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Nicola Sturgeon's party is dominating this election campaign (Photo: Getty)

Cameron is the only leader who can deliver an EU referendum. Why is he ashamed to say so?

25 April 2015

The election campaign is becoming increasingly dominated by a small party whose raison d’être is to preach independence from membership of a union it claims is hindering national ambition. But… Read more

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25 April 2015

Home The prospect of a parliamentary alliance between Labour and the Scottish National Party injected an element of fear into the election campaign. The SNP manifesto promised to increase spending… Read more

25 April 2015

Any answers? Nigel Farage accused the audience in the BBC opposition leaders’ debate of being left-wing. Need insulting an audience destroy a political career? — Former US Vice President Dan… Read more

Troops at the Italian Front during World War I (Photo: Getty)

Florence weeps

25 April 2015

From ‘Soldiers of Italy’, The Spectator, 24 April 1915: It is winter in Florence. The sun shines, but snow lies low on Monte Morello, and the tramontana blows cold as ice, out of… Read more

25 April 2015

Enemies within Sir: I thought Matthew Parris was typically incisive in his last column, but perhaps not quite as much as the person who wrote its online headline, ‘Scotland knows… Read more

‘The Great Duke after Lawrence’ by Michael Craig-Martin
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The new boat people

Cameron led calls to remove Gaddafi. Why is he silent on Libya's drowning refugees?

18 April 2015

One Friday, 28 people were rescued by the Italian coastguard when the boat on which they were fleeing Libya capsized in the Mediterranean. Arriving homeless and without prospects in a strange land,… Read more

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18 April 2015

Home Launching the Conservative party manifesto, David Cameron, the party leader, told voters he wanted to ‘turn the good news in our economy into a good life for you and… Read more

18 April 2015

Out of tune The use of a song, ‘Love Natural’ by the Crystal Fighters, at the launch of the Labour manifesto backfired when the band’s drummer urged people to vote… Read more

Czech legionnaires during WW1 (Photo: Getty)

Am I still an Englishman?

18 April 2015

From ‘Some reflections of an alien enemy: the contradiction between being and feeling an Englishman, by a Czech’, The Spectator, 17 April 1915: What I most regret having lost is my… Read more

18 April 2015

The real road menace Sir: I write in anger after reading Mark Mason’s malicious attack on mobility scooters (‘Hell on wheels’, 11 April). The motorcar has, since its invention, killed… Read more

‘Simultaneous Dresses (Three Women, Forms, Colours)’, 1925, by Sonia Delaunay
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Won't somebody please try to win this election?

11 April 2015

The age of two-party politics is over: we know that because everyone keeps saying so. We are entering an era of coalitions, apparently, where compromise is king and a wider… Read more

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11 April 2015

Home Tony Blair, the former prime minister, opposed a referendum on membership of the EU. In a speech at Sedgefield he said that, following the Scottish referendum, David Cameron, the… Read more

11 April 2015

The Scottish way of death Nicola Sturgeon said the SNP would block a rise in the state pension age on the grounds that it would be unfair to Scots, who… Read more

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Before Dad’s Army

11 April 2015

From ‘Our Home Guards’, The Spectator, 10 April 1915: There is nothing of the national picnic; or of playing at soldiers about the Home Guards. Those who enter the corps mean… Read more

11 April 2015

In defence of Catholicism Sir: Michael Gove gives an excellent defence of Christianity (4 April), but his embarrassment about the Roman Catholic part of the story is unnecessary. He writes… Read more

The man who fell to earth: Marcello Mastroianni as Fellini’s alter ego in the magical ‘8½’
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David Cameron speaking in Edinburgh before the Scottish independence referendum. He said he was ‘a passionate believer in our United Kingdom’ – will he be passionate when campaigning on the Conservatives’ principles and achievements? Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

What Cameron's campaign is missing

4 April 2015

When launching the Conservatives’ campaign this week, David Cameron told party activists that the general election was ‘on a knife edge’. He is right. His chances are little better than… Read more

Chugger

4 April 2015

Home The nation greeted with well disguised enthusiasm the beginning of the general election campaign after the dissolution of parliament. David Cameron, the Prime Minister, stood at a little plywood… Read more

4 April 2015

Royally paid Staff at Windsor Castle were balloted in strike action over pay. What can you earn in the royal household, according to adverts on the British Monarchy website? —… Read more