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Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Panic about Ebola in Africa – not here

18 October 2014

Got Ebola yet? Early symptoms are very difficult to distinguish from either winter flu or, indeed, a particularly bad hangover. Bit feverish, aches and pains, sore throat and so on.… Read more

Matthew ParrisMatthew Parris

Reading the comments on my Ukip columns, I finally understand the Nazis

18 October 2014

Like many, I’ve always been a bit baffled by the story of the rise of Nazism. The Germans I’ve met have appeared to be human beings like any other: in… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Ukip is here to stay – especially if Labour wins

18 October 2014

British politics is rather like one of those playground games of football where one match is being played lengthways and another sideways. The two regularly get tangled up, making it… Read more

High lifeTaki

The battle for decency has been lost

18 October 2014

An intelligent letter from a reader, Stanislas Yassukovich CBE, warms my heart. It’s nice to know there are others as appalled as I am by today’s so-called elite’s ghastly manners.… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

The karmic rewards of becoming a vegetarian

18 October 2014

 ‘Is that you, Sister?’ It was Tom misdialling again with those thick, stubby fingers of his. ‘No, it’s me: Jerry,’ I said. I held the phone away from my ear… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

I nearly missed out on The Walking Dead. You shouldn’t

18 October 2014

I’m ashamed to say it took me a while to watch an episode of The Walking Dead, the fifth season of which has just begun. I was put off by… Read more

Hugo RifkindHugo Rifkind

Ukip is in the middle of the most cynical political repositioning ever

18 October 2014

I think I’ve cracked it. If you want to springboard your minor political party into the mainstream and take British politics by storm, then all you need to do is… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

Storm warning: the world economy’s October troubles aren’t over yet

18 October 2014

October is always a turbulent month, and I’m feeling uneasy about this one. The FTSE100 index, which looked set to break through 7,000 in September, has lost more than 500… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

I tried to escape the confines of Balham in Oxshott

18 October 2014

My London flat now has so little space in it I’ve begun storing stuff at the dry cleaners. Back in May, I checked a huge winter quilt in at Viking’s… Read more

Spectator sportRoger Alton

Pietersen’s unlikely Passage to India

18 October 2014

A typical Merchant-Ivory film, their biography informs me, features ‘genteel characters’ whose lives are blighted by ‘disillusionment and tragic entanglements’. No surprise then that Kevin Pietersen is proudly revealed as… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

Here’s how to remain cheerful in the face of such a multitude of scares

18 October 2014

I don’t think I can remember a time when there have been so many scares about. They come at us from every direction, and even sometimes from out of the… Read more

FoodTanya Gold

Gymkhana is morally disgusting – and fortunately the food’s disgusting too

18 October 2014

Gymkhana is a fashionable Indian restaurant in Albemarle Street. It was, according to its natty website, ‘inspired by Colonial Indian gymkhana clubs, set up by the British Raj, where members… Read more

Rod LiddleRod Liddle

Who are Ukip’s new voters? The kind of people who decide elections

11 October 2014

An opinion poll to be published next week will reveal that Labour leader Ed Miliband is slightly less popular with the public than the vibrant Islamic State commander ‘Jihadi John’… Read more

James DelingpoleJames Delingpole

Stoptober makes me sick

11 October 2014

Say what you like about the French Revolutionaries but at least they had a poetic imagination. When they wanted a new name for October, they anticipated Keats and named the… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

The Lib Dems' dirty secret: they want to stay with the Tories

11 October 2014

The last Liberal Democrat conference before the general election has been dominated by denunciations of the ‘nasty’ Tories. Lib Dems claim they are shocked to find George Osborne proposing a… Read more

Mry_WakefieldMary Wakefield

Why there’s no such thing as an Etonian

11 October 2014

Finally, just in the last few years I’d say, we’ve all begun to accept the role of nature in the great nature/nurture debate. Though we’ve squirmed and baulked, we mostly… Read more

High lifeTaki

America's sofa samurai are at it again

11 October 2014

The time-honoured saying that England’s great battles have been won on the playing fields of Eton is a lot of hooey. Blücher was the real winner against Napoleon at Waterloo,… Read more

Low lifeJeremy Clarke

I didn't really know who Karl Miller was. But I know how much I owe him

11 October 2014

As I think I said in this column the other week, I used to sneak into English lectures at University College London, while officially studying at the School of Oriental… Read more

Toby_Young-80x98Toby Young

You’ll regret not having a Human Rights Act when Labour get back in

11 October 2014

I’ve been thinking about the Conservative party’s proposal for a Bill of Rights and am finding it difficult to make up my mind. On the one hand, I like the… Read more

Wiki manRory Sutherland

Why everywhere should be more like Essex

11 October 2014

Apart from the Wye Valley, where I grew up, there are only two places in Britain I’d consider living: Kent and Essex. Since Kent grabbed the ‘Garden of England’ moniker,… Read more

Vander-Weyer-NEWMartin Vander Weyer

Yes, Wonga lent at shocking rates – but it was customers who lied

11 October 2014

‘Payday Lady is not trading at this time,’ says her website, sounding a little like La Dame aux camélias. Indeed (since I could not find her anywhere) the message may indicate… Read more

Real lifeMelissa Kite

Is New York ready for Cydney the spaniel (and her Facebook friends)?

11 October 2014

As the maître d’ ushered me into the packed restaurant, I leaned in close and intoned softly, so as not to be heard by the elegant lady sitting nearby who… Read more

Long lifeAlexander Chancellor

Cooking I find easy and satisfying. Preparing microwave dinners, on the other hand...

11 October 2014

When some years ago I stopped having to go to an office, mainly because nobody wanted me to go to one, I started to do quite a lot of cooking.… Read more

DrinkBruce Anderson

Proof that the Japanese know how to make great Bordeaux

11 October 2014

Château Lagrange, a St Julien third growth, has the largest acreage of any Bordeaux classed growth. For much of the 20th century, this was its sole claim to distinction. Under… Read more

James_Forsyth-80x98James Forsyth

Get ready for an election where everyone loses (except maybe the Lib Dems)

4 October 2014

Two things have been puzzling Tory high-ups in Birmingham this week: does Nigel Farage have another defector in his back pocket, and why is the Tory party in such a… Read more