Martin Gayford says look at Gainsborough's terrific pictures, and don't read the labels
David Marsh sees the political case for joining the euro, but excessive spending has revealed the fundamental flaw - no one is really in charge
Michael Duffy is happy to report that flag-waving nationalism was absent from the memorial service for the Bali victims
Rachel Johnson says the scandal over public exam results could end up with Oxbridge suing the Education Secretar
Robin Simon on a remarkable new gallery designed by Renzo Piano above Fiat's former factory
Forget the 'root causes', says Mark Steyn. The massacre in Bali was part of the continuing Islamofascist war against the West, and those who ignore it are sleepwalking to national suicide
Alex Spillius on how moderate Islam in Indonesia has been infiltrated by Arab-leaning extremists - with murderous consequences
Andrew Gimson remembers his encounters with Elisabeth Furse, whose remarkable and flamboyant life ended this week
Peregrine Worsthorne on the excitement and romance of being in Washington 40 years ago during the Cuban Missile Crisis
A young Labour adviser helped smear Jeremy Thorpe. That man is now Foreign Secretary, says Barrie Penrose
The 2002 Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize winner.
There were more than 100 entries from a total of eight countries. The runners-up were Clementine Cecil, Gregory Lascelles, Jonathan Ledgard, Rory Stewart and Ben Yarde-Buller.
Martin Gayford reflects on how novelty of sensibility is likely to go along with unusual behaviour
Like Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair understands the need to anticipate social change, but Michael Gove wonders whether the Tories are drawing the right lessons from their Last Action Hero
The Tories will have to concentrate on the topics which matter to voters and stop talking about themselves.
Andrew Gimson launches a campaign to save the 1983 Hackney Peace Mural, which our culture has grown to resemble
Peter Oborne says that Iain Duncan Smith is a decent and brave man, but wonders whether he can pull the Conservatives out of their hole
Robin Simon on a magnficent exhibition of objects from ancient Egypt
Almost half of floating voters believe it likely that the Lib Dems will take over from the Tories within five years - see the full results of the YouGov/Spectator survey
A war against Iraq might destabilise the Middle East, says David Pryce-Jones, but that is precisely what the region needs…