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There is no housing crisis. It would be easier if there were

10 February 2018 9:00 am

The problem is not a lack of homes, but a skewed market

Extreme pain, of the purest intensity, changes everything

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Since my pulmonary embolism a couple of years ago, I have become something of a connoisseur of pain. The agony…

Falling US shares tell us only that investors were too excited in January

10 February 2018 9:00 am

If you were the incoming or retiring chairman of the Federal Reserve, you might be quietly pleased to see stock…

Conservatives gave women the vote – but you won’t be reminded of this

3 February 2018 9:00 am

A hundred years ago on Tuesday, King George V assented to the Representation of the People Act. Women got the…

I wanted Ted Cruz to be President, but Donald Trump is working

3 February 2018 9:00 am

In London last week I had the opportunity to talk about President Donald Trump with several politically mature friends. Most…

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Stop trying to make football perfect: it’s the errors that make it fun

3 February 2018 9:00 am

They’ve got this new thing in football. It’s called the Video Assistant Referee and it is designed to make the…

Ikea’s real genius is making furniture disposable

3 February 2018 9:00 am

By all accounts, Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad was my kind of guy: may he rest in peace (on an Askvoll…

The real reason hospitals threw back that Presidents Club cash

3 February 2018 9:00 am

I visited St Thomas’ Hospital on Monday, to discuss fundraising for a cardiology research project. On the way in, I…

The 300-year-old poem that perfectly sums up our drifting government

27 January 2018 9:00 am

‘Dignity lost half its value yesterday’ began a news story in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph. As I read on, it turned…

The Tory drift goes on – but replacing May is impossible

27 January 2018 9:00 am

‘We take the view that while things are bloody awful, we don’t want to risk making things worse.’ That is…

Women come last in Labour’s deranged victim hierarchy

27 January 2018 9:00 am

I wonder if we are about to see a mass resignation of women from Labour, furious at the party’s collapse…

‘Peacekeepers’ abuse the girls in their care, yet no one is ever punished

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Last week, women working for the UN became the latest to join the #MeToo gang, and for all the eye-rolling…

Nigel Farage is wrong: the French are doing us a big favour in Calais

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Last week Nigel Farage described the deal we’ve done with France over the refugee camp near Calais as a ‘humiliating…

Forget a Channel bridge and celebrate Crossrail

27 January 2018 9:00 am

This column has long been a sucker for a grand projet. ‘Time for a trip to Boris Island,’ I gushed…

Why I won’t see the Darkest Hour

20 January 2018 9:00 am

The BBC programme The Coronation, on Sunday evening, was extremely interesting, principally, of course, because of the Queen’s appearance on…

You can’t beat Corbyn with Miliband – but the Tories are trying to anyway

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Tuition fees have all but killed the Liberal Democrats. The breach of their manifesto pledge to abolish the charges, compounded…

I recycle – then lie to myself that I’m saving the planet

20 January 2018 9:00 am

‘I just want to say one word to you, just one word. Are you listening? Plastics.’ That iconic punch line…

Women’s pay could bankrupt the BBC

20 January 2018 9:00 am

I hope you are enjoying the BBC drama series Hard Sun. It is described as pre-apocalyptic science fiction, set in…

How the Rat sniffed out £15,000 down the back of my virtual sofa

20 January 2018 9:00 am

It must be about 25 years since the Rat first made an appearance in The Spectator. He started out as…

Outsourcing is a good thing, regardless of the Carillion crash

20 January 2018 9:00 am

Carillion is a disaster on all fronts, but my sympathies go first to the fallen contracting giant’s sub–contractors. Upwards of…

Remembering Gavin Stamp, former architecture writer of The Spectator

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Gavin Stamp, who died just before the year’s end, will be mourned by many Spectator readers. For years, particularly in…

The Cabinet reshuffle highlighted Theresa May’s three great weaknesses

13 January 2018 9:00 am

‘They are not as strong as they thought they were,’ one Whitehall source remarked to me on Monday night as…

Your Twitter history will always haunt you – if you’re on the right

13 January 2018 9:00 am

I once asked Michael Gove, when he had just been appointed Education Secretary, if he would mind awfully appointing me…

No, minister: the John Worboys case should stay closed

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Hard cases make bad law. The release on parole of the ‘black cab rapist’, John Worboys, is a hard case.…

For some girls, therapy does more harm than good

13 January 2018 9:00 am

In the churchyard by the church near my grandmother’s house, there’s a tombstone with an inscription that’s haunted me since…