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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

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Heathrow and the strange, far-off days when Britain actually built things

11 July 2015

Heathrow. The whole British story is there. Reading up around that debacle last week, I came across the eye-watering — and I think true — claim that, over the course… Read more

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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

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Isis is what happens when we try to bomb things better

13 June 2015

Call me petulant, but I’m not sure Britain is getting enough credit for our fine, fine work in Libya. The Islamic State, so recently present only in the semi-mythical lands… Read more


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


Lefties should cherish trendy London while they still can

16 May 2015

London is a bad thing. Everybody knows this now. Britain has had enough of London. Ed Miliband failed in part because he was ‘too north London’ (euphemism) and Chuka Umunna… Read more

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Russell Brand’s heart is in the right place – but it’s not the place he talks out of

2 May 2015

I write at a difficult time. The balls are in the air, but we know not where they will land. Perhaps, by the time you get to read this, more… Read more


Warning: you may be about to vote for more than one government

18 April 2015

For the last five years, I’ve been trying to get people interested in the Fixed Term Parliaments Act. No, don’t sidle away. Honestly, this is The Spectator. Aren’t you meant… Read more


Why are so many men on diets? I blame feminists

4 April 2015

According to Jenni Russell, my colleague at the Times, David Cameron has lost 13lb since Christmas, mainly by giving up on peanuts and biscuits. Now that’s a lot of peanuts… Read more

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None of the parties are telling the truth about Scotland. It's driving me crazy

21 March 2015

What a load of mendacious balls everybody talks about Scotland. It’s like a disease. It’s like, you know how they say Ebola probably started in some festering bat cave in… Read more

Welsh Conservatives Hold Spring Party Conference

Surprise! David Cameron was a Tory bastard all along

7 March 2015

I have a friend who was a Young Conservative. Just the one, I promise, and he’s grown out of it by now. I remember him, though, back from a party… Read more


How Alex Brooker made political interviews interesting again

7 February 2015

The other night on Channel 4, I watched the best political interview I’ve seen all year. It was with Nick Clegg, and conducted by a guy called Alex Brooker. And… Read more

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Maybe it’s a problem when all artists are like James Blunt. But it’s worse when Labour MPs are like Chris Bryant

24 January 2015

What should we do with James Blunt? This is what I have been asking myself. And I am not looking for comedy answers here, such as ‘Lock him in a… Read more

Labours Investment In NHS Not Getting Through To The Front-Line.

So the near collapse of A&Es around the country is all my fault?

10 January 2015

Oh, I see. So it’s my fault. There I was, thinking that the general swamping and near collapse of accident and emergency services in hospitals across Britain might be the… Read more


Twentysomethings: you won’t miss being poor. But you will miss not knowing what you’re doing

13 December 2014

What I miss most about being very young is the cluelessness. It’s enormously liberating, cluelessness. The boundaries of life are simply not comprehended. The boxes into which others will put… Read more

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You shouldn’t watch Dapper Laughs. But you really shouldn’t let the likes of me stop you

15 November 2014

As you’ll know by now, I’m big on thinking the right things. Should a thought strike me that m’colleague Rod Liddle would not describe as ‘bien-pensant’, then I will of… Read more

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Argentina's six-week sulk is starting to make me feel sorry for Jeremy Clarkson

1 November 2014

Perhaps it’s a glaring and personal flaw in my observational skills, but if somebody tried to insult me via a number plate attached to their car, I’m not at all… Read more

UK Independence Party Wins Its First Seat In Parliament

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


Why my friends love the idea of a nasty, stupid mansion tax

4 October 2014

I see all the flaws with a mansion tax, I really do. And yet some little piece of me, some tribal chip within my soul, rejoices at the thought of… Read more


The ‘no’ campaign’s problem was that it sounded like me

20 September 2014

Journalistically speaking, it’s been a good year to be Scottish and Jewish. Had I been a Welsh Zoroastrian, say, I doubt I’d have had nearly so much to say. In… Read more

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Is it really abuse just to look at Jennifer Lawrence's naked pictures?

6 September 2014

‘If you click on Jennifer Lawrence’s naked pictures,’ said the headline on the Guardian’s website, ‘you’re perpetuating her abuse.’ That gave me pause. Even though I haven’t. In all honesty,… Read more

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Help! I've started to feel sorry for Julian Assange

23 August 2014

Poor Julian Assange. Call me a contrarian but I’m genuinely starting to feel sorry for the guy. He’s just made such a mess of his life, hasn’t he? And with… Read more


You’ll mock me, but I have to ask: why don’t any of my friends have holiday homes?

9 August 2014

This is to be one of those columns that makes the writer faintly wish there wasn’t an internet. It would be one thing merely in print — ephemeral, swiftly forgotten,… Read more

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I'm not comfortable with Israel any more. And I'm really not comfortable with that

12 July 2014

Glaring, the ennui over Israel. The way we drag our eyes to the page, and sigh, and want to read something else. Sympathy is hard. Even anger is hard. It’s… Read more


I may not know much about khat, but I know banning it is crazy

28 June 2014

Khat is a leafy stimulant chewed mainly, I gather, by Somalis. This week the government banned its possession and sale. And, for the life of me, I cannot figure out… Read more