Margaret Thatcher

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François Fillon’s Thatcherism is both respectable and brave

3 December 2016 9:00 am

It seems perplexing that François Fillon, now the Republican candidate for the French presidency, should be a declared admirer of…

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Ken Clarke: the best prime minister we never had

29 October 2016 9:00 am

It always used to be said that, if it had been up to Guardian readers, Ken Clarke would certainly have…

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The secret of Theresa May’s success? She’s Blue Labour at heart

15 October 2016 9:00 am

I never really agreed with the central-thesis of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — that ‘42’ is the answer…

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What does Malcolm Rifkind really believe in?

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Never speak on the same platform as Sir Malcolm Rifkind. I tried it once, at a Spectator debate held during…

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Sir Maurice Oldfield: a spymaster smeared

27 August 2016 9:00 am

In March 1981 Margaret Thatcher went to the hospital bedside of Maurice Oldfield, the former head of the Secret Intelligence…

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Ted Heath: still a surly man of mystery

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Ted ‘Grocer’ Heath, as he will always be for me, was chosen by his fellow MPs to be their leader…

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History shows us that children are no asset for a prime minister

16 July 2016 9:00 am

When you are recovering from a stroke, you spend much of the time asleep. But when you are not sleeping,…

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Why is Theresa May so proud of picking fights with the police?

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Also in The Spectator’s Notes: no Orgreave inquiry; relaunch Vote Leave; a party for Remainers; planning for parliamentary sovereignty; HS2

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This EU referendum campaign was much better than the 1975 one

25 June 2016 9:00 am

The campaign this time has been fairer, better-contested and more realistic than in 1975

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The left were wrong about Brexit in 1975. The right are wrong now

18 June 2016 9:00 am

It was 41 years ago that The Spectator first urged its readers to vote Brexit in a referendum, but the…

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Algy Cluff on Margaret Thatcher, Robert Mugabe and Brexit

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Former Spectator owner Algy Cluff on Margaret Thatcher, Robert Mugabe and Brexit

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Self-portrait as Margaret Thatcher in a pink power-suit — by Grayson Perry

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Well, he’s back. Though you’d be forgiven for thinking he’d never been away. Fresh from delivering the Reith lectures, exhibitions…

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To believe in Brexit, you have to be an oik like me or Michael Gove

12 March 2016 9:00 am

If you need to know how properly posh you are there’s a very simple test: are you pro- or anti-Brexit?…

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EU referendum: beware consensus among the great and the good

5 March 2016 9:00 am

From the Times, June 2003: ‘Senior ministers to lead push for euro.’ From the Financial Times of 4 January 2016:…

Spectator letters: How to level the cricket pitch

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Levelling the cricket pitch Sir: As a cricket addict and believer in state education, it pains me to agree with…

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Charles Moore vs David Hare: a one-act play

12 December 2015 9:00 am

  Charles Moore and David Hare sit in the editor’s office at The Spectator, Hare on a brown leather chesterfield,…

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Wear The Fox Hat looks innocent enough but try saying it in an Irish accent

12 December 2015 9:00 am

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s image never quite recovered in many people’s view from the photograph of him picking up his…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: Why the V&A needs Thatcher’s clothes

7 November 2015 9:00 am

It is good to learn that the current management of the V&A want to reverse their predecessors’ lack of interest…

Justin Trudeau and four more hereditary prime ministers

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Family business Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre Trudeau, was elected to his father’s old job as Prime Minister of Canada.…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: The government needs someone who knows how Parliament works

29 October 2015 9:00 am

An enjoyable aspect of parliamentary rules and conventions is that almost no one understands them. This has become acutely true…

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Feminism is over, the battle is won. Time to move on

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Victory has left 21st-century feminists in a morass of social-media sniping

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David Cameron’s place in the premier league of Tory history

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Where will David Cameron rank among Tory prime ministers?

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Will anyone fight, fight and fight again to save what’s left of New Labour?

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Five years ago this Saturday, Ed Miliband was crowned Labour leader. Three days later, he had to deliver his first…

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Why I’ve finally given up on the left

19 September 2015 8:00 am

I cannot be part of a movement run by half-educated fanatics

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‘I was facing truths I didn’t particularly want to look at’: Michael Moorcock interview

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Cult novelist Michael Moorcock on fantasy, his father, and the London he loved and lost