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Charitable misgivings

20 January 2010 12:00 am

The Haiti earthquake story has moved from a straightforward human tragedy to one of recrimination over the delay in channelling humanitarian aid.

A conservative revival?

20 January 2010 12:00 am

It is likely that David Cameron regards this week’s stunning Republican victory in Massachusetts with a mixture of excitement and terror.

Our real supreme court

13 January 2010 12:00 am

It is tempting to cheer the European Court of Human Rights’s ruling in the case of Kevin Gillan and Pennie Quinton.

Cold hearts

13 January 2010 12:00 am

Perhaps the least fashionable cause in Britain is the welfare of our elderly.

Leave Brown to the voters

6 January 2010 12:00 am

One must almost admire the optimism of Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt.

A golden age for fascism

6 January 2010 12:00 am

The re-emergence of fascism in Britain is highly inconvenient for our political parties, it is a distraction from the election campaigns they are all so overly keen to begin.

Jet-set jihadi

30 December 2009 12:00 am

A Nigerian Islamic fanatic flies to the Netherlands and tries to blow up a plane bound for Detroit in Michigan — and yet there was something grimly inevitable about the fact that it was Britain where police were scrambled and London where the fanatic’s accommodation was searched.

A simple solution

14 December 2009 12:00 am

There is something deeply unfashionable about British poverty.

Brown’s toxic farewell

9 December 2009 12:00 am

The Pre-Budget Report was, like the Queen’s Speech that preceded it in November, an almost empty sideshow.

Battle for the City

2 December 2009 12:00 am

For years, the French have resented the success of the City of London.

Think-tank battle

25 November 2009 12:00 am

The concept of a ‘Red Tory’ is not an easy one to grasp.

Troubled waters

25 November 2009 12:00 am

Amid the wreckage of this week’s floods the most depressing comment came from a government scientist who called for a national register of bridges.

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.