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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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This Christmas, I wish you the gift of flu

13 December 2014

Have you had the horrid bug that’s going round yet? I’ve got it now and I do hope you get it too. But before I explain why let me describe… Read more

Masterchef: The Professionals: Marcus Wareing, Gregg Wallace, Monica Galetti Photo: BBC

How to win MasterChef - and why salmon is the fish of the devil

13 December 2014

If ever my near-neighbour William Sitwell is killed in a bizarre shooting accident and I end up taking his place as one of the guest critics on MasterChef: the Professionals… Read more

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Why tackle someone's argument when you can just pick a word and take offence at it?

6 December 2014

Michael Gove was on BBC Question Time the other night, fielding questions about such contentious subjects as education, immigration and benefits. But when he browsed the internet afterwards to see… Read more

Lotus has now made the car that featured in The Spy Who Loved Me a reality

James Delingpole says no thanks to James Bond gadgets

29 November 2014

Believe it or not, the concept of the future is a recent phenomenon. Sure, the past offers up one or two whacko visionaries such as Roger Bacon, the 13th-century Somerset… Read more

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Don’t sneer at I’m a Celebrity. The show is teaching us to become model citizens

29 November 2014

One of the great benefits of having teenage children is that they force you out of your fuddy-duddy comfort zone. There was no way, for example, that the Fawn and… Read more

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The Green Blob believes in science – except when scientists disagree with it

22 November 2014

The Green Blob which did for Owen Paterson has claimed another victim. Her name is Anne Glover and she was, until recently, chief scientific adviser to the President of the… Read more

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We know that war is hell. But it doesn’t ever make us stop doing it

15 November 2014

There’s a plausible theory — recently rehearsed in the BBC’s excellent two-part documentary The Lion’s Last Roar? — that our war in Afghanistan was largely the creation of the Army,… Read more

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The Islamic sermon that taught me what’s happened to Birmingham

8 November 2014

Birmingham has changed a bit since I grew up there in the 1970s. Back then, the stories of the hour were the usual industrial unrest at Longbridge, the IRA bombs… Read more

Grayson Perry almost makes you like Chris Huhne: some feat

James Delingpole falls in love with Grayson Perry - and almost comes round to Chris Huhne

1 November 2014

I love Grayson Perry. You might almost call him the anti-Russell Brand: a genuinely talented artist who also has some very interesting stuff to say — as he’s demonstrating yet… Read more

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My new affair is thrilling, expensive — and might just break my neck

25 October 2014

I have fallen in love with an unsuitable male. My wife isn’t totally happy about this relationship because she recognises how dangerous it is. The problem with Eddie is that… Read more

Mackenzie Crook's Detectorists

Fellow saddoes rejoice: BBC4 has made a comedy-drama about metal detecting

18 October 2014

Detectorists (BBC4) is a sad git’s niche comedy that would never have been commissioned if it hadn’t been written and directed by Mackenzie Crook (who sort of counts as a… Read more

Stoptober Launch Day - 1st October

Stoptober makes me sick

11 October 2014

Say what you like about the French Revolutionaries but at least they had a poetic imagination. When they wanted a new name for October, they anticipated Keats and named the… Read more

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Could the Kenyan mall atrocities happen here?

4 October 2014

So you’ve just popped down to the supermarket for the weekly shop, toddlers in tow, when the grenades start to fly, the air lights up with tracer bullets and you… Read more

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The greatest joy of playing Grand Theft Auto V? It lets you give the finger to the PC brigade

27 September 2014

The last — and only — time I had sex with a whore she was so impressed by my performance that she begged me to do it all over again.… Read more

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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