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Spectators notesCharles Moore

Charles Moore’s Notes: If peers aren’t to be elected, they should be impossible to get rid of

1 August 2015

Obviously when one attends what the papers call ‘cocaine-fuelled orgies’, one expects to find several members of the peerage present, but I must confess that until all this trouble, I… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Jeremy Corbyn won’t destroy Labour. But he might yet destroy the country

1 August 2015

Imagine, for a moment, the following scenario. In 2016 Britain votes narrowly to remain within the European Union, despite the Prime Minister having achieved little in attempting to renegotiate the… Read more

James DelingpoleJames Delingpole

The wonders of the Muslim world that my children will never get to see

1 August 2015

I celebrated Eid in a sandy bay in Sri Lanka, watching from the warm, shallow sea as gaggles of local Muslims in holiday mood sauntered past to congregate at the… Read more

Mry_WakefieldMary Wakefield

‘Not to worry, just a gang killing’: the mantra of the metropolitan middle classes

1 August 2015

Another stabbing in my new neighbourhood, not with an axe or with a samurai sword this time, but a machete. The samurai sword incident was back in the spring. The… Read more

High lifeTaki

Manners matter, even at an orgy

1 August 2015

We all agree that a world without manners would make this a pretty grim place to live. Offensive informality is pretty much accepted nowadays, and manners are at times seen… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

My glimpse into the brotherhood of bouncers

1 August 2015

After Trev had mugged the mugger in the toilet we moved quickly on to another club. The Double O is frankly a horrible place, but it stays open later than… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

It's my duty to expose my children to the moral depravity of Acton

1 August 2015

A few years ago, I got a bit fed up with receiving Christmas cards from my friends designed to show off just how well they were doing. A typical card… Read more

Wiki manRory Sutherland

Turn the licence fee into a digital currency – and save more than just the BBC

1 August 2015

What follows is a proposal for reducing the BBC licence fee and improving the corporation’s output while saving the British newspaper industry. All that’s involved is a basic understanding of… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

I remember Nikkei’s journalistic values – and I’m not sure they’re much like the FT’s

1 August 2015

It’s nearly 30 years since I worked in Japan, but I still have a few words of the language and a certain idea of how the place worked. The role… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

I don’t do WhatsApp, and that’s final

1 August 2015

‘No, I do not do WhatsApp.’ That’s pretty much all I ever seem to say to people nowadays. They ask me if I do WhatsApp, I say I don’t do… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

My role in saving The Spectator

1 August 2015

I was wondering what to write about this week when I suddenly realised that exactly 40 years ago this Saturday I became editor of this magazine. Despite eventually getting the… Read more

Isabel-Hardman-BWIsabel Hardman

Whoever wins the Labour leadership, Blairism is at death’s door

1 August 2015

The exhausted Labour leadership contest takes a bucket-and-spade holiday next week, with all four candidates agreeing to an uneasy truce on hustings — but probably not hostilities. It’s clear everyone… Read more

Bruce-Anderson-PoliticsBruce Anderson

A six-year-old sharpshooter and a New Zealand white – both bound to improve with age

1 August 2015

The Honourable Society of Odd Bottles began proceedings with a report on the activities of our junior branch. These youngsters are not yet eligible to become drinking members, but they… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Tim Farron, an evangelical Christian, is the victim of a secular inquisition

25 July 2015

I wonder who will win the battle for Tim Farron’s soul — the Guardianistas or God? This is assuming that God gives a monkey’s either way. I know that He… Read more

Matthew ParrisMatthew Parris

My new addiction: road-building

25 July 2015

Many years ago I was encouraged to read Roger Hutchinson’s Calum’s Road. The small and quirky book made a deep impression on me: deeper, perhaps, than I realised at the… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

The SNP surge at Westminster might just accidentally save the Union

25 July 2015

There are few quicker ways to annoy an MP than to suggest that they are on holiday when the House of Commons isn’t sitting. Such a suggestion will be met… Read more

High lifeTaki

The Greece I once knew is now just a myth

25 July 2015

I think back to my Greek childhood and longing for the once cosiest and most romantic of cities overwhelms me. Actually it’s too painful to think back: all the blood… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

Safety tip: don't try to steal Trev's phone

25 July 2015

‘I’ve lost my phone,’ yells Trev. We’re in a club. He’s come charging on to the dance floor to tell me. He’s always forgetting where he’s left his phone and… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

Why I was right to vote for Jeremy Corbyn

25 July 2015

Is the ‘Tories for Corbyn’ campaign politics at its most infantile? As one of the few conservative commentators willing to defend it in the media, I’ve been doing my best… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

Why the City might yet miss stroppy regulator Martin Wheatley

25 July 2015

A City insider at last month’s Mansion House dinner told me the Financial Conduct Authority had become ‘a bit of an embarrassment’ — or rather, that was my bowdlerisation of… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

Challenging parking tickets is my crack cocaine

25 July 2015

‘Cydney, we are not moving to Cobham!’ I told the spaniel in my best outraged Margot Leadbetter voice. What a sad moment. All my adult life I have worshipped Cobham… Read more

Spectator sportRoger Alton

Australia’s amazing, exhausting sporting comebacks

25 July 2015

I have never met an Aussie I didn’t like, but, crikey, their sporting indefatigability is exhausting. Don’t they ever give up? In the past few days, they have pulled one… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

Smartphones are wonderful – until they take over your life

25 July 2015

The smart phone is a wonderful thing. We are never out of touch anymore, neither with friends nor with the world at large. But increasingly we read of the harm… Read more

FoodTanya Gold

Venetian restaurants know I’m English from the back

25 July 2015

The Gatto Nero — or ‘Black Cat’ — is in Burano, a tiny island in the Venetian lagoon. It is close to ‘haunted’ Torcello, with its ancient campanile and its… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

The Tories can only benefit from the rise and rise of Jeremy Corbyn

18 July 2015

It wasn’t meant to work out this way. A month ago, Westminster watched to see if Jeremy Corbyn could get the support of the 35 MPs he needed to enter… Read more