Granville Sharp

The conservative anti-slavery hero who Belle leaves out

14 June 2014

Granville Sharp was not the sort of young radical that films like Belle celebrate. That’s exactly why we should remember him


You're never alone with a Kindle

14 June 2014

Ebooks are turning reading into a communal event. And that’s a good thing


How the NHS fails new mothers on breast-feeding

14 June 2014

So much distress could be spared if a breast-feeding counselling service could be available universally and on demand

More than just a pretty place: Salzburg

Salzburg – more than just a ridiculously pretty place

14 June 2014

It's the touch of darkness underneath the Mozart and Von Trapp trimmings that makes it so fascinating


France's political system is crumbling. What's coming next looks scary

7 June 2014

Marine Le Pen has the centre-right in her sights. And Hollande has no clue and little hope


A Russian occupation and a veterans' revolt – it's D-Day all over again

7 June 2014

Notes from Normandy as the 70th anniversary approaches


Two stonings and a beheading – witnessing Islamic justice

7 June 2014

A tipper truck dumped heaps of red sandstone for those without sin to fling at the women under their shrouds


Why Weight Watchers doesn’t deserve taxpayers’ money

7 June 2014

To keep weight off you need to understand and control your diet. That’s the opposite of what happens at slimming clubs

Mary and Papa, Downing Street, July 1942

‘Papa told us everything’: Winston Churchill and the remarkable Mary Soames

7 June 2014

Churchill’s youngest daughter did her country great service – in the war and after


Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain – what Putin's really up to

7 June 2014

Russia’s foreign policy has become a ‘Wizard of Oz’ mixture of fake grandiosity and real menace

A place to sit and dream: Co. Wexford

The wonders of Wexford

7 June 2014

It's more than an opera festival – great as that is


Ukip aren’t going away – and David Cameron has no idea what to do

31 May 2014

The Prime Minister’s sniffy attitude to some of his own natural supporters seems quite likely to cost him power

Ronald Reagan (R) and Margaret Thatcher

The revolution the West needs (and won't get)

31 May 2014

Without a smaller state, decline is inevitable


Why Ken Loach hasn’t made a decent film since Kes

31 May 2014

He’s so keen to parade the virtue of those he feels have been robbed of a voice that his work sinks under the weight

Daily Life In Kiev Ahead Of The Ukrainian Presidential Election

Viktor Yanukovych’s palace is full of tasteless treasures – and London auction-house tags

31 May 2014

A little bit of Britain in Ukraine’s newest tourist attraction

Sweden v England - Group D: UEFA EURO 2012

Meet Alex Salmond’s secret weapon: the England football team

31 May 2014

Nothing makes Scots feel more Scottish than the World Cup – especially when the other lot are playing


Jonathan Dimbleby’s notebook: In defence of Chris Patten

31 May 2014

Plus: The glories of the Chelsea Flower Show, and the secret to a good night at the opera


Humans hunger for the sacred. Why can’t the new atheists understand that?

31 May 2014

Look at life under communism, and you’ll see why religion will never die

German Foreign Minister Westerwelle Visits Egypt

If we have to let generals run Egypt, must we pay for them, too?

31 May 2014

The old military oligarchy is back. It’s time for the US to terminate support

A place to feel comfortable in a bathrobe: Lime Wood

The only place I feel comfortable in my bathrobe

31 May 2014

Ah, the wonders of a good spa!


Whatever the European election result, Ukip has already won

24 May 2014

Ukip has changed the shape of politics – for the better

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage Unveils New Campaign Poster For European Elections

'Every pub is a parliament': on the campaign trail with Nigel Farage

24 May 2014

Ukip's leader is now a genuine celebrity – go out on the street with him and you'll see

Michael Heaver and Jack Duffin at Ukip HQ. Photo: Sebastian Payne for The Spectator.

The most shocking thing about young Ukip supporters: they’re normal

24 May 2014

I went expecting to find mustard trousers. I found down-to-earth ex-Labour voters


Has Thomas Piketty met his match?

24 May 2014

Well, I think I might have met his match. She's called Deirdre McCloskey


Why it’s time for a Cad of the Year Award

24 May 2014

Nominations are now open