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The Spectator’s Notes

13 April 2013 9:00 am

It is strange how we are never ready for events which are, in principle, certain. The media have prepared for…

Liaison duties: Randall Carter (Michael McShane) in ‘Bluestone 42’

Bluestone 42: Dad's Army it isn't

9 March 2013 9:00 am

The thing that always used to bother me about M*A*S*H as a child was the lack of combat. You’d see…

Letters

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Healing the world Sir: We most warmly commend the courage of Professor Meirion Thomas (‘The next NHS scandal’, 23 February)…

Spending isn’t the answer. But how do we explain that?

2 March 2013 9:00 am

One of the things I love about being a classical liberal is that I’m always on the right side of…

Nick Robinson’s Battle for the Airwaves

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Deep within the BBC’s inquiry into the Newsnight and Jimmy Savile affair is a comment by Jeremy Paxman so inflammatory…

Expert witness

12 February 2011 12:00 am

Recent events in Egypt have exposed not just the chasms in our understanding of what’s been going on in the countries of the Middle East, but also the effects of changes in how the BBC is spending the licence fee on reporting ‘fast-breaking’ stories.

Save the World Service

5 February 2011 12:00 am

All this talk about cuts might not be such a bad thing, if it forces us to think about what really should not be left to rot and wither away for lack of funding.

Single vision

8 January 2011 12:00 am

There’s been much grumbling in the shires about Radio 3’s 12-day Mozart marathon.

Tendentious drivel

27 November 2010 12:00 am

It told the story of two best mates, Frankie and Peter, serving in an unidentified northern regiment in Afghanistan where Peter quickly discovers he can’t cope under fire — and as a punishment is made the unit’s ‘camp bitch’ by the sadistic Lance Corporal Buckley (Mackenzie Crook).