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One week to save Britain

13 September 2014

Next week, the most important vote in recent British history will be held. Indeed, it may well turn out to be one of the last ballots in British history. Seven… Read more

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13 September 2014

Home England suddenly began to take the prospect of Scottish independence seriously after a poll of 1,084 people by YouGov put support for it at 51 per cent and opposition… Read more

13 September 2014

Birth of a nation A reminder of how England and Scotland came to be one country: — Proposals had been made throughout the 17th century, with English Whigs generally in… Read more

13 September 2014

The other Tory split Sir: With regard to the article by James Forsyth (‘The great Tory split’, 6 September), there is another dimension to the future of the Conservative party of… Read more

From the archives

13 September 2014

‘An apology’, from The Spectator, 12 September 1914: We are informed that a story told in a letter from a correspondent signing herself ‘A Country District Visitor’, and published on August… Read more

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'Please, stay with us': the best of Spectator readers' letters to Scottish voters

13 September 2014

At 9.30 p.m. last Saturday news broke that Scotland’s ‘yes’ campaign had established its first opinion poll lead. Since then, the country has been confronting the possibility of its impending… Read more

‘Oppy Wood, 1917, Evening’, 1918, by John Nash

Books and arts

13 September 2014
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Ukrainian tanks line up in Donetsk Photo: AFP/Getty

Nato must rediscover its purpose, or it will end up losing a war

6 September 2014

This week’s Nato summit was originally intended to look back on lessons learned from Afghanistan and reflect on the notion that (as Barack Obama put it) a ‘decade of war… Read more

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6 September 2014

Home Britain’s terror threat level was raised from ‘substantial’ to ‘severe’ in response to fighting in Iraq and Syria, meaning that an attack on Britain was ‘highly likely’. Three days… Read more

6 September 2014

In poor taste US Ambassador Matthew Barzun attracted the ire of chefs for complaining that he had been served lamb and potatoes too often since arriving in Britain. Some others… Read more

World War I: Destruction of Louvain by the Germans

From the archives

6 September 2014

From ‘The giving up of Louvain to “Military Execution”,’ The Spectator, 5 September 1914: Germany has dealt herself the hardest blow which she has yet suffered in the war. By… Read more

6 September 2014

Advice for Cameron Sir: David Cameron once saved my life from a school of Portuguese man o’ war jellyfish, so now’s the time for me to save his political life… Read more

‘The Astronomer’, 1867, a portrait of Sir John Herschel by Julia Margaret Cameron, great-aunt of Virginia Woolf

Books and arts

6 September 2014
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Who will be held to account for the horror in Rotherham?

30 August 2014

If Rotherham council were a family, its children would have been removed by social services long ago, and Ma and Pa Rotherham would be safely behind bars. Professor Alexis Jay’s… Read more

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30 August 2014

Home Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said that Britons who went to Syria or Iraq to fight could be stripped of their citizenship, if they had dual nationality or were… Read more

30 August 2014

Not in their name The BBC decided to start calling the Islamic terror group Isis by the acronym IS instead. Some organisations who are retaining the name: — Isis Equity… Read more

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From the archives

30 August 2014

From ‘Left behind’, The Spectator, 29 August 1914: In the poorer streets a kind of holiday atmosphere prevails, and a sort of excitement which is in a measure pleasurable fills the… Read more

30 August 2014

We do remember them Sir: I applaud Tazi Husain’s defence of the role played by Baroness Warsi at Westminster Abbey during the first world war and his own role in… Read more

‘Theatreland’, 1915, by MacDonald Gill

Books and arts

30 August 2014
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A policeman stands guard outside Tilbury Docks, where one man was found dead alongside 34 other people inside a shipping container Photo: Getty

Asylum seekers are dying in British ports. It’s time we looked after them properly.

23 August 2014

The tale is now familiar: shouts are heard from inside a freight container and police are called. A cargo of human beings is discovered, some gravely ill. This happened last… Read more

Portrait-of-the-week

23 August 2014

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, writing of the Islamic State in northern Iraq, said: ‘If we do not act to stem the onslaught of this exceptionally dangerous terrorist movement,… Read more

Workers carry out cleaning and maintenance work on the clock face of Big Ben in 2007 (Photo: CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

23 August 2014

Tough at the top The clocks on Big Ben were cleaned by abseiling window-cleaners. Some other big cleaning/painting jobs: — Repainting the Forth Railway Bridge used to be a metaphor… Read more