Segolene Royal, Valerie Trierweiler and  Julie Gayet Photo: AFP/Getty

François Hollande - all the president's women

18 January 2014

His affair shows that the French are becoming more puritanical


The Spectator book review that brought down Macmillan's government

18 January 2014

Did Harold Macmillan stitch up his succession – or did Iain Macleod’s famous Spectator piece, 50 years old this week, stitch up Macmillan?


What a lost prison manuscript reveals about the real Nelson Mandela

18 January 2014

New light is shed on the president's politics, smoothed over in 'Long Walk to Freedom'


Harry Shearer on bringing out Richard Nixon’s feminine side

18 January 2014

The Simpsons star explains what it takes to bring America’s most reviled president back to sympathetic life


Ten reasons why conservatives should take Edward Snowden seriously

18 January 2014

Snooping shouldn't be a conservative principle. In the US and elsewhere, the right understand that

A city of character: Amsterdam


18 January 2014

‘What are people in your country saying about Holland these days?’ one Dutch friend recently asked me. I hadn’t the heart to reply that no one was talking that much… Read more


Sorry — but Pope Francis is no liberal

11 January 2014

Trendy commentators have fallen in love with a pope of their own invention

Stephen Ward and friends, 1963. Christine Keeler is on the right

William Astor: My father, his swimming pool and the Profumo scandal

11 January 2014

I was a boy of ten when the Profumo affair began at Cliveden, my family’s home. Andrew Lloyd Webber has captured some of the story – but not all

The view from the trapped ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy

Global warming's glorious ship of fools

11 January 2014

Has there ever been a better story? It's like a version of Titanic where first class cheers for the iceberg


Don't tax sugar - it doesn't make you fat. Gluttony does

11 January 2014

Obesity is about self-control – and most of us no longer have any


'I laughed until I cried, then retched': Boris Johnson on the wit of Simon Hoggart

11 January 2014

The former Spectator editor remembers his brilliant wine correspondent

The Everly Brothers (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty)

A girl, a train and a miniature pistol: how I met the Everly Brothers

11 January 2014

Five decades of delight began at midnight on the platform for the Flying Scotsman


The Navigators

11 January 2014

The 2014 winner of The Spectator’s Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize for unconventional travel writing, illustrated by Carolyn Gowdy

A visit to Orlando: Hatfield House

Gardens for all seasons

11 January 2014

Winter garden visiting is a solitary pastime, lending itself to the misanthrope, and is highly recommended. When it’s so cold not even your dog wants to come with you, seize… Read more


Watch out Eurocrats, here come the Pirates!

4 January 2014

The Brussels establishment see their diverse new opponents as just a bunch of extremists. They won't know what's hit them

The 'Hall of Names' at Yad Vashem (Photo: Menahem/Kahana/AFP/Getty)

Why doesn't Russia have a Yad Vashem for the gulag?

4 January 2014

One of the 20th century's great crimes is still awaiting a fitting memorial


A dying estate agent helped me see the light

4 January 2014

I don't like who I become when I'm looking for a house


Stand up for the real meaning of freedom

4 January 2014

We need conservatism now more than ever


The great recycling myth

4 January 2014

There's absolutely no need to separate our rubbish by hand

David Bowie and his wife Angie (Photo: Smith/Express/Getty)

It's a stupid lie to say we're all bisexual

4 January 2014

I'm not, for starters

Grilled fish on Xiao Putuo island

A cook's tour of China without the crispy caterpillars

4 January 2014

How must our recipes appear to the inheritors of thousands of years of tradition?


High tea in Sri Lanka's Hill Country

4 January 2014

Lush lawns and eccentricity

Avenue of the Presidents at night

Havana - a party girl of a city

4 January 2014

It's more than just the mojitos that will make your head spin

Factory chic: 
the hotel Fabriken Furillen on the Swedish island of Gotland

Islands fit for Ingmar Bergman

4 January 2014

Discover the brutally seductive landscape off Sweden's coast

Rocamadour Castle on a hill, Dordogne river valley, Périgord region

The pleasures of the Dordogne

4 January 2014

A place to eat everything