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Why aren’t the Tories winning?

4 April 2015

When launching the Conservatives’ campaign this week, David Cameron told party activists that the general election was ‘on a knife edge’. He is right. His chances are little better than… Read more

How to fix our defence budget mess

28 March 2015

With the exception of 1983, when Michael Foot promised unilateral nuclear disarmament, defence has played little role in modern election campaigns. This is not least because the two main parties… Read more

The Conservatives should be the party of immigrants — and here’s how they can be

21 March 2015

For a long while, the Conservatives have been puzzled about their lack of popularity among immigrants. In theory, the Conservative party should be the natural home of new voters who… Read more

James McAvoy is wrong – the arts are better off without subsidy

14 March 2015

The season of cringe-making acceptance speeches at arts awards ceremonies is nearly over, thank heavens. But it hasn’t passed without a most fatuous contribution from James McAvoy as he accepted… Read more

Portrait of the week

Diary

Diary

Max Hastings

4 April 2015

I am living in rustic seclusion while writing a book. Our only cultural outing of… Read more

Harry Mount

28 March 2015

I never knew classicists could be so scary! Last week I wrote a Telegraph article… Read more

Danny Alexander

21 March 2015

It’s dangerous, in my line of work, to promise you’ll be anywhere by 8 p.m.… Read more

Letters

4 April 2015

Unity’s modern equivalents Sir: I don’t understand why David Pryce-Jones is still banging on about… Read more

28 March 2015

The referendum parties Sir: Zac Goldsmith and Sir John Major are each of them both… Read more

21 March 2015 Aus

White Ribbon Sir: Tanveer Ahmed wrote an article in The Spectator Australia (14 March) about… Read more

21 March 2015

The Goldsmith effect Sir: Much as I admire filial loyalty, I cannot allow Zac Goldsmith’s… Read more

Ancient and modern

A&M

The fall of the Roman republic and the rise of Alex Salmond

4 April 2015

Alex Salmond, the ex-first minister who proved incapable of making… Read more

When Rome’s 99 per cent stood up

28 March 2015

In the UK the richest 1 per cent — 300,000… Read more

Allah, Zeus and the Church of England

21 March 2015

A ‘prominent liberal cleric’ in London has held an Islamic… Read more