The Spectator’s Notes

What would happen if the Gospels were judged in a history contest?

20 April 2019 9:00 am

This week, the Wolfson History Prize announced its shortlist. It is always worth drawing attention to, precisely because it is…

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Is it Islamophobic to disagree with Baroness Warsi?

13 April 2019 9:00 am

In his famous speech to both Houses of Parliament in March 1960, General De Gaulle praised Britain: ‘Although, since 1940,…

The logic behind Theresa May’s late move to Labour

6 April 2019 9:00 am

There is a logic in Mrs May’s late move to Labour. It is the same logic by which both parties,…

The obvious solution to the problem of Brexit

30 March 2019 9:00 am

There is an obvious solution to the Brexit problem. It is based on a recognition that we want out and…

Britain’s fate now lies in the hands of Angela Merkel

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Angela Merkel says disdainfully, ‘I admit I was not on top of the British parliament’s 17th-century procedural rules.’ Her implication…

Leadership requires imagination, but Theresa May has never displayed any

14 March 2019 9:00 am

I had forgotten, until I checked this week, that Mrs May timed the general election of June 2017 in order…

Artists are not always good people, but should their work really be boycotted?

9 March 2019 9:00 am

A kind billionaire called Jeremy Hosking, whom I do not know personally, has invited us to join the Britannia Express,…

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Corbyn’s handling of Brexit has been magnificently opportunistic

2 March 2019 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn never ceases to attack Mrs May for trying to run down the clock. She has certainly done that,…

Carrying cash is becoming a minority occupation like smoking

23 February 2019 9:00 am

The BBC reported on Tuesday that the proposed closure of Honda’s plant at Swindon was largely caused by the prospect…

It turns out I sound much cleverer in French

16 February 2019 9:00 am

On Tuesday, Le Monde published a piece it had commissioned from me to explain why, from a British point of…

The genius of Titania McGrath

9 February 2019 9:00 am

I am in a small minority in turning off the news when it is not about Brexit. The slow, agonising…

The EU’s hard-border bluff will soon collapse – and then it can get serious about Brexit

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The House of Commons does work better than it seems to, I promise you. When a big subject comes up,…

When ‘politician’ is the biggest insult of them all

26 January 2019 9:00 am

This column has laughed before at the BBC’s satirical wit in having a slot called ‘Reality Check’ on Brexit. If…

In defence of unicorns

19 January 2019 9:00 am

The scale of the government’s defeat on Mrs May’s deal is, as everyone keeps saying, amazing — yet also not.…

Behind the story of Anna Soubry being called a Nazi lies a classic Brexit sequence of events

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Behind the incident of Anna Soubry being called a Nazi by a small group of Leave yobs beside College Green…

When it comes to champagne, the English are on the French’s coattails

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Earlier this month, the Quorn and Cottesmore hunts took separate votes on merging. The Quorn voted for, the Cottesmore against.…

If May’s deal falls, there may be enough Labour MPs to gain a majority for ‘Norway plus’

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Inside the Dominic Grieve amendment carried on Tuesday is the embryo of a new political party. Any parliamentary majority for what…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…