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Rod LiddleRod Liddle

I’m utterly sickened by this story of a man trying to talk to a woman on a train

29 August 2015

What can we as a society do about the relentless harassment of women by terrifying men? Menacing men, threatening men, priapic men. Something must be done — and quickly. I… Read more

James DelingpoleJames Delingpole

Oh no: On the Road’s a masterpiece. So what else have I missed?

29 August 2015

This week’s column is dedicated to all those of you who have never read Catcher in the Rye and who, what’s more, are unhealthily proud of the fact. It’s OK:… Read more

Mry_WakefieldMary Wakefield

The contagious madness of the new PC

29 August 2015

It’s becoming pretty clear, as the year rolls on, that some of our brightest youngsters have gone round the bend. It’s as if they’ve caught a virus, a mental one,… Read more

High lifeTaki

The unspiritual life is in sad decline (except on Michael Chandris's yacht)

29 August 2015

According to Somerset Maugham, in material terms one must live on the razor edge between poverty and minimal subsistence in order to cultivate the life of the spirit. I’ve always… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

Italy is so civilised! Even at a mad dash

29 August 2015

I sprinted through Milan station, speed-read the departures monitor without stopping, and arrived gasping on platform 8 with two minutes to spare. The driver of the FrecciaBianca bullet train was… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

Once again, the French are relying on Americans and Brits to protect them from murderous fascists

29 August 2015

Boy, am I glad I’m not a Frenchman. Last week’s dramatic incident on board a Paris-bound train, in which a terrorist atrocity was narrowly averted by a group of heroic… Read more

Wiki manRory Sutherland

Want to avoid regulators? Do something useless

29 August 2015

I had a water meter installed in my flat a few months ago. I looked at it just now and it said ‘13’. I didn’t know what ‘13’ meant, so… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

Sorry, but I can’t join in the China panic (especially not while I’m on a cruise)

29 August 2015

 MS Queen Victoria, 38°N 19°E I’ll do my best, but I’ve got to be honest: being surrounded by shining Ionian waters and convivial Spectator cruisers isn’t helping me channel the… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

Am I moving to the Cotswolds? Don't measure the curtains yet

29 August 2015

On the basis that I might need a new boiler soon, I thought I had better sell the London flat and move to the Cotswolds. Fine, so it wasn’t just… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

The young are miserable and the old are happy – shouldn’t it be the other way around?

29 August 2015

We learn from a new report that children in England are among the unhappiest in the world — more unhappy, even, than the children of Ethiopia, Algeria or Israel. Why… Read more

Wild lifeAidan Hartley

Africa is no longer the land of elephants

29 August 2015

Laikipia An elephant can break through an electric fence by pulling out the posts, pushing younger, more stupid animals into the wire — or by simply sitting on the fence.… Read more

Isabel-Hardman-BWIsabel Hardman

Think Cameron’s small majority will hold him back? Not with his new army of loyalists

29 August 2015

Time was when the Conservatives believed that a small majority — which puts a government at the mercy of backbench rebels — would be worse than no majority at all.… Read more

Bruce-Anderson-PoliticsBruce Anderson

Dorset is a palliative for the human condition

29 August 2015

Do-orzaat. Dorset is part of L’Angleterre profonde. It is possible to find evidence of modernity, but only in limited areas. Around 120 miles from London, west Dorset and the Somerset… Read more

Spectators notesCharles Moore

Charles Moore’s Notes: Why Labour keeps failing to choose a woman leader

22 August 2015

Watching the very pleasant Liz Kendall on television this week, I was struck by how extraordinary it is that more than 40 years have now passed since the Conservatives selected… Read more

Matthew ParrisMatthew Parris

Freedom of information killed ambassadors’ valedictory dispatches. Could blogging bring them back?

22 August 2015

‘All I ever tried to do was hold a mirror up and show you how beautiful you really are. Shine on, you crazy diamond.’ I have just read one of… Read more

High lifeTaki

Outdoor piano bars can be dangerous things — especially when one is under the influence

22 August 2015

These are the languid, sensuous days of summer, and I’ve had another birthday, which is the bad news. But it’s the silly season, so I’m going to be silly yet… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

Watching the Persid meteor shower with Professor Brian Cox – lucky me!

22 August 2015

‘How many people have you slept with in your life, roughly?’ she asked. We were lying in bed in the morning. ‘You go first,’ I said, needing time to think… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

It's fun at France's answer to Butlins – but there's a catch

22 August 2015

I’m currently at a French campsite in the Languedoc, having been persuaded by my wife that it would be a good place to spend our summer holiday. She described the… Read more

Hugo RifkindHugo Rifkind

Bisexuality is now everywhere – and nowhere

22 August 2015

I’m not aware of knowing many bisexual people. Or indeed, off the top of my head, any bisexual people. Which is odd, really, because back in my student days you… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

Why the boffin behind the Brompton is Britain’s greatest living designer

22 August 2015

Asked to name Britain’s greatest living industrial designer, most people might cite Sir Jony Ive of Apple or Sir James Dyson of the bagless vacuum cleaner. I’d certainly shortlist Ive,… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

From ponies to Jeremy Corbyn: Balham’s startingly posh militant left

22 August 2015

If anyone wants to know why the Labour party is about to elect Jeremy Corbyn as its leader then they should come and sit in my back garden in Balham.… Read more

Spectator sportRoger Alton

Alastair Cook's victory for character, calm – and cunning

22 August 2015

The roar of the Premier League is beginning to drown out everything else in sport (there’s even Friday night football now: another blissful resting place occupied. Shouldn’t we ring-fence some… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

Who needs a chicken labelled ‘cook before eating’?

22 August 2015

I was saying the other week that my new hearing aids had come with a warning not to swallow their batteries, because this could be bad for you. I doubt… Read more

Isabel-Hardman-BWIsabel Hardman

Labour MPs’ next choice: which leadership coup to back

22 August 2015

Jeremy Corbyn’s close friend Tony Benn had five questions he always asked of those in power: ‘What power have you got? Where did you get it from? In whose interests… Read more

FoodTanya Gold

Boastful, narcissistic, overpriced: welcome to Jamie’s Italian

22 August 2015

Jamie’s Italian is squeezed into the Devonshire Arms on Denman Street, Soho, borne on the duplicitous winds of TV shows and book deals. It’s an odd fit, like a Flump… Read more