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29 August 2015

Trimming the ermine Sir: I am a new boy in the House of Lords compared with Viscount Astor — though I did hear Manny Shinwell speak — but he is… Read more

22 August 2015

Justified bombing Sir: A.N Wilson’s suggestion that the 1945 nuclear bombing of Japan was “without any military or moral justification” (The Spectator 15 August 2015) is at best simplistic. The… Read more

22 August 2015

The morality of the A bomb Sir: In questioning whether we should celebrate VJ Day (Diary, 15 August), A.N. Wilson is confusing ‘why’ with ‘how’. The debate on the rights… Read more

15 August 2015

End of Entitlements Sir: Having read David Flint’s article on parliamentary “entitlements” (Bronny bad, Adam goodes, Spectator Aust, 8 Aug.) as well as other similar pieces in recent days, I… Read more

15 August 2015

Islington isn’t indifferent Sir: I was shocked to read Mary Wakefield’s article accusing Islington’s middle classes of ‘extreme indifference’ to the death of our young people (1 August). As the… Read more

8 August 2015

Archibald axing Sir: The postmodernist practice of accompanying works of art with a written statement was introduced in my opinion because nobody understood what the work was trying to convey.… Read more

8 August 2015

Exploiting our charity Sir: Melissa Kite (‘Asking too much’, 1 August) is spot on about charity fundraising. This has changed charitable sentiment into an exploitable business asset. The consequences are bad… Read more

1 August 2015

What we’re building Sir: I was surprised and frustrated to read Ross Clark’s piece on housing associations in last week’s edition of your magazine (‘Stop moaning, start building’, 25 July).… Read more

25 July 2015

Don’t write off Assad Sir: Ahmed Rashid refers to our ‘Arab allies’ supporting al-Qaeda (‘The plan to back al-Qaeda against Isis’, 18 July). Clearly they are no allies of ours,… Read more

18 July 2015

Greek cowboys Sir: In the leading article in The Spectator Australia of 11 July 2015, the editor says: “Like the black sheriff of Rock Ridge in Mel Brooks’s Blazing Saddles,… Read more

18 July 2015

Unions led astray Sir: Leo McKinstry’s article on the current problems in the trade unions (‘Counter-strike’, 11 July) brings back unhappy memories of the last time a similar situation arose.… Read more

11 July 2015

Heavenly choir Sir: Having just read Christopher Akehurst’s article on Pope Francis’ recent Road to Damascus-like conversion to Gaiaism, he doesn’t venture an opinion as to whether in his newly-found… Read more

11 July 2015

The case for Daesh Sir: For once the admirable Rod Liddle has got it completely wrong (‘You can’t take the Islam out of Islamic State’, 4 July). We absolutely shouldn’t… Read more

4 July 2015

Response to Michael Easson Sir: I have been afforded an opportunity to respond to the review of my book “The Case for Palestine”, which review was written by Mr. Michael… Read more

4 July 2015

How to fix Detroit Sir: When I last flew over my native Detroit five years ago, vast tracts of it still resembled Machu Picchu. From the ground, it was little… Read more

27 June 2015

Hidden Reids Sir: In his piece on Alan Reid Peter Coleman has asked if there are other hidden works on Australian politics waiting to be discovered. There certainly are. Initial… Read more

27 June 2015

Free trade with Africa Sir: Nicholas Farrell suggests that a naval blockade is the only solution to Italy’s immigration crisis (‘The invasion of Italy’, 20 June). Examining the causes of… Read more

20 June 2015

Growing congregations Sir: I would like to take issue with Damian Thompson (‘Crisis of faith’, 13 June) and his assertions that England’s churches are in deep trouble. Last Saturday 250… Read more

13 June 2015

The long arm of the FBI Sir: The White House may be less willing than it was to play the role of the world’s policeman in international affairs, but the… Read more

6 June 2015

Targeting aid Sir: The way that our aid is being spent is a national scandal (Leading article, 30 May). This is because Dfid has outsourced its professional advice and thus… Read more

30 May 2015

Baume strikes gold Sir: It is interesting that the above competition between the two largest exporting countries is at last getting some public exposure albeit in the context of the… Read more

30 May 2015

Why we don’t need mayors Sir: There are a number of arguments against Steve Hilton’s call for more than 10,000 mayors (‘We need 10,000 mayors’, 23 May). One is that… Read more

23 May 2015

Soldiering on Sir: Max Hastings’s article about demobbed army officers trying for a job after the war struck a chord (‘Demob unhappy’, 16 May). The problem prevailed. I left as… Read more

16 May 2015

Modern migrant families Sir, In recounting the positions in print of the likes of Miranda Devine from the Right, and Jeff Sparrow of the Left ( Rebels with a jihadist… Read more

16 May 2015

Scotland’s silent majority Sir: Hugo Rifkind’s article (‘Scotland’s nasty party’, 9 May) is a first for the media. It expresses the dismay, disbelief and incomprehension felt at the rise of… Read more