Harry Mount

An obituary for the Bullingdon Club, by one of its old boys

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Cameron and Osborne made my old university club famous. Now it has died of overexposure

How to stay sane in Trumpworld

4 February 2017 9:00 am

How to keep your head amid the craziness

An elegant curiosity: Thomas Telford’s Pontycysyllte Aqueduct in north-east Wales, completed in 1805, is the longest and highest in Britain and a World Heritage Site

Thomas Telford: a man, a plan and 17 canals

21 January 2017 9:00 am

During David Cameron’s years as prime minister, an unobtrusive figure could be seen slipping out of the back entrance to…

Let someone else do the polishing

Why I turned down two free cars

14 January 2017 9:00 am

On two occasions, sainted members of my family have offered me a car for nothing. Both times, I turned them…

On a wintry clifftop, I stumble on one of the great sights of British nature

7 January 2017 9:00 am

On New Year’s Day I went for a swim off Broad Haven beach in Pembrokeshire. The water was 10.3ºC: pretty…

The library photographed in 1958

The north London library that helped create the Russian Revolution

12 November 2016 9:00 am

There’s a small corner of Clerkenwell where the communist dream never died. The Marx Memorial Library has been in its…

Avoiding the steepest slopes in Verbier

3 November 2016 9:00 am

Skiing in Verbier can be astoundingly expensive… or surprisingly affordable. Harry Mount knows where to head for a better deal

Meet Boris Mark II - the future Prime Minister

8 October 2016 9:00 am

His jokes are back – but under much tighter control

Rievaulx: only swifts and pigeons break the silence

Stay amid the stones of Rievaulx

3 September 2016 9:00 am

We’re so used to looking at the abbeys smashed up by Henry VIII — particularly Rievaulx and Byland, in north…

Can anything stop the curse of the sequel?

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Walking along the Brighton seafront, I was struck by posters advertising endless tribute acts; among them Suspiciously Elvis, the Small…

Our Elvis obsession remains astonishingly robust

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Elvis only ever appeared in one commercial in his life — for Southern Maid, his favourite jam doughnut shop. That…

Ancient worlds collide: Alexander and Porus at the Battle of Hydaspes, in what is now Punjab, painted by Charles Le Brun, 1673

Yes, classicists ignore the East – this books shows why

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Classics is a boastful subject. Even the name — classics — has an inner boast; as does the classics course…

In praise of Boris Johnson’s work ethic

9 July 2016 9:00 am

If more people had Boris Johnson’s work ethic, we’d all be better off

Warning: black tie will not make you feel like this

Black tie is an infallible sign of a bad party

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Men don’t look good in black tie. They might think that they look like Sean Connery in Dr No, but…

Algy Cluff on Margaret Thatcher, Robert Mugabe and Brexit

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Former Spectator owner Algy Cluff on Margaret Thatcher, Robert Mugabe and Brexit

‘True Love’ detail, 1981, by Posy Simmonds

The British are leaders in graphic novels so why do we not take the art form more seriously?

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Art Spiegelman, the American cartoonist behind Maus, the celebrated Holocaust cartoon, dreamt up a good definition of graphic novels: comics…

Fasten victim: why will so few shops sell me a three-button suit?

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Harry Mount asks why he now has to struggle to find a three-button suit

Irish Citizen Army soldiers on rooftops in Dublin before the Easter Rising of 1916

The holy relics of the Easter Rising: from hallowed flags to rebel biscuits

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The reverence for those involved in the Easter Rising is evident in an exhibition devoted to its centenary, says Harry Mount

Morning glory: a walk through the abbey cloisters takes Westminster School pupils to 9 a.m. school service... and Harry to deliver his speech

I ignored Westminster Abbey as a schoolboy. Now I’m at the pulpit singing its praises

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Young Harry Mount barely noticed Westminster Abbey during 400 school services. Thirty years later he sang its praises from the pulpit

Justin Trudeau has his mother’s looks – and his father’s dodgy economics

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Justin Trudeau has his mother’s good looks – and his father’s dodgy economics

Boris and Dave’s schoolboy rivalry is journalistic wishful thinking

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The Prime Minister is pretty angry with Boris. But the idea that they’ve competed with each other since school is…

The death of General Gordon by George W. Joy

Why the British make a virtue of defeat

20 February 2016 9:00 am

When Henry Worsley died last month attempting the first solo, unaided expedition across the Antarctic, he was 30 miles short…

The history of London through its parish churches

16 January 2016 9:00 am

John Betjeman, the patron saint of English parish churches, once warned against praising British buildings too much. Be careful before…

The secret brilliance of Prince Philip’s ‘gaffes’

7 November 2015 9:00 am

I’ve just been on the receiving end of a Prince Philip gaffe, of sorts, and I loved it. It was…

Corbyn's purge of the Oxbridge set

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Labour was once the clever party. Under Jeremy Corbyn, its front bench is purged of Oxbridge intellectuals