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Age-old truth

13 December 2014

We are living longer, healthier and more prosperous lives than ever — it’s one of the greatest advances of our time, and yet our politicians prefer to see it as… Read more

Chancellor George Osborne Delivers His Autumn Statement

George Osborne's ambition deficit

6 December 2014

When George Osborne first became Chancellor, he asked to be judged on his ability to reduce the deficit. He does not make that request any more. This year’s deficit is… Read more


Playing chicken with Vladimir Putin

29 November 2014

An official end to the Cold War was declared at a summit between President George H. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev on a Soviet cruise ship moored at Malta on 2… Read more


Spare us a Bob?

22 November 2014

Anyone listening to the BBC this week could be forgiven for thinking that the musician Bob Geldof had just emerged from Africa, like a latter-day Dr Livingstone, the first westerner… Read more

Prime Minister David Cameron Attends The Lord Mayor's Banquet

Thank heavens for Justin Welby!

15 November 2014

For decades, interventions of the Archbishop of Canterbury in national debate were like a sporadic bombardment of small pebbles against the door of Downing Street. Justin Welby has changed all… Read more

Chancellor George Osborne Meets Women Leading The Economy

Say no to devolution without democracy

8 November 2014

Imagine if, in one of her first acts as First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon announced that, in spite of the result of September’s independence vote, Scotland was to declare… Read more

UKIP Campaign In Rochester Before Upcoming By-election

How to fight Ukip

1 November 2014

In the 2005 general election this magazine supported the Conservatives, with one exception — we urged voters in Medway not to vote for a deeply unimpressive Tory candidate by the name… Read more

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Deal with the debt, George Osborne? You’ve hardly started

25 October 2014

George Osborne has declared victory over Ed Balls, the IMF and all the others who warned that his austerity measures would throw Britain back into recession. But his triumphalism obscures… Read more

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan  and First Lady Emine Erdogan visit the Obama's last month

If Turkey turns on the West, what hope is there for Syria and Iraq?

18 October 2014

Turkey has long been a bridge between the West and the Middle East. Its record on free speech may be lamentable and it treats its Kurdish minority shoddily, but against… Read more

A Doctors Without Borders health worker holds a child suspected of having Ebola, Liberia Photo: Getty

There is a way to beat Ebola (and we're already doing it)

11 October 2014

There is something depressing about the fact that it has taken a sick Spanish nurse to put Ebola back on the front pages. Since the summer, some 3,400 West Africans… Read more


Britain doesn't need hateful laws to defeat hate preachers

4 October 2014

If the Labour party conference in Manchester felt like a funeral, the Conservatives’ gathering in Birmingham had the air of a wedding. It had jazz bands, champagne bars and a… Read more


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

Ukrainian tanks line up in Donetsk Photo: AFP/Getty

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

A policeman stands guard outside Tilbury Docks, where one man was found dead alongside 34 other people inside a shipping container Photo: Getty

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

HMS Queen Elizabeth with its 'plastic' plane Photo: Getty

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

The Conservative Party Annual Conference

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

David Cameron Rushes Through New Immigration Measures

Stricter benefits limits shouldn't stop with immigrants

2 August 2014

With Ukip snapping at the Conservatives’ heels, it is not difficult to see why David Cameron has hit upon the idea of limiting the entitlement of EU migrants to working-age… Read more

Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry load the bodies of victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

The democratic deficit at the heart of the Human Rights Act

26 July 2014

Dominic Grieve was a worthy attorney-general whose career was helped by this magazine: nine years ago, he was named Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year, beneath the nose of David Cameron,… Read more


Have David Cameron’s Etonians just given up on state school reform?

19 July 2014

During his time as Education Secretary, Michael Gove would often have occasion to quote a passage of Machiavelli: ‘There is nothing more difficult, more doubtful of success or more dangerous… Read more

Can you spot the thought criminal? (Photo: Getty)

In apologising for having Nigel Lawson on to discuss climate change, the BBC has breached its charter

12 July 2014

Listen to ‘Is climate change a factor in the recent extreme weather?’ on Audioboo It is only a matter of time before Nigel Lawson — if he is allowed on the… Read more

Anti-Slavery Day March To Parliament

It's time for Britain to abolish slavery – again

5 July 2014

Who would have expected to find slavery on the outskirts of Cardiff? Not the locals, who were shocked when police carried out a raid while investigating the case of two… Read more

Former News of the World editor and Downing Street communications chief Andy Coulson has been found guilty of conspiracy to hack phones

Phone hacking - the silence of the censors

28 June 2014

We have not heard much from Hugh Grant this week. Nor from Max Mosley, Steve Coogan or any of the other bizarre array of celebrities and moguls who wanted to… Read more