The Spectator’s Notes

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.…

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…