Features

The real Brexit drama is just beginning

14 July 2018 9:00 am

The Prime Minister has a plan, but does she have the votes to pass it?

The agony of World Cup penalties

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Final shoot-outs are great TV, but they’re anti-football

The World Cup has made us proud to be English

14 July 2018 9:00 am

The World Cup has allowed us to stop being ashamed of Englishness

Get rid of the Dangerous Dogs Act and more people will die

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Lift the ban on pit bull breeds and more people will die

The lost art of patience

14 July 2018 9:00 am

In the modern world, patience really is a virtue

Donald Trump is coming to Blenheim – and the protesters are ready

14 July 2018 9:00 am

For more than 40 years we’ve lived in a beautiful, listed, Cotswold stone, Stonesfield slate-roofed farmhouse in Oxfordshire. The trouble…

Furry foe: Don’t get within spitting distance

Alpacas – the latest must-have wedding accessory

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Of all the window displays in Amsterdam this spring there was just one that stopped me in my tracks. I…

Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards 2018 – the regional finalists

12 July 2018 3:21 pm

We are delighted to announce the finalists, region by region, for The Spectator Economic Disruptor of the Year Awards sponsored…

What do ‘Stop Trump’ protestors think they’re going to achieve?

7 July 2018 9:00 am

What do Britain’s protesters think they’re going to achieve by insulting the President?

Conservatives are wrong about free speech

7 July 2018 9:00 am

The consensus is we all have to watch what we say. But do we?

Technology has invaded our once peaceful homes

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Screens dominate – and houses are no longer the sanctuaries they once were

Football, not rugby, is now the gentleman’s game

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Rugby used to be civilised – but no longer. Now it’s footballers who know how to behave

The dream of driverless cars is dying

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Billions have been invested but autonomous vehicles will not be on a road anytime soon

Save us from the council verge neat-freaks

7 July 2018 9:00 am

We need our roadside verges to ensure the survival of rare plants

Guests of honour: Just don’t let kids do this

Tip the staff – and don’t bitch by the pool: how to be the perfect house guest

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Come to our house in France, say generous friends, come to Italy, come fishing. ‘How wonderful, what shall we bring?’…

From left: The Spectator’s first issue (1828), our centenary special (1928) and this week’s cover celebrating 190 years

No mere Spectator

7 July 2018 9:00 am

The Spectator celebrates 190 years

The Spectator’s Mission

7 July 2018 9:00 am

The principal object of a Newspaper is to convey intelligence

Robert Stephen Rintoul, founder of The Spectator, in the 1840s

To our non-political readers

7 July 2018 9:00 am

The Spectator on its active role in the ‘great business’ of reforming Parliament, which led the next year to the Great Reform Act

Left: A cartoon by Henry Heath (1830) shows Robert Stephen Rintoul defending the free press against the Duke of Wellington’s artillery. Right: a 2013 cover in the wake of the Leveson inquiry. The Spectator would not sign up to state press regulation

The country gentleman and the Corn Laws

7 July 2018 9:00 am

On landowners trying to have their cake and eat it. The Corn Laws were repealed in 1846

The duty of England and the American crisis

7 July 2018 9:00 am

On the outbreak of the American Civil War, the magazine opposed the rest of the British press and supported the North against the slave-owning South

Review: Mr Oscar Wilde’s poems

7 July 2018 9:00 am

The Spectator has never minced its words – as the young Wilde found out, aged 27

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Our first editor, Robert Stephen Rintoul, said The Spectator was ‘planned on a great scale and for long endurance’. These special issues were edited by Walter Taplin, Alexander Chancellor, Charles Moore and Frank Johnson.

The honour of the Brigade

7 July 2018 9:00 am

This and other despatches from the front line were published anonymously from ‘A Student in Arms’. Hankey was killed at the Somme in 1916, aged 31

Ideas in the cinema

7 July 2018 9:00 am

The author of Brighton Rock (1938) was The Spectator’s film critic and literary editor. He continued writing for the magazine until 1988

Sweeping the streets

7 July 2018 9:00 am

The Spectator was instrumental in the legalisation of private homosexual acts – which led it to be dubbed ‘The Bugger’s Bugle’ by the Sunday Express. The law did not change for a decade

THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT Each week, our cover artist, Morten Morland, sends over rough options. These are the first drafts of our Brexit cover, which used the same headline as the one of the 1975 campaign. Mary Wakefield interrupted her maternity leave to suggest the butterfly and the box — Morten, a Remainer, then drew perhaps the most memorable illustration of the campaign.

Out – and into the World

7 July 2018 9:00 am

The magazine argues for a No vote in the Referendum on the European Community. The headline was used again in 2016