The Spectator’s Notes

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…

The truth about Max Mosley and that leaflet

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Almost eight million people have now watched Cathy Newman’s Channel 4 News interview with Jordan Peterson. This figure must be…

Tories who side with Labour on the customs union will be rebelling over a fantasy

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn wants Britain to ‘stay in a customs union’, according to the BBC. The phrase does not make sense.…

This Traveller funeral was the most emotional send-off I’ve ever been to

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Bev died, aged 61. She was the wife of ‘Foxy’ John, kennel huntsman of our local hunt. Bev was the…

Oxfam is the Harvey Weinstein of aid

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The Queen is Head of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is headquartered in London, in the splendour of Marlborough House. The…

Women’s suffrage was just part of a huge shift in the idea of who should vote

10 February 2018 9:00 am

A reader writes: ‘In my last letter, I called you a numbskull. However I should have qualified this with “sometimes you…

Conservatives gave women the vote – but you won’t be reminded of this

3 February 2018 9:00 am

A hundred years ago on Tuesday, King George V assented to the Representation of the People Act. Women got the…

The 300-year-old poem that perfectly sums up our drifting government

27 January 2018 9:00 am

‘Dignity lost half its value yesterday’ began a news story in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph. As I read on, it turned…

Why I won’t see the Darkest Hour

20 January 2018 9:00 am

The BBC programme The Coronation, on Sunday evening, was extremely interesting, principally, of course, because of the Queen’s appearance on…

Remembering Gavin Stamp, former architecture writer of The Spectator

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Gavin Stamp, who died just before the year’s end, will be mourned by many Spectator readers. For years, particularly in…

Are we morally better people than our ancestors?

16 December 2017 9:00 am

The doctrine of progress implies that things get better. This is clearly true in terms of scientific knowledge, though not…

The DUP is quite likely to cave in over ‘regulatory alignment’. Here’s why they should not

9 December 2017 9:00 am

I’m afraid I have a deep faith in the Democratic Unionist Party’s capacity to cede an issue of principle in…

Meghan Markle ticks almost every modern box. Let’s not pretend she’s a tough sell

2 December 2017 9:00 am

We are congratulating ourselves and the royal family on overcoming prejudice by welcoming Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry. But…

The Queen and Prince Philip’s 70th anniversary party sounds glorious

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Windsor Castle on Monday night sounds like a children’s party magnified. The rooms were filled with golden-leaved trees. A giant…

Let’s hear more of Parliament and less of pundits

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Although we all see rather too much of the present Mr Speaker, it was a good innovation that he and…

If the Duchy of Lancaster has been so bad, why didn’t Labour notice before?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Let us assume — which we shouldn’t — that it is automatically wrong for the Queen to benefit financially from…

Women used to forgive men their defects, but the quality of mercy is under strain

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Poor Gordon Brown. He embodies the problem traditionally associated with being male, which is that our sex finds it difficult…

Mrs May is repeating Cameron's mistakes in dealing with the EU

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May’s style of negotiating with the European Union is coming spookily to resemble David Cameron’s. She is in the…

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…