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Waste of the day

18 November 2009 12:00 am

Reading the BBC Trust’s 65-page report justifying the exclusion of atheists and humanist commentary from Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, a two-minute religious slot whose main purpose is to persuade a recalcitrant nation to get out of bed, drives home the point that BBC bureaucracy is now beyond redemption.

Speech failure

18 November 2009 12:00 am

It is now 12 years since the Queen was first obliged to enter the Palace of Westminster and deliver a speech studded with the most awful New Labour clichés.

Spelling it out

11 November 2009 12:00 am

Sympathy for Gordon Brown is not a common emotion in Westminster, but this week only the coldest heart could fail to feel for the Prime Minister.

Can Cameron deliver?

11 November 2009 12:00 am

There is something about ‘compassionate conservatism’ that infuriates the Labour party, as if the very phrase were a deceitful contradiction in terms.

Brown’s bank job

4 November 2009 12:00 am

It is a shame that Gordon Brown said in parliament that he ‘saved the world’ when he meant to say ‘saved the banks’, because the latter proposition is the more preposterous.

Trick and Treaty

4 November 2009 12:00 am

David Cameron has been a Conservative long enough to know defeat when he sees it.

Sacred cows

28 October 2009 12:00 am

The cow has had it too easy for too long.

A victory for Bufton-Tufton

28 October 2009 12:00 am

The perfect political U-turn is so subtle that it goes almost entirely unnoticed, as David Cameron demonstrated this week.

Lost in the post

21 October 2009 12:00 am

The readers’ dinner held at Spectator headquarters last week was, as might be expected, a sparkling, bibulous affair.

Will no one take on the BNP?

21 October 2009 12:00 am

Nick Griffin has won an important victory just by being invited to appear on Question Time.

Love works

14 October 2009 12:00 am

It seems that marriage and success go together as surely as love and marriage.

A new Reform Act

14 October 2009 12:00 am

No sooner did parliament return than it was embroiled in the latest instalment of the expenses saga.

Beware the cheese police

7 October 2009 12:00 am

Let’s hope that Gordon Brown was too busy trying to hex Cameron this week to notice the story about the Sainsbury’s staff member who refused to sell a pregnant customer cheese.

The Cameron era has begun

7 October 2009 12:00 am

Power, or the expectation of it, has a transformative effect on political parties.

Time to grow up

30 September 2009 12:00 am

It was a poetic coincidence that the week the Labour party made its defiant last stand in Brighton, the newspapers reported a story that sums up precisely why this country so urgently needs another government.

How to ‘seal the deal’

30 September 2009 12:00 am

David Cameron will be Britain’s new Prime Minister by next summer — this was the main conclusion drawn from the Labour party conference.

What would Jesus buy?

23 September 2009 12:00 am

The Bishops of England and Wales have excelled themselves in their efforts to promote the Church of England’s ‘Back to Church’ day (this Sunday).

It wasn’t all bad

23 September 2009 12:00 am

The Labour party typically disembowels itself after an election defeat, but this time it hasn’t waited to be beaten.

Heels over head

19 September 2009 12:00 am

The news that union members at the TUC Congress are eager to ban high heels in the workplace, for health and safety reasons, confirms a number of our long-held theories.

Summit about nothing

16 September 2009 12:00 am

As a rule of thumb, it is wise to ignore anything said at any summit beginning with the letter G.

‘Do as we say’ won’t do

9 September 2009 12:00 am

The Spectator on the Afghan elections

Terror in retreat

9 September 2009 12:00 am

The Spectator on the terror threat in Britain

Pay attention

2 September 2009 12:00 am

The Spectator on Attention Deficit Disorder

Immoral and incompetent

2 September 2009 12:00 am

The Spectator on the release of Abdelbasset Ali al-Megrahi

RIP Senator

26 August 2009 12:00 am

Senator Edward Kennedy lived in the shadow of Chappaquiddick, but his life deserves just as much celebration as it does censure.