The Spectator’s Notes

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.…

The SNP’s feat is to make non-Scots equate them with the Scottish people

18 March 2017 9:00 am

The great achievement of the Scottish Nationalists is to persuade people outside the borders of their own nation — including…

Tristan Voorspuy died as he lived – boldly

11 March 2017 9:00 am

After he left the Blues and Royals in 1981, the young Tristan Voorspuy drove a motorbike from London to Cape…

The latest paedophilia debacle from Operation Hydrant

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, who heads Operation Hydrant, the police investigation of ‘non-recent’ child abuse cases, now says that paedophiles…

I’ve met General McMaster. Hiring him is Donald Trump’s sanest move yet

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Last month, at Policy Exchange, I met a charming, quiet American general called H.R. McMaster. In conversation, I was struck…

What Vladimir Putin said to the Eton boys

18 February 2017 9:00 am

How does Vladimir Putin think about the world? It becomes dangerously important to know. I still have not seen a…

Speaker Bercow has split the House and dishonoured his office

11 February 2017 9:00 am

As we have been reminded this week, the most famous words (apart from ‘Order, order’) ever uttered by a Speaker…

How Alexander Chancellor restored The Spectator's greatness

4 February 2017 9:00 am

As he left the editorship of The Spectator in March 1984, Alexander Chancellor wrote in this space: ‘When I joined…

Lord Reed’s dissenting judgment in the Supreme Court is spot on

28 January 2017 9:00 am

The English tradition of dissenting judgments in important civil cases is a good one. They are often better than the…

Theresa May’s Twelve Steps programme for national recovery

21 January 2017 9:00 am

It is hard to be shocked by anything in these tumultuous times, but I was brought up short by the…

Meryl Streep should watch her words on disrespecting the afflicted

14 January 2017 9:00 am

At the Golden Globes ceremony, Meryl Streep attacked Donald Trump because he ‘imitated a disabled reporter’. ‘When the powerful use…

The problem with the internet is that it gives newspapers deniability

7 January 2017 9:00 am

‘My deep concern is that because of changed ways that news is now gathered, collated, packaged, delivered and displayed, the…

I’m a part of the elite. So why am I cheering for the populist right?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

‘Are you Charles Moore of The Spectator?’ I answered to that description. ‘Well,’ said my questioner, ‘I am worried that you’re…

François Fillon’s Thatcherism is both respectable and brave

3 December 2016 9:00 am

It seems perplexing that François Fillon, now the Republican candidate for the French presidency, should be a declared admirer of…

Does any Supreme Court judge represent the 17.4 million Brexit voters?

26 November 2016 9:00 am

It is not self-evidently ridiculous that Nigel Farage should be the next British ambassador to the United States. The wishes…

Looking for 'false news'? Try the front page of the Times

19 November 2016 9:00 am

On a day when much fuss was being made about ‘false news’ on the net, it was amusing to study…

An Orgreave inquiry would have turned history into a trial

5 November 2016 9:00 am

It is a great relief that there will be no inquiry into the ‘Battle of Orgreave’ in 1984. The weirdness…

Barack Obama is obsessed with signalling his virtue

29 October 2016 9:00 am

World leaders are preoccupied nowadays with what is known as their ‘legacy’. In practice, this means being linked with moral-sounding…

Vote Leave won the referendum, but it’s losing the government

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Vote Leave was the most successful electoral campaign in British history. Against the opposition of all three political parties, it…

What would happen if Donald Trump fell on his sword?

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Given all the outrageous things that Donald Trump has done and said already, why has he got into so much…