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Violence, fear, confusion: this is what comes into a leadership vacuum

16 August 2014

The old cliché that ‘nothing happens in August’ has again been brutally disproved. From the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war to the Russian invasion of Georgia… Read more


16 August 2014

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, resisted calls for Parliament to be recalled to debate the crisis in Iraq. Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, said that the government was not considering… Read more

The coffin for Tutankhamun's viscera. The boy king - himself a product of incest - married his half-sister. Not that any of that was an accident. Image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

16 August 2014

Ministerial needs Home Office minister Mark Simmonds resigned, complaining he couldn’t afford to live in London on his junior minister’s salary of £89,435. His resignation echoes that of Lord Gowrie,… Read more


From the archives

16 August 2014

From ‘The Call to Arms’, The Spectator, 15 August 1914: At this moment it is the duty of all employers, rich or poor, to discharge no man but this does… Read more

16 August 2014

Hamas’s human shields Sir: Unlike the rockets fired at Basra air base by Iraqi fighters (Tom Drife, Letters, 9 August), rockets from Gaza aim to kill Israeli civilians. A more… Read more

‘Him’, 2001, by Maurizio Cattelan (Installation view)

Books and arts

16 August 2014
The Conservative Party Annual Conference

Sorry, but trains can’t really replace welfare lines

9 August 2014

George Osborne proposed an attractive idea this week: that spending on state benefits should be diverted into new infrastructure in the North. His conceit was that while welfare spending produces… Read more


9 August 2014

Home The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined 50 heads of state at the St Symphorien cemetery near Mons to commemorate the invasion of Belgium in 1914. The Prince of… Read more

9 August 2014

Poor treatment Sir: Jane Kelly’s article (‘No tea or sympathy’, 2 August) on the lack of empathy and emotional support shown to patients is humbling. It is also worth noting… Read more

‘The Cornfield’, 1918, by John Nash
The German Torpedo Flotilla in the Kiel Canal (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty)

The Spectator at war: ‘Why has it come?’

7 August 2014

From ‘Topics of the Day’, The Spectator, 8 August 1914: ‘How does it happen that within a week Germany and Austria-Hungary are at war with France, with Russia, with Britain,… Read more

David Cameron Rushes Through New Immigration Measures

Stricter benefits limits shouldn't stop with immigrants

2 August 2014

With Ukip snapping at the Conservatives’ heels, it is not difficult to see why David Cameron has hit upon the idea of limiting the entitlement of EU migrants to working-age… Read more


2 August 2014

Home Britain is to halve to three months the time that EU migrants without realistic job prospects can claim benefits, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said in an article for… Read more

A picture taken on May 29, 2010 shows Ru

2 August 2014

Off the shelf How do we boycott Putin? Some things we traded with Russia, by value, between March and May 2014: Export Mineral fuels £23m Nuclear reactors, boilers and machinery… Read more

2 August 2014

Nepotism rules Sir: Julie Burchill’s piece ‘Born to be famous’ (26 July) was very strong and as, like her, I’m an ex-Labour supporter turned conservative, it echoed my opinions. The… Read more

‘Figures by a Pool’, 1972, by Keith Vaughan
Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry load the bodies of victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

The democratic deficit at the heart of the Human Rights Act

26 July 2014

Dominic Grieve was a worthy attorney-general whose career was helped by this magazine: nine years ago, he was named Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year, beneath the nose of David Cameron,… Read more


26 July 2014

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, told Parliament that President Vladimir Putin of Russia should end his country’s support for separatists in Ukraine, some of whom it had provided with… Read more

Hilary Benn (Photo: Getty)

26 July 2014

Commons inheritance Emily Benn, granddaughter of Tony and niece of Hilary, has won the right to stand for Labour in Croydon South. Which party produces the most political dynasties? Current… Read more

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Photo: Getty)

26 July 2014

Give the women a chance Sir: Melissa Kite’s article about the reshuffle seems downright unfair (‘A misogynistic reshuffle’, 19 July). Whatever David Cameron’s motives may be, the women he has promoted… Read more

‘Woman with Rake’, 1930–32, by Kazimir Malevich,