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Leading article

The Tories have the right ideas to take on Ukip. So why do they keep messing it up?

1 November 2014

In the 2005 general election this magazine supported the Conservatives, with one exception — we urged voters in Medway not to vote for a deeply unimpressive Tory candidate by the name… Read more

Deal with the debt, George Osborne? You’ve hardly started

25 October 2014

George Osborne has declared victory over Ed Balls, the IMF and all the others who warned that his austerity measures would throw Britain back into recession. But his triumphalism obscures… Read more

If Turkey turns on the West, what hope is there for Syria and Iraq?

18 October 2014

Turkey has long been a bridge between the West and the Middle East. Its record on free speech may be lamentable and it treats its Kurdish minority shoddily, but against… Read more

There is a way to beat Ebola (and we're already doing it)

11 October 2014

There is something depressing about the fact that it has taken a sick Spanish nurse to put Ebola back on the front pages. Since the summer, some 3,400 West Africans… Read more

Portrait of the week



Andrew Roberts

1 November 2014

To the British embassy in Paris for a colloquium on ‘Napoleon and Wellington in War… Read more

Griff Rhys Jones

25 October 2014

In order to promote the Dylan Thomas in Fitzrovia festival, I am trying to persuade… Read more

Prue Leith

18 October 2014

‘Please God, make me good, but not yet.’ I know the feeling. As I get… Read more


1 November 2014

Italy’s to-do list Sir: You would expect a long letter of rebuttal by a piqued… Read more

25 October 2014

Health check Sir: I have to take issue on (at least) three counts with Dr… Read more

25 October 2014 Aus

Cultured Brisbane Sir: Re Culture Buff 11 October. One sore point. I could do without… Read more

18 October 2014

Nothing to fear Sir: So long as we are not breaking any law, we have… Read more

Ancient and modern


Forget Ukip – what we need is some ostracisms

1 November 2014

For all Nigel Farage’s appealing bluster, he is never going… Read more

Why the Ancient Greeks thought adultery was worse than rape

25 October 2014

A footballer serves his sentence for rape, insisting on his… Read more

Hannibal (and Alexander the Great) vs the Islamic State

18 October 2014

Whatever the Islamic State hopes ultimately to achieve by its… Read more