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The Spectator at war: Night riding

From ‘Dawn on Box Hill‘, The Spectator, 26 June 1915: AS we rode down the gentle eastern slope of Ranmore Common we noticed that we could see our horses’ ears.… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: Night riding appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The EU reigns over our borders, our laws...  and now our Queen

This is Peter Hitchens Mail on Sunday Column Like you and me, whether she likes it or not, the Queen is a citizen of the European Union. As far as our rulers in Brussels are concerned, Her Majesty can stand...

Greece: ‘The crisis has commenced’

Alexis Tsipras’ gamble in calling a referendum on the bailout deal has failed in two respects. First, it has not prompted Greece’s creditors to offer the country a better deal.… Continue reading The post Greece: ‘The crisis has commenced’ appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Is animal extinction really the end of the world?

‘Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which our children will never see’, says Pope Francis in his gloomy encyclicalLaudato si. Can this possibly be true?… Continue reading The post Is animal extinction really the end of the world? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

In Greece the crisis over the Euro is set to become a Drachma

See the footnote RT @JohnRentoul Looks as if Grexit really is going to happen either next week or after referendum pic.twitter.com/T4MHCgUMAx — TSE (@TSEofPB) June 27, 2015 Very surreal atmosphere in press room here in Brussels. One journalist in tears. Most reporters shocked euro rupture is happening. #Greece — Ed Conway (@EdConwaySky) June 27, 2015 […]

Dave’s European Challenge has become very big and very real

Cameron could win the vote and still lose his job Selling the deal to the country was always going to be the easy bit. The tough ask for David Cameron is selling it to his party. The outcome of this week’s summit is, in that sense, one step forwards and two steps back. Simply getting […]

‘Religion of peace’ is not a harmless platitude

The West’s movement towards the truth is remarkably slow. We drag ourselves towards it painfully, inch by inch, after each bloody Islamist assault. In France, Britain, Germany, America and nearly… Continue reading The post ‘Religion of peace’ is not a harmless platitude appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The Spectator at war: Self denying ordinance

From ‘Food and Drink’, The Spectator, 26 June 1915: The Government have been completely beaten by the trade in their attempts at prohibition. But are they justified at the present… Continue reading The post The Spectator at war: Self denying ordinance appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Greece to hold referendum on bailout deal

The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has just announced that there will be a referendum on the proposed bailout deal next Sunday, July 5th. He will ask for the current… Continue reading The post Greece to hold referendum on bailout deal appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Greece is the word for the next few days

Blimey. http://t.co/EXUOh5EZsL #AcropolisNow pic.twitter.com/U0FuVS3dot — TSE (@TSEofPB) June 26, 2015 It will be a case of this referendum dominating events for the eight days at least, and undoubtedly longer, it appears that Alexis Tsipras is trying to give their creditors a Grecian Burn, how will they respond? The Guardian reported last week that A recent opinion […]

Foreign Secretary says that 5 Britons have died in terror attack in Tunisia

Speaking after the government’s COBRA meeting, Philip Hammond has told the BBC that five Britons died in the terrorist attack in Tunisia. He has, though, warned that this death toll… Continue reading The post Foreign Secretary says that 5 Britons have died in terror attack in Tunisia appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Can’t the BMA just admit it doesn’t want pregnant women to have fun?

Earlier this month, a review published by the Cochrane Library criticised the idea of ‘eating for two’ while pregnant, suggesting that doing so would affect foetal development and increase the likelihood… Continue reading The post Can’t the BMA just admit it doesn’t want pregnant women to have fun? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Sorry, SNP, but Scotland’s social attitudes are just the same as England’s

For most of my adult life, I’ve heard people say that Scots are – politically – different to the English. Not small differences, but fairly fundamental ones. This never rang… Continue reading The post Sorry, SNP, but Scotland’s social attitudes are just the same as England’s appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

I am attacked by a Teenage Scribbler and a Grande Dame

In the past couple of days I have been attacked by a teenage scribbler here https://health.spectator.co.uk/do-antidepressants-cause-gun-massacres-peter-hitchens-wants-to-know/ Though I can’t find his name on the article, it appears to be the work of someone called Daniel Jackson, about whom I know...

Islamic State marks ‘caliphate anniversary’ with multiple attacks

Today’s attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait appear to be Islamic State inspired and designed to mark the first anniversary of its declaration of a new caliphate. I suspect, though,… Continue reading The post Islamic State marks ‘caliphate anniversary’ with multiple attacks appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Why There's No Such as a British Passport

I have been pursuing the fascinating issue of exactly why there is no ‘British passport holders’ queue at UK ports of entry. Of course, the actual fundamental reason is that there is no such thing as a British Passport in...

Pringles versus Tesco versus Islam. Whose side are you on?

Tesco is in trouble for religious insensitivity. A store in east London had a special Ramadan promotion. Prominently positioned within its offers were Smokey Bacon Flavour Pringles © – and… Continue reading The post Pringles versus Tesco versus Islam. Whose side are you on? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Don Brind says Labour hopefuls know their party’s future isn’t in their hands

It’s one of the toughest gigs in politics – going on after TV after a defeat to explain that, really,  your party had done quite well in the circumstances. The man holding the Labour short straw on the BBC on Friday morning April 10th 1992 was a middle-rankingsShadow minister — one Tony Blair.  I came […]

Ed Miliband is subject of ridicule in new song

After anti-austerity protesters turned on Russell Brand for endorsing Labour at a protest on Saturday, it was only a matter of time til Ed Miliband faced a similar backlash over… Continue reading The post Ed Miliband is subject of ridicule in new song appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The right wing welfare state: capitalism for the young, socialism for the old

From the Spectator 22 June 2015On the radio this morning, a campaigner from the Child Poverty Action Group had an ‘emperor’s new clothes’ moment. Why not, she said, treat the young like the old. If the Tories insisted on having a ‘triple lock’ on pension benefits for the elderly, which guaranteed that the state pension […]

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