From The Archives

The need for a poll of the people

3 August 2019 9:00 am

The Need For A Poll Of The People, 2 August 1919: ‘It is not to be wondered at that during…

A way with words

27 July 2019 9:00 am

From ‘Low talk’ by John Daniel, 19 July 1963: Everybody has heard of Dr Johnson’s dictionary, which is now not…

An absurd craze

13 July 2019 9:00 am

From ‘Keeping fat’ by Geoffrey Wheatcroft, 7 October 1978: The running craze is a symptom of our deplorable age, in…

How to fight Bolshevism

11 May 2019 9:00 am

From 10 May 1919: The heart of the country is always for moderation. Nothing could show this more plainly than…

Backing Mrs Thatcher

27 April 2019 9:00 am

From ‘Be brave’, 28 April 1979: We can think of a number of reasons why voters might feel reluctant to…

Israel and the UN

20 April 2019 9:00 am

From ‘Israel’s Candidature’, The Spectator, 22 April 1949: Israel’s application for UN membership received a chillier reception than had been…

Supreme but not respected

6 April 2019 9:00 am

From ‘The disconsideration of the House of Commons’, 5 April 1919: The House of Commons is legally supreme in the…

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Kingsley Amis on Lolita: It’s not pornographic enough

9 March 2019 9:00 am

From ‘She was a child and I was a child’ by Kingsley Amis, 6 November 1959: The only success of…

On political tribalism

2 February 2019 9:00 am

From The Spectator, No. 152, 24 July 1711: There cannot a greater judgment befall a country than such a dreadful…

A model president

5 January 2019 9:00 am

From The Spectator, 4 January 1919: President Wilson arrived in London on Thursday week, and was greeted with full expression…

From the archive: the Spectator’s original verdicts on literary classics

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë,  reviewed 18 December 1847 An attempt to give novelty and interest to fiction, by resorting…

Trial and punishment

17 November 2018 9:00 am

From ‘The Kaiser’, 16 November 1918: What is to be done with the Kaiser? For the question must certainly be…

Giving thanks

10 November 2018 9:00 am

From ‘Thanks be to God’, 16 November 1918: The thought that filled the mind of the nation on Monday, and…

The decisive moment

6 October 2018 9:00 am

From ‘News of the week’, 5 October 1918: The Western Front is now aflame from the sea to Verdun. This…

Allenby’s triumph

29 September 2018 9:00 am

From ‘The Eastern successes’, 28 September 1918: The glorious news from Palestine and Macedonia has exceeded all expectations. The annihilating…

Victory is nigh

4 August 2018 9:00 am

From ‘The fifth year of war’, 3 August 1918: There are those who think that Germany will try to regain…

Hitting home

28 July 2018 9:00 am

From ‘The munitions strike’, 27 July 1918: It is necessary for the Government to make it clear that the present…

From the archive: the future of Scandinavia

16 June 2018 9:00 am

From ‘The Baltic question’, 15 June 1918: The future of Scandinavia and the Baltic must depend on the outcome of…

Bolshevism: the enemy of democracy

2 June 2018 9:00 am

From ‘News of the week’, 1 June 1918: Bolshevism is the negation of democratic government. There is no pretence on…

From the archive: Brothers-in-arms

26 May 2018 9:00 am

From ‘The new crusade’, 25 May 1918: It is curious to think how great must soon have been the spiritual…

All peril on the Western Front

12 May 2018 9:00 am

From ‘The situation on the Western Front in light of the Paris speech’, 11 May 1918: Instead of the Western…

The staple of our strength

28 April 2018 9:00 am

From ‘News of the week’, 27 April 1918: The Navy has come altogether into its own again. The details of…

Our future queen

14 April 2018 9:00 am

From The Spectator, 15 April 1943: Princess Elizabeth will be 17 next Wednesday, which means she is ceasing to be…

German manoeuvres

31 March 2018 9:00 am

From ‘The great battle’, 30 March 1918: Since our last issue by far the greatest battle of the war has…

Triumph of the spirit

3 March 2018 9:00 am

From ‘A moral test’, 2 March 1918: The nation, in spite of all the silly talk about our war aims…