The Week

The case for amnesty: why it’s time to offer citizenship to illegal immigrants

9 November 2019 9:00 am

There is an unspoken truth about British life: we have two classes of citizen. The first are those born or…

Portrait of the week: Bercow steps down, Hoyle steps up and an election begins

9 November 2019 9:00 am

Home Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Labour MP for Chorley and deputy Speaker since 2010, was elected Speaker by the Commons.…

If parliament were more modern, might it become less aggressive?

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I’m writing this in Crete where a late summer has seen brilliant sunshine and temperatures reaching 25°C — but can…

Do ‘Workington Man’ and ‘Worcester Woman’ decide elections?

9 November 2019 9:00 am

National characters How useful is it to characterise an election with a single anthropological specimen such as ‘Workington Man’? ‘Worcester…

Letters: How to squash a Speaker

9 November 2019 9:00 am

No special protection Sir: Rod Liddle’s joke that the election might be held on a date when Muslims cannot vote,…

Boris is taking a huge gamble with an election – but it could pay off

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Contrasting Boris Johnson’s enthusiasm for a general election with Jeremy Corbyn’s reluctance, it would be easy to assume that the…

Portrait of the week: An election date is set, al-Baghdadi dies and a row over gay giraffes

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, having shelved his Brexit Bill in the face of parliamentary opposition, persuaded the Commons…

Nick Timothy: Theresa May folded like a Brompton bike during the Brexit negotiations

2 November 2019 9:00 am

As my train hurtles northward, my phone starts to buzz. Jeremy Corbyn has agreed to hold a December election. So:…

How unusual is a December general election?

2 November 2019 9:00 am

A December election How unusual is a December general election? Of the 56 elections held since 1800, 5 essentially took…

Could a sex-strike solve Brexit?

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Last week the Lawyers Group of the charity Classics for All held its fifth moot (cf. ‘meet’) in the Supreme…

Letters: What would be the point of a second referendum?

2 November 2019 9:00 am

Another referendum? Sir: Matthew Parris’s article ‘What question should a second referendum ask?’ (26 October) occasioned a wry smile from me…

The rise of democrophobia

26 October 2019 9:00 am

It has become perceived wisdom that we are heading for a ‘people vs parliament’ election. But that is a false…

Portrait of the week: More Brexit chaos, royal complaints and Syrian fighting

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Home The Commons voted by 329 to 299 for a Brexit Withdrawal Bill but then stymied progress by defeating a…

Should we be blaming Balliol, rather than Eton, for our political woes?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

In our house, the biggest source of tension is that I think there is an important difference between deferring a…

How violent are our jails?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Big Ben protests An Extinction Rebellion protestor climbed to the top of the Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, with…

Roman funerals had real ‘emotional intelligence’

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Today’s funerals, featuring shiny black hearses and top hats, lack (we are assured) ‘emotional intelligence’. Colourful coffins featuring pictures of…

Letters: David Cameron’s real referendum mistake

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Cameron’s fatal error Sir: Jo Johnson’s otherwise informative review of David Cameron’s For the Record (Books, 12 October) suggests Cameron’s…

The vindication of Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy

19 October 2019 9:00 am

The Brexit deal agreed with the EU is a spectacular vindication of the Prime Minister’s approach: to go back to Brussels…

Portrait of the week: Brexit uncertainty, Turkey in Syria and a Chinese threat

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Home Brexit teetered from uncertainty to uncertainty. Parliament had been summoned to sit on Saturday 19 October to debate what…

Helena Morrissey: my manifesto for the next govenor of the Bank of England

19 October 2019 9:00 am

The start of term at Oxford University is bittersweet for the close-knit Morrisseys; we have just ‘lost’ three offspring to…

How violent are our jails?

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Parliamentary days Could one of parliament’s longest sessions be followed by one of its shortest? — The shortest was between…

Who advises Dominic Cummings?

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Dominic Cummings, chief adviser to the Prime Minister, thinks that there is no ‘better book than Thucydides as training for politics’. But…

A paradise of postcards

19 October 2019 9:00 am

From The Spectator, 15 July 1922:   It is true that things so small as postcards cannot give one the…

Letters: Shoots should be about quality, not quantity

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Bad sport Sir: At last a respected member of the shooting community has popped his head above the parapet. Patrick…

The last Brexit heave

12 October 2019 9:00 am

The past few months have been characterised by high drama which, for all the excitement, has resolved nothing. We are…