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UKIP Annual Conference 2013

Nigel Farage

5 April 2014

What a week! I was thrilled to have a chance to confront Nick Clegg but my excitement was tempered with disappointment that neither Cameron nor Miliband agreed to take part… Read more

Is David Cameron trying to imitate the Delphic Oracle?

5 April 2014

Nigel Farage rather missed a trick in his debate over the EU with Nick Clegg. The Prime Minister has promised us an ‘In/Out’ referendum on the EU in 2017, if… Read more

Mayor Boris Johnson Visits Building Site For New Homes

The Spectator's Notes: If Putin can have a referendum, so can Boris

29 March 2014

Everyone can see that the West has no idea what to do about Russian power in the Ukraine. Britain, in particular, is at the margins. It is time for the… Read more

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the Bomb

29 March 2014

Just as every child now thinks he’s going to die of global warming, so those of us who grew up in the Seventies and Eighties all thought we were going… Read more

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Let Putin have Crimea – and it will destroy him

29 March 2014

David Cameron says that Russia’s annexation of Crimea ‘will not be recognised’. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk promises that ‘we will take our territory back’. They are both misguided. Let… Read more

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15 March 2014

Home Ed Miliband, the leader of the Labour party, promised that, if elected, his administration would hold a referendum on membership of the European Union only if there was a… Read more

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1 March 2014

Home Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo detainee who won substantial compensation after suing the British government, was arrested in Birmingham on suspicion of terrorism offences relating to Syria. John Downey,… Read more

8 February 2014

Private pain Sir: A line in Alec Marsh’s article (‘Britain’s one-child policy’, 1 February) caught my eye; that school fees have ‘almost doubled in the past decade’. I recently found… Read more

Any other business: The £1 bet that built a 1,000-strong company

8 February 2014

At a charity lunch in Manchester, I meet a cheerful ‘engagement manager’ from AO.com, formerly Appliances Online, a fast-growing internet seller of fridges and washing machines headquartered at Horwich near… Read more

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How the first world war inspired the EU

8 February 2014

Among the millions of words which will be expended over the next four years on the first world war, very few will be devoted to explaining one of its greatest… Read more

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Any other business: Oh dear... perhaps Standard Chartered isn't as dull as it looks

18 January 2014

The cautionary tale of the Co-operative Bank, its black hole and its naughty chairman has recently taught us that if a financial institution has the reputation of being dull, earnest… Read more

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Ed Miliband's immigration nightmare

11 January 2014

Victor Spirescu came to Britain last week looking for work washing cars, but seems to have landed himself with a career in broadcasting. The Romanian, who arrived on the first… Read more

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Why should Nigel Farage have to fight the ghost of Enoch Powell?

11 January 2014

One of the genuine seasonal pleasures to be enjoyed as 2013 slipped around the U-bend was Enoch Powell making his familiar comeback as the Evil Ghost of Christmases Past. Enoch… Read more

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Stand up for the real meaning of freedom

4 January 2014

When pressed for a statement of their beliefs, conservatives give ironical or evasive answers: beliefs are what the others have, the ones who have confounded politics with religion, as socialists… Read more

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The great recycling myth

4 January 2014

My frail elderly mother has recently moved in with us in Epsom and in so doing has joined the 15 million people worldwide who spend their days sorting through rubbish.… Read more

Enda Kenny (Photo: Getty)

Ireland's back, and luck had nothing to do with it

16 November 2013

My man in Dublin calls with joy in his voice to tell me ‘the Troika’ — the combined powers of the EU, the European Central Bank and the IMF —… Read more

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Why Britain’s economy will overtake Germany’s

5 October 2013

What’s the most surprising thing that could come out of the current economic upturn? A rapid revival in northern manufacturing? The City really getting behind small British businesses? Ed Balls… Read more

Andrew Marr Appears At The Edinburgh Book Festival

Andrew Marr

31 August 2013

It’s been a strange summer. After a stroke, holidays are not what they used to be. We went to Juan-les-Pins for a week in a hotel. It seemed perfect because… Read more

Author Ayn Rand On City Street

The tao of Ayn Rand

31 August 2013

I’m now half way through Atlas Shrugged and I’m loving almost every moment. But Ayn Rand isn’t someone you read for pleasure, I’m beginning to realise. She’s someone you read… Read more

The UKIP 2013 Spring Conference

Ukip are playing it safe – so they’ve rejected me

17 August 2013

So farewell then £80,000 salary, £150,000 expense account, secretary, team of assistants, constituency office, first-class travel, immunity from prosecution, Brussels blowouts, ludicrous pension and all the other perks I’d been… Read more

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How new food rules could ruin restaurants

17 August 2013

The coalition said they would tame health and safety, which would be great for those of us in the food -business. But they, like the public, like to blame Brussels,… Read more

10 August 2013

In defence of bats Sir: I am saddened by the ‘us versus them’ stance taken by Melissa Kite (‘Bats vs people’, 3 August) when referring to bats. I might be… Read more

Conrad Black

3 August 2013

The astonishing level of enthusiasm over the birth of the new prince goes far beyond the pleasure that people naturally feel for an attractive young couple who have had a… Read more

27 July 2013

EU diplomacy Sir: Lord Lamont’s article ‘The EU’s scandalous new army of overpaid diplomats’ (Politics, 20 July) revisits his oft-repeated views on the European Union. It also shows scant regard… Read more

Does the EU really need 32 diplomats in Mozambique? And 44 in Barbados?

20 July 2013

The Prime Minister recently professed himself shocked at waste in the European Union. In particular, he was incensed by an EU-funded colouring book portraying the daily lives of ‘Mr and… Read more