Politics (UK)

Chris Patten (left), chairman of the BBC Trust, with Tony Hall, the new Director General of the BBC

Why does the BBC so love lefty journalists?

25 May 2013

My response to the appointment of Ian Katz, deputy editor of the Guardian, to the editorship of BBC2’s Newsnight has been one of disbelief and amusement. Of course there’s nothing… Read more

Mrs T’s unfinished business

13 April 2013

Soon after Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of the Conservative party she came for lunch at The Spectator and our then proprietor, Henry Keswick, wanted to offer his congratulations —… Read more

David Cameron Welcomes Lady Thatcher To Downing Street

The Tory modernisers are Margaret Thatcher's true heirs

13 April 2013

Margaret Thatcher’s death has inevitably prompted intense reflection among Tories about what lessons the party should learn from her time in office. ‘We must finish the job’ is the refrain… Read more

Margaret Thatcher: faultless on the Falklands but a disaster at home

13 April 2013

I’m afraid we have to use Nelson Mandela as an example once again. He is proving very useful in his dotage, old Nels, as a comparison for stuff. A sort… Read more


Cecil Parkinson, Charles Powell, John Simpson and Steve Hilton remember Margaret Thatcher

13 April 2013

Cecil Parkinson: Underestimated – but unbowed Even among Mrs Thatcher’s original shadow Cabinet, there were those who simply did not believe that she would be capable of dealing with the problems… Read more

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died

Why are lefties so sycophantic to Margaret Thatcher?

13 April 2013

I’ve been scratching my head for the past half hour trying to work out how I would react if I were a Conservative MP and a BBC reporter stuffed a… Read more

Campaign Trail

Clear choice for the Tories

13 April 2013

If I start with a reference to the sorry condition of the Tory party, I hope readers will not immediately turn to another page. If only the Tories can take… Read more

Thatcher Family

Mrs Thatcher’s triumph

13 April 2013

There was never a more disenchanted victory. The moment the size of the Tory swing was known, the doubts began, not least among those hundreds of thousands who had voted… Read more

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Mrs Thatcher goes to Brussels

13 April 2013

‘Délégation Royaume Uni. Salle 4’ announces a scruffy piece of paper projected onto the black and white television screens of the Centre Charlemagne. The journalists hurry upstairs for the latest… Read more

Thatcher At Cadbury's

Trying to get the mad, broody chicken off her addled eggs

13 April 2013

A friend who is not normally receptive to left-wing or republican ideas suddenly exclaimed at dinner in my house the other day that he was bored, sickened and disgusted by… Read more

Thatcher Cabinet

Working for Mrs Thatcher

13 April 2013

A doctor providing geriatric care once told me of the damage Mrs Thatcher had done to the NHS. He used to employ a simple test to find out whether his… Read more

The empty Budget

23 March 2013

Dangerous, unfair, verging on kleptomania: the bailout deal proposed by the EU at the weekend and rejected by Cyprus MPs on Tuesday is everything it has been described as over… Read more


For once, Osborne will be glad not to be the story

23 March 2013

A few years ago George Osborne would have bristled at the idea that one of his budgets wouldn’t be the biggest event of the political week. His ability to conjure… Read more


23 March 2013

Westminster’s top amateur prize-fighter, Eric Joyce, may face assault charges after his latest unscheduled bout in the House of Commons. The Falkirk MP had to be restrained last week after… Read more


Why The Spectator won’t sign the Royal Charter

23 March 2013

Whatever else is said about David Cameron’s hand-ling of press regulation, there can be no doubt that the deal he struck on Monday demonstrated masterful sleight of hand. Just days… Read more

Manchester NHS protest

If David Cameron wants to save the NHS, he should sack David Nicholson

9 March 2013

Twenty-five years ago, when he had left the Communist party and taken over as chief executive at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Sir David Nicholson made a point of promising his staff… Read more

William Whitelaw Photo: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Image

David Cameron needs Willie Whitelaw. He has Nick Clegg

9 March 2013

David Cameron needs a Willie. So say the ministers who work most closely with No. 10. It is not a call for shock-and-awe radicalism, but for someone who can help… Read more

Bloomberg will buy the Financial Times — but only if it jettisons The Economist

9 March 2013

How much would you stump up for the Economist? Most of us would draw the line at a fiver, but I’m told that Mike Bloomberg, mayor of New York, is drawing… Read more

People belonging to the Roma community

Isn’t Germany’s attitude towards Romania a little at odds with the EU project?

9 March 2013

‘Can you imagine anything worse,’ a Hungarian once said to me, ‘than a Slav who thinks he’s Latin?’ He was referring to the Romanians, of course. There is a certain… Read more

Europe’s cap on bankers’ pay is merely a harbinger of the Great Persecution to come

9 March 2013

‘Possibly the most deluded measure to come from Europe since Diocletian tried to fix the price of groceries across the Roman Empire,’ was Boris Johnson’s assessment of the proposal to… Read more


Budget 2013: How George Osborne ran out of ideas

9 March 2013

Before every Budget, George Osborne always seeks the advice of various MPs. He usually doesn’t heed it but it’s a good way, he thinks, to keep the troops happy. As… Read more


9 March 2013

My husband made a little joke. ‘There’s no such thing as a free lurch,’ he said, looking up from his Sunday Telegraph. In it, David Cameron had declared: ‘The battle… Read more

Little Britain

2 March 2013

The foreign news pages read increasingly like some terrible satire on western military decline. Two years ago French and British forces, with the help of the US Navy, managed to… Read more

Sky Pilot

Spending isn’t the answer. But how do we explain that?

2 March 2013

One of the things I love about being a classical liberal is that I’m always on the right side of every argument. I’m pro: freedom, jobs, self-determination, cheap energy, higher… Read more

Stop shouting at Hilary Mantel – there are real outrages to address

2 March 2013

It started the other week, when David Cameron was in India. Although it started like a bout of malaria starts, so I suppose the more precise term would be ‘recurred’.… Read more