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Why Frozen is a fabulously irritating film

For a film I’ve never seen, I really, really hate Frozen. For those who don’t have children and don’t look into shop windows and don’t buy toys and are oblivious… Continue reading The post Why Frozen is a fabulously irritating film appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Chelsea fan Brocket dampens Arsenal’s Christmas

It could be a bleak Christmas party for Arsenal Football Club on the 22 December, as Steerpike hears their planned festive bash booked in at Brocket Hall in Berkshire may be a… Continue reading The post Chelsea fan Brocket dampens Arsenal’s Christmas appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Meet Libby Lane – the first interview with the first woman bishop

Why is Libby Lane the first woman bishop appointed by the Church of England? She was one of the first to be ordained as a vicar 20 years ago when… Continue reading The post Meet Libby Lane – the first interview with the first woman bishop appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

PMQs sketch: Three senior politicians are accused of mass murder

Time travel came to PMQs today. The leaders discussed what year it will be in 2020. The answer, naturally, isn’t 2020. Ed Miliband quoted the OBR and claimed that the… Continue reading The post PMQs sketch: Three senior politicians are accused of mass murder appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The oldest trick in the detainees’ book

The £31 million al-Sweady Inquiry is in. And it describes claims that up to 20 Iraqis were killed and mutilated by British troops after a battle in 2004 as “without… Continue reading The post The oldest trick in the detainees’ book appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Another 'historic' day for Wales

This is, said the secretary of state, "a historic day for Wales". Of course, most days are historic, in the sense of one day following another, although Wales does have more than its fair share of "historic" days in the 21st century. Indeed,...Show More Summary

The oldest trick in the detainee’s book

The £31 million al-Sweady Inquiry is in. And it describes claims that up to 20 Iraqis were killed and mutilated by British troops after a battle in 2004 as “without… Continue reading The post The oldest trick in the detainee’s book appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

A virulent eruption of sanity in Washington: Obama restores diplomatic ties with Cuba

The conventional wisdom, at least in Britain, seems to be that Barak Obama’s presidency has been a desperate disappointment. That is partly a reflection of the extravagant – impossibly so… Continue reading The post A virulent eruption of sanity in Washington: Obama restores diplomatic ties with Cuba appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The new CEO of the Arts Council has been announced – and Guardianistas won’t be happy

It is difficult to describe with equanimity the culture shock that has been administered to Arts Council England, the 69 year-old benefits office for the creative industries. Invented by Maynard… Continue reading The post The new CEO of the Arts Council has been announced – and Guardianistas won’t be happy appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Neither Five Nor Three - why dogmatists don't like arithmetic. Etc.

Mr ‘John Toe’, using the ‘er’, opening usually favoured by people pretending to be tentative while stating the blazingly obvious, tumbles headlong into a deep pit. I assume he is responding to my statement that :’Such an enormous transfer...

Surprise! OFCOM steps into the row over the BBC Bob Marley 'Puff Piece'.

I was pleased and surprised on Tuesday to learn that OFCOM, generally no friend of any of my positions, was investigating the BBC, which I had thought was immune from such outside probes. The BBC is amazingly well-protected against critics,...

PMQs: Cameron and Miliband clash on the economy

Today’s PMQs was the last one before the holidays. But there was not much Christmas cheer on display. Cameron and Miliband clashed on the economy, with the Labour leader keen… Continue reading The post PMQs: Cameron and Miliband clash on the economy appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

John Bercow loses his battle to appoint Carol Mills as Commons clerk

John Bercow has lost his biggest attempt at a power grab after MPs recommended that the appointment process for the Commons clerk be terminated. The governance committee set up after… Continue reading The post John Bercow loses his battle to appoint Carol Mills as Commons clerk appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Guardian ICM phone poll sees the Tories down 3 and the Lib Dems up 3

The Tories are down to their lowest share of the vote since May 2013 with ICM But the Lib Dems will be delighted as ICM is the third pollster this week to have them in double digits, two of them being phone pollsters. Guardian ICM phone poll makes grim reading for the Tories. But the […]

Nigel Farage: Bigger Than Jesus

Ukip’s commonwealth spokesperson Winston McKenzie – he of Carnival of Colour fame – is never far from controversy. It was only a matter of time before a devout Ukipper compared their… Continue reading The post Nigel Farage: Bigger Than Jesus appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Private enterprise has shaped Britain. So why is privatisation thought to be politically toxic?

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about the ‘P’ word: privatisation. Ed Miliband’s team hasn’t done the hard policy work to revitalise Labour as a party of government, and… Continue reading The post Private enterprise has shaped Britain. So why is privatisation thought to be politically toxic? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

'Fat Cats' Get The Cream

I was intrigued by the comments from North Lanarkshire Council in response to this article in The Motherwell Times which criticised council bosses over their big bonus payments. Now I've studied North Lanarkshire's 'Performance Management...Show More Summary

The Nasty Party

Here's another example of the Labour 'Nasty' Party in action as a member of Unite fulminates against Jim Murphy's victory in the Scottish leadership election, courtesy of The Sunday Herald. Now I don't carry a torch for Jim Murphy, but...Show More Summary

Politics of Food (1)

Here's how The Independent reported the story of Baroness Jenkin and her rather naive comments about people going hungry because they don't know how to cook. The whole furore seems completely barmy if you ask me, not least because Jamie Oliver said something very similar a little while back and nobody batted an eyelid. Show More Summary

Politics of Food (2)

Here's an interesting article from The Telegraph on the 'Feeding Britain' report which put the issue of food banks back in the news the other week. Part of the report does indeed highlight the effects of smoking, for example, on low income families and here's an extract from the document which drives the issue home. Show More Summary

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