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Take it from a cartoonist: shoes are the real windows into the soul

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Shoes are the real window into a person’s soul

What happens when the police stop and search a bishop?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

I’m not surprised that black people are still eight times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched…

The Sajid Javid manifesto

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Can the Conservative party change your life? The Home Secretary thinks so

Why are Americans so unhinged about Christmas?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

’Tis the season for unhinged Americans

Women, married or single, get a raw deal at Christmas

15 December 2018 9:00 am

There’s a Christmas poem of mine, written in the 1980s, that ends with the line ‘And the whole business is…

Critical injuries: the perils of book reviews

15 December 2018 9:00 am

The perils of book reviews

The best thing about Christmas in France? It’s all over in a day

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Just back from a few days in Rome — the perfect small metropolis for ‘street-haunting’, as Cyril Connolly described his…

Brexit is about renewal, not just leaving the EU. And there’s no time to waste

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Brexit is about renewal, not just leaving the EU. And there’s no time to waste

Prue Leith’s Christmas kitchen nightmares

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Even professional cooks can muck everything up

Meet the Ever Trumpers, the apostles who will never forsake the President

15 December 2018 9:00 am

The President’s loyal disciples will never abandon him

The unbearable pointlessness of Parliament

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Westminster activity is unceasing – and mostly worthless

‘A Portrait Group’ by James Cowie [National Galleries of Scotland/Bridgeman Images]

Pick a painting

15 December 2018 9:00 am

We asked friends of The Spectator which picture they’d choose to own

A life apart: An interview with Frank Field

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Frank Field on working with Margaret Thatcher, resigning the whip and spending Christmas alone

Illustrated by Carolyn Gowdy

The boy who dreams: A Christmas short story by Susan Hill

15 December 2018 9:00 am

‘Wake up, boy! Wake up…’ My father was shaking me and I was confused because it seemed that I had…

Cressida Bonas: An actress's notebook

15 December 2018 9:00 am

I’m moving house, parting ways with my beloved friend Georgia. For eight years, the two of us have laughed madly,…

Asia Bibi’s daughters with a picture of their mother

‘Theresa May has failed Pakistan’s Christians’: An interview with Asia Bibi’s lawyer

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Asia Bibi’s lawyer, Saif ul-Malook, on his client’s betrayal by the West

Giving voice to despair: how a letter from John Osborne changed my life

15 December 2018 9:00 am

How John Osborne foretold my future

The Maduro diet

15 December 2018 9:00 am

A letter from Venezuela

Illustrated by Jane Webster

'Jeeves and the Midnight Mess': A Christmas short story

15 December 2018 9:00 am

‘Christmas Eve in Mayfair, Jeeves! There’s nothing in heaven to top it. Even with the terror of eleventh-hour shopping for…

Time and Twitter seemed to stop

After five days of being snowed in, awe and wonder starts to wear off

15 December 2018 9:00 am

It took three hours for cabin fever to set in. Last Christmas, snowed in at the Oxfordshire homestead, my brother…

Britain is heading towards a soft Brexit or a second referendum

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Are we about to arrive at the most important date in recent British history?

Britain has become a country of braggarts and show-offs

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Will everyone please stop showing off?

Neil MacGregor: belief is what holds a society together

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Neil MacGregor on belief, identity and the meaning of Christmas