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Food and fuel prices are set to fall Photo: Getty

Don't believe the gloom-mongers: deflation will be good for Britain

24 January 2015

Campaigning in Putney in 1978, Mrs Thatcher famously took out a pair of scissors and cut a pound note down the middle, telling her audience that the remaining stump represented… Read more

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24 January 2015

Home More than 1,100 imams and Islamic leaders received a letter from Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, and Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the communities minister, saying: ‘We must show our… Read more

24 January 2015

Poor data Oxfam complained of an ‘inequality explosion’, citing an estimate that by next year 1 per cent of the world’s population will own half the wealth, but little other… Read more

Sweet Tooth

From the archives

24 January 2015

From ‘Economic quackery’, The Spectator, 23 January 1915: Ever since the war began there has been a tendency to rely upon the government, instead of relying upon ourselves and upon the… Read more

24 January 2015

The roots of radicalism Sir: Qanta Ahmed is to be praised for her dissection of Islamism and her call for a reformation of Islam (‘Let there be light’, 17 January).… Read more

The Prophet Mohammed welcoming Jacob, from ‘Zubdet ut Tevarih’, 1583, by Lokman.

Books and arts

24 January 2015
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David Cameron walks with Francois Hollande and other heads of state in Paris Photo: Getty

David Cameron has a very strange idea of freedom

17 January 2015

Last Sunday, David Cameron marched through Paris in solidarity, so it seemed, with those who stand up for free speech. Anyone who thought he meant it must now be crying… Read more

The pen is mightier than the sword

17 January 2015

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that he wanted to change the law so that there would be no ‘means of communication’ which ‘we cannot read’, in order to… Read more

17 January 2015

Not Charlie Some cases which make Britain a pretty poor champion of free speech: — In 2005 Bristol pub landlord Leroy Trought was given an Asbo and told to remove… Read more

Hetty King entertains a roomful of wounded soldiers during World War I Photo: Getty

From the archives

17 January 2015

From ‘Music and the war’, The Spectator, 16 January 1915: The war, so far, has not thrown up any supreme musical product. It would be an affectation to pretend that… Read more

17 January 2015

Dreadful treatment Sir: I worked as a GP through the Thatcher, Major, Blair, and Brown eras, apart from a spell as an A&E doctor, and never experienced such a depressing… Read more

‘Design for Loudspeaker No. 5’, 1922, by Gustav Klutsis

Books and arts

17 January 2015
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The attack on Charlie Hebdo is an attack on freedom

10 January 2015

The French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo lambasts, attacks and lampoons absolutely everybody. Its targets include all religions, all identity groups, minorities and majorities. In recent years it has been most… Read more

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10 January 2015

Home The electorate was bombarded with contrary claims by parties beginning campaigns for the election in May. David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that only electing the Conservative party could… Read more

10 January 2015

Teen queens The Duke of York denied allegations in court papers that he had had sexual relations with a girl in Florida aged 17, below the age of consent there.… Read more

Lord Curzon with Viscount Peel outside No.10 Downing Street Photo: Getty

From the archives

10 January 2015

From ‘Lord Curzon’s speech’, The Spectator, 9 January 1915: We are glad to record, though in no way surprised to find, that Lord Curzon takes a very serious and very… Read more

10 January 2015

This turbulent surgeon Sir: I have taken Meirion Thomas to task before in your letters pages, saying that since one third of NHS professional staff are immigrants, it would seem churlish… Read more

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Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers His Keynote Speech At The Conservative Party Conference

What David Cameron must do to win (properly this time)

3 January 2015

Almost exactly five years ago, the Conservatives fired the starting gun for a general election — and shot themselves in the foot. ‘We can’t go on like this,’ said the… Read more

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3 January 2015

Home King’s Cross railway station was out of operation, stranding thousands, and Paddington saw badly delayed services after Network Rail engineering works overran beyond Christmas and Boxing Day. Connection with… Read more

3 January 2015

Election omens Reasons for Ed Miliband to feel confident in 2015: — Only three parliaments since 1945 have run to their full five-year term. The subsequent general elections, in 1964,… Read more

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From the archives

3 January 2015

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 2 January 1915: The first German aeroplanes which have visited us since the beginning of the war appeared on Thursday and Friday of… Read more