Camilla Swift

Camilla Swift is Supplements Editor at The Spectator.

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The SNP don’t care about foxes. It was all a pack of lies

24 November 2015 18:19

So, it turns out that the SNP weren’t that bothered about the plight of foxes after all. Back in July,…

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Michelle Payne’s Melbourne Cup win is proof that women jockeys can triumph – if they’re given the opportunity

4 November 2015 13:54

Much has been written in these pages – both by Robin Oakley and myself – about the lack of female jockeys in…

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Don’t listen to the haters, Zara – a hairnet is the height of elegance

6 October 2015 18:37

Zara Phillips has been spotted wearing a hairnet, and people do not approve. ‘Zara swaps tiara for Corrie hairnet’ runs…

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Meet the new anti-meat, anti-shooting, pro-badger shadow Defra secretary

14 September 2015 17:22

It’s no surprise that Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet appointments have rattled a few cages – and the choice of Kerry…

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If you want to save the British dairy industry, vote with your wallet

11 August 2015 18:38

So Morrisons have announced that – after long discussions with farmers’ unions over the price of milk – they will…

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Having an Aga doesn’t make you posh

11 August 2015 10:26

‘I already hate Sam. He’s too chavvy.’ Can you imagine the outrage that would kick off if someone said that about…


There’s only one person who can save the Queen’s corgis

29 July 2015 11:16

The Queen, we learnt earlier this month, has decided not to take on any more corgi pups as, at the…

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From the oldest pub in Britain to the most stupidly named pub in Britain

27 May 2015 15:15

Should one of the oldest pubs in Britain – ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’ – really change its name to ‘Ye…

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Equine squatters: the topic that united the Countryside Alliance and the RSPCA

27 May 2015 10:26

In September last year I wrote about horses being illegally grazed and abandoned, and the inability of landowners to do…

Andrew Marr apologises for misquoting David Cameron on foxhunting. Photo: BBC.

Andrew Marr apologises for misquoting David Cameron on foxhunting

26 April 2015 10:52

Is foxhunting David Cameron’s favourite sport? Does he ‘love it’, as Andrew Marr quoted him as saying on his BBC…

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David Cameron: Andrew Marr was talking ‘bollocks’ about foxhunting

21 April 2015 16:53

So both the BBC and Andrew Marr have admitted to misquoting David Cameron as having said that foxhunting was his…

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Andrew Marr and the BBC misquoted David Cameron – but how did they get it so wrong?

21 April 2015 10:41

After yesterday’s piece, in which I called out Andrew Marr for attributing an entirely incorrect quote to the PM on his…

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Exposed: the BBC’s ‘foxhunting’ smear against David Cameron

20 April 2015 17:31

The Prime Minister’s interview on the Andrew Marr Show yesterday showed that despite claims to the contrary, Cameron isn’t lacking…

The Green's Caroline Lucas and badger cull protestor, Brian May. Image: PA

The Green Party’s animal policies: where the ridiculous outweighs the sensible

14 April 2015 18:45

Lo, the official Green Party manifesto was released, and the animals they did rejoice. Or did they? The British Association for…

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Podcast: In defence of Christianity, and the Conservatives’ lack of passion

2 April 2015 13:33

Being a Christian in Britain today is to invite pity or condescension, writes Michael Gove in this week’s cover piece.…

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Whatever happened to Larry the Downing Street cat’s increased security?

30 March 2015 18:46

When reports emerged that a dog had allegedly been poisoned at Crufts, David Cameron appeared to be extremely worried that…

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We need to remember that lynx aren’t simply the big pussycats that they appear to be

25 March 2015 19:14

As our Barometer column reminded us this week, a campaign is underway  to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx – which became extinct…

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Hunting may be banned, but the fight still goes on

18 February 2015 17:18

Ten years ago today, Tony Blair’s ban on hunting with dogs came into force. Rural communities had marched, Otis Ferry…

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Shooting Dartmoor ponies? Fabulous idea

2 February 2015 12:37

A gunman is shooting ponies on Dartmoor. Yes, it’s true; a trained sniper is wandering the moor, singling out ponies…

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Labour’s latest plan: tackling the deficit through gun licence fees

13 January 2015 18:13

listen to ‘Chris Leslie says Labour will cut the deficit through gun licences’ on audioBoom Shadow Chief Secretary to the…

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Norway hasn’t given in to Islamophobia – but it has reacted

9 January 2015 17:51

Under the headline ‘Norway didn’t give into Islamophobia, nor should France’, Owen Jones writes on the Guardian’s Comment is free…

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Reindeer roasting on an open fire

16 December 2014 12:59

What’s wrong with eating reindeer? Well, if you normally eat meat, then I’d argue, absolutely nothing. But not everyone agrees…


Why the ‘bat police’ are the animals’ own worst enemy

11 November 2014 17:18

‘The only thing to be said for Halloween’, wrote Alexander Chancellor in a recent Long Life column, ‘is that it…

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Shoot first, ask questions later – police back off new gun monitoring plans

7 November 2014 13:53

A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new Crimestoppers telephone hotline that the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo)…

'Isis' the labrador on Downton Abbey, on far left (Photo: Giles Keyte/ITV)

Save Isis (the dog on Downton Abbey… not the terrorists in Iraq and Syria)

28 October 2014 14:53

Downton Abbey fans are on high alert that something drastic might be about to happen to the loyal labrador of…