RIP Ronnie Corbett

31 March 2016 4:19 pm

Ronnie Corbett was an absolute gent, one of the nicest of men and hilarious company. He was self-deprecating, courteous and…

A fizzy new sponsor for the world of three-day eventing

31 March 2016 10:26 am

Pol Roger have a long history of sponsoring exciting, and sometimes somewhat eccentric events – from real tennis to horse…

The Perils of Taking Wine to a Party

29 March 2016 11:47 am

Which is worse – to take an expensive wine to a party (“Oh, how sweet of you!”) only for the…

Terror in Brussels: it could happen here

26 March 2016 9:00 am

On Tuesday morning Belgium was the latest European country to suffer a major terrorist attack. It is a disturbing reminder…

Portrait of the week

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Home Iain Duncan Smith resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary two days after the Budget, throwing the government into a…

Would you like to buy an American’s vote?

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Killing time in a Heathrow first-class lounge, I notice how many men adopt an unmistakable ‘first-class lounge’ persona. They stand…

Denmark tried Osborne’s sugar tax. Here’s what happened

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Bottling out Does any country have experience of a sugary drinks tax? — Denmark introduced a tax on sweetened soft…

Cicero could have told you all about the MPs’ standards committee

26 March 2016 9:00 am

As Sir Kevin Barron, chair of the MPs’ ‘Standards’ committee, steps down so that his own MP-packed body can adjudicate…

Flying start

26 March 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Common-sense and the command of the air’, The Spectator, 25 March 1916: The Air Service will be the great fighting…

Spectator letters: you don’t have to be politically correct to be kind

26 March 2016 9:00 am

PC and abortion Sir: It is heartwarming that Simon Barnes’s son should not suffer the stigma experienced by those with…

How Cameron and Osborne lost so much of their party

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Why have David Cameron and George Osborne overreached? Why are so many in their own party no longer disposed to…

Could a pot of yoghurt defeat David Cameron?

26 March 2016 9:00 am

I do not know if it has officially been measured, but my guess is that Christine Shawcroft, a member of…

The scan said my baby wouldn’t live. It was wrong

26 March 2016 9:00 am

When my unborn baby was a five-month-old fetus, twisting about in the internal dark, he was given a death sentence…

What will I do with a second chance at life? Play more video games

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Does a near-death experience make you a better person? This is something I’ve been thinking about on and off since…

Among people I meet, the ‘remain’ campaign is edging the Brexit debate

26 March 2016 9:00 am

In every gathering, someone — often me — calls for a show of hands on Brexit. And I have to…

The Tories' Easter rising: inside the great Conservative crack-up

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Months after a historic election victory, party unity is in pieces. What can Cameron do about it?

Yes, Donald Trump is grotesque. But I will never vote for Hillary Clinton

26 March 2016 9:00 am

And that’s why I’ll never vote for Hillary

Why Britain (and Europe) depends on migrants

26 March 2016 9:00 am

It’s not about economics. It’s about our snobbish, slobbish culture

The price of a cathedral – and how deans pay it

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Deans are facing tough decisions to keep their beautiful buildings in good order

Online feedback frenzy is killing the art of complaint

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Internet surveys have killed the art of complaint

The EU is a feminist issue. I’m voting to leave

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Britain is trapped in a bad marriage with the EU. It’s time to leave

Let Evelyn Waugh back into Combe Florey churchyard

26 March 2016 9:00 am

My father, Evelyn Waugh, enjoyed pretending to be a horror. He wasn’t

A vast stage set: St Petersburg

St Petersburg: now's the right time to visit Russia's rebel city

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Looking across the wide Neva from Vasilyevsky Island, the Palace Embankment shimmers in the river, suspended between water and sky.…

Preparing for modern warfare: Indian infantrymen c. 1940

The making of modern India

26 March 2016 9:00 am

The sacrifices made by India on the Allies’ behalf in the second world war would profoundly affect the country’s future for better or worse, says Philip Hensher

How to have your cake — and not eat it

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Sitting at her desk at the BBC in March 2006, researching a documentary about the Olympic Games, Caroline Jones pressed…