The Spectator’s Notes

The persecution of Christians around the world is worse than at any time in history

21 October 2017 9:00 am

‘Persecuted and Forgotten?’ is the name of the latest report by Aid to the Church in Need. Unfortunately, there is…

It’s time for Britain’s embassies to regain their pomp and grandeur

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The Catalan nationalists surely chose this October deliberately for their attempt, now faltering, at UDI. It is the centenary of…

The media is paying too much homage to Catalonia

7 October 2017 9:00 am

However much we try — and lots of us don’t — we fall for the power of the photo-image. So…

Greater European integration will do great harm to all Europeans

30 September 2017 9:00 am

You can see why Theresa May said in Florence that the British wished the European Union well in its plans…

The Remainers are wrong – Boris never promised the UK another £350m a week after Brexit

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Sir David Norgrove, the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), is an honourable man. When he publicly rebuked Boris…

Why shooting makes for the best conversation

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Apologies for my absence from this column. My editors kindly let me get on with the final volume of my…

Mother Teresa was not wrong – Diana did die at the right time

29 July 2017 9:00 am

The pre-commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales is already in full swing. She…

Why the left grandstand

22 July 2017 9:00 am

We went to the first night of the Proms last week. Thinking it was all over, we left the auditorium…

When it comes to banking, does royalty have no human rights?

15 July 2017 9:00 am

For some time now, banks have wielded hamfistedly the concept of the ‘politically exposed person’. They have withdrawn bank accounts…

Activists mustn’t be allowed to dictate the terms of the Grenfell inquiry

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Having worked flat-out to defend judges over the Article 50 case in the Supreme Court, the BBC has gone the…

Why is no one talking now about the security of the West?

1 July 2017 9:00 am

At Guildhall on Tuesday, the Centre for Policy Studies held its Margaret Thatcher Conference on Security. Its title is an…

These candlelit vigils symbolise mourning for the dead, and for a civilisation

24 June 2017 9:00 am

How much longer can it go on? Deaths caused by terrorism are always followed now by candlelit vigils, a minute’s…

How does the wreckage look from the point of view of Mrs May and her team?

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Before knowing the result of the election, I composed my Chairman’s message in the newsletter of the Rectory Society. In…

The righteous tone of recipients of state money has been noticeable lately

10 June 2017 9:00 am

By the time you read this, the campaign will have drawn fractiously to its close, so here is a strong…

The problem with deploying troops is knowing when to revert to normal

3 June 2017 9:00 am

At Mass on Sunday, we were issued with a letter from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, entitled ‘The General Election 2017’.…

Say what you like about suicide bombers, but they’re not ‘cowardly’

27 May 2017 9:00 am

In most parts of the world, we have now supped so full of terrorist horrors that the death of 22…

For the Tories to be the party of workers, they must be the party of jobs

20 May 2017 9:00 am

‘Exclusive invitation: I want to hear from you, Charles’, it said in my inbox. Theresa May wanted me to take…

The Tories should promise to cut the top rate of income tax to 30 per cent

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn wants to put up income tax only for people who earn more than £80,000 a year, he says.…

The EU leaders’ tactics are intended to affect our general election

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s main Brexit negotiator, tweeted on Monday: ‘Any #Brexit deal requires a strong & stable understanding…

Is the choice between Macron and Le Pen really so much of a choice?

29 April 2017 9:00 am

With Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen through to the final in France, people of a conservative disposition might feel…

Those who want a clear Brexit will need to make sure it is in the manifesto

22 April 2017 9:00 am

The fact that nothing leaked about Mrs May’s snap election tells you much of what you need to know about…

Every Easter, I think of the artist and poet David Jones

15 April 2017 9:00 am

Each Easter, I think of David Jones (1895-1974). He was a distinguished painter and, I would (though unqualified) say, a…

The National Trust is compromised by its own success

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Cadbury and the National Trust stand accused of taking the Easter out of Easter eggs. The Trust’s ‘Easter Egg Trail’…

Maybe nations aren’t enough – but we still need them

1 April 2017 9:00 am

An email from the high-minded Carnegie Endowment, marking the triggering of Article 50 and the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of…

Meeting Martin McGuinness: when I saw the mask slip

25 March 2017 9:00 am

We keep being incited to find it heartwarming that Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley were known as the Chuckle Brothers.…