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Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Call me insane, but I’m voting Labour

18 April 2015

Quite often when I deliver myself of an opinion to a friend or colleague, the reply will come back: ‘Are you out of your mind? I think that is sectionable… Read more

Matthew ParrisMatthew Parris

Scotland knows the power of a common enemy. We English don’t

18 April 2015

When last Sunday Pope Francis took the brave step of acknowledging the Armenian tragedy as the ‘first genocide of the 20th century’, he knew he was entering a minefield. On… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

The Tories have survived a near-death experience. But they’re not home yet

18 April 2015

At 5.45 a.m. Lynton Crosby holds the first meeting of the day at Conservative campaign HQ. The aim is to work out what threats need to be neutralised that day… Read more

High lifeTaki

The lost talk of old Noo Yawk

18 April 2015

New York ‘Gimme a BLT on rye and hold da mayo’ is a great Noo Yawk sound. So is boid for bird, and toerty-toird for 33rd Street. True working-class accents… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

A child in church! It’s a miracle!

18 April 2015

To say that Oscar was warmly welcomed as he stepped through the massive oak door into a chilly House of God for the first time in his life on Easter… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

The Green party manifesto is even crazier than you’ve heard

18 April 2015

I’m disappointed that Ed Balls’s suggestion that the Office of Budget Responsibility should audit the parties’ manifestos was never taken up, not least because we will never know what Robert… Read more

Hugo RifkindHugo Rifkind

Warning: you may be about to vote for more than one government

18 April 2015

For the last five years, I’ve been trying to get people interested in the Fixed Term Parliaments Act. No, don’t sidle away. Honestly, this is The Spectator. Aren’t you meant… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

How Helge Lund’s humungous salary helped Shell to a bargain

18 April 2015

Helge Lund was widely expected to go into domestic politics when he ended his successful tenure as head of Statoil, the Norwegian state oil and gas company. Instead, he was… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

I’m just not cut out to be a local activist

18 April 2015

By and large, I’m not really sure the world is ready for me to join the steering committee of a community project in Lambeth seeking Lottery funding. It sounds like… Read more

Spectator sportRoger Alton

However daft English cricket gets, there’ll always be Wisden’s obituaries

18 April 2015

He’s a tall man, Kevin Pietersen, and he casts a long shadow. It loomed large over the Long Room at Lord’s last week where the great, the good, and the… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

The tortoises are alive! (And sitting on the duck’s eggs)

18 April 2015

No sooner had I written last week’s column about the sad disappearance of the two tortoises in my care than they suddenly showed up. The sun had shone for two… Read more

FoodTanya Gold

The Ivy Chelsea Garden: Richard Caring has finally built a restaurant I admire

18 April 2015

The Ivy Chelsea Garden is a restaurant inside an Edwardian house disguised as a Tudor house on the King’s Road; it was formerly the fetid Henry J. Bean’s American Bar… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Whose fault is the jihadi bride? Certainly not her astonishing dad

11 April 2015

Like you, I suspect, I have been terribly worried these last few weeks over the plight of 15-year-old Amira Abase. Amira fled the country on 17 February in order to… Read more

James DelingpoleJames Delingpole

I went looking for a used car – and found my inner boy racer

11 April 2015

A bit late, I know, to put in a bid for Jeremy Clarkson’s old job. But I think I might just accidentally have rediscovered my inner petrolhead. What happened was… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

A Scottish revolution is coming, and everyone’s losing their heads

11 April 2015

Normally, if a candidate whose party came fourth in a constituency last time tells you they’re going to win, you put it down to election derangement syndrome. But in post-referendum… Read more

Mry_WakefieldMary Wakefield

Original sin makes us better people. I wish Muslims believed in it

11 April 2015

These days, on the subject of Islam, non-Muslims have mostly divided into two camps — though there’s a little wandering about between the tents. Camp one says Islam is a… Read more

High lifeTaki

For the first time in my life I felt like a rock star

11 April 2015

Ah, spring! The spring of our frostbitten age. At the Polish Club in London, a wonderful place studded with portraits of Polish patriots who have fought and sacrificed for the… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

The kindness of strangers you need the morning after

11 April 2015

Spectator Life’s third birthday party was a glamorous affair. It had paps, pop stars and Pippa. One went in and waiting at the top of the stairs were Spectator Life’s… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

Is this election a Champions League game? Or Millwall vs Brighton?

11 April 2015

I’ve been trying to think of a good football analogy to describe the battle between the two main parties as the general election approaches. One suggestion is the second leg… Read more

Wiki manRory Sutherland

Why plane crashes are getting weirder – and if we’re lucky, other problems will too

11 April 2015

In the late 1980s, the parks service in the United States were concerned about the deterioration of the stonework on the Lincoln Memorial. So they asked the maintenance staff why… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

A Greek default is coming – as soon as next month

11 April 2015

Bored with the election? Switch over to the Greek debt drama. In this week’s cliffhanger, silver-tongued finance minister Yanis Varoufakis visited IMF chief Christine Lagarde on Sunday, promised to meet… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

OK, Aviva, that’s well over £1,400 that you owe me

11 April 2015

After I phoned the Aviva call centre for the ten thousandth time, a girl called Adele had to sort it in the end. If she hadn’t, I would have climbed… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

Have I inadvertently killed my friend’s tortoises?

11 April 2015

It’s April. It’s spring. The daffodils and the cowslips are in flower. The birds are chirping merrily. But where are the tortoises? There were two of them, a big one… Read more

DrinkBruce Anderson

The triumph of Guatemalan rum (and a disaster for a Guatemalan ambassador)

11 April 2015

For many years, the Central American republic of Guatemala had a grievance against the United Kingdom. It claimed sovereignty over British Honduras, then a colony of ours. Eventually, all that… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

The election result that everyone expects – and no one wants

4 April 2015

To form a coalition, David Cameron had to give up the Prime Ministerial prerogative to determine when the election was called. But it is hard to imagine that, given the… Read more