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Will racial blending undermine identity politics? Let's hope so

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Behold, the most incendiary statistic in America: the Census Bureau’s projection of when whites will become a minority in what…

Who’s really to blame for the Crossrail fiasco?

8 December 2018 9:00 am

There’s been a strong sense of pre-Christmas turkeys coming home to roost in this week’s news, as stories I’ve written…

What if the Brexit vote fails?

1 December 2018 9:00 am

We are heading into uncharted waters. The great hope of No. 10 and cabinet loyalists was that once Theresa May’s…

Britain is making the same mistake it always does in negotiations with Europe

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May, William Hague and others say that the EU will not want to trap Britain in the backstop because…

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…