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16 December 2017 9:00 am

Perhaps the most insightful piece of political analysis since the turn of the century came from the Queen in a…

A portrait of 2017: Brexit stumbled forward, Big Ben was silenced and sexual allegations swept the world

16 December 2017 9:00 am

January ‘No deal for Britain is better than a bad deal for Britain,’ Theresa May, the Prime Minister, declared in…

Why I'm bombarded with ads for funeral insurance and knitted animals

16 December 2017 9:00 am

This year began badly with the death of Alexander Chancellor, former editor of this magazine. He was the most fun…

What Christmas really costs us — and how much of it we waste

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Christmas splurge How much extra do households spend at Christmas?— £500, according to the Bank of England. Over the course…

Regina, a Syrian in South Shields

16 December 2017 9:00 am

D(is) M(anibus) Regina liberta(m) et coniuge(m) Barates Palmyrenus natione Catuallauna an(norum) XXX ‘To the spirits of the dead, and to…

Letters: Returning jihadis, the Labour abyss and why Stokes can’t play

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Returning jihadis Sir: Coping with those who pose a terrorist threat to the UK but cannot be prosecuted for a…

Season of goodwill

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Australians deserve a long, hot, glorious summer of beaches and barbies and to indulge themselves in a joyous Christmas break…

Returning jihadis must be brought to justice

9 December 2017 9:00 am

At first sight, the evidence presented in David Anderson’s report into the four terror attacks committed between March and June…

DUP’s 11th-hour objection throws Brexit deal into chaos

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, was thrown into a political crisis, along with the negotiations for Brexit, during a…

Max Hastings’ Diary: Historian Sir Michael Howard and a tale of E.M. Forster and sardines

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Lunch with the great Sir Michael Howard, 95 last week. During a conversation about BBC1’s Howards End, he said: ‘I…

Stolen spikes: the strange history of the Irish border

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Border skirmishes What did the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic used to look like? — In 1923 a…

Like Thasos or Naxos in ancient Greece, Brexit Britain must be punished

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Since the EU does not want the UK to leave and will do everything to stop it leaving, it is…

Letters: why is the C of E still messing around with the Carlile report?

9 December 2017 9:00 am

The Carlile report Sir: The Bishop of Bath and Wells tells us (Letters, 2 December) that nobody is holding up…

A £50 billion Brexit ‘divorce bill’ is a price worth paying

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Quitting the EU was never just about cash: most people who voted Leave were prepared for a costly, painful process

Prince Harry announces his engagement to US actress Meghan Markle

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Home The engagement was announced of Prince Henry of Wales, aged 33, and the Los Angeles-born Meghan Markle, an actress…

It’s not just the Queen who approves of Meghan – the corgis do, too

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Meghan Markle certainly knows how to impress the in-laws. She has announced that she and Prince Harry are going to…

As Prince Harry gets engaged, how many other single men marry divorcees?

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Pit stopped After complaints from the Durham Miners’ Association, a rugby club at Durham University cancelled a pub crawl in…

Do animals really have feelings? Plutarch thought so

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Whatever the government decides about post-EU regulations on animal sentience, the Greek biographer and essayist Plutarch (died c. ad 120)…

When heroes come home to be husbands again

2 December 2017 9:00 am

From ‘Comrades of the great war’, The Spectator, 1 December 1917: Eventually all will be over, even the shouting; and…

Lawyers do make the best MPs (despite Thatcher and Blair)

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Proven lawyers Sir: Andrew Watts says that for ‘lawyers in politics, the elimination of risk becomes the highest aim of…

This budget was useful but boring: the Tories need bigger ideas

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Philip Hammond began his first Budget, in March, by playing down its importance — for his big ideas on fiscal…

Britain agrees to offer the EU a £40 billion divorce payment for Brexit

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Home The cabinet, including Boris Johnson and Michael Gove, agreed that the European Union would have to be offered something…

I once worshipped ‘freedom fighters’ but Mugabe just looked like a teacher

25 November 2017 9:00 am

At the top of Machu Picchu last week, I saw two wide-winged condors swoop over Sacred Valley through a rainbow…

The Queen wed 70 years ago... but she has 20 more to go to break a record

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Enduring love The Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. They are not the first public figures to…

When armies take over democracy dies

25 November 2017 9:00 am

While the military is running Zimbabwe, there is no hope of anything resembling a functioning democracy replacing the tyrant Robert…