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The truth about me, David Cameron, drugs and Supertramp

22 September 2015 13:36

This week I woke up shocked to find myself on the front page of the Daily Mail. Apparently I’m the…

A good old fashioned British scandal

Lord Sewel, you’ve made me proud to be British

27 July 2015 16:07

The Lord Sewel scandal makes me feel proud to be British. For here, thanks to some glorious John Wilkes-style dirt-digging…

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Drugs are a waste of time, but so is the Psychoactive Substances Bill

4 June 2015 13:32

The Conservatives might have gone in softer than Russell Brand and the gang predicted, with very little change announced in…

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The new ban on ‘legal highs’ is unworkable. The government doesn’t even know what it’s banning

27 May 2015 23:19

The man in the pub’s solution to the ongoing panic about legal highs is to ban them. ‘Ban ‘em all!…

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Trying to ban legal highs? Expect a bad trip

27 May 2015 14:48

Keep an eye on the government’s ban on legal highs. The Conservative ­manifesto pledged to outlaw all the horrible chemicals…

Frear and Loathing spreads from Las Vegas to South Yorkshire

The white-knuckle terror of being driven by a dopehead

25 May 2015 16:36

‘Hidden menace of the drivers high on drugs,’ says the headline in today’s Daily Mail, revealing that – according to…

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I know I shouldn’t ask this, but is cocaine really that addictive?

9 April 2015 17:36

Cocaine addiction is a dreadful thing. I’ve seen it so many times: bright, once-pretty people with washed-out grey faces who…


We need body scanners to tackle the prison drug problem

13 March 2015 11:00

As every prisoner and ex-prisoner knows the most frequently used route for drug smuggling into all categories of jails is…


You’d have to be high to believe the drug-driving laws were designed to improve road safety

5 March 2015 17:58

New drug-driving regulations came into force on Monday, establishing legal limits for the levels of sixteen intoxicating substances in the…


Jon Snow’s right: skunk is dangerous, but it’s impossible to buy anything else

26 February 2015 13:49

Channel 4 is due to air its pseudo-scientific ‘Jon Snow stoned’ show The Cannabis Trials (or Drugs and How Not To Enjoy Them).…


Hyperbole about the dangers of ‘skunk’ won’t help those at risk – but a change in the law might

16 February 2015 13:58

Can I write an entire blog post about one sentence? I’d certainly like to. The sentence in question is ‘The…

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Keep your hair on! Seven tips for doing so, past Movember

6 November 2014 10:24

Some men are growing facial hair for Movember but lots of people are just trying not to go bald. Male…

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Norman Baker quits as a Home Office minister

3 November 2014 23:31

Norman Baker has resigned as a Home Office minister tonight. Baker has quit, blaming the difficulties of working with Theresa…

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Smoking weed won’t make your kids smarter, but it won’t make them brain-dead, either

24 October 2014 16:20

Lacking in pep? Looking for some extra zing as winter sets in? The Spectator recommends our energy conference on 1 December.…


Of course marijuana isn’t ‘safe’ – but should it be illegal?

13 October 2014 9:26

Sometimes I read things that really get on my wick, and last week was one of those times. A new,…

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Clegg’s dangerous drugs pledge misses the point

8 August 2014 17:38

This morning Nick Clegg announced that the Liberal Democrats want to ban judges from sending those convicted of possessing illegal…

Ecstasy Seisure In Los Angeles

The government’s drugs strategy is miles behind today’s drug dealers

4 August 2014 16:58

New powers to tackle the huge growth in ‘legal’ highs are set to be introduced. Dame Sally Davies, the chief…

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Paracetamol might not ease back pain – but doctors should prescribe it anyway

28 July 2014 15:31

Upon seeing the headline ‘Paracetamol does not help lower back pain’, I found myself emitting a small (well – actually…

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Crusties, trustafarians, Chris Martin and mud: the deadly predictability of Glastonbury

26 June 2014 13:47

Glastonbury weekend is upon us, and the bores are out in force. West London buzzes to the sound of hoorays…


Spectator Debate: Sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. Welcome to Generation Y’s world

18 June 2014 13:26

The Spectator’s latest debate – Stop Whining Young People: You’ve Never Had It So Good – was most disgracefully skewed…


The ‘war on drugs’ has not been won. Dangerous ‘legal highs’ are booming

30 May 2014 8:00

It’s fashionable nowadays to claim that young people in Britain don’t know how to have a good time. There’s certainly…

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Statins: magic bullet or massive misfire? Ask our experts

29 May 2014 0:00

In the first issue of Spectator Health, our cover piece is on the controversial issue of statins, arguably the most…

Student Protest

The death of student activism

22 May 2014 16:00

Oxford students heard this morning that, after a three-day referendum, our student union, OUSU, will be disaffiliating from the National…

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Norman Baker’s liberal input

12 February 2014 14:47

Norman Baker was dispatched to the Home Office at the last reshuffle in order to have a strong liberal voice…

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Ten things that went badly right in Britain in 2013

20 December 2013 14:59

This was supposed to be the year of strife, strikes, misery and more. Instead, to the surprise of Britain’s politicians,…