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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

Asylum seekers are dying in British ports. It’s time we looked after them properly.

23 August 2014

The tale is now familiar: shouts are heard from inside a freight container and police are called. A cargo of human beings is discovered, some gravely ill. This happened last… Read more

Violence, fear, confusion: this is what comes into a leadership vacuum

16 August 2014

The old cliché that ‘nothing happens in August’ has again been brutally disproved. From the centenary of the outbreak of the first world war to the Russian invasion of Georgia… Read more

Sorry, but trains can’t really replace welfare lines

9 August 2014

George Osborne proposed an attractive idea this week: that spending on state benefits should be diverted into new infrastructure in the North. His conceit was that while welfare spending produces… Read more

Portrait of the week

Diary

Diary

Andrew Marr

30 August 2014

No, no, no, you don’t want a house abroad — the paperwork, the taxes, the… Read more

A.N. Wilson

23 August 2014

Like many inward-looking children, I always doodled stories and poems. Knowing one wanted to be… Read more

Radek Sikorski

16 August 2014

I made a welcome escape from sweltering Warsaw to the cloudy cool of Bodø, halfway… Read more

Letters

30 August 2014

We do remember them Sir: I applaud Tazi Husain’s defence of the role played by… Read more

30 August 2014 Aus

Placing refugees Sir: Tony Abbott seems to have fooled The Spectator. Your editorial (23 August)… Read more

23 August 2014

Worth the candle Sir: I was saddened by Charles Moore’s account of the Westminster Abbey… Read more

23 August 2014 Aus

Disgraceful 18C retreat Sir: The articles by Brendan O’Neill (A Dark Day for Australia 9/8)… Read more

Ancient and modern

A&M

Horace still understands happiness better than the LSE

30 August 2014

So here comes another book about how to be happy,… Read more

Why the Ancient Greeks didn’t have middle-aged spread

23 August 2014

A drug has been invented to halt what is known… Read more

Demosthenes’ lessons in ambition for Boris Johnson

16 August 2014

The ancient Greek word for ‘ambition’ was philotimia: ‘love of… Read more