Lara Prendergast

Lara Prendergast is online editor of The Spectator


Yes, we wear poppies. But we don’t print our faces onto them

18 November 2015 15:57

‘What’s worse: people who add French flags to their Facebook profiles, or those who sneer at them?’ asks my colleague…

Significant Death Toll Feared In Paris Terror Attacks

In their own words – the Paris attacks as told by the survivors

14 November 2015 10:27

Last night, terrorists launched a total of six coordinated attacks at high-profile sites across Paris. French prosecutors have put the current…

Vivienne Westwood dressed as Margaret Thatcher on the cover of Tatler, April 1989

There’s no shame in the V&A changing their mind about Thatcher’s wardrobe

4 November 2015 12:05

The news that the V&A had rejected an offer of Margaret Thatcher’s wardrobe was met with dismay yesterday. ‘Shame the V&A…


The V&A must be mad to reject Margaret Thatcher’s wardrobe

3 November 2015 13:53

The V&A have defended their decision to turn down the offer of Margaret Thatcher’s wardrobe on the basis that it only collects…


A big ‘like’ to the ‘dislike’ button – Facebook should be a forum, not an echo chamber

16 September 2015 11:37

Stormy seas ahead for the virtue signallers of this world. Mark Zuckerberg has indicated that he may soon introduce a…


Yet another tragedy in the Mediterranean. Here’s an actual rescue plan

6 August 2015 8:21

Another week, another appalling boat disaster in the Mediterranean, another round of the same tired row on migration. Yesterday a boat…

French police gather at the entrance of the Air Products company in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon, central eastern France, on June 26, 2015. An attacker carrying an Islamist flag killed one person and injured several others at a gas factory in eastern France, according to a legal source. (Photo: Getty)

Isis in France? Decapitated body found next to jihadist flag

26 June 2015 11:27

Five months after the Charlie Hebdo attack, a man has reportedly been found decapitated in a factory building in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Lyon.…

The MNDA advert

We really are screwed if we believe that social media can curse us

11 June 2015 17:27

More bad news for Malaysia, I’m afraid, where a group of tourists have apparently managed to trigger an earthquake simply…


Craig Raine should ignore the angry feminists – they’re just jealous

3 June 2015 17:00

I don’t know much about poetry, but I know this: whoever Craig Raine’s poem is about, she will be chuffed.…

The original Spectator cover image.

The Stepford Student – The Spectator’s gift to the world

14 May 2015 16:02

The Stepford Student website is full of interesting articles on current affairs. For instance ‘I couldn’t give a single flying shit about…

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Seven things we learnt about Prince Charles from his ‘black spider’ letters

13 May 2015 17:14

Prince Charles’s ‘black spider’ letters have just been released. Here are seven things we learnt about the future monarch from the correspondence:…

Protests Are Held Over The Government's Scrapping Of The EMA For Poorer Students

White people have been banned from an ‘anti-racism’ event at a British university

22 April 2015 13:45

Bahar Mustafa, the Welfare and Diversity officer for Goldsmiths Students’ Union, must have a strong sense of irony. You’d have to,…

The kind of event where clapping is commonplace (Photo: Getty)

If students can’t cope with clapping, how can they deal with clubs, festivals and protests?

25 March 2015 14:30

Organisers at a National Union of Students Women’s Conference have asked that those attending the event use ‘jazz hands’ instead of…


A phone used to be a helpline. Now it’s a device used to film people in distress

17 March 2015 17:14

A pal recently told me a story. It was about a friend of theirs who had been travelling on a train…


The Delhi rapist’s views must be broadcast, for the sake of India’s daughters and sons

4 March 2015 18:13

British film-maker Leslee Udwin’s video interview with one of the Delhi rapists may not make for comforting viewing, but there…


If Isis doesn’t like Twitter, it should invest in its own tech companies

2 March 2015 17:17

Isis has a new bête noir: Twitter. Employees at the social media company have received death threats, as has Jack Dorsey, the…


The orthodoxy of the ‘safe space’ has now led to racial segregation at a British university

12 February 2015 15:57

Props to Goldsmiths Students’ Union, for taking the ‘safe space’ concept to absurd new levels. Last week, one faction of…


Four things to put on Page 3 now that topless babes are ‘so last century’

20 January 2015 17:20

Page 3, in its traditional, busty format, is no more and British men have been left with only the internet’s meagre…

A group of young Muslim girls attend prayer in Lagos, Nigeria  (Photo: Getty)

Boko Haram is using ten-year-old girls as bombs and hashtag diplomacy won’t help

12 January 2015 14:47

Could there be anything more offensive to feminists than the use of young girls as suicide bombers? I doubt it.…

The scene at the Place de la Republique (Photo: Getty)

Charlie Hebdo attack: French march in defiance alongside world leaders

11 January 2015 14:20

Up to 0ne million people are expected to march through the streets of Paris today, in defiance of the terrorist…

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Gun attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo ‘kills 12’

7 January 2015 11:42

Gunmen have attacked the Paris office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Current reports suggest that up to 12 people…

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind suggests internet companies are ‘a safe haven for terrorists’

25 November 2014 12:45

The battle between the spooks and the geeks is heating up. A new report into the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby…

Amal Alamuddin, Geoffrey Robertson, head of Doughty Street Chambers and David Hill, head of the International Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles, arrive at the Greek ministry of culture and sports in Athens (Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/Getty)

George Clooney’s wife heads to Greece to prove he hasn’t lost his Marbles battle

14 October 2014 18:40

It was never clear why George Clooney became so attached to the Elgin Marbles. He didn’t even seem to know…

The Sun's cover on Wednesday

The Sun's new campaign unites us against Islamic State and Islamophobia

9 October 2014 15:07

There are two campaigns doing the rounds on social media at the moment. One is the ludicrous #WakeUpCall, which asks…

White Dee speaking at a Policy Exchange fringe meeting (Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty)

White Dee: I might back Ukip instead of Labour

29 September 2014 12:01

Back in February, Benefits Street star ‘White Dee’ promised to give David Cameron a ‘run for his money’. In her…