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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…

Has Philip Hammond saved the high street? No – but every little helps

3 November 2018 9:00 am

How much did Philip Hammond’s giveaway Budget help dying town centres? Not enough, say campaigners, but let’s give the Chancellor…

George Orwell’s legacy has been monopolised by the left

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Mrs May says she is taking her stand on the issue of Northern Ireland and the integrity of the United…

Even ministers don’t understand Brexit

27 October 2018 9:00 am

The Brexit negotiations are becoming so complicated that even the cabinet admits that it doesn’t understand what is going on.…

The march of the migrants poses a dilemma for America

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Trump has hinted that Democrats may have been secretly funding the ‘caravan’ of more than 7,000 Honduran immigrants trooping towards…

In defence of Nick Clegg

27 October 2018 9:00 am

As I write, the sneering at Nick Clegg has started. The first cuckoo I’ve heard in this chorus is calling…

Is your Halloween costume woke?

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Halloween used to be easy. It was a fancy-dress party: you could wear whatever you liked. The idea was to…

Can Hammond’s Budget make business feel better about Brexit?

27 October 2018 9:00 am

‘Uncertainty is draining investment from the UK, with Brexit having a negative impact on eight in ten businesses,’ says Carolyn…

The civil service’s anti-Brexit bias

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Can you think of a serious crime which does not involve hate or, at the very least, contempt? You must…

The riddle of Melania

Melania Trump elegantly rises above the media muck

20 October 2018 9:00 am

I am not sure that Melania Trump had the introduction of Henry IV Part 2 in mind when she sat…

Hell hath no fury like an irate teenage girl

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Something troubling is happening to our girls. I noticed it again most recently at this year’s Battle of Ideas —…

Good news – now everyone can be a victim

20 October 2018 9:00 am

We are terribly remiss in our coverage of women’s sport in The Spectator, so I thought I would try to…

Going for gold

Why I’m boycotting ‘Davos in the Desert’

20 October 2018 9:00 am

The current stock-market correction has been steaming down the track since August and I claim no wisdom for having predicted…

Liberals’ attacks on nationalism are interestingly selective

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Although, in David Goodhart’s famous distinction, I see myself as one of the ‘Somewheres’ rather than the ‘Anywheres’, I do…

Will Theresa May risk putting her Brexit rebels on the spot?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Before every Budget, George Osborne would tell his aides to prepare for it as if it were their last. His…

Critics hated Julie Burchill’s Brexit play. What does that say about them?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

There is a new book out about the sun — the bright thing in the sky, not the newspaper. It…

What a demented dog teaches us about life

13 October 2018 9:00 am

I met the late Darcy ten years ago, and wrote about him. I was 59 and he was 12. I…

Why Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony didn’t make me cry

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Following Christine Blasey Ford’s Senate testimony about being sexually assaulted by the US Supreme Court nominee when he was 17,…

Unilever’s botched plan to quit London leaves it open to hostile bids

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Unilever’s abandonment of plans to scrap its Anglo-Dutch corporate structure and leave London is a huge embarrassment for chief executive…

Why I wanted to be called C.H. Moore

6 October 2018 9:00 am

There are, one must admit, things to be said against Boris Johnson, but his leading critics do not understand that…

What Theresa May’s successor must do

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn used to be a punchline at the Conservative party conference. Tories believed that his election as Labour leader…

The truth is we prefer to lie

6 October 2018 9:00 am

There are no necessary truths any more. Everything is contingent. And those contingencies are the consequence not of what happens…