The Spectator

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The Spectator was established in 1828, and is the oldest continuously published magazine in the English language. The Spectator’s taste for controversy, however, remains undiminished. There is no party line to which The Spectator’s writers are bound - originality of thought and elegance of expression are the sole editorial constraints.

The trial issue contains a “Thought Crime Special” with articles from Melanie Phillips, “I think, therefore I’m guilty”; Christopher Booker writes about “Scientists in hiding; the demonisation of academics who question the consensus”; Alan Rusbridger explores “How to stifle the press” and how England’s libel laws make it easy.

UK politics come under scrutiny from James Forsyth, Brendan O’Neill ponders if teenagers could ever be “Drunk and orderly”; while Tom Hollander writes his diary and James Delingpole says eat local organic food if you like, but don’t kid yourself that it’s ‘green’

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How Starmer will govern through the courts. The Tories have focused on tax in their attacks on Labour, writes Ross Clark, so they are missing what threatens to become the real theme of a Keir Starmer government: the draining away of power from elected politicians to the courts. Read through Starmer’s programme for government and one thing jumps out: his determination to involve the courts even more deeply in our day-to-day lives in ways that will prove difficult for future governments to unwind, such as the plans to extend the provisions of the Equality Act.
 
Matt Ridley: the Blob always wins. As Matt Ridley prepares to vote in his first general election since he retired from the House of Lords, he considers how ‘stealthily but steadily, almost all real political power has been stripped from elected councillors, MPs and even ministers over the past two decades by “officials” and handed to “experts” in quangos, nationalised industries and arms-length bodies’. MPs have become ‘little more than human shields whose job is to take the blame for decisions made by bureaucrats’.
 
Don’t outlaw ‘Islamophobia’. Outlawing ‘Islamophobia’, as Keir Starmer could easily do, makes no sense, writes Ed Husain, a historian of Islam. ‘Violence or discrimination against adherents of any religion is obviously indefensible, but it should also go without saying that in a free society people should be at liberty to criticise or mock any organised religion... Islamophobia has been largely promoted by Islamists and jihadists, to protect them from scrutiny.’ Islamophobia laws are a step backwards, he writes, making it harder for reformist forces in Islam.
 
The Lib Dems march on Surrey. Katy Balls joins the Lib Dem campaign in Surrey Heath, Michael Gove’s old seat. The Lib Dems have a name for their target voters: ‘the M&S movers’. These are young couples who have come to Surrey or the Home Counties since the pandemic to start a family and find a better work-life balance. According to a presentation to Lib Dem staffers, they like ‘Gary Lineker and his causes’ and put ‘tackling climate change top of their mind’.
 
Zelensky’s peace summit flop. Volodymyr Zelensky’s Global Peace Summit in Switzerland demonstrated how Kyiv has lost the Global South. Economic and strategic self-interest has trumped principles for countries like India, Turkey, and the UAE, who (among many others) refused to sign a watered-down final communique from the summit. Zelensky insists on fighting until total victory. But this, Owen Matthews writes, is as unrealistic as Putin’s demands for territory to stop the war. If the summit demonstrated anything it’s that international support for Ukraine is waning.

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  • First Issue: 2 July 2005
  • Latest Issue: 22 June 2024
  • Issue Count: 960
  • Published: Weekly
  • ISSN: 2059-6499