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Left-wing populism is on the rise - and may take Ed Miliband to No10

18 April 2015

Would-be leaders of the left are harnessing a mood of angry populism. It’s better as a way of getting elected than as an approach to government

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How Hillary Clinton found her populist side (and why she’ll have to lose it)

18 April 2015

The Democratic party has moved left under Obama. It’s not a look that suits the former first lady

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The SNP has replaced the Church of Scotland

18 April 2015

That’s why its arguments are so impervious to evidence and reason

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Hating the Daily Mail is a substitute for doing good

18 April 2015

Want to be virtuous? Saying the right things violently on Twitter is much easier than real kindness

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Sorry Katie Hopkins, but I’m not dieting. Ever

18 April 2015

As Kingsley Amis said, no pleasure is worth giving up for the sake of two more years in a geriatric home

Forces of nature: Maggi Hambling with ‘Amy Winehouse’, a painting exhibited at her Walls of Water show last year

‘This stuff goes on being alive’: Maggi Hambling on the power of painting

18 April 2015

The artist, at 69, on Rembrandt, Twombly and talking to God

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How Ed Miliband lost the Jewish vote

18 April 2015

He’d be the first Jewish prime minister since Disraeli. So why is a swing-voting community overwhelmingly backing the Tories?

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Ed Miliband could still win. Here’s what would happen next

11 April 2015

He’s not an out-and-out ideologue. But he is indecisive, full of strange ideas about business, and convinced that he’s a man of destiny

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Ed Miliband’s 100 days – and the first Ed Balls Budget

11 April 2015

There will be tax rises to suit every taste. But the people he’s expecting to pay will probably just leave

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From King Arthur to Lord Toby Jug: in praise of the eccentric independent

11 April 2015

The eccentric candidate represents the best of British bloody-mindedness. Long may he stand at the back

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Why Pope Francis could be facing a Catholic schism

11 April 2015

If the battle over communion for the remarried doesn’t die down, one side or the other may take drastic measures

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Fat, lazy and dangerous: meet the mobility scooter louts

11 April 2015

We must fight back now, while some people in Britain still remember how to walk

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Meet the Skype Dads: a new sorrow of divorce in the internet age

11 April 2015

Is a video call an adequate substitute for a seeing your children in person? Some judges seem to think so

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Sam Waley-Cohen’s Grand National notebook

11 April 2015

What it feels like to wait for the start at Aintree; and my tip for the general election

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Introducing the first Spectator readers’ cruise

11 April 2015

Seven days on a boat with Jeremy Clarke. What could possibly go wrong?

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Michael Gove: Why I'm proud to be a Christian (and Jeremy Paxman should be ashamed)

4 April 2015

Despite a tidal wave of prejudice and negativity, faith remains the foundation of our civilisation

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What happened to Julie Burchill on silent retreat

4 April 2015

This isn’t one of those I-was-lost-and-now-I’m-found sob stories; I wasn’t looking to be ‘healed’

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'The truth is hard': an interview with Roger Scruton

4 April 2015

The philosopher and novelist was right about immigration and education, 30 years too soon

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Letter from Cuba: The tourists are coming – but don’t expect Walmart just yet

4 April 2015

Plus: An ambassador’s perspective; and Fidel Castro’s rule on a plate

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The populist outsider who really could beat Hillary Clinton (clue: it’s not Elizabeth Warren)

4 April 2015

War hero Jim Webb has the right record to take on Hillary – and to widen the Democratic coalition

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'I will call the police!': My close encounter with 'revenue protection'

4 April 2015

As I was chased from the ticket barrier on to the train, I began to wonder what the inspector could be thinking

The writing on the wall: some of the well-preserved hieroglyphs at Karnak

Tourists are trickling back to Egypt – to beat the crowds, go now

4 April 2015

In the Valley of the Kings, pharaohs’ tombs that before 2011 required lengthy queuing are now easily accessible

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Quietly, David Cameron is dreaming of another coalition (and scheming for it)

28 March 2015

A few months ago, the Tories were thinking of a minority government if they didn’t win outright. Now that’s changed

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Alex Salmond sets out his terms for Ed Miliband

28 March 2015

‘The alternative to doing a deal is not doing a deal’ – just prop him up and bleed him dry