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Spectators notesCharles Moore

The Spectator's Notes: this is the worst reshuffle since 1989

19 July 2014

This must be the worst reshuffle since Mrs Thatcher demoted Geoffrey Howe in 1989. Unlike that one, its errors are unforced. This year, David Cameron had established a surprisingly strong… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

The NHS ‘wellbeing’ monkey deserves to die

19 July 2014

My young daughter has a furry beaver — lifelike in all but its eyes, which to me seem cold and dead. I bought it for her in the United States and… Read more

James DelingpoleJames Delingpole

Fear and libertarianism in Las Vegas

19 July 2014

Great God, Vegas is an awful place. I realised this the moment I arrived. My cab driver — who’d been perfectly agreeable en route from the airport — mistook my… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Gove, gone

19 July 2014

‘There’s no shame in a cabinet to win the next election,’ declared an exasperated senior No. 10 figure on Tuesday night. This week’s reshuffle was not one for the purists:… Read more

Mry_WakefieldMary Wakefield

The ambulance service is in a state of emergency

19 July 2014

Tom leant back against the bathroom wall, his face streaked with blood from the nosebleed, eyes half shut like an owl. ‘I’m passing out,’ he said. Then his legs gave… Read more

High lifeTaki

I’ve just met the future Mrs Taki — again

19 July 2014

 Gstaad I write this on 14 July, France’s big day and the 25th anniversary of my father’s passing. He died at dawn, on the bicentennial of the uprising, as if… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

I am walking to the Spectator party — sober, clean and in all my finery

19 July 2014

They do love a party at The Spectator. I was invited to four in ten days last week: the Apollo Summer party, the Spectator ‘At Home’ Summer party, the annual… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

Cameron was right to move Gove

19 July 2014

I tried to reach Michael Gove on Tuesday shortly after the news broke that he’d been moved to the Whips’ Office. I’m quite relieved he never called back, because my… Read more

Wiki manRory Sutherland

Why we’ll never go back to smoking indoors

19 July 2014

What would happen, I wonder, were we to rescind the smoking ban as Nigel Farage wants? My guess is not much. Most restaurants would keep the existing rules. Some pubs… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

Any other business: trouble spots in European banking

19 July 2014

‘1914: Day by Day’, the Radio 4 series by the historian Margaret MacMillan, is a gripping reminder that significant global events often arrive not in a single eruption but in… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

I bought a tin of dog food and paid £67.50

19 July 2014

‘Cydney,’ I have just told the spaniel, ‘you had better enjoy this tin of dog food because it cost me £67.50.’ I hear you ask, ‘How on earth is this… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

Assisted suicide is too close to murder to be legal

19 July 2014

How amazing to have two former Anglican archbishops, George Carey of Canterbury and Desmond Tutu of South Africa, supporting Lord Falconer’s bill to legalise assisted suicide! It has always been,… Read more

Wild lifeAidan Hartley

Climbing Mount Kenya with my 13-year-old daughter

19 July 2014

 Kenya Highlands I’ve just descended Mount Kenya with Eve, my 13-year-old daughter, and her class of school leavers from Pembroke House. Afterwards our guide Steve, an ex-Grenadier guardsman, emailed me… Read more

DrinkBruce Anderson

A toast to all bottles

19 July 2014

Where two or three British males are gathered together, the agenda often includes a glass or two. One thing can lead on to another. To facilitate the supply of glasses,… Read more

Spectators notesCharles Moore

The real scandal is that government files are 'lost' all the time

12 July 2014

Like almost everyone else, I have no idea whether the accusations about paedophilia in Parliament in the 1980s are true. One thing I do feel quite confident about, though, is… Read more

Matthew ParrisMatthew Parris

There's no debating abuse hysteria – but I have to try

12 July 2014

As essay titles go, ‘On losing an argument with Tim Loughton MP’ may fail to catch the imagination; but there we are: I don’t need to be re-elected. You know… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Angela Merkel is losing patience with David Cameron again. This time, it's a good sign

12 July 2014

In recent weeks British government visitors to Berlin have been confronted with a persistent question: when will David Cameron make up his mind about who he’ll send to Brussels? Picking… Read more

High lifeTaki

With a hangover like this, my soul is ready to be saved

12 July 2014

 Island of Rhodes When I’m on the water, I feel I was born to it. Yachting has always been a way to enjoy the sea and the nature associated with… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

Honesty, simplicity, integrity: not what I want the morning after

12 July 2014

Tap tap tap at the door. I opened my eyes. ‘Check-out 10.30,’ said a neutral or possibly slightly hostile female voice on the other side of the door. I looked… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

If John Bercow were two-and-a-half inches taller, he'd never have been such a big success

12 July 2014

Unlike 99 per cent of my colleagues, I was quite touched by John Bercow’s comment about how fed up he is with jokes about his height. ‘Whereas nobody these days… Read more

Hugo RifkindHugo Rifkind

I'm not comfortable with Israel any more. And I'm really not comfortable with that

12 July 2014

Glaring, the ennui over Israel. The way we drag our eyes to the page, and sigh, and want to read something else. Sympathy is hard. Even anger is hard. It’s… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

Gold-fixing is the last ghost of the old City. It won't be around much longer

12 July 2014

In a season obsessed with sport and personal misbehaviour — separately or in combination — the word ‘fixing’ immediately brings to mind ‘match-fixing’, as in ‘Two World Cup referees suspected’… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

Since when is it too much trouble to serve proper tomato juice?

12 July 2014

‘I have a feeling,’ said my father, ‘that this evening is not going to go well.’ We were sitting in the bar of a local fish restaurant near my parents’… Read more

The crazy rush to run down Alastair Cook

12 July 2014

A jaw-dropping moment on the front page of Her Majesty’s Daily Telegraph the other day: ‘How to fix England’, read the  blurb, ‘by Kevin Pietersen’. Rather like ‘How To Stamp… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

I thought paedophiles were rare – but then I read the newspapers

12 July 2014

One problem from which I am confident I don’t suffer is paedophilia. I have always liked picking up babies and hugging them, especially my own children or grandchildren, but never… Read more