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Spectators notesCharles Moore

The Spectator's Notes: My grandfather's dire omen on the eve of war

2 August 2014

This week’s issue is dated 2 August. On that date 100 years ago, my great-grandfather, Norman Moore (always known as ‘NM’), went to Sunday Mass. ‘Father Ryan,’ he noted in… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

I was a slut too, Prime Minister, and I think you're giving in to PC nonsense

2 August 2014

Is it ever appropriate to use the word ‘slut’? I always take my lead from the Prime Minister and he has assured the country that it is never appropriate or… Read more

James DelingpoleJames Delingpole

You owe it to yourself to visit John Clare country

2 August 2014

This has been a terrible year for horseflies. It’s bad enough if you’re human: often by the time you swat them off the damage has already been wrought by their… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Why this could be David Cameron's last summer in politics

2 August 2014

At this time of year, whenever you see a British politician looking particularly busy, you can take it as a sign that they are about to go off on holiday.… Read more

High lifeTaki

Even Switzerland is turning lefty. Am I going to have to move to Wyoming?

2 August 2014

 Gstaad I am looking out of my window at the green landscape and forested mountains rising beyond, as peaceful a scene as there is in this troubled world, but this… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

The indiscreet charm of Jim Davidson

2 August 2014

Le tout Torquay was there, cramming into the Princess Theatre with a drink in each hand ten minutes after the show had begun. I pressed in among them. Jim Davidson,… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

Want to be a neglectful parent? Come to a festival and learn

2 August 2014

I spent last weekend at Port Eliot in Cornwall. This is supposed to be a literary and music festival and my reason for being there was to talk about my… Read more

Wiki manRory Sutherland

Four gadgets to take on holiday — and two to leave behind

2 August 2014

One inarguably good thing about electronic publishing is that it solves that old quandary about what books to pack for your holiday — you just take a tablet or Kindle… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

I know how ineffective sanctions are – but these ones just might work

2 August 2014

‘Sanctions,’ said Kofi Annan, ‘are a necessary middle ground between war and words.’ Neither the EU nor the US will deploy troops or missiles to defend Ukraine against Russian-backed separatists,… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

The only woman who can make me lie

2 August 2014

With a heavy heart, I have just conducted my biannual lying session. I hate that I have to do this. I am an honest person driven to the extremes of… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

You can't spin yourself into authenticity – as Ed Miliband is finding out

2 August 2014

For a politician to draw attention to his own deficiencies is a desperate attempt to curry favour with the electorate that has been tried before with dismal consequences. The most… Read more

DrinkBruce Anderson

From Glyndebourne to St Thomas's Hospital

2 August 2014

‘Don’t you think you’re drinking too much?’ said the nurse, contemplating the array of bottles. ‘But I feel so thirsty,’ I replied. A doctor arrived and concluded that powerful intravenous… Read more

Spectators notesCharles Moore

The Trojan Horse affair proves Michael Gove right – and MI5 wrong

26 July 2014

Peter Clarke’s powerful report on the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham schools is confirmation of the weakness of David Cameron in demoting Michael Gove. When Mr Gove appointed Mr Clarke… Read more

Matthew ParrisMatthew Parris

Why I’m against posthumous pardons, even for Alan Turing

26 July 2014

Ross Clark is a columnist I try to read because he is never trite. So I was sorry to miss performances of his musical play staged earlier this month. Shot… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Parliament's next crisis: a dangerous shortage of middle-aged men

26 July 2014

The House of Commons is off for the summer. But few MPs and ministers expect to make it through to September without the House being recalled because of the grim… Read more

High lifeTaki

What Poland could teach Israel

26 July 2014

One event I regretted missing on my last visit to London was a party at the Polish Club, which has been refurbished and has a new Polish prince as its… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

'Oscar sat and clutched his lunchbox as the practice nurse punctured grandad in the buttock'

26 July 2014

‘Oscar!’ cried Miss Herd as I arrived. She was standing at the classroom door releasing her charges one by one as the parent, or in my case the grandparent, arrived… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

Do-gooders neglect their children. Just look at my dad – and me

26 July 2014

A few years ago, a family friend described my father as being a bit like Mrs Jellyby in Bleak House, by which he meant that he neglected his own family… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

Forecasting is a mug’s game – but I was right about the economic revival

26 July 2014

‘Perhaps I should shift my prediction to 23 July 2014,’ I wrote in April 2012. ‘That’s the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and we must all start thinking… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

The expensive horror of the Eden Project

26 July 2014

As a rule, I tend not to frequent places where there is a sign on the door saying ‘no sharps’. But I thought I would make an exception for the… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

Freedom for my chickens! All it took was a man with a gun

26 July 2014

If I haven’t mentioned my poultry for a while, it’s because the subject has been too depressing. I had been very fond of my ducks and chickens until the constant… Read more

By_the_booksEmily Rhodes

L.P. Hartley’s guide to coping with a heatwave

26 July 2014

Those of us who have been struggling to endure the recent heat should turn to L.P. Hartley’s classic coming-of-age novel The Go-Between for some advice. ‘There’s no such thing as bad… Read more

Alastair Cook is world class. Steven Gerrard isn’t

26 July 2014

This time last year, England’s cricketers were 2-0 up against Australia, two thirds of the way towards their third consecutive series victory in sport’s longest-established international contest. Not quite top… Read more

FoodTanya Gold

Does the Duke of Devonshire really want to be my friend – or is he just after my bank details?

26 July 2014

The Chatsworth estate, Derby-shire. I am overwhelmed by marketing literature. I am prostrate. I am weeping. I am staying in one of the Duke of Devonshire’s barns, renovated into a… 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