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Rod LiddleRod Liddle

The Islamic world is rioting – and not for free speech

24 January 2015

They have been burning churches and murdering Christians again in Niger. You’d think that they’d have more immediately pressing concerns than worrying about a cartoon, Niger regularly winning the award… Read more

Matthew ParrisMatthew Parris

The iron law of volunteering: the nicer the cause, the nastier the people

24 January 2015

I watched the video with some trepidation. Stonewall (the campaigning gay and lesbian equality organisation) had just sent me the YouTube link. This was to a short film of the… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

George Osborne’s 13 tests for an election victory (and how many he’s passed)

24 January 2015

These days George Osborne is rarely seen in public without a hard hat and a hi-vis jacket. But he used to take pride in being recognised as a political insider… Read more

High lifeTaki

My four great loves were unrequited (though I had a chance with Ginger Rogers)

24 January 2015

I had a short chat with BBC radio concerning the actor Jack Nicholson, whom I knew slightly during the Seventies and Eighties. Alas, it had to do with age, his… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

Twelve miles of indefatigable misery

24 January 2015

The taxi-driver wound his window one third of the way down and put a priestlike, confessional ear to the freezing night air. I spoke the name of my village. Twelve… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

Page 3 was harmless. Here’s why I’ll miss it

24 January 2015

‘I for one would be sorry to see them go,’ wrote George Orwell. ‘They are a sort of saturnalia, a harmless rebellion against virtue.’ He was writing about the seaside postcards… Read more

Hugo RifkindHugo Rifkind

Maybe it’s a problem when all artists are like James Blunt. But it’s worse when Labour MPs are like Chris Bryant

24 January 2015

What should we do with James Blunt? This is what I have been asking myself. And I am not looking for comedy answers here, such as ‘Lock him in a… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

How Switzerland's central bank got it so wrong – and the place that got it right

24 January 2015

The Swiss National Bank usually ticks away as quietly as one of its nation’s more expensive timepieces, but when the cuckoo does occasionally burst out of the clock, all hell… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

I’m opening the pony X-Files: mine may be psychic

24 January 2015

My ponies may be psychic. I think they are communicating with each other telepathically. And before you call me delusional, let me tell you I have witnesses. It has happened… Read more

Spectator sportRoger Alton

One-day cricket can make even a turbo-charged century tedious

24 January 2015

What a remarkable innings that was in Johannesburg earlier this week when South Africa’s admirable Hashim Amla carried his bat throughout the 50-over match against West Indies for 153 off… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

The quiet pleasure of washing up (and why I'm still buying a new dishwasher)

24 January 2015

I have been having trouble with my dishwasher. It’s seven and a half years old, and it’s manufactured by a German company called Miele. Several important people told me at… Read more

FoodTanya Gold

Quaglino’s, the vampire brasserie

24 January 2015

Quaglino’s is an ancient subterranean brasserie in St James’s, a district clinging to the 18th century with cadaverous fingers. It was founded in 1929 by -Giovanni Quaglino, who once wrote… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Everyone says they’re Charlie. In Britain, almost no one is

17 January 2015

Je suis Charlie indeed. This is the problem with placards — there is rarely enough room to fit in the caveats, the qualifying clauses and the necessary evasions. I suppose you… Read more

James DelingpoleJames Delingpole

Standing firm is the price of civilisation. Are we still ready to pay it?

17 January 2015

Reading Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, as I have recently, you cannot help but be struck by what a perfectly idyllic place rural England must have been (at least for… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Why the Greek election could decide Britain's next government

17 January 2015

Before the eurozone crisis, Greek elections didn’t receive much attention in Westminster. At the moment, however, the polls from Athens are being studied by every politico from the Prime Minister… Read more

Mry_WakefieldMary Wakefield

The real reason GPs are grumpy: the robots are coming for them

17 January 2015

There’s something wrong with the relationship between patients and their GPs. I’ve spent much of this winter in my local surgery, what with one thing and another, sitting among the… Read more

High lifeTaki

Let’s all become Japanese for a while

17 January 2015

This is a good time to write about a nation’s resilience in the face of calamity. I am referring to the stoic discipline with which the Japanese bore hardship and… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

My addiction to literary pilgrimage is akin to masturbation

17 January 2015

The hotel and its bright tan prayer rug of a beach were one. In the early morning the distant image of Cannes, the pink and cream of old fortifications, the… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

David Sedaris was right: litter is a class issue

17 January 2015

David Sedaris is my new hero. Not because he’s such a funny writer, but because he’s obsessed with litter. He told a group of MPs last week that he spends… Read more

Wiki manRory Sutherland

The joys and sorrows of two-way ratings systems

17 January 2015

‘J’ai failli attendre’ — ‘I almost had to wait’ — allegedly said by Louis XIV when his carriage drew up just a few seconds before he reached the bottom of the palace… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

The RMT’s Mick Cash and Tesco’s Dave Lewis win my prizes for media manipulation

17 January 2015

Mixed results for the Brits at the Golden Globes, but I’m pleased to announce that my Golden Monkey Wrench for media manipulation goes to Mick Cash and his team at… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

I dreamed that my broken mop was borne aloft unto the dustcart of Lambeth environmental services

17 January 2015

Clearly, I am going to have to report my broken mop handle to the authorities. It has been sitting outside my house for seven weeks now and the binmen have… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

Do your patriotic duty and shoot wild boar

17 January 2015

It’s 15 years since I first wrote an article about the threat to the nation of the wild boar; but only now, following the death of a driver in a… Read more

Wild lifeAidan Hartley

I want to do for field rations what Jamie Oliver did for school dinners

17 January 2015

Hell’s Kitchen My ambition to open a fish and chip shop in Mogadishu has not happened yet, though I remain optimistic. Food, I’ve decided, is the thing to go for… Read more

DrinkBruce Anderson

The battling brilliance of Burgundy

17 January 2015

There is only one answer to the question ‘Burgundy or claret?’ ‘Yes, but never in the same glass.’ Yet I am about to make an observation which cannot be true.… Read more