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Don’t believe the hype: the French still live better than Americans

4 May 2013 9:00 am

In recent months I’ve read at least ten articles about French malaise — all of it apparently due to some…

Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, by Charles Moore, and Not for Turning, by Robin Harris - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

It is a measure of Lady Thatcher’s standing that her death has been followed not only by the mealy-mouthed compliments…

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Scotland is an ingenious country saddled with the most witless politicians in Europe. Why give them more power?

27 April 2013 9:00 am

It would be all too easy this week to argue that the case for Scottish independence is falling apart. Alex…

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A rare mood of unity descends on the Conservatives

27 April 2013 9:00 am

The idea that ‘loyalty is the Conservative party’s secret weapon’ was always dubious. Benjamin Disraeli, for instance, made his name…

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Why France's gay marriage debate has started to look like a revolution

27 April 2013 9:00 am

The bitter battle over gay marriage is a symptom of a broken political system

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My battle with Britain's mean, ineffective immigration system

27 April 2013 9:00 am

‘Controlling immigration’ means being rude to foreigners — as I found out

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The Falklands victory

13 April 2013 9:00 am

19 June 1982: Defeating General Galtieri made Conservatism respectable again

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

23 March 2013 9:00 am

A few years ago George Osborne would have bristled at the idea that one of his budgets wouldn’t be the…

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Lord Rennard, Mark Oaten and the Lib Dems’ embarrassing adolescence

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Imagine if seven Tory Cabinet ministers had resigned since David Cameron became Prime Minister. Then think about another seven being…

The Spectator’s Notes

1 December 2012 9:00 am

There is excitement that a foreigner could have been made Governor of the Bank of England. But the truth is…

After the celebrations, a summer of discontent

2 June 2012 3:00 pm

The next few days will see David Cameron doing what he does best: looking the part. Whether it is the…

Politics: Don’t bet on Ed Miliband to win it for the Tories

19 May 2012 4:15 pm

In the past few difficult months, the Cameroons have taken comfort from their belief that Ed Miliband will never be…

Politics: Why a European referendum is now almost certain

12 May 2012 3:00 pm

The Romford Pledge might not have the same ring to it as the Tamworth Manifesto. But Boris Johnson’s decision while…

Politics: It’s grim up North for Tories

5 May 2012 5:00 pm

It is perhaps inevitable that, after two years in government, the Tories settled on a local election strategy of holding…

Politics: Cameron and the civil service coup

21 April 2012 5:00 pm

There is a split in the Cameron circle. The divide is between those who think that the problems of the…

Politics:  Which party will win the anti-politics vote?

14 April 2012 7:00 pm

One might think that the Cameroons would be desperate about a poll showing their leader’s personal approval rating to be…

Politics: How Boris could rescue Dave

7 April 2012 3:45 pm

Downing Street is, in the words of one senior aide, in a mood of ‘sober reflection’ about how and why…

Politics: The cost of giving

31 March 2012 2:00 pm

David Cameron was in a foul mood on Monday night. ‘Cash for Cameron’, the scandal about a Tory treasurer trying…

Politics: Osborne goes for growth

24 March 2012 5:00 pm

This Budget was a reminder that political tactics alone are not enough to explain George Osborne’s actions. The most striking…

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Siege mentality

24 March 2012 11:00 am

The mirrored sunglasses worn by Putin on the cover of Angus Roxburgh’s The Strongman give the Russian president the look…

Politics: Taking back the cities

17 March 2012 7:00 pm

When the Prime Minister’s chief adviser, Steve Hilton, quits Downing Street in May, he’ll leave behind what he believes to…

Politics: A struggle for the Tory soul

10 March 2012 4:00 pm

Walking back to the Palace of Westminster the other day, I bumped into a new Tory MP. He was eager…

Politics: The Liberal Democrats hold the key to boundary reform – and therefore the next election

3 March 2012 2:00 pm

The Cameroons believe they have come up with a policy that will deliver at least 20 more Tory seats at…

Politics: At last, we can have it both ways on Europe

25 February 2012 3:00 pm

In all the controversy about the eurozone and Greece, it is easy to ignore one simple fact: that the bailouts…

Politics: Britain’s new gang of four

18 February 2012 4:00 pm

We have a new system of rule in Britain: Quad government. The coalition has not, as is often claimed, restored…