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Alex Salmond's success is just a symptom of our age of rage

20 September 2014

In his short and infrequent visits to Scotland this year, the Prime Minister should have found time to speak to those supporting the ‘yes’ campaign. He would have seen and… Read more

One week to save Britain

13 September 2014

Next week, the most important vote in recent British history will be held. Indeed, it may well turn out to be one of the last ballots in British history. Seven… Read more

Nato must rediscover its purpose, or it will end up losing a war

6 September 2014

This week’s Nato summit was originally intended to look back on lessons learned from Afghanistan and reflect on the notion that (as Barack Obama put it) a ‘decade of war… Read more

Who will be held to account for the horror in Rotherham?

30 August 2014

If Rotherham council were a family, its children would have been removed by social services long ago, and Ma and Pa Rotherham would be safely behind bars. Professor Alexis Jay’s… Read more

Portrait of the week



Mark Amory

20 September 2014

Until recently I used to claim that I had been literary editor of The Spectator… Read more

Tom Holland

13 September 2014

I feel a bit about the Scottish referendum as I did about the 2005 Ashes… Read more

Paul Wood

6 September 2014

 Lebanon The Beirut press corps gather to remember the murdered journalist Jim Foley. People stand… Read more


20 September 2014

Breaking the unions Sir: By the time this letter appears we shall know whether the… Read more

13 September 2014

The other Tory split Sir: With regard to the article by James Forsyth (‘The great… Read more

13 September 2014 Aus

Leave her alone Sir: I refer to the article “Shorten comes clean” by Rowan Dean… Read more

6 September 2014

Advice for Cameron Sir: David Cameron once saved my life from a school of Portuguese… Read more

Ancient and modern


What Romans would have made of Obama's Syria strategy

20 September 2014

President Obama was assailed for saying that the USA had… Read more

The Boris Island of ancient Athens

13 September 2014

During his lecture on Athens at the Legatum Institute (see… Read more

Would Alex Salmond give up his job to a heckler? It happened in Athens

6 September 2014

Alex Salmond claims to be thrilled that so many people… Read more