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The Arab world wants to help America defeat ISIS. Do they want or need the RAF?

27 September 2014

It is a mark of the uncertainty of our policy in the Middle East that just over a year ago Parliament was recalled to debate whether to launch military strikes… Read more

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27 September 2014

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, visited New York for talks at the United Nations; he said Britain supported the American air strikes on the Islamic State. ‘These people want… Read more

A cannabis plant growing in a garden in Cologne, Germany. (Photo: OLIVER BERG/AFP/Getty Images)

27 September 2014

Pot plants A 65-year-old Devon woman rang a BBC gardening show to enquire about a mystery plant only to be told it was a cannabis plant. Some other places cannabis plants have… Read more

Letters

27 September 2014

Never say never Sir: Dot Wordsworth (Mind your language, 20 September) quotes various telling usages of ‘never’ for rhetorical or theatrical effect. But she missed one of the earliest and… Read more

‘Blissfull Region 11.01.11’, by John Hoyland

Books and arts

27 September 2014
Pride and pain: first world war veterans march to Buckingham Palace in 1964, on the 50th anniversary of the conflict

Check up: Taking the pulse of health stories in the news

27 September 2014

Drink danger on civvy street With the recent 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war, an apposite piece of research explored how ex-soldiers may turn to alcohol… Read more

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Index

20 September 2014

OCT GOLDSMITHS’FAIR Foster Lane, London EC2, until 5 October Fine jewellery and contemporary silver from 180 designers gathered in the splendour of Goldsmiths’ Hall, where all that glitters is appropriately hallmarked.… Read more

Globe Trotting from igloos to islands

20 September 2014

1. Kakslauttanen, Finland Bedding down in a glass igloo to watch the northern lights? Sounds like a dream weekend. Though with the chance to sled with huskies and take a… Read more

The Wish List

20 September 2014

1. Vintage sapphire ring with diamonds in platinum, £POA, Boodles; 2. Sarah Ho collection rose gold ring with a cabochon golden citrine and diamonds, £4,800, William and Son. 3. White… Read more

Leader

Alex Salmond's success is just a symptom of our age of rage

20 September 2014

In his short and infrequent visits to Scotland this year, the Prime Minister should have found time to speak to those supporting the ‘yes’ campaign. He would have seen and… Read more

Portrait

20 September 2014

Home People living in Scotland voted in a referendum that asked: ‘Should Scotland be an independent country?’ A great deal of ill feeling had been generated as the referendum campaign… Read more

(Photo: Stefan Heunis/Getty)

20 September 2014

Draconian sentence Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius was cleared of murder but convicted of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter in English law. — The concept of a lesser charge of killing without intent… Read more

1914:  Members of the Serbian reserve forces, encamped near Belgrade.  (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

From the archives

20 September 2014

From ‘A review of the war’, The Spectator, 19 September 1914: It is the duty of all English publicists to make people here understand the splendid heroism with which the Servians… Read more

letters

20 September 2014

Breaking the unions Sir: By the time this letter appears we shall know whether the land of my birth has separated from the land of my life. I hope not.… Read more

‘The Blue Pitcher’, 1910, by Max Weber

Books and arts

20 September 2014
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One week to save Britain

13 September 2014

Next week, the most important vote in recent British history will be held. Indeed, it may well turn out to be one of the last ballots in British history. Seven… Read more

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13 September 2014

Home England suddenly began to take the prospect of Scottish independence seriously after a poll of 1,084 people by YouGov put support for it at 51 per cent and opposition… Read more

13 September 2014

Birth of a nation A reminder of how England and Scotland came to be one country: — Proposals had been made throughout the 17th century, with English Whigs generally in… Read more

13 September 2014

The other Tory split Sir: With regard to the article by James Forsyth (‘The great Tory split’, 6 September), there is another dimension to the future of the Conservative party of… Read more

From the archives

13 September 2014

‘An apology’, from The Spectator, 12 September 1914: We are informed that a story told in a letter from a correspondent signing herself ‘A Country District Visitor’, and published on August… Read more

readers

'Please, stay with us': the best of Spectator readers' letters to Scottish voters

13 September 2014

At 9.30 p.m. last Saturday news broke that Scotland’s ‘yes’ campaign had established its first opinion poll lead. Since then, the country has been confronting the possibility of its impending… Read more

‘Oppy Wood, 1917, Evening’, 1918, by John Nash

Books and arts

13 September 2014
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