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Leading article

The democratic deficit at the heart of the Human Rights Act

26 July 2014

Dominic Grieve was a worthy attorney-general whose career was helped by this magazine: nine years ago, he was named Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year, beneath the nose of David Cameron,… Read more

Have David Cameron’s Etonians just given up on state school reform?

19 July 2014

During his time as Education Secretary, Michael Gove would often have occasion to quote a passage of Machiavelli: ‘There is nothing more difficult, more doubtful of success or more dangerous… Read more

In apologising for having Nigel Lawson on to discuss climate change, the BBC has breached its charter

12 July 2014

Listen to ‘Is climate change a factor in the recent extreme weather?’ on Audioboo It is only a matter of time before Nigel Lawson — if he is allowed on the… Read more

It's time for Britain to abolish slavery – again

5 July 2014

Who would have expected to find slavery on the outskirts of Cardiff? Not the locals, who were shocked when police carried out a raid while investigating the case of two… Read more

Portrait of the week

Diary

Diary

Simon Barnes

26 July 2014

Sport is like love: it can only really hurt you if you care. Or for… Read more

Anthony Horowitz

19 July 2014

I have written a play, but a month after it was sent to half a… Read more

Joan Collins

12 July 2014

Can there be anything more perfect than early July in London, when the sun is… Read more

Letters

26 July 2014

Give the women a chance Sir: Melissa Kite’s article about the reshuffle seems downright unfair… Read more

19 July 2014

No ban on Lawson Sir: You write that the BBC ‘has effectively banned’ Lord Lawson… Read more

12 July 2014

Real help for those in pain Sir: The fickleness of existence is exemplified by the… Read more

5 July 2014

Beyond the law Sir: In your leading article of 28 June you make the point… Read more

Ancient and modern

A&M

Plutarch on smartphone addiction

26 July 2014

Adults, we are told, as much as children, become gibbering… Read more

Ancient & Modern: the rumour mill

19 July 2014

Geoffrey Dickens’s ancient dossier of (alleged) paedophiles in high places… Read more

Assisted dying? Ancient religion was all for it

12 July 2014

There is something mildly unexpected about religious groups’ hostility to… Read more