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Distraught and distracted

5 September 2015

The law is straightforward. If you denigrate or demean the work of a Royal Commission, or indeed a Royal Commissioner, you risk being slapped behind bars. Not that it will… Read more

5 September 2015

I had never met the Minister for Finance in NSW, Dominic Perrottet, and knew little about him when I went to hear him launch Brendan O’Neill’s first Australian book, A… Read more

Consider this

5 September 2015

Old industry cities get shafted Is it something in the water in Newcastle and Ipswich? Both cities grew from coal, but Newcastle councillors recently voted to divest from non-renewables (i.e… Read more

Let’s just keep on voting until the plebs get it right

5 September 2015

Treasurer Joe Hockey has done what no minister has ever done without resigning − thrown in his lot with the opposition to implement one of their key policies. This is… Read more

The new wowserism

5 September 2015
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The first time I darkened the shores of Oz, in 2011, I was delighted to discover that the clichés I’d grown up with were true. No, there weren’t blokes in… Read more

Joe for Prez

5 September 2015

‘The key thing I wish to say today, is we are putting the band back together.’ Thus spoke Peter FitzSimons, as he and his old pal Joe Hockey announced their… Read more

Australian diary

5 September 2015

On the eve of Germany’s reunification we were in the East German countryside and lunched in the small town of Prenzlau. Crossing at the lights, we saw there was no… Read more

5 September 2015

The great reform summit has just ended and, as I predicted, was a complete waste of time. There were a couple of standard features of all reform summits, which was… Read more

Grounding jihadists

5 September 2015

‘JIHADIS GROUNDED’ the headline said, ‘Gang of five would-be terrorists stopped at Sydney Airport.’ I’m sure I wasn’t the only Tele reader to enthusiastically keep reading in the hope of… Read more

Culture buff

5 September 2015
The Sleeping Beauty: The Australian Ballet

It is not possible to imagine classical ballet without the music of Tchaikovsky. The scores of his three full length ballets provide the dramatic impetus and emotional underpinning of the… Read more

Queen Elizabeth the great

5 September 2015
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That the Queen has lived to become our longest-reigning monarch — a milestone which she will mark quietly with a lunch next Wednesday — is in itself a sign of… Read more

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Home The Government decided after all to retain the rules preventing ministers and their departments from publishing campaign material, ‘with some exceptions’, in the month before the referendum on membership… Read more

Tristram Hunt

5 September 2015
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‘Devon, Devon, Devon/ Where it rains six days out of seven.’ Nothing beats a British seaside holiday. And north Devon is especially blessed when it comes to vibrant weather patterns.… Read more

5 September 2015

Peers’ peers Forty-five new peers were created. Are we alone in having an upper house of parliament made up of appointed cronies? FRANCE Senate has 348 members elected for six-year… Read more

Jeremy Corbyn and what a real plebeian revolt looks like

5 September 2015

Last week, guru Corbyn was invited to reflect on the 2,500-year-old Roman origins of the republicanism to which he is so devoted. This week, the ageing seer may care to… Read more

Muscular economics

5 September 2015
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From ‘War bonuses’, The Spectator, 4 September 1915: War means a demand for human muscle… At the moment the brain-worker is at a discount. The demand for lawyers, for writers, for… Read more

5 September 2015

Suicide and assisted dying Sir: As a mental health practitioner, I am grateful to Douglas Murray (‘Death watch’, 29 August) for his incisive commentary on the impact of legalised euthanasia… Read more

Charles Moore’s Notes: the Tories’ adoption of the Living Wage is entirely bogus

5 September 2015
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Was there ever a more unilluminating political idea — for voters rather than practitioners — than triangulation? For those readers so pure and high-minded that they have not followed politics for… Read more

Pig-ignorant click activists are in charge now. Jeremy Corbyn’s success proves it

5 September 2015
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Daily they drop into my email account — alongside the more obviously useful stuff about how I might elongate my penis or ensure it performs with greater fortitude than at present,… Read more

Millions of us honestly don’t know what our duty is to migrants – and Christianity doesn’t help

5 September 2015
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Proximity shouldn’t make a difference — should it? We were on a beach on the European side of the Mediterranean, it was a beautiful late August day, and I felt… Read more

The real lesson of the Hillary Clinton emails: most secrets are boring

5 September 2015
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‘Gefilte fish,’ emailed Hillary Clinton to a pair of aides in March 2010, ‘where are we on this?’ That was it. Two words in the subject line, five more in… Read more

The good economic news that we forgot in the China panic

5 September 2015
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Home from the hot Aegean, huddled by the fire as rain ruins the bank holiday weekend, I’m thinking: what gloom has descended since I’ve been away — and doesn’t it… Read more

A guide to Jeremy Corbyn's Britain (the Tories will be in charge)

5 September 2015
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Just because something is absurd doesn’t mean it can’t happen. This is the lesson of Jeremy Corbyn’s seemingly inevitable victory in the Labour leadership contest. At first, the prospect of… Read more