Nature comes first: Lower Mill Estate

On safari in Gloucestershire

9 August 2014

Beavers and other wonders of the Lower Mill Estate


The strange death of individualism

2 August 2014

Individualism is dead: we have succumbed to the lure of the crowd


What our leaders would say if they really cared about defending Britain's Jews

2 August 2014

This lynch-mob mentality has been building for years

Kaiser Wilhelm II - World War One

Why Germany doesn't want to remember the fist world war

2 August 2014

My country has worked hard to come to terms with the second world war. That seems to have meant ignoring the first


Porn-agains: meet the middle-aged men - and women - warped by internet porn

2 August 2014

Society's anxiety about online porn has been so focused on the young that its impact on the older generation has gone largely unnoticed

Gauguin’s Pacific Islanders owe as much to travel literature as to direct observation.

From the Elgin marbles to Carl Andre's bricks: the mistakes that have made great art

2 August 2014

Some of the most important creative steps forward begin simply as misunderstandings


In our hard-pressed NHS, must sympathy be rationed too?

2 August 2014

A toxic mixture of cost-cutting and ideology seems to have put a limit on tea and sympathy

Portrait of George I of Great Britain

Now remember August 1714

2 August 2014

This week's other great historical anniversary: the Hanoverian accession

Each green is a riddle: Gleneagles

An amateur's guide to the glories of Gleneagles

2 August 2014

At the home of this year's Ryder Cup, each green is a riddle


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