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Rod LiddleRod Liddle

If we won’t talk to John Cantlie’s captors, then why not have Qataris to do it for us?

27 September 2014

It is a horrible thing to say, but I suspect that sooner or later we will begin to get irritated by the John Cantlie Show. Mr Cantlie is the British… Read more

James DelingpoleJames Delingpole

The greatest joy of playing Grand Theft Auto V? It lets you give the finger to the PC brigade

27 September 2014

The last — and only — time I had sex with a whore she was so impressed by my performance that she begged me to do it all over again.… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Cameron must reunite the Tories or lose the next election

27 September 2014

No one goes to Birmingham to revive a marriage. But that is what David Cameron and the Conservative party must do next week at conference. They must find a way… Read more

Mry_WakefieldMary Wakefield

Can brutalised jihadis be saved by forgiveness?

27 September 2014

Could you ever torture someone? Could you, under different circumstances, in a different world (I hope) than the one which led you to this Spectator, be as brutal as the… Read more

High lifeTaki

My ghosts of Athens; a shooting and a royal wedding

27 September 2014

Athens This grimy semi-Levantine ancient city has its beauty spots, with childhood memories indelibly attached. There is a turn-of-the-century apartment building across the street from my house where in 1942… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

A visit to a drugs den above a fishmongers with Miss South America

27 September 2014

‘Stand outside the fishmongers in 20 minutes and call this number,’ she said, ‘and I can arrange it.’ On Saturday evening I was scrubbed up for a big night out.… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

My hormones are all over the place. It must be the manopause

27 September 2014

Women spend ten days a year in a grumpy mood, according to the Daily Mail. The top triggers include being overweight, feeling undervalued, having a bad hair day, breaking a… Read more

Wiki manRory Sutherland

Was the phrasing of the Scottish referendum question designed to create division?

27 September 2014

It is a trick which often works on children. Do not tell them to eat vegetables; instead ask whether they want broccoli or spinach. Question such as ‘Red or white?’… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

Is the US using bank fines to bring allies into line against Russia?

27 September 2014

Here’s one for all you conspiracy nuts out there, prompted by readers’ comments on my recent item about whether BP has been unjustly targeted by the US political and judicial… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

Melissa Kite: a crazy woman is living inside my head.

27 September 2014

A crazy woman is living inside my head. It’s not just the normal crazy woman who camps out there from time to time and argues about parking tickets. It’s a… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

Winslow Hall shows you don’t need fancy sets to make opera enjoyable

27 September 2014

Winslow Hall is a large and handsome country house in Buckinghamshire, built in 1700 by Sir Christopher Wren, which Tony Blair nearly bought in 2007 when he was looking for… Read more

Wild lifeAidan Hartley

From Burma — or maybe Saigon — to Manchester via Calcutta

27 September 2014

England   We dropped off our daughter Eve at her new school in the Midlands and started the long journey home to Africa. On the train we sat down and… Read more

DrinkBruce Anderson

In praise of the Loire - cradle of civilisation, and wonderful wines

27 September 2014

Rivers are the cradles of civilisation and the Loire is an outstanding example. It is one of the head-waters of modern France. By the 7th century, the region had emerged… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

These outrageous stereotypes about the British. They're true, aren't they?

20 September 2014

‘No Jews, No Jews!’ the children were told when they attempted to enter the Sports Direct store in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. The two kids were identifiable as Jewish from their school… Read more

Matthew ParrisMatthew Parris

I'll never feel the same about the Scots

20 September 2014

I doubt I’m alone among English readers of this magazine in having felt uncomfortable with our last issue. ‘Please stay with us’ was a plea I found faintly offensive to… Read more

High lifeTaki

What is to be done about a world where everything is for sale?

20 September 2014

Next time you read about an auctioneer’s gavel coming down on a $150 million painting bought by some flunkey representing the ruling family of Qatar, don’t ooh or aah, but… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

A game of dominoes turns ugly

20 September 2014

I’m round at Amy and Bill’s for Sunday afternoon tea. Amy and Bill are my in-laws, kind of. When I was courting their daughter, I used to spend most of… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

My electrifying 'Führer Kontakt' with Alex Salmond

20 September 2014

It was just after the Tory party conference last year that I met Alex Salmond. Not alone, obviously, but as one of a group of about 15 people. The group… Read more

Hugo RifkindHugo Rifkind

The ‘no’ campaign’s problem was that it sounded like me

20 September 2014

Journalistically speaking, it’s been a good year to be Scottish and Jewish. Had I been a Welsh Zoroastrian, say, I doubt I’d have had nearly so much to say. In… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

Santander’s secret: to conquer the world, stay like a small-town bank

20 September 2014

Four years ago, I wrote that I knew no dark rumours about Santander, the rising force in UK high street banking, but that history taught me banks which expand rapidly… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

If the RSPCA can prosecute you, why shouldn't it take Freedom of Information requests?

20 September 2014

After a rush of blood to the head, I decided it might be a good idea to ask some awkward questions of the RSPCA. Oh no, I hear you cry.… Read more

Spectator sportRoger Alton

Roy of the autobiographers

20 September 2014

It has become a weary cliché to say that a book’s publication is eagerly awaited, but when an event is this momentous — the October arrival, thanks to the good… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

Reasons for feeling Scottish

20 September 2014

Sometimes I say I’m Scottish, a claim often greeted with understandable derision. I was born in England, in Hertfordshire, went to school and university in England and, apart from some… Read more

FoodTanya Gold

Rextail: a restaurant for billionaire children

20 September 2014

Rextail is a restaurant for billionaire children, such as Richie Rich. Its owner, Arcady Novikov, has already opened a restaurant for billionaire men and their spindly billionaire wives — the… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

'There's no one left to tell the truth': how Scottish unionism lost the plot

13 September 2014

This is really happening. The Scots could vote to end the greatest, most successful union in human history next week. Westminster has, at last, woken up to this threat and… Read more