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Who will be held to account for the horror in Rotherham?

30 August 2014

If Rotherham council were a family, its children would have been removed by social services long ago, and Ma and Pa Rotherham would be safely behind bars. Professor Alexis Jay’s… Read more

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30 August 2014

Home Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said that Britons who went to Syria or Iraq to fight could be stripped of their citizenship, if they had dual nationality or were… Read more

30 August 2014

Not in their name The BBC decided to start calling the Islamic terror group Isis by the acronym IS instead. Some organisations who are retaining the name: — Isis Equity… Read more

Young Example

From the archives

30 August 2014

From ‘Left behind’, The Spectator, 29 August 1914: In the poorer streets a kind of holiday atmosphere prevails, and a sort of excitement which is in a measure pleasurable fills the… Read more

30 August 2014

We do remember them Sir: I applaud Tazi Husain’s defence of the role played by Baroness Warsi at Westminster Abbey during the first world war and his own role in… Read more

‘Theatreland’, 1915, by MacDonald Gill

Books and arts

30 August 2014
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A policeman stands guard outside Tilbury Docks, where one man was found dead alongside 34 other people inside a shipping container Photo: Getty

Asylum seekers are dying in British ports. It’s time we looked after them properly.

23 August 2014

The tale is now familiar: shouts are heard from inside a freight container and police are called. A cargo of human beings is discovered, some gravely ill. This happened last… Read more

Portrait-of-the-week

23 August 2014

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, writing of the Islamic State in northern Iraq, said: ‘If we do not act to stem the onslaught of this exceptionally dangerous terrorist movement,… Read more

Workers carry out cleaning and maintenance work on the clock face of Big Ben in 2007 (Photo: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

23 August 2014

Tough at the top The clocks on Big Ben were cleaned by abseiling window-cleaners. Some other big cleaning/painting jobs: — Repainting the Forth Railway Bridge used to be a metaphor… Read more

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The death of Pope Pius X

23 August 2014

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 22 August 1914: Pope Pius X died at 20 minutes past one on Thursday morning. In a moment of lucidity, just before his death,… Read more

23 August 2014

Worth the candle Sir: I was saddened by Charles Moore’s account of the Westminster Abbey candlelit vigil marking the centenary of the start of the first world war (The Spectator’s… Read more

‘The Story’ by Dan Llywelyn Hall

Books and arts

23 August 2014
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HMS Queen Elizabeth with its 'plastic' plane Photo: Getty

Violence, fear, confusion: this is what comes into a leadership vacuum

16 August 2014

The old cliché that ‘nothing happens in August’ has again been brutally disproved. From the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war to the Russian invasion of Georgia… Read more

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16 August 2014

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, resisted calls for Parliament to be recalled to debate the crisis in Iraq. Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, said that the government was not considering… Read more

The coffin for Tutankhamun's viscera. The boy king - himself a product of incest - married his half-sister. Not that any of that was an accident. Image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

16 August 2014

Ministerial needs Home Office minister Mark Simmonds resigned, complaining he couldn’t afford to live in London on his junior minister’s salary of £89,435. His resignation echoes that of Lord Gowrie,… Read more

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From the archives

16 August 2014

From ‘The Call to Arms’, The Spectator, 15 August 1914: At this moment it is the duty of all employers, rich or poor, to discharge no man but this does… Read more

16 August 2014

Hamas’s human shields Sir: Unlike the rockets fired at Basra air base by Iraqi fighters (Tom Drife, Letters, 9 August), rockets from Gaza aim to kill Israeli civilians. A more… Read more

‘Him’, 2001, by Maurizio Cattelan (Installation view)

Books and arts

16 August 2014
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The Conservative Party Annual Conference

Sorry, but trains can’t really replace welfare lines

9 August 2014

George Osborne proposed an attractive idea this week: that spending on state benefits should be diverted into new infrastructure in the North. His conceit was that while welfare spending produces… Read more

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9 August 2014

Home The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined 50 heads of state at the St Symphorien cemetery near Mons to commemorate the invasion of Belgium in 1914. The Prince of… Read more

9 August 2014

Poor treatment Sir: Jane Kelly’s article (‘No tea or sympathy’, 2 August) on the lack of empathy and emotional support shown to patients is humbling. It is also worth noting… Read more

‘The Cornfield’, 1918, by John Nash