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Why is big business so interested in left-wing politics?

29 May 2015 10:23

Numerous commentators have noted how the Irish marriage referendum was influenced by big business, especially Californian-based companies like Google. It’s one…

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Do Google and Facebook threaten the free press?

20 May 2015 12:50

What are newspapers for? The answer, of course, is not just to tell us what’s going on and explain the…

Meet 'the glasshole'

Telescopes in contact lenses: a brilliant idea after the fiasco of Google Glass

18 March 2015 17:38

Yesterday at SXSW, the world’s grooviest ‘interactive festival’, the head of Google X – the company’s mysterious research lab –…


This new crowdsourcing site allows anyone to use their skills to advance basic human rights

16 March 2015 17:36

One of the questions I most often get asked is: ‘What can I do?’  If you agree that actual liberals…

Margaret Hodge at the Debrett's 500 party in January 2015. The event was sponsored by HSBC (Photo: David M. Benett/Getty)

Who on earth does Margaret Hodge think she is?

10 March 2015 15:23

Most people, when they hear the word populist, will think of Marine Le Pen going mad about Muslim immigrants or…

stethoscope mary

The real reason GPs are grumpy: the robots are coming for them

15 January 2015 10:18

There’s something wrong with the relationship between patients and their GPs. I’ve spent much of this winter in my local…

A general view of The Home Office on July 8, 2014 in London, England.

Why Cabinet Exec won’t ‘poo in the pool’

7 January 2015 20:57

If you hear any government officials talking about blue rivers in the coming days, it’s down to Google. Steve Vaughan, the…

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George Osborne’s fact-finders come up trumps in the Autumn Statement

3 December 2014 17:24

Osborne got his chance to audition for Number 10 today. He hasn’t the fluency and the synthetic chumminess of Cameron.…

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Podcast: Geeks vs spooks, a three-way Tory split and Theresa May’s manoeuvrings

27 November 2014 8:34

Are the nerds of Silicon Valley responsible for harbouring terrorists? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Hugo Rifkind and James…

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Uber is for Londoners. Black cabs are for tourists

11 June 2014 9:30

Black cab drivers are striking in London today because they are angry that Uber – a rival taxi service supported…


The Olympian smugness of the anti-Sochi gay protests

7 February 2014 18:32

Now look, as Tony Blair would say, homophobia is bad. Very bad. But does that mean we have to turn…

It's not the just NSA spying on us online, it's the big IT firms too. Illustration: Morten Morland

Hypocrisy alert: big tech firms complain of data intrusion

9 December 2013 18:28

It’s time to reform government surveillance, so say the internet’s tech giants. Following the stream of NSA spying revelations from…


David Cameron’s crackdown on child porn is not over yet

18 November 2013 8:37

Parliament returns from a three day break today, but the headlines this morning are dominated by the international crackdown on…

Pornography will always be available online. It will just go underground. Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Porn, porn everywhere. But will David Cameron’s proposals actually work?

22 July 2013 11:33

Has the Prime Minister been too naïve in cooking up plans to tackle unadulterated online access to porn? Today’s Daily Mail is totally…


The View from 22 — Osborne’s property bubble, the ongoing Tory wars and Google’s taxing issue

23 May 2013 9:12

Will George Osborne’s manipulation of the property market cause catastrophe? In this week’s Spectator cover feature, Merryn Somerset Webb argues the Chancellor’s…

David Cameron with Google boss Eric Schmidt. Picture: Getty

Cameron leaves the goal open for Clegg and Miliband on tax avoidance

22 May 2013 15:35

It’s fashionable to say Downing Street isn’t very good at strategy. So fashionable, in fact, that sometimes journalists worry they’re…

Should we be worried if Google rules the world?

Interview with a writer: Evgeny Morozov

26 April 2013 10:15

Evgeny Morozov is an iconoclast. He believes that technology, if abused or misused, has the potential to make society less…

Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt sits on the government's Business Advisory Group. Picture: Getty

George Osborne urged to drop Google boss as business adviser

29 January 2013 22:29

Starbucks had a go at David Cameron on Sunday for his ‘cheap shots’ at the coffee chain’s tax arrangements in…

South Korean conservative protesters participate in an anti-North Korea rally reacting to North Korea launching the long-range missile on December 12, 2012 in Seoul. Image: Getty

Google maps North Korea

29 January 2013 15:01

Google has mapped North Korea. The Washington Post has useful selection of before and after images. Compare the images for…

Jimmy Carr, another figure to face public wrath over his tax affairs, at a launch in a Starbucks in 2012. Picture: Getty

MPs criticise ‘voluntary’ tax arrangements for Starbucks and other big companies

3 December 2012 9:01

Danny Alexander might be glad that a PR panic before the Public Accounts Committee published its report into HMRC and…

Frankfurt Book Fair - Day 5

Annals of Odd Complaint: Moaning that Google Does Exactly What You Say You Want It To Do - Spectator Blogs

20 November 2012 11:21

Via Tim Worstall, here’s Jeanette Winterson: A fiery Jeanette Winterson has called for the hundreds of millions of pounds of…

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Who will rule the 21st century?

7 August 2012 11:01

This is a nice big question to ponder on the holiday beach or in the rented villa. A vast amount…


25 February 2009: They wish we all could be Californian: the new Tory

2 March 2012 18:14

With the news that Steve Hilton is heading back to the West Coast, we’ve dug up this piece from 2009…


Steve Hilton to leave Downing St

2 March 2012 16:17

The Prime Minister’s strategy chief is heading to California to teach for a one year sabbatical, we learn. But who…

Whitehall could use some Google thinking

14 November 2011 17:08

Today’s New York Times has a fun piece about Google X, the secret lab where Google is working on its…