With no coalition partner, George Osborne negotiates himself out of £12bn welfare cut

Let’s face it: George Osborne’s pledge to save £12 billion from welfare over two years was never really credible. He never told us where… Continue reading

Eurozone meeting breaks up with no agreement, full EU summit Sunday

Prime Minister Tsipras Meets With Chancellor Merkel In Berlin

The meeting of Eurozone leaders in Brussels has just broken up. There is still no agreement on a new deal… Continue reading

Revealed: David Cameron’s plan to bring back hunting

The Avon Vale Hunt Meet Marks The Opening Of The Fox Hunting Season

When Bill Clinton was asked if he had ever smoked marijuana he uttered the infamous cop-out that he had smoked… Continue reading

Tories ‘to slow welfare cuts’ in Budget, reports suggest

U.K. Chancellor Of The Exchequer George Osborne Delivers 2015 Spring Budget

Tomorrow’s Budget is expected to be brutal, with the Conservatives recognising that now is the time to inflict the maximum… Continue reading

You’ll never understand Greece from a God’s eye view

Greece Facing Uncertain Future After Rejecting EU Proposals

We were breakfasting outside on the morning of the Greek referendum. The result could only be guessed at and all… Continue reading

Crowdfunding campaign to bail out Greece fails to meet its target


After the people of Greece voted against the bailout terms on offer in Sunday’s referendum, the likelihood of the country… Continue reading

Calm down: English Votes for English Laws is a very minor modest proposal

The four patron saints of Great Britain, (from left to right) St Patrick of Ireland, St George of England, St Andrew of Scotland and St David of Wales on a drunken spree. Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Ed Miliband – remember him? – has just told the House of Commons that the government’s proposals for so-called English… Continue reading

Tories nervous of EVEL rebellion

Grayling works on TV licence reform

MPs are getting very worked up in this afternoon’s emergency debate on English Votes for English Laws. Depending on which… Continue reading

The Greeks haven’t exactly got negotiations off to a good start

Newly appointed Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos (Photo: John Thys/Getty)

Eurozone leaders are holding a summit later today to discuss the Greeks’ proposal for dealing with their debt that was… Continue reading

Tory MP appears topless in new commercial

Johnny Mercer, the Tory MP, appears topless in a new Dove commercial

As one of the new intake of MPs in this Parliament, Johnny Mercer will be full of ambition for the… Continue reading

BBC performs U-turn over Wimbledon 2Day

The BBC's Wimbledon coverage has changed venue following complaints from viewers

Last night Clare Balding greeted viewers of the BBC’s much lampooned Wimbledon 2Day with the news that they had relocated from… Continue reading

Five tricks that George Osborne may pull in his Budget tomorrow


It’s Budget day tomorrow, and as James Forsyth put it recently, George Osborne will never have a better time to… Continue reading

Ministers aim to make Sunday less ‘miserable’ by relaxing Sunday trading laws

Prime Minister David Cameron Announces His New Cabinet

The latest pre-Budget trail in the newspapers is that the government plans to confront an issue that caused Margaret Thatcher’s… Continue reading

The Spectator at war: Mass movement

Over the top -- British soldiers in the trenches. Image: Getty

From ‘The Impulse of the Phalanx’, The Spectator, 10 July 1915: A mass of men, large enough to be beyond the… Continue reading

Labour MP: I’m supporting Yvette Cooper because she’s a mother

Politics - Labour Party Headshots

How, as a seasoned politician, might you decide who to back in the party’s leadership contest? It might be that… Continue reading

Merkel strikes an uncompromising tone as the ECB tightens the squeeze on the Greek banks

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François Hollande and Angela Merkel have both given brief statements to the media ahead of their dinner this evening. Hollande… Continue reading

Magic Mike XXL reviewed: stripping can be sexy – but lying on a pinned-down woman’s face is not


It’s hard to overstate how much I wanted to like Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the 2012 Steven Soderbergh… Continue reading

‘A lot of bands know how to rock. Not many know how to roll’: AC/DC at Wembley reviewed

Brian Johnson and Angus Young of AC/DC at Wembley Stadium.
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The main thing that strikes you as you watch AC/DC whip 70,000 people into a frenzy at Wembley stadium is,… Continue reading

Time running out for a Greek deal warns Osborne

People queue outside a Greek bank. (Image: Getty).

Right now, Britain is sitting on the side-lines waiting to see if there is, to use George Osborne’s phrase, an… Continue reading

Is your barbecue racist? The Guardian would like to know

David Cameron and Barack Obama bond over a barbecue in the Downing Street garden. Picture: Getty

Earlier this year the Guardian vetoed HP sauce for its readers on the grounds that it is the sauce of the establishment.… Continue reading

How the trade unions make it more difficult for Labour to win back Ukip voters

Stand up to Ukip protest

Do unions like Unite want Labour to win the next election? A fair few people, including a number of Labourites,… Continue reading

The self-taught French pianist who wowed the Tchaikovsky music competition

Lucas Debargue at the 2015 Tchaikovsky music competition

Vladimir Putin was sitting a few rows in front of me last Thursday evening in Moscow listening patiently to three… Continue reading

How can Labour avoid being a useless Opposition in this week’s Budget?

The State Opening Of Parliament

One of the toughest jobs in politics is responding to a Budget. It’s the job of the leader of the… Continue reading

Anna Soubry and Alex Salmond bury the hatchet following sexism row


Only last month, Alex Salmond found himself at the centre of a sexism row after he told Anna Soubry to… Continue reading

Does anybody still believe that the EU is a benign institution?

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Ever since Margaret Thatcher U-turned in the dying days of her premiership, there has been a kind of agreement between… Continue reading

Exclusive: top Scottish academic speaks out over Mhairi Black ‘slut’ tweet


After Scottish Labour compiled a dossier of online abuse by cybernats, Scottish nationalists were quick to respond that supporters of other… Continue reading

Cheer up! The Greek crisis shows you were right all along

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I don’t know whether the joy on the right was worse than the preening on the left last night but… Continue reading

The Spectator at war: Light boats

Destroyers on duty: Admiral Beatty's battle cruiser squadron deflecting the German fleet from bombarding the British coast during the Battle of Jutland (1916). Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

From ‘News of the Week‘, The Spectator, 10 July 1915: IN the western theatre of the war there has been… Continue reading

Greece has chosen to inflict heavy economic damage on itself

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The Greek referendum will change nothing. Greek voters already expressed their great dissatisfaction with the bailout packages when they elected Syriza… Continue reading

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis resigns


If Greece had voted ‘Yes’ to the austerity package proposed by its creditors, then there would have been a round… Continue reading

Greece says No, will Germany now try and kick it out of the Euro?


Greece has voted No in the referendum and resoundingly so. With more than 90 percent of the votes counted, No… Continue reading

Alexis Tsipras asked if people were happy. The answer was always going to be ‘no’

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (Photo: Getty)

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has just done something unthinkable. He has won the Greek referendum. And make no mistake, it was… Continue reading

German rhetoric suggests that they are preparing to try and kick Greece out of the Euro

Prime Minister Tsipras Meets With Chancellor Merkel In Berlin

Greece has voted No, and resoundingly so. But the reaction from Berlin tonight does not suggest that Germany is prepared… Continue reading

The Greeks have voted ‘no’. Now, the real crisis will begin

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In a landslide vote, the Greeks have said ‘no’ to the latest EU bailout deal – and, perhaps, to the Euro itself. Alexis… Continue reading

Greek voters say Oxi, what will the Eurozone do now?

(Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty)

With half the votes counted, the No side in the Greek referendum is leading by 61% to 39%. With this… Continue reading



'We need a new word for crisis': the view from Athens

Its people face an uncertain and frightening future

Let's fight terror - by holidaying in gorgeous, welcoming Tunisia


It needs – and deserves – British visitors more than ever

Hallelujah! The England cricket team is fun again

England v New Zealand - 5th ODI Royal London One-Day Series 2015

At long last, the England cricket team have rediscovered their love of the game

If Putin comes, the Poles are waiting - a report from Nato's new frontline


Nato’s beefed-up military exercises are impressive – and ominous

The wonderful, vanishing world of the handwritten letter


In praise of the old-fashioned letter-writer

The pitfalls of picnics (and how to avoid them)

First he brought limp salad, and now it’s drizzling

Strange, isn’t it, that despite having such famously terrible weather, we Brits are so fond of a picnic. It’s something to do with making the most of what sunshine we… Read more


Queen Elizabeth II Visits Berlin

Why won't Cameron seize his chance on the EU?

Few European leaders have been luckier than David Cameron. First he was sent Ed Miliband. Now events in Greece may… Read more

Charles Moore’s Notes: Now even the FT has joined in issuing threats to the Greek people

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‘The Greek people,’ the Financial Times leading article said on Monday, ‘would be well advised to listen closely to the… Read more

Sorry, but you can’t take the Islam out of Islamic State

(Photo: Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

At last, British politicians have been galvanised into action by the appalling events last weekend in the Tunisian resort of… Read more

Must all Children’s Laureates be tedious lefties?

Malorie Blackman (Photo: Getty)

Unless you’re an avid reader of the Guardian, you’re probably blissfully unaware that Britain has a new Children’s Laureate. His… Read more

Christine Lagarde didn’t create the Greek crisis. But she might not survive it

Christine Lagarde (Photo: Getty)

The Greek drama took a turn few of us expected last week, when the world thought compromise was imminent. What… Read more


Robert Moses in 1952

The sadist who wrecked New York, and the last of the great biographers

John R. MacArthur on the bureaucratic titan who gratuitously bulldozed a great city and displaced and demoralised half a million of its inhabitants

The boy who rebuilt the sun on earth


In 2008, when Taylor Wilson was 14, he created a working nuclear fusion reactor,… Read more

Copyright: the great rock’n’roll swindle

The Sex Pistols stole the introduction to ‘Pretty Vacant’ from Abba’s ‘SOS’ (Photo: Getty)

For a music fan, the quiz question, ‘Who wrote “This Land is Your Land”?’… Read more

The end of the world: an illustrated guide

‘The Number of the Beast is 666’ by William Blake

At the heart of the eschatological ideology of the Islamic State is the belief… Read more

Hirohito, MacArthur and other villains

American marines coming ashore at Guadalcanal, 1942 (Photo: Getty)

The history of ‘great events’, Voltaire wrote, is ‘hardly more than the history of… Read more

Wrangles over the Rust Belt

Derelict Detroit: You don’t have to live like this (Photo: Getty)

In the opening sentence of this subtle and finely poised novel, the narrator, Greg… Read more

The fast, furious life of Max Mosley

Ecclestone and Mosley at Brands Hatch in 1978 — a double-act worthy of Ealing Studios

Max Mosley’s autobiography has been much anticipated: by the motor racing world, by the… Read more

The weather: a very British obsession

Henry Coxwell and James Glaisher in their balloon car, studying the moisture content of the atmosphere

As I got into a Brighton taxi this morning, my driver’s first words were… Read more


Beat generation: the indispensable Ringo Starr in 1964

Ringo's no joke. He was a genius and the Beatles were lucky to have him

Ringo’s no joke, says James Woodall. He was a genius and the Beatles were lucky to have him 

The Sun King deserves better than this silly cabaret from Birmingham Royal Ballet

William Bracewell as Louis XIV in The King Dances. Photo: Bill Cooper

It’s a comfort that the creation of a new ballet inspired by French court entertainment can still happen in the… Read more

Poetic or pretentious? Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust at the Royal Academy reviewed

‘Untitled (Tilly Losch)’, c.1935–38, by Joseph Cornell

Someone once asked Joseph Cornell who was his favourite abstract artist of his time. It was a perfectly reasonable question… Read more

Michael Eavis has brought more joy to more people than almost any Englishman alive

Patti Smith introduces the Dalai Lama to the crowd (Photo: Getty)

I had meant to write a dispassionate account of this year’s Glastonbury, really I had. But I’m afraid my plans… Read more

The gang rape was the least offensive thing about Royal Opera's new William Tell

John Osborn as Arnold in the Royal Opera's controversial new William Tell. Photo: ROH/ Clive Barda

There’s no such thing as a tasteful rape scene — or there certainly shouldn’t be. It’s an act of grossest… Read more

The Seagull needs a roof to stop Chekhov's subtleties flying off

The Seagull: Sabrina Bartlett as Nina (Photo Johan Persson)

A new Seagull lands in Regent’s Park. Director Matthew Dunster has lured Chekhov’s classic into a leafy corner of north… Read more

Masterly and heartbreaking: Amy reviewed

Amy Winehouse: ‘not a fake bone in her tiny body’

Asif Kapadia’s documentary about Amy Winehouse, whom Tony Bennett describes as ‘one of the truest jazz singers that ever lived’,… Read more

Does history provide the answer to what happened in Tunisia?

American troops on the march during the First World War, 1917 (Photo: Getty)

There’s a part of me that thinks OK, we’ve heard enough now, one year on from the beginning of the… Read more


Greek PM Urges A No Vote In Sunday's Referendum As Greek Economic Crisis Deepens

My big embarrassing Greek royal wedding

Tempus sure fugit, and how. Twenty years ago, on Saturday 1 July 1995, monarchs from around the world descended on… Read more

The dangers of praise


Rachel Johnson, in last week’s Spectator diary, says that her husband says she only writes a book in order to… Read more

House-hunting in Cobham has driven me to the verge of insanity


This much I know, I never want to live in an ‘executive home’, and neither do I want to live… Read more

First I cursed the Calais migrants — then I thanked them


The Eurostar train descended gently into the Channel Tunnel, went halfway along it, and then stopped. There it remained for… Read more