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James Forsyth: Two men have united the Tories – Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage

5 October 2013 9:00 am

 Manchester   The Tory party has been at peace with itself this week. Eurosceptic backbenchers have given Nigel Farage a…

Charles Moore's notes: At last! Reds under the beds again

5 October 2013 9:00 am

 Manchester For those of us of a certain age, Ed Miliband’s speech last week was exhilaratingly nostalgic. His promise to…

Rod Liddle: Ever since I criticised a leftist icon, the Beeb hasn't stopped calling me

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Ring, ring goes the telephone every minute God sends. Sometimes I pick it up and say hello, sometimes I don’t.…

Matthew Parris: The Tories mustn't cuddle up to Ukip — just imagine if it happened on the left

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Such is my respect for Spectator readers that I offer you a column whose subtext is in Latin. Ours is…

Martin Vander Weyer: Freeze gas bills, freeze fuel duty – and one day we'll all freeze in the dark

5 October 2013 9:00 am

‘We need successful energy companies in Britain, we need them to invest for the future,’ said Ed Miliband in his…

The Speculator: Put a tenner on Osborne as next Tory leader

5 October 2013 9:00 am

When you hear the words ‘economic recovery’, do you think: ‘Great! Britain is on the mend’? Or ‘Damn! I should…

Investment: Fluttering voters

3 October 2013 1:00 pm

When you hear the words ‘economic recovery’, do you think: ‘Great! Britain is on the mend’? Or ‘Damn! I should…

Investment: Fluttering voters

3 October 2013 1:00 pm

When you hear the words ‘economic recovery’, do you think: ‘Great! Britain is on the mend’? Or ‘Damn! I should…

The Tories would be mad to cuddle up to Ukip

3 October 2013 1:00 pm

Such is my respect for Spectator readers that I offer you a column whose subtext is in Latin. Ours is…

Sixteen-year-olds don't pay tax. Why should they vote?

28 September 2013 9:00 am

No doubt it will happen, because the Tories will not dare oppose it, but is there any conceivable good reason…

Rod Liddle: Under New Labour, it really was the loony left

28 September 2013 9:00 am

There is a little vignette in the first volume of Alastair Campbell’s diaries that makes it abundantly clear that, at…

James Delingpole: What's wrong with being right?

28 September 2013 9:00 am

I’m trying to imagine what Britain would look like under a Ukip/Conservative coalition with Cameron as PM and Farage as…

Hugo Rifkind: I spy complete indifference towards being spied

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Oh, but life’s easier if you’re American. Each and every last way the state meddles with your life is an…

This isn’t a property bubble – it’s a reason to improve London’s transport

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Everyone —including me, if I’m honest — has been talking about a new property bubble. But is it for real?…

Am I alone in being bothered about all this surveillance?

26 September 2013 1:00 pm

Oh, but life’s easier if you’re American. Each and every last way the state meddles with your life is an…

What’s wrong with being right?

26 September 2013 1:00 pm

I’m trying to imagine what Britain would look like under a Ukip/Conservative coalition with Cameron as PM and Farage as…

Charles Moore’s notes: Liberal-leaning Muslims are the people most opposed to the niqab

21 September 2013 9:00 am

We are not allowed to know any details about the Muslim woman, charged with intimidating a witness, who has been…

Coalition with Labour would suffocate the Liberal Democrats

21 September 2013 9:00 am

I write this in Glasgow, at the Lib Dem conference. Nick Clegg has invented a constitutional doctrine. The doctrine teaches…

The BMA’s bizarre jihad against e-cigarettes

21 September 2013 9:00 am

What strategy should we adopt to cope with the British Medical Association? Its members kill more people each year than…

Bet on Royal Mail, not Twitter

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Royal Mail delivers to 29 million UK addresses; last year it generated £9 billion of revenues, of which £324 million…

Nick Clegg should stick with the devil he knows

19 September 2013 1:00 pm

I write this in Glasgow, at the Lib Dem conference. Nick Clegg has invented a constitutional doctrine. The doctrine teaches…

Nick Clegg's secret reasons to be cheerful

14 September 2013 9:00 am

His party may be struggling to reach double digits in the polls, but Nick Clegg is entitled to feel smug…

Charles Moore's notes: The corruption of the BBC - and what was in my GQ goodie bag

14 September 2013 9:00 am

‘Corruption’ is a subtle word, because it describes a process rather than an event. It does not merely mean bad…

The reassuring stupidity of John Kerry

14 September 2013 9:00 am

The Syrian rebels who liberated the mountain village of Maaloula apparently immediately set about converting the predominantly Christian population to…

The RSPB is fighting for wind turbines. The birds can fend for themselves

14 September 2013 9:00 am

The RSPB has come out against fracking and urged the government to ‘rethink its shale gas policies’. And of course…