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Welfare wars

11 January 2014

George Osborne is refreshingly uninterested in his public image, believing that he will be judged by the success (or otherwise) of his economic policies. So when the Chancellor pops up… Read more

South Shields Byelection

The big idea that can win the Tories the next election

4 January 2014

In one sense David Cameron is lucky that the Conservatives do not enter 2014 with a lead in the polls. If they did, the Prime Minister would be under pressure… Read more

Third world literacy is at an all time high

Joy to the world

14 December 2013

Pessimism sells. It shifts books and newspapers, sends ratings soaring. It fills lecture halls, wins research grants, makes political careers. We are fed this constant diet of doom, predicting anything… Read more

The Conservative Party Annual Conference

George Osborne has seen the light on tax cuts. Now he needs to implement some more

7 December 2013

George Osborne has not been a complete disappointment as Chancellor. He has, it is depressing to note, ended up giving Britain a leisurely ten years to get back in the… Read more

Pensioners Face A Difficult Winter With Rising Costs Of Living

Our enemy is not global warming. In Britain, people are dying of the cold

30 November 2013

Fanciful predictions of all the deaths that will result from climate change, decades into the future, are regularly thrown into public debate. Less attention has been given to a real… Read more

First Minister Alex Salmond Presents The Case Scotland's Economic Future

Alex Salmond's economic policies would drive an independent Scotland into the ground

23 November 2013

Within the white paper on economic policy in an independent Scotland that was published by Alex Salmond’s government this week there is a liberal economic manifesto trying to get out.… Read more

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty)

Vive la France! Everyone else, led by Obama, is capitulating to Iran

16 November 2013

President Obama’s flagship foreign policy of ‘leading from behind’ has had some surprising consequences. Not least among them is that France now appears to be leading the free world. During… Read more

Bristol, earlier today

We are not 'tired of war'. We are tired of lack of leadership to win one

9 November 2013

One remarkable fact of recent years is that even as the veterans of the first world war have died and as those who served in the second world war have… Read more

Controversial High Speed Rail Link Given Government Approval

High-speed fail

2 November 2013

A year ago the electoral strategies of the two main parties seemed set. The Conservatives would stand as the party of prudence, claiming to have saved Britain from a Greek-style… Read more

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How the Spectator helped blow the whistle on health tourism

26 October 2013

In February, an NHS surgeon came to The Spectator’s offices to discuss a piece he felt it was time to write. He wanted to blow the whistle on health tourism.… Read more


Global race? Lack of air routes means we're already on the slow boat to China

19 October 2013

Trade missions are almost comically pointless nowadays, as George Osborne’s visit demonstrated this week in Beijing. He is right that there are serious problems in our trade relations with China… Read more


George Osborne is blowing bubbles

12 October 2013

In opposition, George Osborne said that you cannot borrow your way out of a debt crisis. In government, he has proved it. Since entering No. 11 Downing Street, his strategy… Read more

An Alternative View Of The Labour Party Annual Conference

Miliband's la-la lurch to the left has revived the right

5 October 2013

Every opposition leader sometimes needs to act as a saboteur. Ed Miliband showed his wrecking skills this week, picking a fight with the Daily Mail about an article it had… Read more

Health Fair In Los Angeles Offers Free Screenings For Residents

The death of Aids

28 September 2013

In a week in which the world is once again invited to consider the prospect of climatic Armageddon, it would be easy to miss the news of remarkable progress against… Read more

Spectator Climate change

Finally, the IPCC has toned down its climate change alarm. Can rational discussion now begin?

21 September 2013

Next week, those who made dire predictions of ruinous climate change face their own inconvenient truth.  The summary of the fifth assessment report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change… Read more

Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

How to save the BBC? Privatise it

14 September 2013

Three years ago, our columnist and former editor Charles Moore was summoned to Hastings Magistrates’ Court to pay £807 for refusing to pay his television licence. He was protesting against… Read more

Australia Liberal Campaign Launch

How Australia's Tony Abbott pulled off a great conservative victory

7 September 2013

By conventional wisdom, Tony Abbott should not become Prime Minister of Australia this weekend. He ought to be too conservative, a throwback to a bygone age. He is sceptical about… Read more


Syria: A war without a purpose

31 August 2013

There is something deeply disturbing about switching on the television and finding Jack Straw talking about the need to take military action against a Ba’athist dictator who is using weapons… Read more

Has The Guardian has changed its stance on press freedom? Photo: Bethany Clarke/Getty Images

The Guardian didn't care when Murdoch's journalists were arrested. So why the hysteria now?

24 August 2013

It is good to see the Guardian suddenly rediscover its interest in the sanctity of a free press.  Just five months ago, the paper seemed to have given up on… Read more


This is no way to run a railway

17 August 2013

We would not want to return to the days when the transport secretary was actively engaged in the running of the railways, down to what the last wheel-tapper was paid.… Read more

Causes and effects

10 August 2013

When spending money is declared to be a good in itself, it is certain that much of it will be wasted. If that was not obvious already, it was proven… Read more

Supporting fracking across all areas of the country will show the Tories care about the North. Photo: Getty Images.

The only way the Tories can show they care about the North is to permit fracking in Sussex

3 August 2013

David Howell never really succeeded as energy and then transport secretary in Mrs Thatcher’s governments. After she sacked him in 1983, Thatcher wrote that ‘he lacked the mixture of creative… Read more

Google isn't accused of breaking any law. Yet David Cameron wants to give his government powers to dictate what certain search terms should (or should not) throw up. That's a game played in Beijing, not Britain.

Google is part of the free press. So hands off, Prime Minister

27 July 2013

It is not quite clear what Google did to David Cameron, but the Prime Minister seems to be exacting some sort of revenge. First, he wanted them to keep records… Read more


Leader: Ring-fencing the NHS is only making matters worse

20 July 2013

According to popular wisdom on the left — and even among some in the Conservative party — this ought to have been a tough week for the government. On Monday, the new… Read more

Ed Miliband's Speech On Reforming Labour's Links With Unions

Why Ed Miliband should stop paying his union dues

13 July 2013

Ed Miliband’s relationship with Len McCluskey was defined in a brief camera shot at the Labour party conference in 2010. After praising trade unions, Miliband added that he would have… Read more