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François Hollande - all the president's women

18 January 2014

His affair shows that the French are becoming more puritanical

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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?

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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'

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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'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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Stand up for the real meaning of freedom

4 January 2014

We need conservatism now more than ever

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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?

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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

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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