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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.


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

Storage Hunters Lori and Brandon with auctioneer Shawn Kelly

The TV shows my children allow me to watch at half-term

22 February 2014

Half-term again, so naturally all my TV viewing plans have gone out of the window. In some households — my bearded Victorian brother Dick’s, for example — parents still cleave… Read more


The martyrdom of Mark Steyn

15 February 2014

When I first read, many months ago, that the notorious US climate scientist Michael Mann was suing the notorious right-wing bastard Mark Steyn for defamation, I admit that I felt… Read more

Colonel Muammar 'Mad Dog' Gaddafi Photo: Getty

How did Colonel Gaddafi get away with such evil for so long?

8 February 2014

What a vile piece of work Colonel Gaddafi was. For some of you, perhaps, this will be a statement of the glaringly obvious. But I suspect there will be many… Read more

Alain de Botton (Photo: Getty)

How the MPs' expenses scandal proved the wisdom of Alain de Botton

1 February 2014

Whenever I’m tempted to pretend to be nicer so that fewer people hate me, I remember my old friend Alain de Botton. Alain is a genuinely delightful fellow — charming,… Read more

Great Sunday evening viewing: Maimie McCoy as Milady in ‘The Musketeers’

The Three Musketeers is a triumph - because, like Game of Thrones, no one is safe

25 January 2014

‘Pshaw!’ That was my first reaction to news of the BBC’s new ten-part Sunday night adaptation of The Three Musketeers. After all, wasn’t it about a fortnight ago I was… Read more


When trolling pressure groups cause real harm

18 January 2014

My grandmother, Nanny Nancy, is 99 and going strong. But it can’t be denied that while she’s all there mentally, physically she’s not the lithe young thing she was in… Read more

Nick Robinson: fronting a critique of — or apologia for — immigration policy?

James Delingpole: 'The Truth About Immigration' is anything but

11 January 2014

Immigration. Were you aware that this has become a bit of a problem these past ten years? I wasn’t, obviously, because like all credulous idiots I get my news from… Read more


James Delingpole: Those bitcoin weirdos might just be right

4 January 2014

Here’s a thought to kindle a lovely warm glow of smugness and schadenfreude as we enter a new year: you didn’t lose your fortune in the great bitcoin bubble of… Read more


James Delingpole: In defence of cocaine

14 December 2013

‘Is anyone here even remotely shocked that Nigella Lawson has done cocaine?’ I asked. Everyone shook their heads. Well of course they did: it was the after-show drinks in the… Read more

Arctic Convoys with Jeremy Clarkson Photo: Oskar Strom

Jeremy Clarkson brings Yuletide joy to the Delingpole household

14 December 2013

So I’m looking at the seasonal TV schedules trying to find something — anything — to watch. Britain and the Sea? Probably very well done, but David Dimbleby is such… Read more

Forget climate change, the African clawed frog is responsible for the extinction of the golden toad

Delingpole: Here's what I learnt from the extinction of the golden toad — ecologists have sold out to the religion of global warming

7 December 2013

When I was a child — in the days before it became illegal under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) and Schedule 2 of the Conservation of… Read more

Down to earth: Gary Bell QC

Gary Bell is the real rudest man in Britain - and he's on your side

30 November 2013

Gary Bell is the rudest man in Britain. I have known the bastard for years and no one —move over, lightweight Starkey — comes even close to matching his bluntness,… Read more


The way to a man's heart is through his speaker system

30 November 2013

Not long ago, the Fawn came about as close as she ever has done to crossing the red line marked ‘instant divorce’. It wasn’t about one of those incredibly trivial… Read more

What the kids won't learn here is how to rebel. That's where James Delingpole comes in...

James Delingpole: I told Radley school pupils how to rebel. But I'm not sure they want to

23 November 2013

For two blissful days last week I was at Radley College — what you might call the posh person’s Eton — as the school’s Provocateur-in-Residence. Delightful place: like an especially agreeable gentleman’s… Read more

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James Delingpole: Is the fight against environmentalism the new Cold War?

16 November 2013

Gosh it isn’t half irksome when someone who went to the same school as you but is considerably younger than you ends up doing dramatically better than you. But hats… Read more

David Tennant as Richard II Photo: Kwame Lestrade/RSC

James Delingpole: I'm in love with Shakespeare — and with David Tennant's Richard II

9 November 2013

‘Dad, it’s three hours long,’ says Boy, worriedly. ‘Yeah. And whose bloody fault is it we’re going?’ I want to reply but don’t because I know, as a dad, you’re… Read more