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The Spectator

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The Spectator

Reading the weekly political magazine The Spectator provides everything you need to know as a well-rounded, well-heeled Conservative. In addition to political features there’s arts coverage, book reviews, satirical cartoons, etiquette advice from Miss Manners, recommendations for restaurants, current travel hot-spots, plush property tips, and even a little bit about sport (but don’t worry, it’s hidden away quietly in the “Life” section). The Spectator’s been going since 1828 but it’s certainly no old fart; editorial policy claims to be based on “originality of thought and elegance of expression” but it has to be said that in recent years the sexual antics of the magazine’s team seem to have provided more controversy (and higher circulation figures) than their writing, earning the magazine its alternative title, The Sextator. Some would say that as a result The Spectator has relinquished its place as a serious talking-shop for Tory ideologues, but others point to a distinguished history of harbouring eccentrics, socialites, idlers and inebriates in its pages. After all, one of The Spectator’s most famous columnists was Jeffrey Bernard, who was so frequently “unwell”...

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It encompasses everything that is special about Britain: the best written English, eccentricity, idiosyncratic, individualistic, controverial, universal, sophisticated, inspirational, zeitheist, courageous.

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