Freddy Gray

Freddy Gray is deputy editor of The Spectator. He was formerly literary editor of The American Conservative.

Labour Leadership Contender Jeremy Corbyn Talks To Supporters In The North West

By opposing shoot-to-kill, Jeremy Corbyn has shown he is a serious politician

17 November 2015 10:20

There is nothing wrong with Jeremy Corbyn saying he ‘isn’t happy’ with a shoot-to-kill policy. On the contrary, it shows…

Zinedine Zidane gesturing after head-butting Italian defender Marco Materazzi during the World Cup 2006 final football match between Italy and France (Photo: Getty)

The strange relationship between Islam, violence and French football

14 November 2015 13:10

It is not so surprising if the jihadists in Paris were targeting an international football match. There has for years…


The life of Brian Sewell, 1931-2015

20 September 2015 10:14

The art critic Brian Sewell has died aged 84. In 2011, Freddy Gray interviewed the waspish critic, and spoke to him…


John McDonnell’s slick performance on Question Time was worthy of Tony Blair

18 September 2015 12:12

Hats off to John McDonnell. We’ve all been fretting about how the Corbyn gang would cope against the media slick Tories.…

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Is Nicola Sturgeon trying to have her feminist cake and eat it too?

7 September 2015 12:26

Nicola Sturgeon is fed up that ‘literally every time I’m on camera’ people discuss about her appearance. She’s so fed…

Caption:British Conservative politician Edward Heath (1916 - 2005) conducting an orchestra in rehearsal, Windsor, circa 1975.

No, Ted Heath’s ‘deeply closeted’ sexuality doesn’t mean he was a paedophile

4 August 2015 9:35

It is of course too soon to make any meaningful response to the Ted Heath allegations. However, in reporting the…

Joseph "Joe" Biden, Jr. (born November 20, 1942) 47th and current Vice President of the United States since 2009.

A Joe Biden run for the presidency is actually the best thing Hillary Clinton could hope for

3 August 2015 10:07

Let’s not be too cynical. It is a touching thought that Beau Biden’s dying wish was that his father Joe,…

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The head of Ofsted wants to fine ‘feckless’ parents. Is he in the wrong job?

2 July 2015 16:32

Sir Michael Wilshaw may have been in charge of Ofsted since January 2012 — he is arguably the most important educationalist in the…

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We don’t have a rape culture, we have a victim culture

11 June 2015 14:04

It takes courage to tell a bunch of Canadian feminists marching against ‘rape culture’ that they are talking rubbish. And courage…

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RIP Charles Kennedy, but did we really need 27 tributes in the House of Commons?

4 June 2015 14:45

Is it too cynical to say that the tributes paid to Charles Kennedy in the House of Commons yesterday were…


Announcing the Spectator ‘Pundyfilla’ Award for Inane Political Commentary

7 May 2015 14:45

The election is far too tight to call, but one thing is certain: from now until the early hours a lot…


Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through election night

6 May 2015 13:04

The hours between polls closing on election day and the result emerging represent an almighty challenge for journalists and know-alls everywhere. Demand…


Who is the bigger pillock: Alan Partridge or Steve Coogan?

5 May 2015 13:21

Those of us who spent our teens quoting Alan Partridge owe a lot to Steve Coogan. He made my adolescence…

Protestors participate in a vigil for Freddie Gray down the street from the Baltimore Police Department's Western District police station, April 21, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

We’re all Freddie Gray now: is racial tension America’s civic religion?

28 April 2015 12:35

‘You’re trending on Twitter,’ said the Spectator books editor Sam Leith, who knows his social media. Am I? How exciting!…

Is Nigel Farage turning into Ron Paul?

Is Nigel Farage becoming Ron Paul?

19 March 2015 15:38

I think I have seen Nigel Farage’s future, and it is not pretty. A copy of Farage’s The Purple Revolution reached my…


Some horrors are too much for Twitter. Today’s attack in Paris is one

7 January 2015 23:11

I’m not one of those purists who shun Twitter. I often find it depressingly vacuous – but hey, I’m a…


Selfies outside the Sydney hostage café: we’ve all got narcissistic personality disorder now

15 December 2014 10:11

Conservatives always say the world is going to the dogs, and we’re usually wrong. But how else do you respond…

People crowd the first floor of Macy's department store as they open at midnight (0500 GMT) on November 23, 2012 in New York to start the stores' "Black Friday" shopping weekend. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA.

Let’s do Gray Friday!

28 November 2014 10:18

Say this about about Black Friday — the celebration of cheap shopping that we mark today — it isn’t a…


The Windsor PR problem — how low can they go?

13 November 2014 13:43

Having had years of everybody telling them how clever they are for ‘re-inventing’ monarchy in the 21st century, the royal family has now…

'Britishness has always been a mutable concept'

Ten handy phrases for bluffing your way through the Constitutional Crisis

12 September 2014 15:22

We all know the referendum is a big deal, but what can we actually say? None of us has much…

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Obama moves against ISIS. This time, it’s a war worth fighting

8 August 2014 8:06

Back to Iraq, then. President Obama’s announcement last night that America would intervene militarily in defence of the Kurds is…

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By supporting assisted dying, Lord Carey has united Christians against it

12 July 2014 16:30

He didn’t mean to, but Lord Carey, the outspoken and unpopular former Archbishop of Canterbury, may just have carried out…

Was this George Osborne in disguise? A Scot celebrates with the Uruguay team.

Why England’s World Cup elimination will help save the union with Scotland

20 June 2014 21:58

So England are out the World Cup; the Three Lions rolled over – and we can expect plenty more gloomy…

British Prime Minister David Cameron And French President Nicolas Sarkozy Visit Libya

Forget Blair – will David Cameron admit that Libya was a disaster?

19 June 2014 17:58

Never mind Tony Blair and his denials over Iraq. As our government contemplates its response to the latest crisis in…

Global Summit To End Sexual Violence In Conflict

As Mosul burned, William Hague discussed rape with a beautiful actress

12 June 2014 18:01

How will history remember this week? Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was seized by ISIS, an army of fanatics who…