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Look beyond the Sewel video: the House of Lords still works

1 August 2015

The shaming of Lord Sewel was a classic tabloid exposé. The fact that a peer of the realm (albeit one appointed by Tony Blair) was caught on camera apparently ingesting… Read more

If you want military interventions, Prime Minister, you'll need more of a military

25 July 2015

“Whether it’s in Iraq, Syria, Libya or elsewhere — as Prime Minister, if I believe there is a specific threat to the British people, would I be prepared to authorise… Read more

Iran can’t be trusted

18 July 2015

Iran is, beyond doubt, a sponsor of terrorism and this week it has been made much stronger. It has (again) agreed not to make a nuclear bomb and in return… Read more

Osborne's living-wage wheeze will decide the fate of one-nation Conservatism

11 July 2015

In his hastily scripted victory speech, David Cameron hit upon a mission that he wanted to define his remaining years in office. ‘I want my party, and I hope the… Read more

Portrait of the week

Diary

Diary

Jessie Burton

1 August 2015

The week starts well. My debut novel, The Miniaturist, is a year old. On the… Read more

Tony Hall

25 July 2015

There’s nothing quite like a First Night — and last Friday we launched the Proms,… Read more

Melvyn Bragg

18 July 2015

I witnessed what was almost a violent fight to the death on Hampstead Heath the… Read more

Letters

1 August 2015

What we’re building Sir: I was surprised and frustrated to read Ross Clark’s piece on… Read more

25 July 2015

Don’t write off Assad Sir: Ahmed Rashid refers to our ‘Arab allies’ supporting al-Qaeda (‘The… Read more

18 July 2015 Aus

Greek cowboys Sir: In the leading article in The Spectator Australia of 11 July 2015,… Read more

18 July 2015

Unions led astray Sir: Leo McKinstry’s article on the current problems in the trade unions… Read more

Ancient and modern

A&M

Aristotle wouldn't have rated Jeremy Corbyn’s fan club

1 August 2015

Jeremy Corbyn says he is very excited about his campaign… Read more

Vespasian’s Middle East policy (it should be ours, too)

25 July 2015

As Ahmed Rashid argued last week, it is hard to… Read more

Ancient and Modern: Juvenal and Cicero on whether grunting has a place in sport

18 July 2015

What a pleasure it was to watch the men’s final… Read more