Yesterday came the news that net migration has once again fallen, this time to its lowest level for ten years. In the year ending September 2012, net migration was 153,000.… Continue reading The post Why, once again, a fall in student immigration is good appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
"The European Union should be re-thought. We are planning an information year [on the current European Union] and then instigating a referendum on Yes or No to the Euro and Yes or No to the European Union. The English are teaching us democracy. Show More Summary
Welcome, Sally Bercow, to the naughtiest club in town: the Libel Club. The colourful Mrs Bercow has often got it in the neck from the press; what with her demimondaine ways… Continue reading The post Sally Bercow libelled Lord McAlpine, High Court rules appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
In the current issue of the Spectator, I write about Warwick Spinks, a convicted British paedophile who hid in plain sight in Prague for some 15 years. In 1997, having… Continue reading The post The British paedophile who’s still on the run appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Here are two very different points of view about the terrible murder in Woolwich - from Ali Miraj writing in The Independent newspaper and Mehdi Hasan whose comment piece appears in today's Telegraph. Now I have written about Mehdi Hasan...Show More Summary
The Muslim response to Woolwich has been a quick and unstinting condemnation of the atrocity perpetrated by two Muslim youths. The Muslim Council of Britain, within hours of the attack, said: "This is a truly barbaric act that has no basis in Islam and we condemn this unreservedly. Our thoughts are with the victim and [...]
Here are some more incredible number crunching revelations from the latest edition of Private Eye. No doubt these will provoke an understandable reaction of shock and disbelief - amongst the conscript army of BBC licence fee payers - of which I am one. Show More Summary
Here's an interesting report from BBC's web site about the huge costs of voluntary redundancy and early retirement in Scotland's public services. The cost over the past two years is estimated at £550 million - an incredible 40% of which...Show More Summary
The political response to the Woolwich murder is following two broad patterns. On the one hand, the party leaders make dignified, calm statements, tending almost to the banal. There was,… Continue reading The post Revive the Snooper’s Charter? It’s already obsolete appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
The philosopher and statesman Edmund Burke is often lauded as the founder of modern conservatism. Burke was born in Dublin in 1729, and was educated at Trinity College. In 1750… Continue reading The post Jesse Norman interview: Edmund Burke, our chief of men appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
Ukip drop to 13% The latest YouGov daily poll is out and sees the Tories still in the doldrums below the 30 mark. The comparisons in the chart above are with a week ago which was before the reported “swivel eyed loons” that a senior CON figure was said to have made about party activists. [...]
There’s been some stiff competition over the past 24 hours for the coveted award of Most Fatuous Reaction to a Jihadi Atrocity.
Nowhere is the failure of the euro clearer than in Spain. A country which was running a budget surplus going into the crash has been reduced to penury and squalor by the determination of its own political class, and Europe's, to maintain the monetary union at any cost. Who has gained? Bankers and Eurocrats. Who [...]
If I had slept through yesterday, woken up this morning, and gone online, I might have thought the EDL beheaded someone yesterday. There is a lot of displacement on Twitter and FB, as if it's all too politically difficult and socially awkward to talk about the killers' ideology, or the place of religion in that [...]
Whitwell on Bolsover Last Local Election 2011: Lab 32, Ind 4, Green 1 (Labour majority of 25) To view the result in 2011 please visit http://s3.datawrapper.de/BIZMe/ Dennis Skinner MP (Lab, Bolsover) has become as much of the Parliamentary Estate as Black Rod and the Speaker. Famed for his comments at each State Opening, is it [...]
What's a girl to do on a Wednesday afternoon in Abertillery? A haircut at Scissorz? A visit to Conqueror Tattoos? Or perhaps a chat about the future of devolution? You'll be glad to hear (particularly on the tattoo front I suspect) that yesterday I opted for the last of those. Show More Summary
The following is from our new briefing email, available to anyone who wants it. Just go to this handy sign-up page to be added to our mailing list. The political day today United front David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg all paid tribute to the victim of the Woolwich killing, now named as Drummer [...]
The Ministry of Defence has named the solider killed in Woolwich yesterday as Lee Rigby of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. Rigby, 25 and father of… Continue reading The post Lee Rigby named as victim of Woolwich attack appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
When politicians at Westminster talk about a "deficit" they are usually referring to the gap between what Britain spends and what it earns. But politicians in Cardiff Bay were today focused on a different kind of deficit - the gap between...Show More Summary
Murder in Woolwich: was this gruesome beheading the work of serious jihadis or demented young men using Islam as an excuse for their psychotic fantasies? And will we see more incidents like this as religious extremism – and an anti-Muslim backlash – grows in our cities? This week's Telegram offers expert commentary from Shashank Joshi, [...]