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Spectators notesCharles Moore

Charles Moore’s Notes: Now even the FT has joined in issuing threats to the Greek people

4 July 2015

‘The Greek people,’ the Financial Times leading article said on Monday, ‘would be well advised to listen closely to the words of Ms Merkel. The plebiscite will be a vote… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Sorry, but you can’t take the Islam out of Islamic State

4 July 2015

At last, British politicians have been galvanised into action by the appalling events last weekend in the Tunisian resort of Sousse, in which 38 people were murdered by an Islamist… Read more

James DelingpoleJames Delingpole

Must all Children’s Laureates be tedious lefties?

4 July 2015

Unless you’re an avid reader of the Guardian, you’re probably blissfully unaware that Britain has a new Children’s Laureate. His name is Chris Riddell, he’s an illustrator and a cartoonist… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Why won't Cameron seize his chance on the EU?

4 July 2015

Few European leaders have been luckier than David Cameron. First he was sent Ed Miliband. Now events in Greece may be about to present him with a solution to the… Read more

High lifeTaki

My big embarrassing Greek royal wedding

4 July 2015

Tempus sure fugit, and how. Twenty years ago, on Saturday 1 July 1995, monarchs from around the world descended on London for the wedding of Greek Crown Prince Pavlos to… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

The dangers of praise

4 July 2015

Rachel Johnson, in last week’s Spectator diary, says that her husband says she only writes a book in order to have a launch party. Me too. My thoughts are too… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

Giving up alcohol is not as much fun as I’d hoped

4 July 2015

Two months ago, I set myself the target of losing 11 pounds in time for the Spectator’s summer party on 1 July. To help achieve that, I swore off alcohol… Read more

Wiki manRory Sutherland

A better way to be charitable: just give money

4 July 2015

Seven years ago I wrote here about a site called Kiva.org. I had met the co-founder of this charity when she came to Oxford in 2007 and was intrigued by… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

Christine Lagarde didn’t create the Greek crisis. But she might not survive it

4 July 2015

The Greek drama took a turn few of us expected last week, when the world thought compromise was imminent. What happens after Sunday’s referendum is anyone’s guess — but recrimination… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

House-hunting in Cobham has driven me to the verge of insanity

4 July 2015

This much I know, I never want to live in an ‘executive home’, and neither do I want to live in a house that belongs to a ‘collection’ of homes… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

First I cursed the Calais migrants — then I thanked them

The Eurostar train descended gently into the Channel Tunnel, went halfway along it, and then stopped. There it remained for what seemed a very long time, the silence broken only… Read more

Bruce-Anderson-PoliticsBruce Anderson

The true France in a bottle

4 July 2015

‘There lies the dearest freshness deep down things’ — and also the dearest Frenchness. It is easy to be rude about the French governing elite; indeed, it is impossible to… Read more

Spectators notesCharles Moore

Charles Moore’s notes: Grexit isn’t like Brexit (and that’s why it won’t be allowed to happen)

27 June 2015

People write about ‘Grexit’ and ‘Brexit’ as if they were the same, but they need not be. Grexit is about leaving the euro. Brexit is about leaving the EU. It… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Roger Mosey and the questions you don’t ask at the BBC

27 June 2015

There was a remarkable scene in one BBC Today programme morning meeting in about 1995, as all the producers gathered together to discuss what stories would be on the following… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Merkel's crisis is Cameron's opportunity

27 June 2015

For generations, ambitious politicians have dreamed about having the power to run Europe — but as Angela Merkel can attest, it’s a horrible job. She didn’t want to end up… Read more

High lifeTaki

Me, Jeremy Clarke and a bottle of absinthe

27 June 2015

Last Wednesday, 24 June, Pugs held a luncheon in honour of our first member to depart for the Elysian Fields, or that large CinemaScope screen up above, Sir Christopher Lee,… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

Drugs, whipping, decomposing bodies and fighting in toilets: so that’s what Spectator readers get up to

27 June 2015

Ninety-two readers (thank you!) sent accounts of their worst debacles on drink or drugs. I printed out each one and clipped it into a ring binder. Last Thursday afternoon I… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

In defence of Michael Gove’s grammar guide

27 June 2015

Few things are more likely to provoke the disapproval of the bien-pensant left than criticising someone’s grammar. The very idea that one way of speaking is more ‘correct’ than another… Read more

Hugo RifkindHugo Rifkind

The world belongs to Taylor Swift now. There will be no free-trial period

27 June 2015

All hail Taylor Swift. How she must give baby boomers the fear. Not just baby boomers. Also those who came next, the Generation Xers, who seemed to define themselves culturally… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

The only certain winner in the Greek stand-off: cliché

27 June 2015

The clear winner in the Greek crisis is the author of The Little Book of Negotiating Clichés, whose royalties must have been pouring in as the clock ticked towards midnight… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

Pampered middle-class pooches are in charge of their owners

27 June 2015

Why won’t the middle classes shout at their dogs any more? My suspicion is that the bleeding heart liberals, having succeeded in stopping right-minded people from shouting at their children,… Read more

Spectator sportRoger Alton

The twilight of Tiger Woods

27 June 2015

A car crash is a terrible thing, but hordes of people still slow down to cop an eyeful on the motorway. Car-crash sport is equally compelling. In the US Open,… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

The pointlessness of outlawing hogging the middle lane

27 June 2015

It is nearly two years since the police were granted new powers to fine motorists for ‘hogging’ the middle lane of a motorway, but it’s only now that anyone has… Read more

FoodTanya Gold

The new Ivy doesn’t have the old magic (if there ever was any)

27 June 2015

The Ivy is a Playmobil-style faux-medieval restaurant in a triangular building opposite The Mousetrap; of the two, The Ivy is more ancient and threatening. It has mullioned windows, a photogenic… Read more