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The British have come! Inside the Spectator NYC launch

Chairman Andrew Neil toasted the new magazine’s success and affirmed the publication’s commitment to the values of small ‘l’ liberalism

October 2, 2019

2:32 PM

2 October 2019

2:32 PM

The Spectator US’s launch began in style on Tuesday night with a party at chairman Andrew Neil’s apartment in Midtown Manhattan.

The Speccie’s American crew entertained more than 120 friends to celebrate the publication’s inaugural US print magazine this month.

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Roger Kimball and Rick Wilson. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

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Benjamin Riley and Dominic Green. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

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Mairead McArdle and John Elordi. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Lapping up the Moët, Cockburn mingled with an eclectic group of guests: Michael Wolff and his wife Victoria Floethe, Gerard Baker, Taki, Heather Mac Donald, Melissa Chen, Sir Harold Evans, Roger Kimball, George Conway, Rosie Gray, Alexandra Preate and Ben Judah. The delightful Molly Jong-Fast was spotted talking to the gregarious Michael Tracey, of all people.

In an otherwise smooth sailing event, Cockburn overheard staff writer Cole Carnick appealing for help while trapped in the apartment’s lavatory, who was released after sending out an SOS on Slack.

Molly Jong-Fast, Rick Wilson and George Conway. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

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Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

During the party, chairman Neil toasted the new magazine’s success and affirmed the publication’s commitment to the values of small ‘l’ liberalism, earning the applause of the attending crowd.

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Matt McDonald. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

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John R. MacArthur. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

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Taki and Zack Christenson. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

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Zack Christenson and Taki

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Sarah Rose Siskind. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

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Andrew Neil. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

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Lydia Moynihan and Matt McDonald. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Neil talked up the unique offering of The Spectator to a US audience: a sense of humor in an increasingly polarized world. Neil notes The Spectator would stand for free markets and democracy in an age increasingly defined by authoritarians, from the Philippines to Italy and Brazil. ‘But I like Salvini!’ said Taki from the back. Heterodoxy rules!

Managing editor Matt McDonald told Cockburn to remind New Yorkers that ‘we are now, as the song goes, legal aliens in New York — which is particularly apt as it is illegal to talk about illegal aliens here.’

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Staff writer Cole Carnick, managing editor Matt McDonald, US editor-in-chief Freddy Gray, life & arts editor Dominic Green, publisher Zack Christenson and chairman Andrew Neil. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Cole Carnick. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Melanie Notkin. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

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Cole Carnick. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Gerard Baker, Matt McDonald and Lydia Moynihan. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Benjamin Riley. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Molly Jong-Fast, Rick Wilson and George Conway. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Andrew Neil and Michael Wolff. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Elliot Kauffman, Christian Gonzalez and Madeleine Kearns. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Taylor Lorenz and Natasha Simons. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Toni Airaksinen. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

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Caroline McCarthy. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Andrew Neil. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

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Freddy Gray. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Ben Judah and Matt McDonald. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Melissa Chen and Benjamin Riley. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Melissa Chen. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Madeleine Kearns, Chadwick Moore, Robin Weaver and Jon Levine. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

Chadwick Moore and Madeleine Kearns. Picture: Tom Ragan / The Spectator

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