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Christmas Quiz 2014

Greetings from the Isle of Jura whence the sixth (!) edition of this blogs annual Christmas Quiz comes to you wherever you may be cloistered this festive season. As always you… Continue reading The post Christmas Quiz 2014 appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Full of Grace and Truth - Prayers and Readings for Christmas

If you are very fortunate, you may be able to hear these words spoken in Church tonight at midnight, or tomorrow morning. If not, I supply them here for you to read, preferably aloud. You will not regret doing so....

Lloyd Evans’s top five plays and musicals of 2014

1. The play of the year, by a mile, was Fathers and Sons at the Donmar adapted from Turgenev’s novel. Lindsey Turner directed Brian Friel’s harrowing and exhilarating script with… Continue reading The post Lloyd Evans’s top five plays and musicals of 2014 appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Oh Hush Your Noise, Ye Man of Strife - a message for David Frum

Beating the Frum of War After many months of casting doubt on the conventional coverage of the Ukraine crisis, I published the following column in the Mail on Sunday, which was also posted on my blog and on Mailonline.

Hark! The discount sales ker-chingg

So, is it a selfie-stick, some Disney Frozen merchandise or one of the four Minecraft titles in this year's top 10 selling books? If you're holding out for a drone as one of this year's could-have/don't-need gadgets, be aware that it...Show More Summary

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to readers of the blog site and to everyone out there still fighting for equal pay. Like everyone else at this time of year, I am going to take have a few days off to enjoy the festive season with family and friends. Normal service will be resumed once this annual period of over-indulgence has run its course. Show More Summary

Lightning Strikes Twice

I walked into the centre of Glasgow yesterday, following my normal route, which took me past the site of the terrible bin lorry crash that claimed the lives of six people in and around George Square. Along with lots of other people the...Show More Summary

False Gods

Despite all the controversy surrounding the satirical movie 'The Interview' which pokes fun at the world's only Communist monarchy, it's important to remember that North Korea really isn't funny. Because North Korea is a terrible dictatorship...Show More Summary

Famous Interviews

Even though I plan to go and see 'The Interview' I can't see this topping surely the best movie interview of all time - the one in which Spud from Trainspotting fails in the most spectacular fashion imaginable to land his dream job.

A Must See

I very much doubt I would have gone to see the new Seth Rogen film 'The Interview' which has been all over the news recently, because without knowing too much about the movie it's not really my cup of tea. But things have changed with...Show More Summary

The Interview

If this review in The Guardian is anything to go by, then maybe 'The Interview' is not such a 'dud' after all and while North Korea seems to be getting its knickers in a right old twist over the portrayal of Kim Jong-un, I wonder why they never batted an eyelid of the appearance of his father, Kim Jong-il in Team America. Show More Summary

Christmas Cheer

The Sunday Herald is not exactly full of Christmas cheer with this editorial on Jim Murphy's failure to back one of his own Labour MSPs, Dave Stewart, who called for cross-party support in the Scottish Parliament the other day for a campaign to save the Rescue Coordination Centre in Kinloss. Show More Summary

It’s not just Poland. UK ambulance chiefs have considered hiring paramedics from China

Déjà lu is a symptom that affects all Spectator subscribers after a while: the feeling that, when reading the newspapers, that you have read the story before. Long before. Four… Continue reading The post It’s not just Poland. UK ambulance chiefs have considered hiring paramedics from China appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: The call of one’s country

From The Spectator, 26 December 1914: Under the heading ” Success of Recruiting Canvass,” the Times of Tuesday declares that the canvass conducted by the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee is “progressing… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: The call of one’s country appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Online Polls, Big Stories, Shaky Foundations

A special column from former ICM polling head, Nick Sparrow Over the last 3 years the British Population Survey has been monitoring people who respond to online surveys and comparing them to the population as a whole, in terms of detailed demographics and attitudinal variables. It is a massive survey involving 6-8,000 face-to-face in home […]

Final Survation poll of the year sees Lib Lab Con all up and UKIP down

The changes are from the Survation poll in early November, so no evidence of a post Autumn Statement slump for the Tories, however with less than five months to go, neither the Tories or Labour will be happy with their share of the vote. The fieldwork was the 18th and 19th December, 1,009 people were polled […]

The Gods of the Copybook Headings

I am (unusually) grateful to 'Sid' for directing me to this very interesting document produced by the Oakland Institute, a think tank of which I know virtually nothing, save that it describes itself, dispiritingly, as 'Progressive'. He did so...

Pope Francis: despite the glowing headlines, the jury is still out

How many of Pope Francis’s spiritual diseases do you suffer from? The pontiff laid out no fewer than 15 of them in an ‘exchange of Christmas greetings’ yesterday. They included ‘spiritual Alzheimers’,… Continue reading The post Pope Francis: despite the glowing headlines, the jury is still out appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Letting Ched Evans play football would give young offenders a much-needed role model

On Sunday, Hartlepool FC quashed rumours that they would be signing Ched Evans, the former Sheffield United forward and convicted rapist. In response to the Hartlepool manager Ronnie Moore’s comment… Continue reading The post Letting Ched Evans play football would give young offenders a much-needed role model appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

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