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At last, Labour’s anti-Semitism has caught up with Corbyn

31 March 2018 9:00 am

At last Jeremy Corbyn is being made to pay a price for Labour’s anti-Semitism under his leadership. It has now, for…

What will it take for Labour MPs to act against Corbyn?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

One of the mistakes Theresa May made in calling an early election was not anticipating the effect it would have…

All was calm at the elephant safari camp. Then the river began to roar...

31 March 2018 9:00 am

When Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy, ejected from the aeroplane he was flying solo to Scotland, he parachuted to the ground…

Labour, lizards and the problem of anti-Semitism

31 March 2018 9:00 am

There’s a very funny moment in Jon Ronson’s book Them: Adventures with Extremists, part of which follows the New Age…

Can you prove you’re not a racist?

31 March 2018 9:00 am

After an essay in this month’s Prospect about literature and freedom of speech, it seems I was cited on Twitter…

So farewell Toys ‘R’ Us, the predator that became the prey

31 March 2018 9:00 am

I remember the arrival of Toys ‘R’ Us in Britain, because as a young banker in 1984 I was tasked…

It is the Europhiles who are the head-bangers now

24 March 2018 9:00 am

For almost as long as I can remember, Eurosceptic Tory MPs have been defined by the media as ‘head-bangers’. As…

The Tories are risking their reputation as the party of law and order

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May’s Home Office record is normally off limits at cabinet. But when ministers discussed the government’s strategy for reducing…

Our response to the nerve gas attack has been an act of self-harm

24 March 2018 9:00 am

There was a growling Russian maniac on the BBC’s Today programme last week, an MP from the United Russia party…

The vlogging fantasy that bewitches our children

24 March 2018 9:00 am

My friend’s ten-year-old daughter has a new hobby. Like many of her school pals, she hopes to become a video…

I wish I had kept my Brummie accent. I’d be taken more seriously

24 March 2018 9:00 am

‘No one wants to send their son to Eton any more,’ I learned from last week’s Spectator Schools supplement. It…

Sorry fishermen, but we were never going to win back control of our waters

24 March 2018 9:00 am

My decision to vote Remain was driven in part by an exercise in which I tried to identify anyone close…

Let’s find the most idiotic Brexit headlines

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Gimson’s Prime Ministers, out this week, is a crisp and stylish account of every one of them. I happened to…

Revealed: the Tory health tax bombshell

17 March 2018 9:00 am

The single most important domestic policy decision that the Conservatives must take is what to do about public spending. After…

Genocide in South Africa: now that’s a black-and-white issue

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Last time I was in South Africa I spent two weeks deep in the Karoo, that desiccated wasteland in the…

To those with a taste for desolation, Lake Turkana may be the most beautiful place on Earth

17 March 2018 9:00 am

As I write, a great gale is blowing in from Lake Turkana. The dry hills on the other side, always…

Why mass immigration explains the housing crisis

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Ever since Theresa May’s clarion address of the UK’s housing shortage (and how many successive PMs have embarked on the…

Advice from the Institute of Directors: prepare for the scandal tornado

17 March 2018 9:00 am

As ‘business lobby groups’ go, the Institute of Directors has always struck me as worthy but unexciting: a more authentic…

The truth about Max Mosley and that leaflet

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Almost eight million people have now watched Cathy Newman’s Channel 4 News interview with Jordan Peterson. This figure must be…

The EU shouldn’t punish Brexit. They’d soon regret it

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Last Monday, Theresa May’s chief of staff talked junior ministers through her Mansion House speech. Gavin Barwell was frank with…

Italy’s election result shouldn’t be a shock. The populist revolution has just begun

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Why aren’t children called Roger any more? I wondered this when reading about the sad death of Sir Roger Bannister.…

Commitment-phobic men are the real reason women are having children later

10 March 2018 9:00 am

We are becoming a nation of older mothers. The average age at which a woman has her first child is…

How did I learn women are superior? From a burst water pipe

10 March 2018 9:00 am

‘It’s always me who gets the worst of it,’ said the Fawn, surveying the wreckage caused by the burst water…

Can Theresa May find time to be her own housing supremo?

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May has belatedly taken the advice I offered her here last May and named a supremo to tackle the…

Tories who side with Labour on the customs union will be rebelling over a fantasy

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn wants Britain to ‘stay in a customs union’, according to the BBC. The phrase does not make sense.…