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Rod Liddle is associate editor of The Spectator. He writes a weekly column in the magazine, as well as contributing to The Sunday Times and The Sun.

General Election - Social Issues

Why are there so many fat people in pictures of food banks?

13 December 2014

Were you aware that the famous actor Andy Garcia was born with a foetus growing out of his left shoulder? It was removed from him when he was a toddler.… Read more

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Left-handed people are stupid (and everyone who worries about immigration is a bigot)

6 December 2014

Thoroughly cheering news emerged this week that left-handed people are likely to earn between 10 and 12 per cent less than their right-handed colleagues. (So 11 per cent less, then).… Read more

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What you're not allowed to say about divorce

29 November 2014

Would you find it difficult to remain friends with someone if he or she suddenly revealed that they intended to vote Ukip in the next election? Or perhaps it is… Read more

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Sulking, weeping, throwing tantrums: we’re all toddlers now

22 November 2014

I wonder how long it will be before we actually crawl back into the womb? The average mental age of our population stands at about four. A decade or so… Read more

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There just aren't enough Brits getting killed in Syria

15 November 2014

The news is always grim, isn’t it? Doom and gloom everywhere. And even the news which appears to be good has a dark cloud hovering behind it. For example, we… Read more

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It's not immigrants that Ukip voters hate: it's London

8 November 2014

It is interesting that neither Scotland nor Wales have been much bitten by the Ukip bug. The supposedly sensible view is that both of these countries are more kindly disposed… Read more

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Rod Liddle: The top 10 most fatuous phrases in the English language

1 November 2014

An apology. A few weeks back, in my blog, I promised a regular series called ‘Fatuous Phrase of the Week’. Like so many publicly uttered promises, this one has failed… Read more

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Wear a veil if you like – but don’t treat women like that

25 October 2014

What sort of clothing do you wear when you go to the opera? I assume some of you do go to the opera, otherwise the Royal Opera House could be… Read more

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Panic about Ebola in Africa – not here

18 October 2014

Got Ebola yet? Early symptoms are very difficult to distinguish from either winter flu or, indeed, a particularly bad hangover. Bit feverish, aches and pains, sore throat and so on.… Read more

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Who are Ukip’s new voters? The kind of people who decide elections

11 October 2014

An opinion poll to be published next week will reveal that Labour leader Ed Miliband is slightly less popular with the public than the vibrant Islamic State commander ‘Jihadi John’… Read more

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Since when was it a human right to take pictures of your genitals?

4 October 2014

So it now seems pretty clear to me that we can no longer send women photographs of our genitals without worrying that we might be the subject of some horrible… Read more

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If we won’t talk to John Cantlie’s captors, then why not have Qataris to do it for us?

27 September 2014

It is a horrible thing to say, but I suspect that sooner or later we will begin to get irritated by the John Cantlie Show. Mr Cantlie is the British… Read more

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These outrageous stereotypes about the British. They're true, aren't they?

20 September 2014

‘No Jews, No Jews!’ the children were told when they attempted to enter the Sports Direct store in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. The two kids were identifiable as Jewish from their school… Read more

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Russell Brand is duller than even the grimmest political interview

13 September 2014

I have just spent a few moments in bed with the popular comedian Russell Brand and I have to say that I enjoyed it hugely. We did not have full… Read more

Brett and Naghmeh King were released from a Madrid after British authorities dropped an extradition request Photo: Getty

Step aside, parents: the bureaucrats know best

6 September 2014

My first act upon returning from my holiday was to sign the online petition to have the supremely irritating children’s cartoon figure Peppa Pig banned from television. I have always… Read more

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Who's responsible for these anti-Semitic attacks? Give me one guess...

16 August 2014

I was attacked by a swan the other day, as I walked along the bank of the River Stour in Kent. The creature climbed out of the water and lunged… Read more

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These idiotic academics would be better off working in a garden

9 August 2014

Is your life saturated with racial meaning? The most common answer to this question, when I ask friends and acquaintances, and sometimes people in the street going about their business,… Read more

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I was a slut too, Prime Minister, and I think you're giving in to PC nonsense

2 August 2014

Is it ever appropriate to use the word ‘slut’? I always take my lead from the Prime Minister and he has assured the country that it is never appropriate or… Read more

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The NHS ‘wellbeing’ monkey deserves to die

19 July 2014

My young daughter has a furry beaver — lifelike in all but its eyes, which to me seem cold and dead. I bought it for her in the United States and… Read more

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We'll stop at nothing to catch powerful paedophiles (as long as they're retired or dead)

12 July 2014

I suppose we must accustom ourselves to the fact that some 30 years ago Britain was in the grip of a terrible paedo–geddon — even if, at the time, we… Read more

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Just what we need! An Islamic State incorporating all the worst parts of the world

5 July 2014

There is something attractive about almost the whole of southern Europe being part of an immense and somewhat rigorous caliphate, as promised by the exciting Sunni Islamic movement formerly known… Read more

Former Head of News International Rebekah Brooks leaves the Old Bailey with her husband Charlie Brooks Photo: Getty

Rebekah Brooks takes her place in a perfect picture of modern Britain

28 June 2014

What image comes to mind when we think of Britain today? I was moved to contemplate this question after reading the Prime Minister’s inspiring treatise on British values, which seemed… Read more

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A Labour elitist meets a fête worse than death

21 June 2014

It is surely only a matter of time before someone with a mischievous glint in their eye invites the Labour MP for Bishop Auckland, Helen Goodman, to open a fête… Read more

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The problem isn't that Fifa's corrupt – it's that I'm racist (oh, and you are too)

14 June 2014

Are all white women really prostitutes who should be avoided, as some children at those schools in Birmingham were apparently informed? This is obviously a delicate, if not rather fraught,… Read more

Qatar Looks To 2022 FIFA World Cup

Did anyone really think that Qatar won the World Cup fairly?

7 June 2014

I suppose the appalling shock to the soul that was occasioned by the allegation that Qatar bribed its way to hosting the 2022 World Cup was exceeded only by the… Read more