Yesterday the Ministry of Defence released a statement announcing that the soldier killed in Wednesday’s attack in Woolwich was 25 year-old Drummer Lee Rigby of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. It was an important moment. Lee Rigby was no longer the Unknown Soldier. Nor was he merely a discarded body laying in the middle of [...]
Westminster and Whitehall are tonight trying to assess the implications of the brutal murder of a soldier in Woolwich. It is clear from the vile rant made by one of… Continue reading The post The Woolwich attack, the aftermath appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The Muslim Council of Britain has denounced the Woolwich murder, pointing out that many Muslims serve in the military that the man with the blood-stained hands denounced. This is as… Continue reading The post ‘Not in our name’ – British Muslims denounce the Woolwich attack appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
That Universal Credit is one of the government projects at risk of failing is not a surprise, especially not if you’re a Spectator reader. We warned back in September 2012… Continue reading The post Can any government really expect to carry out ambitious reform? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Now that we’re just a little under two years from the General Election, I thought it might be useful to see how Dave and Ed compare to the predecessors as Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition, and used their net approval ratings with Ipsos-Mori In the first of this series, I’m starting with how [...]
Come here and listen to me boysFor the story that I tellHow I crossed the sea from Erin's shoreA man condemned to sailTo a land of milk and honeyAnd whiskey by the pailThey promised me a future thereA life that would not failFor it's...Show More Summary
Wales has been bidding to be the world's greenest nation, but many environmentalists fear it is now backsliding. In an open letter to its First Minister, Carwyn Jones, in my column I challenge him to come clean on his intentions in a public conversation with me at the Telegraph Hay Festival today.
I first published the following post back in February 2013, but after the horrific murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich the other day - the issues raised in this article are, to my mind, more relevant and urgent than ever. Because...Show More Summary
Here's a timely article on the 'toothless tiger' - known also as the Charity Commission. It beggars belief that body which gave only £55,000 to good causes - while allowing donors to claim £46 million in tax relief by abusing gift aid - is allowed to stay on the charity register. Show More Summary
Here's an article from the web site of the Taxpayers Alliance - an organisation which sometimes throws more heat than light on topical issues, but on this occasion it does seem to have scored a direct hit on the target of its scorn - South Lanarkshire Council. Show More Summary
Yes, you did read that headline correctly, it wasn’t a typo, I am going to discuss whether the Lib Dems can make net gains in parliamentary seats at the 2015 General election, which might seem odd, given the Lib Dems current travails in the polls. Since the start of April, of the 37 polls [...]
Just to say that I’m off on my holidays tomorrow and this should be the last post from me till a fortnight on Monday. We are heading for Italy and will be staying in Milan, Sorrento, Lecce and Bologna. We’ve never been to Pompei before and that should be a highlight of the first week. [...]
From Saturday's Daily Telegraph "Don’t call me a toff,” said my friend the country vicar at dinner the other night. “I went to a comprehensive in Leeds.” How the other guests beamed. Good for you, Robin! But I nearly spat out my elderflower cordial in surprise. (It’s amazing how much elderflower is forced on you [...]
This Saturday’s Eurovision contest was never going to be a triumph for the UK, that much was for certain. What was slightly surprising, however, was the Danish victory with their… Continue reading The post Spectator Play: what’s worth watching, listening to or going to this weekend appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Might I urge people to watch the following video? In recent days the press has inevitably focussed most attention on the perpetrators of the Woolwich attack. Here is a video… Continue reading The post Drummer Lee Rigby appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
When we call a man a terrorist, we bestow a certain status on him. He ceases to be a common criminal, a violent narcissist, a drop-out. He becomes, instead, a man with a cause. Bellicose young men, in all ages and nations, look for ideologies that justify their aggression. Sometimes, they latch on to an [...]
We’ve had a lot of horrible news this week, and inevitably that means a lot of tragedy tweeting. You know the sort of thing: something really bad happens — a… Continue reading The post Eight Golden Rules for Tragedy Tweeting appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
It's nice to see the Two Labour AM's and Two Labour AM's for the Rhondda and Pontypridd finally honouring their election promise. By standing against a cost cutting evil government. Wait a minute its not the evil government in London they're standing up against by the evil Labour government in Cardiff Bay. Show More Summary
The BBC has just lost £100 million on pointless new technology. I realise that this won't sound very much money if you are, say, a typical BBC programme director on upwards of £250,000 a year – but for some of us once you losing £100 million here and £100 million there then pretty soon you're [...]
This week Nick Clegg said he remained committed to introducing a statutory register of lobbyists despite the fact that a bill didn’t appear in the Queen’s Speech. If we were… Continue reading The post Government behaving badly over ‘quietly aborted’ lobbying reform appeared first on Spectator Blogs.