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Bantry Bay

South-west Ireland

1 February 2014

Of course one feels free on a holiday: that’s what holidays are for. But I have rarely felt freer than when my younger brother, two wild Irish cousins and I,… Read more

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Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East's 30 year war

25 January 2014

Why the great Sunni-Shia conflict is getting ever closer to the surface

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MPs grope men too

25 January 2014

It's tough being young and blond in the Commons. I should know

South African Relief Group Reaches Refugees In Famine Stricken Somalia

Why foreign aid fails - and how to really help Africa

There just isn't the political will, in Britain or elsewhere, to really act on our analysis

Taken lying down: Thomas Edison demonstrates the cat-nap, Virginia, July 1921

America's war on sleep

25 January 2014

It all goes back to Thomas Edison

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Agitprop for toddlers: the oddly strident politics of CBeebies

25 January 2014

Children's shows now put environmentalism ahead of entertainment

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Clarissa Tan's Notebook: Why I stopped drinking petrol

25 January 2014

Plus: The problem with Michelangelo's David; Florentine food is actually Cantonese food

The Algarve: a risky place for occasional golfers

Golf in the Algarve

25 January 2014

My second tee shot soared high and straight, then hurtled down towards the lake; a repeat of my first. I didn’t hear the disheartening plop this time because the breeze… Read more

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Benefits Street exposes Britain's dirty secret - how welfare imprisons the poor

18 January 2014

The left should be angry at how we treat those at the bottom. Instead, they're angry at people talking about it

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The fight for compassionate Conservatism

18 January 2014

Why Iain Duncan Smith winces whenever a Tory denounces benefit claimants

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François Hollande - all the president's women

18 January 2014

His affair shows that the French are becoming more puritanical

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The Spectator book review that brought down Macmillan's government

18 January 2014

Did Harold Macmillan stitch up his succession – or did Iain Macleod’s famous Spectator piece, 50 years old this week, stitch up Macmillan?

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What a lost prison manuscript reveals about the real Nelson Mandela

18 January 2014

New light is shed on the president's politics, smoothed over in 'Long Walk to Freedom'

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Harry Shearer on bringing out Richard Nixon’s feminine side

18 January 2014

The Simpsons star explains what it takes to bring America’s most reviled president back to sympathetic life

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Ten reasons why conservatives should take Edward Snowden seriously

18 January 2014

Snooping shouldn't be a conservative principle. In the US and elsewhere, the right understand that

A city of character: Amsterdam

Amsterdam

18 January 2014

‘What are people in your country saying about Holland these days?’ one Dutch friend recently asked me. I hadn’t the heart to reply that no one was talking that much… Read more

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Sorry — but Pope Francis is no liberal

11 January 2014

Trendy commentators have fallen in love with a pope of their own invention

Stephen Ward and friends, 1963. Christine Keeler is on the right

William Astor: My father, his swimming pool and the Profumo scandal

11 January 2014

I was a boy of ten when the Profumo affair began at Cliveden, my family’s home. Andrew Lloyd Webber has captured some of the story – but not all

The view from the trapped ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy

Global warming's glorious ship of fools

11 January 2014

Has there ever been a better story? It's like a version of Titanic where first class cheers for the iceberg

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Don't tax sugar - it doesn't make you fat. Gluttony does

11 January 2014

Obesity is about self-control – and most of us no longer have any

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'I laughed until I cried, then retched': Boris Johnson on the wit of Simon Hoggart

11 January 2014

The former Spectator editor remembers his brilliant wine correspondent

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A girl, a train and a miniature pistol: how I met the Everly Brothers

11 January 2014

Five decades of delight began at midnight on the platform for the Flying Scotsman

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The Navigators

11 January 2014

The 2014 winner of The Spectator’s Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for unconventional travel writing, illustrated by Carolyn Gowdy

A visit to Orlando: Hatfield House

Gardens for all seasons

11 January 2014

Winter garden visiting is a solitary pastime, lending itself to the misanthrope, and is highly recommended. When it’s so cold not even your dog wants to come with you, seize… Read more

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Watch out Eurocrats, here come the Pirates!

4 January 2014

The Brussels establishment see their diverse new opponents as just a bunch of extremists. They won't know what's hit them