Sam Waley-Cohen’s Grand National notebook

11 April 2015

What it feels like to wait for the start at Aintree; and my tip for the general election

Preparations are already under way

Introducing the first Spectator readers’ cruise

11 April 2015

Seven days on a boat with Jeremy Clarke. What could possibly go wrong?


Michael Gove: Why I'm proud to be a Christian (and Jeremy Paxman should be ashamed)

4 April 2015

Despite a tidal wave of prejudice and negativity, faith remains the foundation of our civilisation

Quiet Please

What happened to Julie Burchill on silent retreat

4 April 2015

This isn’t one of those I-was-lost-and-now-I’m-found sob stories; I wasn’t looking to be ‘healed’


'The truth is hard': an interview with Roger Scruton

4 April 2015

The philosopher and novelist was right about immigration and education, 30 years too soon


Letter from Cuba: The tourists are coming – but don’t expect Walmart just yet

4 April 2015

Plus: An ambassador’s perspective; and Fidel Castro’s rule on a plate


The populist outsider who really could beat Hillary Clinton (clue: it’s not Elizabeth Warren)

4 April 2015

War hero Jim Webb has the right record to take on Hillary – and to widen the Democratic coalition

Bus Conductor

'I will call the police!': My close encounter with 'revenue protection'

4 April 2015

As I was chased from the ticket barrier on to the train, I began to wonder what the inspector could be thinking

The writing on the wall: some of the well-preserved hieroglyphs at Karnak

Tourists are trickling back to Egypt – to beat the crowds, go now

4 April 2015

In the Valley of the Kings, pharaohs’ tombs that before 2011 required lengthy queuing are now easily accessible


Quietly, David Cameron is dreaming of another coalition (and scheming for it)

28 March 2015

A few months ago, the Tories were thinking of a minority government if they didn’t win outright. Now that’s changed


Alex Salmond sets out his terms for Ed Miliband

28 March 2015

‘The alternative to doing a deal is not doing a deal’ – just prop him up and bleed him dry


Lord Freud: the man who saved the welfare system

28 March 2015

Despite Labour’s attempts to have him fired, the welfare minister is a model public servant

Special Representative of the Secretary-

Sweden’s feminist foreign minister has dared to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. What happens now concerns us all

28 March 2015

Margot Wallström’s principled stand deserves wide support. Betrayal seems more likely

Yoga For Dancers

Belle Gibson and the pernicious cult of ‘wellness’

28 March 2015

We’re too eager to believe in the power of lifestyle change


In praise of messy old kitchens

28 March 2015

Minimalism and obsessive hygiene are killing the heart of the home

Unity Mitford

‘You are always close to me’: Unity Mitford’s souvenirs of Hitler

28 March 2015

Hitler’s adoring notes to Unity Mitford – and her family’s campaign to stop my book


The return of the fountain pen

28 March 2015

They’re not just historical curiosities – the design these days is vastly improved, and sales are increasing

London Black Cab Drivers To Protest Over Uber Taxis

That’s not a ‘sharing economy’: that’s an invitation to sell your whole life

Uber and Airbnb are brilliant at cosy rhetoric, but they’re helping to create a world in which we’re all less secure

Let there be light: Saint Peter’s at dawn

Rise early to see the Vatican at its best

28 March 2015

‘Before hours’ tours show you the masterpieces without the crowds – and they’re not that expensive


A jobs miracle is happening in Britain, thanks to tax cuts. Why don't the Tories say so?

21 March 2015

If a jobs boom also creates demand for immigrants, it is apparently too embarrassing to mention


How we drive our children mad

21 March 2015

If Britain really does have a youth mental health crisis, it’s not hard to see why


A lesson in bias on private schools

21 March 2015

The ‘rigorous review’ for DFID of private education in poor countries is anything but


I know just the vicar for my parish church. Pity he’s fictional

21 March 2015

Church of England recruitment ads are full of leftism and management speak. Here’s what I’d prefer


The real Iran-US deal is happening in Iraq

21 March 2015

In the battle against Isis, two separate spheres of influence are emerging

Cheeky Squirrel

What to do with a squirrel (without getting prosecuted)

21 March 2015

Well, you could set it an obstacle course. Or serve it up with shallots