Fraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

George Osborne, U.K.'s Chancellor of the Exchequer, departs for the Houses of Parliament to deliver the Autumn Statement from the H.M. Treasury building in London U.K., on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. U.K.

George Osborne’s Spending Review in ten graphs

25 November 2015 18:41

Politically, the story was George Osborne’s (wise) retreat on tax credit cuts. Economically, here’s the upshot:- 1. The end of…


Wanted: commissioning editor for maternity cover

25 November 2015 18:40

Mary Wakefield, our commissioning editor, leaves for six months’ maternity leave on Valentine’s Day. We’re looking for someone to cover…

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George Osborne’s retreat on tax credits is genuine – and warmly welcome

25 November 2015 15:45

Today, George Osborne stepped back from the brink. The Chancellor has reversed his calamitous plan to tear away tax credits from…

Video footage has emerged of the Russian SU24 being shot down

Syrian war heats up as Turkey shoots down a Russian jet

24 November 2015 9:59

The complications of acting in Syria have just become more apparent. The Russians are fighting in support of Assad – but Turkey,…

Probably the best singers in London: the choir of St Bride's

An invitation to The Spectator’s carol concert at St Bride’s church

22 November 2015 12:35

Update: it’s a small church and we only have a few dozen tickers left – reserved for subscribers. One of the MANY…

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James Forsyth starts a weekly column in The Sun

21 November 2015 10:41

As Spectator readers know, James Forsyth is the most insightful and best-informed political columnist around. Today, he also becomes the best-read…

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Fit for a princess: The Spectator pictured inside the royal helicopter

20 November 2015 13:39

The Spectator: if you’re a princess with only space for one magazine in your royal helicopter, accept no substitutes. The…


Wanted: online news editor for The Spectator

19 November 2015 12:56

The Spectator is creating a new position, fusing together the work of print, digital and broadcast journalism. We’re looking for…

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France bombs Islamic State bases in Raqqa. But will it make much difference?

15 November 2015 22:18

Yesterday, Francois Hollande promised “merciless” retribution against the Islamic State. This evening, armed with American intelligence, the French Air Force…

The Brandenburg Gate was one of several world landmarks floodlit in the colours of the French flag last night

Paris massacre: ten developments, as of Sunday morning

15 November 2015 7:10

Barack Obama flies into Turkey for a G20 conference now likely to have the Islamic State as its theme. Here are…

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“The first of the storm” – translation of Islamic State statement after Paris attacks

14 November 2015 11:20

This morning, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks – the first time it has laid claim to…

A firefighter works to extinguish a fire that broke out early in the morning on October 20, 2015 at an accommodation for asylum seekers near Munkedal in Sweden. Photo: ADAM IHSE/AFP/Getty Images

The shocking rise of anti-refugee attacks in Sweden

13 November 2015 14:50

Sweden, perhaps the most open country in the world, is on course to take almost 200,000 asylum seekers this year. Adjust for…

Iain Duncan Smith, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions arrives at Downing Street on June 30, 2015 in London, England.

If Iain Duncan Smith resigns over Osborne’s strivers tax, he’ll endanger his own legacy

7 November 2015 14:57

Yesterday, the Daily Telegraph disclosed that George Osborne was planning to open a second front in his rather bizarre confrontation…

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Does George Osborne really want to make himself the scourge of the strivers?

6 November 2015 11:59

Without George Osborne, we’d probably be living under Prime Minister Ed Miliband right now. His value to the government goes…


Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year 2015: the winners

5 November 2015 15:15

The Spectator’s 32nd Parliamentarian of the Year awards, sponsored by Benenden, took place at the Savoy Hotel this afternoon. Here…

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Osborne’s ‘living wage’ will help richer households the most

1 November 2015 15:09

Last week’s tax credit debacle has highlighted how even well-informed people believe that the £9 minimum wage (misleadingly dubbed ‘living…

A demonstrator from 38 Degrees stands outside the Houses of Parliament holding a box with the slogan "270,000 say House of Lords: Protect tax credits" on October 26, 2015 in London, England.

Going to war with the Lords over tax credits would retoxify the Conservatives

26 October 2015 21:09

With a gossamer Tory majority in the Commons and no majority at all in the Lords, confrontation between the two chambers…

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Exclusive: tax credit reform leaves low-paid facing tax rates of up to 93%

26 October 2015 10:00

As the House of Lords prepares to debate the tax credit cuts, a significant new piece of information has come to…

Carney, speaking in Oxford tonight

Mark Carney may have unwittingly strengthened the case for leaving the EU

21 October 2015 19:12

I suspect that Mark Carney set out to strengthen the case for Britain staying in the European Union with his…

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The British public agrees: China is buying our foreign policy

21 October 2015 14:46

A few weeks ago, the Dalai Lama gave an interview to The Spectator where he summed up what he regarded…

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Has Nicola Sturgeon found a verbal formula to disguise SNP’s failure of poor students?

18 October 2015 7:54

At the SNP conference the First Minister and her deputy, John Swinney, both had precisely the same thing to say…

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The jobs miracle continues: UK employment now at all-time high

14 October 2015 12:55

Another milestone has been reached in the recovery: 73.6pc of working-aged British people are now in employment (see above) – the highest…

Former M&S boss Stuart Rose at the launch of the 'Britain Stronger in Europe' campaign. Image: Getty

The SNP bow out of the shambolic EU ‘in’ campaign

13 October 2015 9:05

After the chaotic launch of the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign (didn’t they work out that having the acronym BSE…

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Yes, Tories can be progressive (if they’re doing conservatism right)

12 October 2015 17:57

Can a Conservative be ‘progressive’? In my Telegraph column last week, I argued that David Cameron is halfway to being…

If the kids are bright and poor, they'd be better off in England

The SNP is failing Scotland’s poor, and Nicola Sturgeon is struggling to deny it

11 October 2015 11:35

Would Scotland be better if government was run from Edinburgh rather than London? This is the SNP’s central proposition, but…