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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.

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


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


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

Atmosphere - Glastonbury Festival

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

Vikings, History Channel

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


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


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


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


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


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

Generation War, BBC2

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


Don't call him an oligarch - meeting Dmitry Firtash

19 April 2014

Who is Dmitry Firtash? Can he solve Ukraine’s troubles? And why is he currently under effective house arrest in Vienna, awaiting extradition on corruption charges to the US, with his… Read more

Martha Kearney: on course to make her first proper wildflower honey

Without a strong woman in charge, bees are doomed — just like us

19 April 2014

God bless the BBC. And I’m not being entirely sarcastic here. There are some things the BBC does very well and one of them, sadly, was The Review Show, its… Read more

Sutton Hoo Helmet on display at the British Museum Photo: Getty

For my family, the Vikings exhibition was about as much fun as being raped and pillaged

12 April 2014

Have you managed to book tickets to the Viking exhibition at the British Museum yet? If you haven’t, my advice is: don’t bother. I know what the critics have been… Read more

Shameless libertarian-right-leaning agitprop: Martin Durkin and Nigel Farage on Channel 4

The EU is worse than you thought

5 April 2014

For me, by far the most surprising revelation in Martin Durkin’s documentary Nigel Farage: Who Are You? (Channel 4, Monday) was just how astonishingly vast, unwieldy, authoritarian, interfering, undemocratic, sclerotic,… Read more


How I learned to stop worrying and love the Bomb

29 March 2014

Just as every child now thinks he’s going to die of global warming, so those of us who grew up in the Seventies and Eighties all thought we were going… Read more

My Life: Theodore Hall, James Yuen and Faramade Bashoron

Eton vs snobbery

22 March 2014

One of the stranger things about Eton is its near-total lack of class snobbery. Yes, all right, you still get the occasional away match where their supporters will chant at… Read more

Sen. Rand Paul addresses CPAC Photo: CQ-Roll Call Group

I’ve seen the future of conservatism at CPac – and it doesn’t work

15 March 2014

About the coolest guy I saw at CPac this year was this wild-eyed, middle–aged crazy wearing ‘statement’ spectacles, faded Levis and a badge on his immaculately cut, grey wool Timothy… Read more

Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in True Detective

Is True Detective worth sticking with? The jury's out

8 March 2014

I’ve got this brilliant idea for a major new cop series. It’s called Chalk and Cheese and, though you won’t have guessed this from the title, it’s about these detective… Read more

NRA Gathers In Houston For 2013 Annual Meeting

Why are journalists so scared of giving people what they want?

1 March 2014

Since I landed my new job as executive editor at Breitbart London, my old Fleet Street friends and colleagues have reacted with a mix of envy and horror. The envy… Read more