The Spectator’s Notes

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…

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…

Why do we support the Iran regime when it is bitterly hostile to our way of life?

11 August 2018 9:00 am

President Trump has ended US participation in the Iran deal and imposed sanctions. No doubt this is annoying to the…

The attempt to deselect Frank Field tells you all you need to know about Corbyn’s Labour

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Early in his career — and mine — I got to know Frank Field. Then, as now, he was being…

Is it unchristian to support Brexit?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

At a speaker luncheon last week, someone I didn’t know passed me a note asking ‘Have you stopped supporting capital…

The sense of betrayal feeds the demand for a no-deal Brexit. Watch this space

21 July 2018 9:00 am

The collapse of Mrs May’s Chequers plan, followed by Tuesday’s failure of the Tory Remainers to defeat the government, creates…

Why did Theresa May ‘clear’ the EU deal with Merkel before consulting her colleagues?

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Why do the British turn to the Germans in their moments of European trouble? It never works. When Jacques Delors…

Does anyone know how we can entice our house martins back?

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Newsmax, the magazine of the eponymous US conservative multiplatform network, carries a full page advertisement for ‘The Presidential 1911 Pistol’,…

The internal logic of the NHS makes it ruthlessly cold-hearted

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Gordon Brown, echoing Aneurin Bevan, says that the greatest gift that the NHS brings to people is ‘serenity’. He is…

The government’s pledge to increase NHS spending is disgusting

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Seen from almost any point of view, the government’s decision to increase spending on the NHS is disgusting. It is…

Justin Trudeau is far more pointless than Donald Trump

16 June 2018 9:00 am

‘Trudeau or Trump?’ was a choice which Theresa May, with unusually ready wit, evaded in Parliament on Monday. No doubt…

This period of British history is like the first months of the second world war

9 June 2018 9:00 am

A distinguished retired EU diplomat from a small EU member state sends me a thoughtful letter. He complains that Brexit…

It’s time for the EU to change its ways (Photo: Getty)

The EU should go the way of the British Empire

2 June 2018 9:00 am

To understand how the European Union works, and how it doesn’t, it helps to think of it as an empire.…

Michael Gove’s stove ban is a direct attack on country life

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Michael Gove wants to punish those who use wood-burning stoves and possibly even open fires. It would be hard to…

The royals who do best are those who restrain their personalities

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The last time we had a royal wedding of comparable dynastic importance (i.e. only a bit important), Prince Andrew married…

The Iran deal is a western concession not matched by change on the other side

12 May 2018 9:00 am

The point behind the argument about the Iran nuclear deal goes beyond precise nuclear facts. It is like the row…

Egalité! Liberté! Sexualité! The trivial demands behind the 1968 French 'revolution'

5 May 2018 9:00 am

This ‘Windrush’ story comes from a friend called Michael McKay, a British broadcaster based in Geneva. His father, Jeff, a…

Why is the National Trust trying to downplay its established purpose?

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Hilary McGrady, the new director-general of the National Trust, sent me (and no doubt other journalists) a nice email hoping…

What the Windrush scandal reveals about Theresa May

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Everyone speaks about the Windrush. The boat was actually called the Empire Windrush. The full name reveals what the story…

The Good Friday Agreement is not a peace but a truce

14 April 2018 9:00 am

The Good Friday Agreement (GFA), which celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, is not a peace, but a truce. This does…

Corbyn, anti-Semitism and the righteous vanity of Tony Benn

7 April 2018 9:00 am

What is it, psychologically, that makes it so hard for Jeremy Corbyn to recognise that some of his supporters are…

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…

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…

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…