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No, he didn’t: Obama’s legacy

14 January 2017 9:00 am

The irony of Barack Obama’s presidency is that while it began at a time when it seemed America’s fortunes could…

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Portrait of the week

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Home Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour party, proposed a limit on incomes: ‘I would like to see some kind…

When blacking up carried the death penalty

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Black background A Morris dancing troupe with blacked-up faces had to abandon its performance in a Birmingham shopping centre after…

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The trouble with alliances, 1917

14 January 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The Rome conference and bonds of alliance’, The Spectator, 13 January 1917: There may be the greatest possible good,…

What would Freud have to say about Matthew Parris?

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Freudian slap Sir: In his Notes (7 January), Charles Moore explores the uncharacteristic reaction of Matthew Parris to the referendum…

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14 January 2017 9:00 am

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14 January 2017 9:00 am

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The only mystery about Sir Ivan Rogers is why he was still in his job

7 January 2017 9:00 am

The wonder about Sir Ivan Rogers’s resignation as Britain’s ambassador to the EU is that he was still in the…

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Britain’s ambassador to the EU resigns over Brexit

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Home Sir Ivan Rogers, Britain’s ambassador to the EU, resigned; he had been expected to play an important part in…

Where the ‘garden village’ really comes from

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Village people The government announced plans for 14 ‘garden villages’. The concept of a garden city or village is attributed…

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The Spectator on the killing of Rasputin

7 January 2017 9:00 am

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 6 January 1917: The war has been crowded with romantic adventures by sea…

There is a dangerous new snobbery – but it’s not from Remainers

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Yet another kind of snob Sir: May I offer another definition of a ‘snob’ to the one described by Bryan…

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Press freedom in Britain is under attack - again

31 December 2016 9:00 am

It is said that the case for freedom of expression needs to be restated in every generation, but things move…

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Yes, the Queen did back Brexit, says the BBC

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Home The Queen was said by the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg to have asked, at a private lunch before June’s referendum,…

Where the wild things are: a guide to Europe’s wolves

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Supremely exciting The nation awaits with bated breath the decision of the Supreme Court on whether the government can exercise…

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From the archive: the destiny of these little islands

31 December 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Engage the enemy more closely!’, The Spectator, 30 December 1916: Britain was never more vigorous than she is now:…

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Why do Matthew Parris and the Remainers keep running Britain down?

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Unencumbered Sir: Matthew Parris’s bizarre reference (‘Unforgiven’, 10 December) to the UK economy as merely ‘medium-sized’ is a classic instance…

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Lesson of 2016: if you address people's concerns, "populism" goes away

10 December 2016 9:00 am

When The Spectator was founded 188 years ago, it became part of what would now be described as a populist…

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Portrait of the year

10 December 2016 9:00 am

January The cost of an annual season ticket from Cheltenham to London rose to £9,800. Oil fell below $30 a…

Gasworks, druids and one-way streets: weird anniversaries in 2017

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Forgotten anniversaries 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution. Other anniversaries:50 years Radio 1; first North Sea gas…

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The first world war’s Christian soldiers

10 December 2016 9:00 am

From a letter published under the heading ‘The religion of the ordinary soldier’, The Spectator, 23 December 1916: During a discharge…

The Supreme Court should recognise Britain's unwritten law on Brexit

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Taking precedent Sir: In his excellent piece on the Supreme Court Article 50 ruling (‘Brexit in the balance’, 3 December),…

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