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Deal with the debt, George Osborne? You’ve hardly started

25 October 2014

George Osborne has declared victory over Ed Balls, the IMF and all the others who warned that his austerity measures would throw Britain back into recession. But his triumphalism obscures… Read more

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25 October 2014

Home A hundred firemen could not prevent wooden cooling towers at Didcot B gas-fuelled power station in Oxfordshire from burning down. A consortium said it could power 2.5 million houses… Read more

Celebrated war time English nurse and war time heroine, Edith Cavell's funeral. She was shot by the Germans for spying in Brussels in 1915 Photo: Getty

From the archives

25 October 2014

From ‘Topics of the day’, The Spectator, 24 October 1914: That spies are a great danger at the present time, and that espionage is being carried on on a gigantic… Read more

25 October 2014

Health check Sir: I have to take issue on (at least) three counts with Dr Vernon Coleman and his absurd suggestion that the GMC should be abolished (‘Get rid of… Read more

Rembrandt’s ‘Bathsheba with King David’s Letter’, oil on canvas, 1654

Books and arts

25 October 2014
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan  and First Lady Emine Erdogan visit the Obama's last month

If Turkey turns on the West, what hope is there for Syria and Iraq?

18 October 2014

Turkey has long been a bridge between the West and the Middle East. Its record on free speech may be lamentable and it treats its Kurdish minority shoddily, but against… Read more

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18 October 2014

Home Checks began at British airports for passengers who might have come from west Africa with Ebola fever (even though there are no direct flights from the countries most affected).… Read more

18 October 2014

Dirty dancing David Cameron was accused of causing racial offence by posing with blacked-up Morris dancers, though it was pointed out that the tradition dates from 16th-century jobless labourers covering… Read more

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From the archives

18 October 2014

From ‘War and wild life’, The Spectator, 17 October 1914: The siege of Antwerp has been a minor tragedy in a quarter to which few probably gave a thought. The… Read more

18 October 2014

Nothing to fear Sir: So long as we are not breaking any law, we have nothing to fear from the police being able to access our mobiles (‘Licence to snoop’,… Read more

Timothy Spall in Mike Leigh’s ‘Mr Turner’

Books and arts

18 October 2014
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A Doctors Without Borders health worker holds a child suspected of having Ebola, Liberia Photo: Getty

There is a way to beat Ebola (and we're already doing it)

11 October 2014

There is something depressing about the fact that it has taken a sick Spanish nurse to put Ebola back on the front pages. Since the summer, some 3,400 West Africans… Read more

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11 October 2014

Home Alan Henning, 47, a British volunteer aid worker taken captive in Syria by Islamic State, was murdered, and footage of his death, which included an appearance by a man… Read more

A Norwegian troll – not a Swedish one

11 October 2014

How to deal with a troll In Scandinavian mythology, trolls were shady creatures who lived below ground and varied in size from giants (in Iceland) to dwarfs (in Sweden). They… Read more

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From the archives

11 October 2014

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 10 October 1914: The Germans must really be in very desperate straits if, as is alleged, they are straining every nerve to prepare… Read more

11 October 2014

Faith and flexibility Sir: What a contrast in your two articles on religion last week: one liberal atheist parent (Claire Stevens) concerned about her son’s turn to conservative Islam, and… Read more

New symbols of kingship in the world of late antiquity: the votive crown of the Visigothic king Recceswinth, 653–72

Books and arts

11 October 2014
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Britain doesn't need hateful laws to defeat hate preachers

4 October 2014

If the Labour party conference in Manchester felt like a funeral, the Conservatives’ gathering in Birmingham had the air of a wedding. It had jazz bands, champagne bars and a… Read more

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4 October 2014

Home The Commons, having been specially recalled, passed, by 524 votes to 43, a motion supporting ‘the use of UK air strikes to support Iraqi, including Kurdish, security forces’ efforts… Read more

Empress Josephine of France

4 October 2014

Paisley power Paisley pyjamas were in the news. While associated with the town in Renfrewshire, whose mills produced the patterns from 1805, what we know as paisley was first popularised in France thanks… Read more

War Recruits

From the archives

4 October 2014

From ‘Voluntary and compulsory service’, The Spectator, 3 October 1914: We do not suggest that the voluntary principle should be abandoned during this war. The system is being worked for… Read more

4 October 2014

Degrees of ability Sir: Nick Cohen has written an amusing piece on PPE (‘Crash course’, 27 September), marred by lazy journalism. I never said that Cameron was ‘my ablest pupil’, an impossible… Read more