Iraq may not have the will to survive – and that’s not even the biggest problem

30 May 2015

Airy talk of sending in troops distracts us from the hard work and tough thinking necessary to secure the international order


How to defeat a caliphate

30 May 2015

Private military contractors have a bad name, but a great record against the Islamist insurgency in Nigeria


Smash Isis now – or we’ll all pay later

30 May 2015

We must assassinate its leadership and destroy its sense of destiny. US hesitation endangers the entire Middle East

BA Cabin Crew Staff Meet To Discuss The Recent Strike Action Ballot

Why is Len McCluskey paying Carter-Ruck to threaten me?

30 May 2015

In some cases, heavy legal tactics are a sign of strength. Not, I fear, in this one


‘The problem isn’t that we’ve been slaves to free markets’: Joseph Stiglitz interview

30 May 2015

The left’s favourite economist on setting capitalism free


A piece of primeval England reborn in Sussex

30 May 2015

At Knepp Castle, where once there was a modern, unprofitable dairy farm, something very special is happening

Russia's President Vladimir Putin And Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban News Conference

Why Viktor Orban could be David Cameron’s new best friend

30 May 2015

The controversial Hungarian prime minister is perfectly placed to be a bridge between Britain and Germany in EU negotiations

Alpine joys in summer

You don’t have to be super-rich to enjoy St Moritz in summer

30 May 2015

The snow is gone, but so are the designer-clad Russians and their bodyguards


Michael Gove vs the lawyers - his toughest fight yet

23 May 2015

The Justice Secretary's new mission makes education reform look like child's play


Should we fear a Mugabe-style land grab in rural Scotland?

23 May 2015

The rise in Scottish nationalism may have implications for landowners and immigrants alike


'We need 10,000 mayors' - an interview with Steve Hilton

23 May 2015

An interview with Steve Hilton, Cameron's former chief strategist


What does your front garden say about you?

Local weirdo, agoraphobic, or ambitious vicar?


Nigel Farage cannot lead the Out campaign

23 May 2015

If he does, he will alienate Tory Eurosceptics


Letter from Kathmandu: China's beating India in the aid wars

23 May 2015

Meanwhile it's said India and China are using the relief effort to compete for influence


Why I won’t be going on Celebrity Big Brother — despite being tempted

23 May 2015

In the end, I turned down my invitation to appear on the reality TV show

Guild houses in the Grote Markt, Antwerp

Antwerp: the compact, charming capital of a country that doesn’t quite exist yet

23 May 2015

It combines Dutch can-do and Catholic joie de vivre – just don’t try to speak French…


Inside the Milibunker: the last days of Ed

16 May 2015

The Labour leader's court kept its fantasy alive right to the end

Jim Messina (Photo: Getty)

How did the polls get it so wrong? Jim Messina knows

16 May 2015

Cameron's data guru speaks exclusively to The Spectator

Ed Miliband Launches Labour Party Election Manifesto

The two Labour tribes preparing to go to war

16 May 2015

Four candidates, in two camps, chasing a vote scattered in at least three directions. This could be messy

The Spears 500

Posh, educated and energetic: meet the servants of the super-rich

16 May 2015

London’s greatest growth industry is catering to foreign plutocrats — and someone sent us its trade directory

Labour Wanted

Despair after VE day… the men left behind by victory

16 May 2015

Newspapers bulged with small ads placed by demobilised officers. One journalist followed up


As Kurdistan strives for a new life, its old traditions are dying

16 May 2015

The herders are under pressure not just from Isis, but from a thrusting new urban culture


How your funeral director is ripping you off

16 May 2015

There’s no legal obligation to use a funeral director. And it may be that you can make a better job of it

Le Perche: every farmyard looks like a painting

Beauty, tragedy and black pudding: the delights of Normandy

16 May 2015

The little town where I discovered the wonders of boudin noir


Reflections on the revolution in Scotland

9 May 2015

Nicola Sturgeon dominated in a way Alex Salmond could not have. But where now for the Union?