Politics

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Guido Fawkes to Damian McBride: Who's spinning now?

5 October 2013 9:00 am

When Gordon Brown eventually became aware that his Downing Street was about to be engulfed in the Smeargate scandal, he…

In it together? Matthew d'Ancona's book on the coalition is a huge letdown, says Peter Oborne

5 October 2013 9:00 am

There are two ways of being a political journalist. One is to stay on the outside and try to avoid…

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Conservative landslide in Australia: Tony Abbott will crush Kevin Rudd

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Sometimes only a cliché will do, especially when the subject is the Australian Labor party. Labor is holed beneath the…

An all-too-familar ritual: Pakistanis protest against US drone attacks on the northwestern tribal belt, January 2013

Foreign Policy Begins at Home, by Richard N. Haass - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

A year or so after the ‘liberation’ of Iraq, an unnamed senior Bush administration official (later revealed to be Karl…

Dark Actors, by Robert Lewis - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

No book about Dr David Kelly could start anywhere other than at the end. Kelly is found, dead, in a…

Mourning Julia Gillard with the greatest wine ever to come out of Australia

6 July 2013 9:00 am

My Australian friend was in mourning over the removal of Julia Gillard, the country’s first female prime minister. She had…

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Why politics needs more Darwinists – and fewer economists

22 June 2013 9:00 am

An ardently left-wing friend of mine is travelling over from Thailand next week to look for a private school for…

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Take it from a former barrister: Chris Grayling is right to reform legal aid

8 June 2013 9:00 am

There’s only one problem with Chris Grayling’s legal reforms – they don’t go far enough

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Why Ukip is a party of extremists

1 June 2013 9:00 am

Last Saturday I wrote for my newspaper a column whose drift was that it was time for the sane majority…

Norman Lamont as seen by The Spectator's Peter Brooks during his reign as Chancellor.

Norman Lamont’s diary: Green shoots, George Osborne and Mark Carney

25 May 2013 9:00 am

I was surprised to be told, by the editor of this magazine, that next week will mark the 20th anniversary…

Chris Patten (left), chairman of the BBC Trust, with Tony Hall, the new Director General of the BBC

Why does the BBC so love lefty journalists?

25 May 2013 9:00 am

It is no surprise that the latest high-profile BBC recruit is from the Guardian

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The secret of David Cameron’s Europe strategy: he doesn’t have one

18 May 2013 9:00 am

Calling for a referendum is not the same as having a strategy on Europe

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Nadine Dorries interview: why I want to run as a UKIP-Tory joint candidate

18 May 2013 9:00 am

Nadine Dorries is back in the Conservative party fold – but will she be the first Tory/Ukip candidate?

First Cabinet Meeting Is Held Since The Recent Elections And Reshuffle

5 Days in May, by Andrew Adonis - review

18 May 2013 9:00 am

Andrew Adonis enjoyed a week of glory in 2010. The former Lib Dem activist was asked to join Labour’s negotiating…

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Why the Tories need their own Nigel Farage

11 May 2013 9:00 am

There are two talking points in Westminster this week. One is about who is up and who is down following…

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Why do journalists think they’re not part of the ruling elite?

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Look, we’ve known each other a while, you and I, so I think it’s time for a confession. It’s a…

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Britain can’t afford to surrender to the greens on shale gas

11 May 2013 9:00 am

If we give in to the green lobby, Britain will drift into an energy crisis

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The Queen’s speech can’t repeal the Law of Unintended Consequences

11 May 2013 9:00 am

When will our legislators realise that they can’t repeal the Law of Unintended Consequences?

'Do you vote for the party of our leader, Adolf Hitler? Yes. No.’

The Hitler guide to rigging a referendum

11 May 2013 9:00 am

In 1964 Harold Wilson was so afraid that a scheduled election-night broadcast of Steptoe & Son would cost him at…

Game-changing

11 May 2013 9:00 am

In the days when we had bottles of milk delivered, some tits discovered how to peck through the foil tops…

The arts, the Ancient Greeks and Maria Miller

4 May 2013 9:00 am

The Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, has said the arts world must make the case for public funding by focusing on…

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Don’t believe the hype: the French still live better than Americans

4 May 2013 9:00 am

In recent months I’ve read at least ten articles about French malaise — all of it apparently due to some…

Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, by Charles Moore, and Not for Turning, by Robin Harris - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

It is a measure of Lady Thatcher’s standing that her death has been followed not only by the mealy-mouthed compliments…

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Scotland is an ingenious country saddled with the most witless politicians in Europe. Why give them more power?

27 April 2013 9:00 am

It would be all too easy this week to argue that the case for Scottish independence is falling apart. Alex…

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A rare mood of unity descends on the Conservatives

27 April 2013 9:00 am

The idea that ‘loyalty is the Conservative party’s secret weapon’ was always dubious. Benjamin Disraeli, for instance, made his name…