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The Arab world wants to help America defeat ISIS. Do they want or need the RAF?

27 September 2014

It is a mark of the uncertainty of our policy in the Middle East that just over a year ago Parliament was recalled to debate whether to launch military strikes… Read more

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

Portrait of the week



Tom Bower

27 September 2014

This week marks another milestone in my 15-year battle with Richard Branson. Ever since he… Read more

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


27 September 2014 Aus

Waiting to die Sir: Forgive my delay, only getting around to reading the UK content… Read more

27 September 2014

Never say never Sir: Dot Wordsworth (Mind your language, 20 September) quotes various telling usages… 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

Ancient and modern


The ancient roots of Alex’s Salmond’s demagoguery

27 September 2014

Alex Salmond spent two years campaigning for independence for Scotland… Read more

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