The Spectator

22 April 2017 Aus

Theresa’s party tricks

Australia

Leading article Australia

Housing ‘affordability’

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Diary Australia

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The Brexit symposium I am here in New York City thanks to New York University, and in particular to the…

Diary Australia

Pollie pedal diary

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Australian Features

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Open borders capturing elites

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The gals of Hizb ut-Tahrir

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How to ignite gas

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Business/Robbery etc

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Sexualising school kids

An extremely disturbing arsenal of social engineering schemes has been lined up against Victorian children and their parents in the…

Australian Columnists

Brown Study

Brown study

As readers know, I have been engaged for the last year on a search for the ideal job. Having spent…

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John Olsen, Sydney Sun (or King Sun) 1965

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I’d never realized William Wordsworth was a terroirist. A meso-climate man. A bloke keen on the weather and the soil…

Features

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Korean notebook

When I arrived in Seoul, I joked to my editor that I hoped this was not going to be like…

Features

The Irish problem

When David Cameron called his Brexit referendum, the potential difficulty of Northern Ireland was not uppermost in his mind. Nor…

Features

Left in the shadows

In the early hours of 9 June 2017, Jeremy Corbyn conceded defeat. For the luckless political journalists forced to cover…

Features

Faute de mieux

Who will win the French presidential election? Does it even matter? Nothing in the programmes or personalities of the leading…

Features

The suburban battleground

In Westminster, all the general election chatter is about Brexit. Will Tory Remainers turn Lib Dem? Will Labour leavers desert…

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Proud to be a prude

What advice would you give to this modern moral question posed by my friend’s younger sister? A boy at school…

Features

Anti-social media

On Tuesday morning I was thinking to myself how oddly pleasant social media seemed. Then Theresa May dropped her election…

Features

Save aid!

Bill Gates is worried about Britain. For years, the UK government has been one of the world’s largest donors in…

‘The tightest topographic tangle in the world’

Features

Genoa

Some say Genoa takes its name from Janus, the two-faced god of time and doorways. Perhaps. What’s certain is the…

Features

Theresa’s party tricks

Theresa May has long been clear about what sets her apart from other politicians: she doesn’t play political games. When…

The Week

Ancient and modern

Cicero, the lagomaniac

A year ago, the Danes reached into their groaning cracker barrel and pulled out ‘hygge’ as their own solution to…

Barometer

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Back to the Foot year This year’s election has been likened to that of 1983 when, under Michael Foot’s leadership,…

Diary

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We are all drama queens, really, we political hacks; and so we were all thoroughly delighted by Theresa May’s Tuesday…

From The Archives

Let them eat hay

From ‘What ails the House of Commons?’, 21 April 1917: Theoretically no horses kept for pleasure or sport ought to…

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May’s manifesto

Never has the Conservative party entered a general election campaign feeling more confident about victory. Much of that confidence is…

Letters

Letters

Benedictine engagement Sir: Matthew Parris has missed the point (‘Give me the Anglican option’, 15 April). He compares Rod Dreher’s…

Portrait of the week

Portrait of the week

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, having repeatedly said that there would be no election until 2020, surprised the nation…

Columnists

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Martin Vander Weyer

Disaster versus chaos for France’s economy? My village neighbours don’t seem bothered

The lovely Dordogne village of St Pompon that is my holiday hide-away has only 350 voters, but is a perfect…

Rod Liddle

What I expect from this pointless election

A general election is called and in a matter of hours a neutral and unbiased BBC presenter has likened our…

The Spectator's Notes

The Spectator’s notes

The fact that nothing leaked about Mrs May’s snap election tells you much of what you need to know about…

Books

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Golden opportunities

Tudor merchants — shivering in furs in tiny creaking ships, sailing through the ice of unknown winter seas — knew…

Arts

Television

Psycho thriller

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Music

Passion indeed

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Opera

Take a bow

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Theatre

Boozy bard

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Acting up

Gemma Arterton’s new film, Their Finest, is about second world war propaganda. Her character, who is bookish and sensitive, is…

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Cinema

All dressed up, nowhere to go

Rules Don’t Apply is Warren Beatty’s first film appearance in 15 years and his first as writer, director, producer and…

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Constable on sea

John Constable was, as we say these days, conflicted about Brighton. On the one hand, as he wrote in a…

Radio

The real deal

How about this for an inspiring response to what could have been a personal tragedy. Chi-chi Nwanoku was in the…

Life

Competition

Cross lines

In Competition No. 2994 you were invited to submit a letter of complaint from a fictional character to his, hers…

Crossword

2306: Instruction

‘21D/14’ (four words in total) is an instruction (in ODQ) with which solvers will comply by inserting the remaining unclued…

Crossword solution

to 2303: Great 32

Five unclued lights are titles of RAGS (24) by SCOTT JOPLIN (32 31), who died on 1 April 1917.  First…

Dear Mary

Dear Mary

Q. May I pass on a tip to readers wishing to reject a hopeful romantic partner without hurting their feelings?…

Drink

A glimmer of hope

I argued that it was unnecessary to have made sacrifices during Lent in order to celebrate its conclusion. It is…

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When I was depressed 20 years ago, the (then) new antidepressant drug Prozac sorted it easily. It took six weeks…

Mind your language

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One can push many things — a pen, one’s luck or (up) daisies. But the MP Dominic Raab told the…

Real life

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Goodbye then, Bal-ham. You were my gateway to the south. I loved you for so many more reasons than that,…

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Not many people can say they’ve partnered David Gold and been the better player — but I’m one of them.…

Chess

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The British Chess Magazine is the oldest continuously published chess magazine in the world. Recently it has been boosted by…

Chess puzzle

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White to play. This position is from Costachi-Toma, Calimanesti 2017. Can you spot White’s winning coup? Answers to me at…

High life

High life

If any more proof were needed that Brexit is the best thing to happen to Britain since 1066 and all…