Pistols, airstrikes and smuggled cows: a letter from Islamic State border country

4 October 2014

While the Commons voted to bomb, we were getting over the razor wire


The age of selfie-obsession

4 October 2014

Brooks Newmark, revenge porn, and a heady brew of hypocrisy and narcissism


My boy the radical Muslim

4 October 2014

Ask yourself how you would feel if your child started spouting hate-filled bile against homosexuals, women, Jews — anyone, in fact, who wasn’t a Muslim man


What really scares Beijing about the Hong Kong protests

4 October 2014

The island and the mainland are drifting further apart. But it may be Hong Kong that represents the true, rebellious spirit of China

Sit In Protest Continues In Hong Kong Despite Chief Executive's Calls To Withdraw

Am I wrong to fear another Tiananmen?

4 October 2014

I can't look at Hong Kong without thinking about how far the Chinese Communist Party will go – and how little we'll do to stop them


I'm a divorced Catholic. And I'm sure it would be a mortal sin for me to take Communion

4 October 2014

Accept liberal arguments for the convenience of people like me, and you threaten the foundations of the Church


Clive James on his late flowering: ‘I am in the slightly embarrassing position where I write poems saying I’m about to die and then don’t’

4 October 2014

Poetry, civilisation and the critical benefits of facing leukaemia


What will it take for us to stop doing business with Qatar?

4 October 2014

We’ve let the desert state face both ways on funding extremism

A police horse guards Buckingham Palace, 1937

The lost horses of London

4 October 2014

The city of the horse and carriage is gone. But some traces remain...


Cameron is, deep down, a Tory radical cutting back the state. It’s time he admitted it

27 September 2014

It's time for the Prime Minister to make up his mind. Will he seize the chance to reshape British politics?

British Treasury Secretary Danny Alexand

How an Oxford degree – PPE – created a robotic governing class

27 September 2014

Most of our prominent politicians studied the same subject at Oxford. Is it any wonder we’re so badly governed?


Vaclav Klaus: the West’s lies about Russia are monstrous

27 September 2014

An interview with the former Czech president, possibly the West’s last truly outspoken leader


The Manchester dogs’ home fire has shown up our strange attitude to animal suffering

27 September 2014

There is a glaring double standard in our adoration for our pets and our tolerance for intensive farming


Do adults really need to be taught about the moment of ‘consent’ in sex?

27 September 2014

They should be left in their digs to learn on the job


Michael Fallon: after Iraq, we need to think about bombing Syria.

27 September 2014

An interview with the new, hawkish Defence Secretary

Barbara Hepworth’s St Ives garden

Artists’ houses

27 September 2014

I’m not sure what took me to Salvador Dalí’s house in Port Lligat, but it sure as hell wasn’t admiration. As a public figure, I hold him alone responsible for… Read more


The Union is saved – but at what cost?

The Nos have it, but Britain has been left a divided country. How did our politicians get the referendum battle so wrong?

Photo: Getty

Sorry, but we won't bring David Haines's killer to justice

20 September 2014

Politicians’ promises to bring those who murder British hostages to justice almost never come true

Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/Getty

The fatal mistakes of Sweden's David Cameron

20 September 2014

Here's what he should teach the British one


I thought I loved motorbikes – until I tried a Cessna

20 September 2014

Nothing beats taking to the air when you’re piloting the plane yourself


Women on Facebook are too bitchy even for me

20 September 2014

I love my Facebook friends. They make me feel young again. But the fighting is preposterous

Photo: Mary Turner/Getty

When women bishops come, here's where conservative Anglicans will go

20 September 2014

The Anglican Mission in England looks like a support group. But if required, it could turn into rather more than that


Henry Kissinger interview: ‘I don’t see the wisdom there once was’

20 September 2014

The former US Secretary of State, now 91, on statesmanship from Richelieu to Obama

Deal: a zoo of domestic architectural styles

Drunkenness, theft, fighting and smuggling: the indiscreet charm of Deal

20 September 2014

It's not as rough as it was in Daniel Defoe's day, but it remains a town for people who won't be told what to do


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

13 September 2014

It's not about economics – it's about Britain, its values, and what might be destroyed if the country is snapped in two