Are we on the verge of a new credit crunch?

26 July 2014

No one will thank you for talking about it, but in the world's QE-happy stock markets, indicators are flashing red


The EU's right not to slap big sanctions on Russia. Here's what it should do instead

26 July 2014

A considered response to the tragedy of Flight MH17 could start to undo a quarter-century of failed policy


Vladimir Putin’s empire of lies

26 July 2014

His answer to the destruction of Flight MH17 has been more propaganda.In Russia, at least, it seems to be working


What’s wrong with sunglasses

26 July 2014

People who wear shades all the time seem to radiate disdain

Rafferty Law (son of Jude ’n’ Sadie) with ‘close friend and fellow model’ Cora Corre (granddaughter of Vivienne Westwood) Photo: David M Benett

Meet the new faces of nepotism

26 July 2014

The old paths to the top for working-class children – sport, music, acting, writing – are increasingly closed


‘It’s jihad, innit, bruv’: meet the British Muslims going to fight in Syria

26 July 2014

There are two kinds of foreign recruit to Isis: the ‘gangsters’ and the true believers

Switzerland’s loveliest lake lies before you

The loveliness of Lucerne

26 July 2014

A Swiss town where the only bad thing is the exchange rate


David Cameron's Stepford ministers

19 July 2014

The PM doesn’t want the new women in his cabinet to do anything but look nice


Women bishops at last

19 July 2014

But there is still a quiet minority for whom this is all very difficult


Israel abandoned

19 July 2014

The anti-Semitic West almost seems to want Israelis to suffer


'We have had so many martyrs, so many injured'

19 July 2014

As long as Gaza feels ignored, isolated and abandoned, Hamas will continue to draw support


Faster, higher, stronger

19 July 2014

A story that has become the stuff of legend in Kenya


My secret lust for right-wing women

19 July 2014

The lust that dare not speak its name


Farewell, Speccie

19 July 2014

After 23 years, The Spectator’s brilliant and much-loved arts editor is leaving

A literary city: Prague

The glorious bohemia of Prague

19 July 2014

A playful city, and above all, a writer’s city.


We'll stop at nothing to catch powerful paedophiles (as long as they're retired or dead)

12 July 2014

With the good old 30-year rule, Britain can have self-righteous hysteria without anyone in charge ever suffering the consequences

Theresa May Speech On Organised Crime

Now that we can't even trust the church, who can we trust?

12 July 2014

One by one our great institutions have tumbled


Sloane Rangers vs Arabs – the battle for Chelsea

12 July 2014

On one side: old affluence. On the other: shiny new supercars

Wave Energy Equipment At Pelamis Wave Power Ltd

Wave power is a really, really stupid idea. That’s why it’s getting so much taxpayer subsidy

12 July 2014

Civil servants think they can transform our clean energy prospects. The market doesn’t agree. But you’re paying for their hunch anyway


All this airport security is utterly useless

12 July 2014

All those ritual checks distract from the intelligence work that actually catches terrorists

Celebrity Sighting At Monte Carlo Grand Prix - May 27, 2012

Now that everyone’s a journalist, anyone can be sued

12 July 2014

The plight of Dominic Prince shows why legal costs are a free-speech issue

Queen Elizabeth II Visits Wales - Day Two

The policies that have wrecked Wales – coming soon to a Miliband government near you

12 July 2014

We’ve lived with the Labour leader’s alternative to free-market reform for 15 years. The results are horrendous

President Obama Departs White House En Route To Colorado

Impeaching Obama would be crazy. But the Republicans will probably try

12 July 2014

The President’s second term is a perfectly ordinary disaster. This response is as irrational as it is counterproductive

Kingston Crowds Wait For Haile Selassie I

Why I’m now scared of book clubs

12 July 2014

And why I loved this one

Damp, green and beguiling: Killarney

Damp, green and beguiling – the joys of Killarney

12 July 2014

Expect beauty. Pack waterproofs