Never trust an internet meme (apart from this one)

30 September 2015 11:39

There has recently been a craze for people posting pictures of a Syrian refugee next to a snap of the…

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor meet with Adolf Hitler in 1937. (Photo: Getty)

Why is the Royal family so bothered by its own archives?

20 July 2015 12:00

I should declare an interest – because I work for the Sun. But even so, I cannot quite see what…

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The photo of the young Queen playing Nazi is an important historical document. It should shock us

18 July 2015 19:12

What can a image from 1933 ever really tell us? In July 1933, Der Stürmer, the Nazi newspaper, published a cover image of a…

Comparing Merkel  to Hitler is lazy

A beginner’s guide to Euroscepticism

13 July 2015 16:32

As a long-time Eurosceptic, I should be happy about the Johnny-Come-Latelys now swelling the sceptic ranks. Following Euro-institutions’ wicked treatment…

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The BBC’s latest Churchill documentary is an outrageous hatchet job

2 June 2015 17:35

Churchill: When Britain Said No BBC2 The 50th anniversary earlier this year of the death of Winston Churchill produced an…


Sandi Toksvig makes Hitler jibe about Nigel Farage

26 May 2015 8:29

Sandi Toksvig disclosed last month that she has given up her role on Radio 4’s The News Quiz in order…

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Don’t get angry at Katie Hopkins if you don’t support policies that could save migrants

20 April 2015 11:29

The latest issue of The Spectator carries an interesting piece by James Bartholomew on ‘virtue signalling’, the bane of social…

Ukip Leader Nigel Farage Fails To Turn Up At Rally

Convince a generation that Ukip resemble the Nazis and you can make them do anything

26 March 2015 11:22

There was something genuinely frightening about the disturbance aimed at Nigel Farage and his family this weekend; what’s scary is…

French hate-speech laws have allowed Dieudonné M’bala M’bala to establish his 'anti-establishment' credentials (Photo: Guillaume Souvant/Getty)

If we want to tackle anti-Semitism we must challenge hate speech, not censor it

9 February 2015 18:13

One month on from the Charlie Hebdo massacre, free speech is still under attack. The outpouring of public revulsion at…

Dylan Thomas in 1946. Photograph: Francis Reiss/Getty Images

Dylan Thomas: speeches for Hitler, balderdash for Walton and the true meaning of Under Milk Wood

24 October 2014 11:11

My father came across Dylan Thomas in a Swansea pub in 1947. ‘Chap over there,’ said one of the regulars…

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Deborah Devonshire: JFK’s friend, Hitler’s antagonist, The Spectator’s columnist

25 September 2014 18:34

The lives of the Mitford Sisters have riveted, and repelled, anglophiles since the thirties. Diana Mitford once wrote, ‘I must…

German Dictator, Adolf Hitler addressing a rally in Germany, circa 1939.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

National Socialism: the clue’s in the name

15 February 2013 12:51

How can conservatives ensure they always lose? A good place to start is to concede every lie of the left.…

Hitler and Goering trying to locate the German sense of humour. Rudolf Herzog's book argues that humour was often the only weapon Germans could use against the Nazis. Image: Getty.

The Fuhrer was not amused

6 November 2012 11:00

‘The German sense of humour,’ Mark Twain famously observed, ‘Is no laughing matter.’ Although many Greeks, stretched on the Euro’s…

A great historian has died. He joined the Nazi party in the 1930s, spurred by a fear of the communism which was then spreading through Europe. Image: Getty

A great historian with fascist tendencies has died

2 October 2012 13:52

A great historian has died. He joined the Nazi party in the 1930s, spurred by a fear of the communism…

Eric Hobsbawm has died. Image: Getty.

Eric Hobsbawm: A man of Extremes

1 October 2012 12:14

A few years ago, I wrote a review of Eric Hobsbawm’s last collection of essays and noted  ‘Hobsbawm is now…

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Blast from the past: The Teleportation Accident reviewed

17 August 2012 11:41

He’d probably agree with Edward Gibbon’s assessment of history as ‘little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and…

Caught between two great evils

28 December 2010 19:45

David Brooks, the great New York Times columnist, recommends the best essays of the year every Christmas. His selection this…

When Hitler Played Cricket…

19 March 2010 13:52

Until today I had not known that Adolf Hitler played cricket. Once. Apparently. This is, actually, reassuring since it seems…

Godwin’s Law: The Persian Variation

11 June 2009 14:27

For real: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday accused his election rivals of adopting smear tactics used by Germany’s dictator…