Prime Minister David Cameron Meets Newly Appointed Leader Of The Conservatives In Scotland Ruth Davidson

Have the Scottish Tories been detoxified?

The referendum campaign was a mixed experience for the Scottish Tories. On the one hand, it was a reminder of… Continue reading

The Spectator at war: Servants of the nation

Evelyn Baring, 1st Earl of Cromer

From The Spectator, 19 September 1914: Friday’s Times contains a letter from Lord Cromer on “Germany and Ourselves” which will give… Continue reading

In praise of Alex Salmond

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Alex Salmond has proved himself the most effective party leader in Europe, let alone Britain. He has just run a… Continue reading

Miliband’s carnival of constitutional tinkering


There is a certain irony in the fact that Miliband is protecting his party’s Scottish advantage by accusing the Prime… Continue reading

Podcast special: Alex Salmond’s resignation

Alex Salmond leaves the press conference where he announced his resignation. Picture: Getty

Was Alex Salmond’s resignation a surprise? And what should the SNP do now that it has lost the referendum that… Continue reading

The left cannot be an anti-English movement.


  During the referendum campaign nothing astonished me and Labour campaigners more than left wing English intellectuals embracing Scottish nationalism.… Continue reading

Breaking: Alex Salmond resigns

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In the past few minutes, Alex Salmond has told a press conference that he is resigning as leader of the… Continue reading

Who can explain the dead rabbits I keep seeing everywhere?


Can anyone explain why there are so many dead rabbits lying around at the moment? I’ve found three in my… Continue reading

Celebrities react badly to the referendum result

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As the Saltires are put away and the fireworks dismantled, some celebrities waking up to the Scottish referendum result took it… Continue reading

Indyref: Will Westminster really change?

The Final Day Of Campaigning For The Scottish Referendum Ahead Of Tomorrow's Historic Vote

Lord Ashcroft’s post-referendum Scotland poll gives politicians claiming they’ve ‘heard’ voters a number of clues if in reality they’re still… Continue reading

With malice toward none and with charity towards all, now the real work begins

Scotland Decides - The Result Of the Scottish Referendum On Independence Is Announced

Relief, actually. Not joy. A battle won is better than a battle lost but still an exhausting, bloody, business. There… Continue reading

David Cameron’s statement to the nation on devolution

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Here’s the full text of the Prime Minister’s speech this morning in reaction to the ‘No’ vote in the Scottish… Continue reading

The aftermath of Scotland’s ‘no’ vote

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We’re drawing this live blog to a close, but we’ll keep you updated on the day’s events in fresh posts on Coffee House.… Continue reading

Scotland rejects independence – as it happened


No has won the referendum. Scotland won’t become independent, but it will get new devolved powers, David Cameron promised this morning.… Continue reading

Fear and loathing in the Vatican


Here is a picture of Cardinal Raymond Burke, whose grand title of Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura is… Continue reading

Our Scottish campaign will encourage English Nationalism unless the voice of England is heard


This is an extract from a speech delivered by Tory MP Conor Burns at a Conservative association dinner in Chris… Continue reading

Podcast: the night Britain holds its breath

The Annual Cowal Highland Games

Well, it’s going to be a nail-biter. The voting has closed, and I’ve just spoken to Hamish Macdonell and James… Continue reading

Spectator writers on the good, the bad and the ugly moments of the IndyRef

Bob Geldof tries to keep the Union together (Photo: Getty)

James Forsyth Until that YouGov poll putting Yes ahead, the No camp had steered clear of making an emotional appeal.… Continue reading

Scottish independence referendum results: what to expect

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Coffee House is ready to cover the independence referendum results, and we’ll be bringing you news and analysis throughout the night.… Continue reading

Even if it’s a No vote, the fall out will be very complicated

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The most startling development over the past few days has not only been the narrowing of the polls but the… Continue reading

The John Cantlie video shows Islamic State have taken a leaf out of Vice’s book


Islamic State (IS) have just released a new video that features the journalist John Cantlie. Until now, his whereabouts in Syria… Continue reading

Labour seeks business support for faster increases in the minimum wage

Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband Speaks At The Scottish Labour conference

With Labour conference next week, a letter has gone out to business people from Alan Buckle, the senior accountant who Ed… Continue reading

In praise of Den-zel

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His Christian name is only two syllables, with the stress (following the African-American pronunciation) on the second. Two syllables that… Continue reading

Whoever wins Scotland’s referendum, the ‘yes’ side has emphatically won the campaign

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As I left Edinburgh this morning, en route to Inverness, I passed about four ‘yes’ activists cheerily wishing me good… Continue reading

A No vote will create a schism between the voters of Scotland and its artists and writers

Alasdair Gray: 'You can only learn to govern yourself by doing it'

With the Scottish independence referendum drawing closer, two Newsweek Europe magazine correspondents and friends – Finlay Young (Scotsman), and Simon… Continue reading

The Spectator at war: A heroic little nation

1914:  Members of the Serbian reserve forces, encamped near Belgrade.  (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

From ‘A review of the war’, The Spectator, 19 September 1914: It is the duty of all English publicists to… Continue reading

Podcast: Campaign errors, Scotland turns its back and Anglican wars over women bishops

Argyll And Southern Highlanders Home Coming Parade

Scotland goes to the polls today, but whichever way the vote goes, it’s clear who lost the campaign: ‘No’ was… Continue reading

Salmond uses final rally to congratulate campaigners


Anyone listening to Alex Salmond’s final pro-independence rally tonight in Perth might have been forgiven for thinking the ‘Yes’ campaign… Continue reading


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The fatal mistakes of Sweden's David Cameron

What Cameron can learn from the defeat of Swedish moderniser Fredrik Reinfeldt

The Union is saved – but at what cost?


The Nos have it, but Britain has been left a divided country. How did our politicians get the referendum battle so wrong?

To catch a killer

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Politicians’ promises to bring those who murder British hostages to justice almost never come true

The wonder of learning to fly


Nothing beats taking to the air when it’s you piloting the plane

Women on Facebook are too bitchy even for me


My female friends’ social media habits are too bitchy even for me

Conservative Anglicans’ emergency plan to escape women bishops

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To escape women bishops, Church of England conservatives are preparing a communion of their own

Henry Kissinger interview: ‘I don’t see the wisdom there once was’


Henry Kissinger on statesmanship from Richelieu to Obama



Sometimes stereotypes are true – and that includes the ones about the British

‘No Jews, No Jews!’ the children were told when they attempted to enter the Sports Direct store in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.… Read more

Yes or no, I’ll never feel the same about the Scots


I doubt I’m alone among English readers of this magazine in having felt uncomfortable with our last issue. ‘Please stay… Read more

The ‘no’ campaign’s problem was that it sounded like me


Journalistically speaking, it’s been a good year to be Scottish and Jewish. Had I been a Welsh Zoroastrian, say, I… Read more

Santander’s secret: to conquer the world, stay like a small-town bank


Four years ago, I wrote that I knew no dark rumours about Santander, the rising force in UK high street… Read more


‘Interior (Innenraum)’, 1981, by Anselm Kiefer

'I like vanished things': Anselm Kiefer on art, alchemy and his childhood

Martin Gayford talks to a surprisingly jolly Anselm Kiefer about art and metamorphosis

The man who brought Cubism to New York

‘Moonrise and Pale Dancer’ by Derek Hyatt

The American Jewish artist Max Weber (1881–1961) was born in Belostok in Russia (now Bialystok in Poland), and although he… Read more

Wedding music lives or dies at the hands of the organist


A few weeks ago I was at the perfect wedding. My young friend Will Heaven, a comment editor at the… Read more

If you have teenage boys who loathe the very idea of theatre, send them to The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong. Photo: Alastair Muir

It’s taken a while but here it is. The Play That Goes Wrong is like Noises Off, but simpler. Michael… Read more

Is Anna Nicole’s absurd life worth our while? Not as much as Otello’s

Eloquent: Allan Clayton as Cassio in Otello

So how did London’s two big opera companies launch their new seasons last week? Not perhaps in the way you… Read more

20,000 Days On Earth: is Nick Cave the missing link? Or the next stage in evolution?


Inspired by Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never (2011), Katy Perry’s Part of Me (2012) and One Direction’s This Is Us… Read more

The sofa that became a work of art


Last week on Front Row (Radio 4) the singer Joyce DiDonato recalled the advice she gave the new graduates of… Read more

I love that people assume I’m gay

Status Quo. Photo: BBC

At a birthday dinner over the weekend I was introduced to this delightful party girl of a certain age whose… Read more


All things for everyone, everywhere. You can even buy the shop. Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images

What is to be done about a world where everything is for sale?

Next time you read about an auctioneer’s gavel coming down on a $150 million painting bought by some flunkey representing the ruling family of Qatar, don’t ooh or aah, but… Read more

A game of dominoes turns ugly

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I’m round at Amy and Bill’s for Sunday afternoon tea. Amy and Bill are my in-laws, kind of. When I was courting their daughter, I used to spend most of… Read more

If the RSPCA can prosecute you, why shouldn't it take Freedom of Information requests?

The RSPCA at Aintree. Good luck finding anything out about them. Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

After a rush of blood to the head, I decided it might be a good idea to ask some awkward questions of the RSPCA. Oh no, I hear you cry.… Read more

Reasons for feeling Scottish

Shieldhill – the ancestral home of the Chancellor family and the house that links Alexander with Scotland. Photo: Pete Birkinshaw from flickr.com/photos/binaryape/35625924/ (CC BY 2.0)

Sometimes I say I’m Scottish, a claim often greeted with understandable derision. I was born in England, in Hertfordshire, went to school and university in England and, apart from some… Read more

When jockeys earn so little, temptation is not surprising

Runners clear an early fence in The Champagne Joseph Perrier Maiden Steeple Chase Race run at Fontwell Racecourse. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)

While Mrs Oakley was patrolling the aisles in Waitrose one day recently, I slipped off into my local betting shop. There, too, fresh from the pub, was Mr Knowall on… Read more