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Spectators notesCharles Moore

Charles Moore’s notes: Grexit isn’t like Brexit (and that’s why it won’t be allowed to happen)

27 June 2015

People write about ‘Grexit’ and ‘Brexit’ as if they were the same, but they need not be. Grexit is about leaving the euro. Brexit is about leaving the EU. It… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Roger Mosey and the questions you don’t ask at the BBC

27 June 2015

There was a remarkable scene in one BBC Today programme morning meeting in about 1995, as all the producers gathered together to discuss what stories would be on the following… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Merkel's crisis is Cameron's opportunity

27 June 2015

For generations, ambitious politicians have dreamed about having the power to run Europe — but as Angela Merkel can attest, it’s a horrible job. She didn’t want to end up… Read more

High lifeTaki

Me, Jeremy Clarke and a bottle of absinthe

27 June 2015

Last Wednesday, 24 June, Pugs held a luncheon in honour of our first member to depart for the Elysian Fields, or that large CinemaScope screen up above, Sir Christopher Lee,… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

Drugs, whipping, decomposing bodies and fighting in toilets: so that’s what Spectator readers get up to

27 June 2015

Ninety-two readers (thank you!) sent accounts of their worst debacles on drink or drugs. I printed out each one and clipped it into a ring binder. Last Thursday afternoon I… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

In defence of Michael Gove’s grammar guide

27 June 2015

Few things are more likely to provoke the disapproval of the bien-pensant left than criticising someone’s grammar. The very idea that one way of speaking is more ‘correct’ than another… Read more

Hugo RifkindHugo Rifkind

The world belongs to Taylor Swift now. There will be no free-trial period

27 June 2015

All hail Taylor Swift. How she must give baby boomers the fear. Not just baby boomers. Also those who came next, the Generation Xers, who seemed to define themselves culturally… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

The only certain winner in the Greek stand-off: cliché

27 June 2015

The clear winner in the Greek crisis is the author of The Little Book of Negotiating Clichés, whose royalties must have been pouring in as the clock ticked towards midnight… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

Pampered middle-class pooches are in charge of their owners

27 June 2015

Why won’t the middle classes shout at their dogs any more? My suspicion is that the bleeding heart liberals, having succeeded in stopping right-minded people from shouting at their children,… Read more

Spectator sportRoger Alton

The twilight of Tiger Woods

27 June 2015

A car crash is a terrible thing, but hordes of people still slow down to cop an eyeful on the motorway. Car-crash sport is equally compelling. In the US Open,… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

The pointlessness of outlawing hogging the middle lane

27 June 2015

It is nearly two years since the police were granted new powers to fine motorists for ‘hogging’ the middle lane of a motorway, but it’s only now that anyone has… Read more

FoodTanya Gold

The new Ivy doesn’t have the old magic (if there ever was any)

27 June 2015

The Ivy is a Playmobil-style faux-medieval restaurant in a triangular building opposite The Mousetrap; of the two, The Ivy is more ancient and threatening. It has mullioned windows, a photogenic… Read more

Spectators notesCharles Moore

Charles Moore’s notes: The anti-EU camp need to be sure what No means

20 June 2015

It is natural to assume that, if a majority votes No in the referendum on Britain’s EU membership, we shall then leave. It is not automatically so. After the vote,… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Suicide bombing seems to have become a new Yorkshire tradition

20 June 2015

Where would you rather live, Dewsbury or Bradford? I ask because it seems that there are probably some good property deals to be had in this particular corner of West… Read more

James DelingpoleJames Delingpole

In being suckered into climate alarmism, the Pope risks backing policies that hurt the world's poor

20 June 2015

In his latest encyclical Pope Francis will apparently describe global warming as a ‘major threat to life on the planet’. If the leaked reports are accurate, his Holiness is absolutely… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Why Ed Miliband may have lost Labour the next election, too

20 June 2015

You wait ages for a Labour leadership contest, then five come along at once. In the past few days, nominations have closed for the contests to be leader and deputy… Read more

Mry_WakefieldMary Wakefield

Are schoolgirls still fair game for teachers?

20 June 2015

Mr Malcolm Layfield, the former violin teacher at Chetham’s music school, will have been celebrating this week after being found not guilty of raping a former pupil. Malcolm admitted to… Read more

High lifeTaki

The topic of mass immigration has become a means of entrapment

20 June 2015

When I founded the American Conservative 13 years ago — the purpose being to shine a light on the neocon shenanigans that led to the greatest American foreign policy disaster… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

The vicar struck the first blow. And then he told us all a joke

20 June 2015

Before delivering his sermon, the vicar said we must offer one another the sign of peace. He struck the first blow by stepping forward and thrusting a stiff karate hand… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

The best way to end the ‘poshness test’

20 June 2015

There’s a warning buried in the detail of the new report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission on why top companies employ so few applicants from comprehensive schools:… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

The dinner where laissez-faire banking died

20 June 2015

Last week’s deadline did not allow me to report from ringside at the Mansion House dinner, but there was so much to observe that I hope you’ll forgive a late… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

The police persecution of middle-class women

20 June 2015

Aren’t the police getting younger nowadays — and ruder, and scruffier and more intolerant of middle-class women? In other words, why am I always getting pulled over for no apparent… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

Alan Rusbridger’s final oath

20 June 2015

My friend Alan Rusbridger has just given up editing the Guardian after a distinguished 20-year reign that has climaxed, as befits an accomplished musician and former chair of Britain’s National… Read more

Wild lifeAidan Hartley

The Shrewsbury School Hunt very nearly killed me

20 June 2015

Laikipia, Kenya   Out cross-country running on the farm in Kenya recently, I came face-to-face with a gang of bull elephants. I zigzagged away from them, keeping downwind, jogged on… Read more