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Sacking isn't easy – even for Theresa May

23 July 2016 9:00 am

One of David Cameron’s last decisions as prime minister was to get the brass doorbell of No. 10 cleaned. I…

History shows us that children are no asset for a prime minister

16 July 2016 9:00 am

When you are recovering from a stroke, you spend much of the time asleep. But when you are not sleeping,…

In the aftermath of Brexit, we need our Queen as never before

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Amid the bloodshed and chaos that followed David Cameron’s resignation as prime minister, Theresa May earned praise for seeking to…

My dog and chickens have got it right on Brexit

2 July 2016 9:00 am

The Brexit vote has thrust this country into chaos. It has left it with neither a government nor an opposition…

Why Show Boat is still relevant 90 years after it was written

25 June 2016 8:00 am

One of my first outings while recovering from a little stroke has been to the New London Theatre in Drury…

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The left were wrong about Brexit in 1975. The right are wrong now

18 June 2016 9:00 am

It was 41 years ago that The Spectator first urged its readers to vote Brexit in a referendum, but the…

The consolations of being an invalid

11 June 2016 9:00 am

I’m back in England after travelling from Italy by railway, because I have been forbidden to fly in case the…

The first real gaffe of the EU referendum? It’s from Charles Moore

4 June 2016 9:00 am

It was a famous American editor and columnist Michael Kinsley who once defined the political ‘gaffe’ as something that occurs…

What the world looked like after my brain haemorrhage

28 May 2016 9:00 am

When your mind suddenly goes wonky, you may be the one person who doesn’t realise that there is something wrong…

A lesson from Italy on the futility of referendums

23 April 2016 9:00 am

As we prepare in Britain for our momentous referendum in June, Italy has just had one. It happened last Sunday…

A forgotten hospital that was the British Empire’s gift to our Russian allies

16 April 2016 9:00 am

The Royal College of Nursing (founded in 1916 with 34 members, but now with 440,000) is busy celebrating its centenary;…

Trying to smear Europhiles just makes me more pro-EU

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Forgive me if I feel a little depressed at the moment. There are a lot of contributory factors — among…

A glimpse of an older, kinder Chelsea

2 April 2016 9:00 am

The Parish Church of St Luke in Sydney Street, Chelsea, is enormous. Vaguely reminiscent of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, it…

The BBC Breakfast presenters

Do any of us know what our human rights are?

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Apart from the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, I’ve never known what my human rights are…

Don't be fooled by the cosy veneer. It’s carnage in South Northamptonshire

19 March 2016 9:00 am

My time as a duck-keeper seems to have come bloodily to an end. I have had ducks on my pond…

My tenant is being haunted. Possibly by my brother

12 March 2016 9:00 am

I used to enjoy the ghost stories of M.R. James, but I’ve never actually seen a ghost or even believed…

Reading the Mirror’s new newspaper makes me want to throw myself on a bonfire

5 March 2016 9:00 am

On Monday I went to the newsagent to buy the newspapers and picked up the first issue of a new…

Donald Trump makes me feel very European

27 February 2016 9:00 am

There are still four months to go before the vote, but I already feel quite exhausted by the Europe referendum…

I rallied to the call of the newly created Independent — and never regretted it

20 February 2016 9:00 am

It had been many years since I had seen anything of Andreas Whittam Smith, but he popped up on the…

Why I won’t be picking up litter for the Queen

13 February 2016 9:00 am

I am sure that the Queen disapproves of litter as much as anyone else, but she’s hardly ever exposed to…

A memorial for 92-year-old Olive Cooke, Britain's longest serving poppy seller, who sold poppies for the Royal British Legion every year after her husband was killed in 1943. (Photo: Getty)

Why it's better to give money to a beggar than to a charity

30 January 2016 9:00 am

No good deed goes unpunished. This is a saying that applies with special poignancy to Olive Cooke, the 92-year-old poppy…

Mark Twain was right: it is our redeeming petty vices that make life worth living

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Here I go again. I have stopped smoking. Until recently I had been smoking about 40 cigarettes a day, but…

When Mickey Rooney came to Milton Keynes

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Before the start of Aladdin in Milton Keynes this week a promotional video showed Brian Blessed in oriental costume bellowing…

A tale of a Teflon-coated hen pheasant

9 January 2016 9:00 am

This is an uplifting story of survival with which to usher in the New Year. At Stoke Park, my home…

Mark Zuckerberg should be applauded — whatever his motive

2 January 2016 9:00 am

The Egyptian driver of a London minicab said almost nothing during our journey but dropped me off at my destination…