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Spectators notesCharles Moore

Charles Moore’s Notes: people who love making new laws like to present them as human rights

30 May 2015

Amnesty International and others have placed a large newspaper advertisement telling Michael Gove ‘Don’t Scrap Our Human Rights’. The ad asserts that ‘A government cannot give human rights or take… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

My new plan: let’s pay people benefits for not moving here

30 May 2015

Yet another exciting discovery from the world of Islamic science. As you are probably aware, Islamic culture has always paid a high regard to science and Muslims will tell you… Read more

Matthew ParrisMatthew Parris

In Irish Catholicism, it seems, God can be outvoted

30 May 2015

I see. So now we have the result of the Irish referendum on gay marriage, and now we’ve heard the Roman Catholic Church’s chastened response, we shall have to rewrite… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Welcome to the EU rollercoaster, Prime Minister

30 May 2015

We have just had a very insular general election campaign, but the mood at Westminster is now determined by news from foreign capitals. There was a flurry of excitement last… Read more

High lifeTaki

Taki, the greatest literary critic of our time, picks Fitzgerald’s greatest novel

30 May 2015

An operation on my hand after a karate injury has had me reading more than usual. I even attempted Don DeLillo’s Underworld, but soon gave up. Truman Capote famously said… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

Outstrip Jeremy Clarke’s worst excesses and win an invitation to his Low life book launch

30 May 2015

On 26 June there is a party at the Spectator office at 22 Old Queen Street to launch a paperback collection of Low life columns. If you would like to… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

Nicola Sturgeon protests too much about Alistair Carmichael

30 May 2015

I couldn’t believe it when Nicola Sturgeon called for the resignation of Alistair Carmichael, the former Scottish Secretary, over his role in the leaked memo affair. As readers will recall,… Read more

Hugo RifkindHugo Rifkind

Like every referendum ever, this EU vote will solve nothing

30 May 2015

I suppose, if you could look deep into the mind of somebody who was passionately keen that Britain should leave the European Union then, in among things like old episodes… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

Which behaved worse: callous Thomas Cook or cynical Barclays?

30 May 2015

Which is worse, morally and reputationally — to be Thomas Cook, shamed by its refusal to show proper human concern, for fear of being taken to admit responsibility, over the… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

In the future we will all speak a new language called Predictive Text

30 May 2015

Andy the tech guy looked delighted when I told him I had done the stupidest thing ever. He is one of those whizz kids who hungers for interestingly impossible technological… Read more

Spectator sportRoger Alton

Thrills and chivalry at Lord’s

30 May 2015

If heaven is a place on earth, as Belinda Carlisle so wisely observed, then surely that place has to be Lord’s on a Test match Saturday. Celestial indeed, and a… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

Inside, pursued by a swarm of bees

From reading the newspapers you might get the impression that honeybees were on the way to extinction. In Europe, it is said, the number of honeybee colonies has fallen in… Read more

FoodTanya Gold

Fenchurch in the Sky Garden – like going for dinner in Total Recall

30 May 2015

Fenchurch is a restaurant that is scared of terrorists. It cowers at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street, a skyscraper which looks like an enormous and unfashionable Nokia 3120 mobile… Read more

Spectators notesCharles Moore

Charles Moore’s Notes: Who benefits from Prince Charles shaking Gerry Adams’s hand?

23 May 2015

Who benefits from Prince Charles’s handshake with Gerry Adams? Not the victims of IRA violence, including the 18 soldiers who died at Warrenpoint on the same day as Lord Mountbatten… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Let’s set the cops on barbaric fox-hunters

23 May 2015

Among those deeply disappointed with the Conservative party’s victory on 7 May was Britain’s diverse and vibrant community of wild animals. They have not yet daubed anti-Tory slogans on war… Read more

James DelingpoleJames Delingpole

Calling all British tourists — Ukraine needs you!

23 May 2015

 Kiev ‘What the hell’s going to happen to your poor country?’ I ask the man in the flea market not far from St Sophia cathedral (Delingpole tourist rating: total must-see).… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Cameron's small majority means big challenges ahead

23 May 2015

In ancient Rome, when a general rode in triumph through the city, a slave would stand behind him whispering into his ear, ‘Remember you are mortal.’ Today, there is no… Read more

High lifeTaki

I once tried to buy coke from the head of Manhattan detectives

23 May 2015

This is as good as it gets. A light rain is falling on a soft May evening and I’m walking north on a silent Park Avenue hoping to get into… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

The ant mind is right up there with the medieval one

23 May 2015

From somewhere in the tree canopy, a nightingale song. The virtuoso trilling and warbling, the underwater bubbling, the teetering on the brink before the tumbling cascade. I’m wearing turquoise Speedo… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

It's hard not to gloat, but I'm trying my hardest

23 May 2015

I was disappointed to hear Andy Burnham on Marr last Sunday declare his opposition to free schools. He put plenty of distance between himself and Ed Miliband, even admitting Labour… Read more

Wiki manRory Sutherland

The importance of selective inefficiency

23 May 2015

Readers of a certain age may remember choosing a cassette player in the 1980s. In theory the process was simple: we would have read reviews of competing devices in audiophile… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

On Jim O’Neill, the new ‘Northern Powerhouse’ supremo

23 May 2015

A doff of my flat cap to Jim O’Neill, the former Goldman Sachs economist who has been made a peer, a Treasury minister and George Osborne’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ supremo. The… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

My podgy thumbs will never be iPhone-compatible

23 May 2015

You can’t always get what you want. And you can never get what you want if you want a phone with buttons. I’ve been nursing along an old BlackBerry. Well,… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

A Finnish man was fined £83,000 for speeding because his annual income is £10.1 million

I have rather a poor record for speeding over the years. I have been caught by cameras quite often, sometimes getting points on my licence and paying modest fines, and… Read more

Wild lifeAidan Hartley

The Kenya Fly Fishers’ club makes the Bullingdon look rather left-wing

23 May 2015

   Nairobi Trout were first introduced into Kenya’s highland streams in 1905. Men like Ewart Grogan, ‘baddest and boldest of a bad bold gang’, shipped Loch Leven fingerlings in ice-packed… Read more