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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.

Iranians take part in a protest outside the French Embassy in Tehran Photo: Getty

The Islamic world is rioting – and not for free speech

24 January 2015

They have been burning churches and murdering Christians again in Niger. You’d think that they’d have more immediately pressing concerns than worrying about a cartoon, Niger regularly winning the award… Read more

French cartoonist Renald Luzier, aka Luz, holds up the new issue of Charlie Hebdo Photo: Getty

Everyone says they’re Charlie. In Britain, almost no one is

17 January 2015

Je suis Charlie indeed. This is the problem with placards — there is rarely enough room to fit in the caveats, the qualifying clauses and the necessary evasions. I suppose you… Read more

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The utterly ludicrous and petty campaign against Ched Evans

10 January 2015

A new name to help us welcome in the new year: Jean Hatchet. A name which is almost certainly too good to be true for a perpetually infuriated radical feminist… Read more

Tony Blair, Alex Salmond and Stephen Fry: Winners of the Utter Arse of the Year awards Photo: Getty

And the winner of the Utter Arse of the Year award is…

3 January 2015

A glittering cast list, delicious food and spectacular entertainment — I just wish you could have been there. But tickets were at a premium for The Spectator’s prestigious Utter Arse of… Read more

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


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


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

Philae tweets and sends pictures back to mission control Photo: Getty

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, allegedly used the term 'slut' in 2010 in connection with journalist,  Bryony Gordon

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


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


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