Which way will Greece vote?

This time tomorrow, we’ll have had the first projections from the Greek referendum. We will have an idea as to… Continue reading

Isis aren’t the only ones guilty of censoring the past

Nothing is safe, not even a joyous, throwaway TV show

Aside from reports about terrorism, war and the Vatican cosying up to Naomi Klein, few news stories this year have… Continue reading

Spectator competition: Anyone for tennis? (plus: poems on the underground)

New balls please. Image: Getty

To mark the beginning of Wimbledon, competitors were invited to take as their first line ‘There’s a breathless hush on… Continue reading

Does the EU want the Greeks to vote for Golden Dawn?

Supporters of the ultra nationalist party Golden Dawn during a demonstration outside parliament (Photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty)

If Greece does vote Yes, and Mr Tsipras has to go, who is left to run the country? The voters have… Continue reading

The Spectator at war: Russian retreat

Russian infantry on parade, Russia, 1914. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 3 July 1915: During the week the Russians have been falling back in… Continue reading

In pictures: The Spectator’s readers’ tea party


‘They are just as you hope they’d be,’ said my colleague Damian Thompson midway through our readers’ tea party today.… Continue reading

Laurence Fox: I don’t like foxes


Last night Brian May claimed that foxes are not vermin when he appeared on This Week to criticise government plans… Continue reading

British culture can’t cope with a heatwave

Holborn during a heatwave  (Photo: Keystone/Getty Images)

I find it almost frightening to be stuck in London in a heatwave. It is not just the bad air.… Continue reading

Lib Dems claw back power from the Tories

Vince Cable lost his seat to the Conservatives in the general election

When Vince Cable lost his seat to the Tories in the general election, it was a a victory that brought much… Continue reading

Free movement isn’t an inalienable right. Just look at Calais

A striking employee of the French company My Ferry Link (Photo: Philippe Huguen/Getty)

The right to free movement of people and goods across the EU is, as we keep being told when the… Continue reading

Is Cameron ready for his European opportunity?

David Cameron Meets With Angela Merkel In Berlin

Could Greek voters back austerity measures to keep their country in the eurozone this weekend? Today’s papers cover a poll… Continue reading

The Spectator at war: A struggle in Bohemia

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

From ‘John Hus’, The Spectator, 3 July 1915: Here and there we have indications that this titanic struggle has not… Continue reading

Isil stands for Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Does David Cameron not realise this?


It is very easy to make David Cameron and the Scottish National Party look ridiculous. But as every soldier and… Continue reading

Harriet Harman blasts George Osborne for distasteful PMQs joke

Harriet Harman at The Spectator summer party

When George Osborne covered for David Cameron at PMQs last month, it was seen as his chance to prove to his critics that he… Continue reading

Podcast: Greece’s tragedy, David Cameron’s EU opportunity and expanding Heathrow


This podcast is sponsored by Berry Bros, The Spectator’s house red The crisis in Greece is rapidly turning into a… Continue reading

Why are politicians trying to boss the BBC around?

(Photo: Getty)

One of the most striking things about the debate in the Commons this afternoon on Britain and International Security was… Continue reading

Polygamy could be the next sexual liberation campaign


Back in the early 1990s when the kind old 17th Duke of Norfolk was special guest at prize-giving night at… Continue reading

The head of Ofsted wants to fine ‘feckless’ parents. Is he in the wrong job?

Sir Michael Wilshaw (Photo: Getty)

Sir Michael Wilshaw may have been in charge of Ofsted since January 2012 – he is arguably the most important educationalist in the… Continue reading

Labour sets out conditions for supporting intervention against Isis in Syria

Michael Fallon

Michael Fallon was very careful indeed to push the issue of military action against Isis in Syria in as gentle… Continue reading

If only more people joined Islamic State

The family from Luton are though to have entered Syria to join Islamic State (Photo: Bedfordshire police)

Here’s the headline from the Daily Mail: Family of 12 from Luton – including a baby and two grandparents who… Continue reading

Michael Fallon to urge MPs to think again on strikes in Syria


Michael Fallon is making the case to MPs today for British airstrikes against Isis in Syria. The Defence Secretary yesterday… Continue reading

The Spectator at war: Masters of the field

The L2, a German naval zeppelin, during World War I.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

From ‘Bogy-Mongering’, The Spectator, 3 July 1915: Of late there have been all sorts of dark hints and rumours as… Continue reading

The Spectator summer party, in pictures


With a Tory majority to celebrate, the Cabinet turned out in full force for this year’s Spectator summer party. As David… Continue reading

Podcast special: The case for Heathrow expansion


After three years and £20m, Sir Howard Davies’ Airports Commission has made its recommendation: Heathrow should have a third runway,… Continue reading

Yes, this is England’s hottest July day ever. But this tells us nothing about global warming

Members of the public keep cool in a water fountain in central London on July 1, 2015.

If you were deliberately trying to obtain a record high temperature reading an international airport would be a good place… Continue reading

What happens next with Heathrow?

An airliner comes in to land at Heathrow Airport on August 11, 2014 in London, England.

Now that the Davies Commission has made its recommendation, the ball is back in the government’s court. The biggest immediate… Continue reading

Ed Miliband makes a return to frontline politics

Ed Miliband Campaigns In Wales

Ed Miliband was praised for his integrity by George Osborne after he returned to the Commons and gave a speech so… Continue reading

Rachel Wolf to Number 10

Rachel Wolf, the founder of the New Schools Network.

Good news for those who value the Michael Gove education agenda, Rachel Wolf — the founder of the New Schools… Continue reading

PMQs Sketch: Airports and angry Nats

Airport Commission Report A Backs Third Runway At Heathrow

Chooom! Davies has arrived. Sir Howard’s report made a text-book landing on the PM’s desk yesterday afternoon and began taxiing… Continue reading

It’s time to measure child poverty properly

Deprived Areas Of Inner City Glasgow

David Cameron’s decision to bin the disastrous measure of child poverty  is an important step towards improving young people’s life… Continue reading

Greek referendum going ahead as Tsipras again urges No vote

Greece Calls For A Vote On Proposed Bailout

After much speculation that the Greek referendum was about to be cancelled, Alexis Tsipras has just appeared on Greek television… Continue reading

Why is the FT ordering Greece to do what Germany wants?

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attends a military welcome ceremony with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Photo: Getty)

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

Norman Lamb on Peppa Pig: ‘It can start very young, this sense of attraction to someone of your own sex’

Daddy, George, Peppa and Mummy Pig from the cartoon Peppa Pig.

Is it time for a lesbian couple on Peppa Pig? Norman Lamb thinks so. In an interview with PinkNews, the Lib Dem… Continue reading

PMQs: David Cameron gives the impression he isn’t sold on a third runway at Heathrow

David Cameron at PMQs today. Photo: BBC.

Harriet Harman began at PMQs by asking about the situation in Tunisia. The mood of the House was appropriately sombre… Continue reading

Boo the knee-jerk reaction to William Tell not the rape scene

Royal Opera's controversial new production of Rossini's William Tell. Photo: Clive Barda

‘I blame Princess Diana’, was my guest’s response to it all. Certainly, there is much we might lay at the… 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

(Photo: Getty)

‘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