Leading articlerss


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

Egypt Protests Intensify As Army Deadline Approaches

Egypt shows us that elections aren’t enough

6 July 2013

Democracy and holding elections are not the same thing. There could be no better demonstration of this than the experience of Egypt. Protesters who two years ago gathered in Cairo… Read more


Spending Review: Has George Osborne's caution condemned Britain to a lost decade?

29 June 2013

The Labour party used to joke that the Tories would act as their cleaners: win, take the political pain, abolish the deficit by 2015 and then hand over a balanced… Read more


Lesson of Afghanistan? That you can, after all, bomb your way to the negotiating table

22 June 2013

It’s not just soldiers who risk their lives in Afghanistan. Anyone who enters the country’s judicial service becomes an assassination target. Only last week, six Afghan judges were killed by… Read more


Top secrets

15 June 2013

This week’s exposé of the US National Security Agency has been heralded as the greatest intelligence leak since the Pentagon Papers. It is nothing of the sort. Far from revealing… Read more


We need to talk about Syria

8 June 2013

There can be little doubt that Britain is edging towards intervening in Syria. President Bashar Assad’s bloody ruthlessness seems to be paying off: his forces are retaking former rebel strongholds… Read more

The madness of ring-fencing government spending.

1 June 2013

As ministers trooped one by one into George Osborne’s office last week for negotiations over the Spending Review, most looked pretty grim, steeling themselves against news of cuts to come.… Read more

Apple CEO Timothy Cook  testifies at Senate hearing on U.S. tax code Photo: Getty

Good on you, Google - in praise of tax avoiders

25 May 2013

Anyone who googled ‘tax avoidance’ this week will have been confronted (between adverts for accountancy firms) with endless stories about Google’s own tax avoidance schemes. If the company’s reputational management… Read more

Ed Miliband: not willing to address Labour voter's concerns. Photo: Getty Images.

Why can't Ed Miliband accept that Labour voters want welfare reform?

18 May 2013

David Cameron, it has been argued this week, has become detached from the views of Conservative voters on Europe. Amid the noise on the EU referendum, however, comes more evidence… Read more

Nigel Lawson At Work

Lord Lawson’s exit

11 May 2013

Lord Lawson’s announcement that he intends to vote for Britain to leave the European Union has been interpreted by some as reinforcing demands that David Cameron holds his referendum this… Read more


The hidden shame of Britain’s crime statistics

4 May 2013

The press, declared Lord Leveson, must not be allowed to mark its own homework. There is one profession, however, which the government seems quite happy to allow to judge its… Read more

Britain-Britain's Breakup?

Scotland is an ingenious country saddled with the most witless politicians in Europe. Why give them more power?

27 April 2013

It would be all too easy this week to argue that the case for Scottish independence is falling apart. Alex Salmond is an able politician and a peerless mischief-maker, but… Read more

Explosions At 117th Boston Marathon Aftermath

Britain and America face a new terror threat: the lone wolf bomber

20 April 2013

The runners who will gather for the London Marathon this weekend will converge on the greatest target in the world. Winston Churchill was the first to see the problem. ‘With… Read more

Mrs T’s unfinished business

13 April 2013

Soon after Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of the Conservative party she came for lunch at The Spectator and our then proprietor, Henry Keswick, wanted to offer his congratulations —… Read more

The Tories' poster depicting a "shirker", above, was deplorable.

George Osborne's relish over welfare reform risks recontaminating the Tory brand

6 April 2013

For the past few weeks Ed Miliband has repeated the words ‘bedroom tax’ ad nauseum. The average voter may think that such a thing exists. His obsession makes little sense… Read more


Twitter vs Easter

30 March 2013

‘Distracted from distraction by distraction’ was one way in which T.S. Eliot described the inhabitants of ‘this twittering world’ in his Four Quartets. Eliot’s words seem more accurate today than… Read more

The empty Budget

23 March 2013

Dangerous, unfair, verging on kleptomania: the bailout deal proposed by the EU at the weekend and rejected by Cyprus MPs on Tuesday is everything it has been described as over… Read more

Justin Welby and the welfare state

16 March 2013

From Robert Runcie’s attack on Tory Pharisees to Rowan Williams’s missives on the Iraq war, the ecclesiastical opposition housed in Lambeth Palace has in recent times been a frequent source… Read more