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Why sex is welcome in Derby Cathedral, but the Holy Bible isn’t

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Nic Roeg’s art-house thriller from 1973 Don’t Look Now was most famous, or infamous, for its lengthy and explicit sex…

Will no one ever take on the Green Blob?

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Gosh it hurts when your little corner of paradise is destroyed by a few idiots’ ignorance and greed. This is…

I admit it – I’m a smartphone addict

1 December 2018 9:00 am

I am often extremely dismissive of people immersed in their smartphones. I tut at the mole-ish pedestrians who step out…

How a betting business saved Stoke-on-Trent

1 December 2018 9:00 am

I wrote last week of my fear that we’ll never ‘take back control of our fish’, as Brexiteers ardently wish,…

Will the Daily Mail’s volte-face on Brexit make the slightest difference?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

It will be interesting to see whether the about-face of the Daily Mail on Brexit makes the slightest difference to…

The only thing you’re allowed to hate is hate itself

24 November 2018 9:00 am

If we are to ban states of mind, my vote would be for self-righteousness first, followed by sententiousness, with maybe…

What does it mean to be ‘moved’ by something?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

Catching a train last week at London’s St Pancras I encountered a man playing a piano. You can do this…

Jazz is dominated by men. So what?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

I’d recommend any aspiring writer to marry a jazz drummer. It’s done wonders for my powers of concentration. If I…

Nissan’s Carlos Ghosn was a tall nail. But was he really a bent one?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

The arrest of Carlos Ghosn and the move to oust him as chairman of Nissan in Japan has stunned the…

If Corbyn’s PM, expect him to wear a white poppy and Frida Kahlo T-shirt

17 November 2018 9:00 am

‘It’s time for Bond — Basildon Bond,’ is the joke among pro-Leave MPs as Theresa May serves up her mess…

The maths probably won’t work for May, however hard she tries

17 November 2018 9:00 am

The bad news for Theresa May is that Brexit isn’t over. She might have agreed terms with the European Commission…

May's deal proves one thing: the establishment always wins

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Peasants’ Revolts tend not to work out too well in this country, for the peasants. I suppose that is why…

Why I won’t be turning Catholic just yet

17 November 2018 9:00 am

I didn’t get an audience with the Pope when I visited Rome last weekend. But given that he’s a borderline…

Anyone seen Jeff Bezos? I’m here to talk to him about tax

17 November 2018 9:00 am

 Los Angeles/Seattle US stocks briefly rallied after the midterm results as markets looked favourably on a divided Congress and the…

The lesson of the midterms? Trump’s crudeness works

10 November 2018 9:00 am

 Washington, DC President Donald J. Trump thinks only in terms of winning and losing. On Tuesday, he won and he…

Why I’ve changed my name

10 November 2018 9:00 am

As someone who has recently discovered he is black, I have watched with incredulity the treatment doled out by the…

Is there a moral difference between an NDA and blackmail?

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Reader, may I call you John? Now imagine, John, that you are my employer and I know (or claim) that…

Trump is right about many things, which is why he must be stopped

10 November 2018 9:00 am

At my lecture in Sheffield last week, the final question in an otherwise temperate Q&A was antagonistic. My last Spectator…

History will judge UK ministers harshly for the Irish backstop

10 November 2018 9:00 am

We may or may not hear news soon of a settlement of the Irish border issue that will allow Brexit…

My great-grandfather’s personal remembrance day

10 November 2018 9:00 am

The sixth of November 1918 was remembrance day for my great-grandfather, Norman Moore. It was the fourth anniversary of the…

Bring on the next Black Wednesday

3 November 2018 9:00 am

At the Brexit-related cabinet last week — as revealed by James Forsyth in these pages — David Lidington made an…

This Budget showed the Tories preparing for defeat, not victory

3 November 2018 9:00 am

There’s a spectre haunting the Tories — the spectre of 1997. Tories fear that history could be about to repeat…

How smoking saved my life

3 November 2018 9:00 am

I almost got killed this week. I went for a very early morning walk in a New Hampshire forest, in…

In defence of university drinking rituals

3 November 2018 9:00 am

When the Fawn saw the selfies Boy had taken in the aftermath of his college football club’s initiation ceremony, first…

What Mills & Boon can teach us in the age of #MeToo

3 November 2018 9:00 am

In celebration of its 110th birthday, I downloaded a Mills & Boon — The Greek Tycoon’s Blackmailed Mistress — and…