I have learned to play the the hurdy gurdy?

You’re never too old, they say. But I am

16 August 2014

For my 49th birthday treat, I went to see Shakespeare in Love at the Noël Coward theatre in London. Expensive but worth it: spry, funny, uplifting and moving but also,… Read more

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Gomorrah is gangsters without glamour – but it's still not as scary as Dance Moms

9 August 2014

Gomorrah (Sky Atlantic, Monday), the new, must-see Mafioso series, started promisingly. We met two hoods — one young, shaven-headed, good-looking; one weary, brow-beaten, middle-aged — filling up at a petrol… Read more

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You owe it to yourself to visit John Clare country

2 August 2014

This has been a terrible year for horseflies. It’s bad enough if you’re human: often by the time you swat them off the damage has already been wrought by their… Read more

Otherworld, Comedy Feeds

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

26 July 2014

If there’s one thing everyone knows about BBC comedy it’s that it’s going downhill. According to Danny Cohen, now Director of BBC Television, it’s too white and middle class; according… Read more

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Fear and libertarianism in Las Vegas

19 July 2014

Great God, Vegas is an awful place. I realised this the moment I arrived. My cab driver — who’d been perfectly agreeable en route from the airport — mistook my… Read more

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Your starter for ten: why do we Brits so love University Challenge?

12 July 2014

‘Fingers on buzzers!’ says Jeremy Paxman on University Challenge. But technically this is inaccurate. Only one of the teams actually has buzzers. The other side has push-button bells, instead. I’ve… Read more

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Green, self-righteous – and still ruinous. Meet the new politically correct imperialism

5 July 2014

‘Why did you leave us?’ said the old Sudanese man in Omdurman market. ‘Things were so much better when you were here.’ He was talking about the British empire, of… Read more

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A Glastonbury adventure with Led Zeppelin, Lana del Rey, drug dealers – and my son

5 July 2014

‘Charlie. E. Powder,’ said the friendly, helpful man working his way through the crowd during the mindblowing Friday-night headline set by the American dubstep DJ Skrillex. I looked wistfully at… Read more

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Looking for a Game of Thrones substitute? Vikings is the closest you’ll get – but it ain't close

28 June 2014

Did you know that the 8th-century Kingdom of Northumbria was the epicentre of an international exotic reptile trade? I only discovered this myself from watching episode six of Vikings (History… Read more

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The big fat lie about cholesterol

21 June 2014

Though I’m not generally big on banning stuff, there’s one substance I would prohibit without a moment’s hesitation — probably on pain of death if that’s what it took because clearly,… Read more

Alesha Dixon, David Walliams, Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden Photo: WireImage

We need something less evil than Britain's Got Talent. How about public executions?

14 June 2014

You know what the world needs most right now? What it needs is five good-looking-ish, talented-ish blokes dressed in a mélange of artfully deconstructed dove-grey suits singing one of the… Read more

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Does Ukip believe in anything any more?

7 June 2014

I’m worried about Ukip. It’s possible that my concerns are entirely misplaced but let me give you some examples of what I mean. First, a tweet from Ukip’s Newark candidate… Read more

Paul Hollywood (Harry Enfield) with Mary Berry (Paul Whitehouse) in a spoof of ‘The Great British Bake Off’

Harry and Paul’s Story of the Twos is just too funny for its own good

31 May 2014

On Harry and Paul’s Story of the Twos (BBC 2, Sunday), there was a particularly cruel sketch in which Paul Whitehouse gave Harry Enfield a Paxman-style grilling as to whether… Read more

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The Farage touch

31 May 2014

Tony Abbott was made to look a fool again by the left-liberal media the other day. This time — where else? — on the ABC’s Jon Faine show, when a… Read more

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In praise of cyberchondria

24 May 2014

There’s something perversely satisfying in discovering that your children have inherited your vices. That’s why I was so quietly pleased the other evening when Boy came to see me petrified… Read more

Facing his greatest challenge yet: Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister

Thank God for the Game of Thrones imp – and the heaving breasts

17 May 2014

Which character are you in Game of Thrones? For me it’s got to be the imp, Tyrion Lannister. As Ed West suggested in his erudite Speccie article a few weeks… Read more

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The gilded generation - why the young have never had it so good

10 May 2014

No one likes being told they’ve never had it so good. When Lord Young of Graffham tried it three years ago, he was quickly forced out of his job as… Read more

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Generation War does something very un-German – bottles it

3 May 2014

I was so looking forward to Generation War (BBC2, Saturday) — a three-part drama series covering the second world war from the perspective of five young men and women on… Read more

Veronica Mars starring Kristen Bell raised over $5 million through crowdfunding Photo: Robert Voets/Warner Bros.

The lefty liberals may be losing their hold over the arts world

26 April 2014

If you happen to be reading this column at breakfast, I’d recommend you skip to something more agreeable like Dear Mary and save mine till a bit later. It concerns… Read more