Gordon Brown’s detractors have long argued that he deserves to be ranked not among Scotland’s economic geniuses but alongside its most notorious confidence tricksters. His great achievement as Chancellor was… Read more
Boris Johnson is appalled by the indifference towards veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Whatever our views, we should honour those who have performed their duty
What's so good about these indigestible birds?
Your heart must be in it
It's silly to see booze as sinful
Barry Humphries on battling BT and Australia's new Prime Minister
Where have all the plumbers gone?
The Spectator's short story for the holidays
A seasonal reading from Molesworth
Christopher Caldwell on the impact of Ron Paul, the anti-war congressman running for the Republican nomination and finding unexpected support on the web
The actor's stunt double makes him feel like a schoolgirl
Merseyside memories in the European Capital of culture
Joan Collins's Festive Notebook
The battle for the Republican nomination
The Spectator asked a select groupÂ including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Charles Moore, AC Grayling, Jonathan Aitken and Christopher Hitchens if they believed in the Virgin Birth.
Old Ireland lives on in an Ardmore village custom
Life in Italy as a student priest
A Hollywood actor on the London stage
How those in power take the Almighty's name in vain
Tina Brown on why New York Christmases are bigger and bolder than celebrations elsewhere and why Barack Obama is the political toast of the holiday season.
Tuesday’s announcement that the Treasury will guarantee lending from other banks to Northern Rock is last ditch bid to avoid having to nationalise the bank. But in truth, most of the best options were closed off by inaction back in September.
Charles Moore on the nature of the season
Hugo Rifkind on his internet TV habit
Paul Johnson counts his blessings
Martin Vander Weyer draws lessons for company directors from the morality tale of a long-forgotten City scandal which blighted the life of a celebrated Edwardian grandee
Updating Monoply for the modern economy
Christopher Fildes looks back on a turbulent year in the markets and recalls some immutable laws of banking
The pace of change in China
In Budapest it is still who you know, not what you know, that counts.
How the Big East is recovering post-Katrina.
Lloyd Evans, The Spectator’s theatre critic, reviews last night’s Spectator / Intelligence Squared debate on the future of Iraq which featured Tony Benn, William Shawcross, Sir Christopher Meyer, Ali Allawi, Rory Stewart and Lt Peter Hegseth.
Full audio of the debate is available here.
‘How’s business?’ I asked the Mr Big of commercial property in a city somewhere north of Watford Gap last week. I won’t say which city, because this Mr Big is so big there – his logo is on office block after office block – that he would be instantly identifiable.
Literary critics of a certain stripe may have been exulting over the death of the author for decades, but happily, in the world of art publishing, monographic studies of the careers and works of individual artists are still alive and kicking. Indeed, almost half of my festive selections fall into that category this year.
The best presents to give this Christmas
Martin Gayford on the virtuoso naturalism of the majestic Portinari Altarpiece
Stephen Bayley on why he despises December’s tawdry and sentimental retail landscape
The fight has gone out of Victorian- bashing as a pastime.
Henrietta Bredin tracks the smokers and drug abusers in the operatic canon
Dates for your diary
Parsifal, Royal Opera House
The Wedding, 15, Key Cities
Doubt: A Parable, Tricycle; Sweet William, Arcola; Othello, Donmar
The 20th century's most maverick musician
How the BBC World Service plans to celebrate its 75th birthday.
The Sopranos (E4)
The answers can be viewed here . The questions can be viewed here.
When a person does something to remind you of their superior status, I often wonder whether he or she is fully in control of what they’re doing. Name-droppers, for instance,… Read more