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Terrorism isn’t ‘losing’. It has already lost

18 August 2018 9:00 am

By now, the routine is familiar: a lone wolf strikes, roads are sealed off, buildings locked down and a biographical…

Boris wars

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Ever since Boris Johnson resigned as foreign secretary, it was generally assumed that there would — in time — be…

Now May’s talking tough over Brexit, we might actually get somewhere

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Ever since Theresa May declared that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’ she has seemed to be drifting…

We need to turn the tide on poor water planning

28 July 2018 9:00 am

The year 1976 rises like a spectre whenever the sun shines for more than a few days. That long, dry,…

May’s Brexit plan has failed. She needs a new one – and fast

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Handling Brexit was never going to be easy for Theresa May, given that the Tories have been fighting a civil…

The worst thing about Trump’s outbursts on Brexit and Nato? That he’s right

14 July 2018 9:00 am

It is appropriate that the 45th President of the United States has come to Britain this week on a working…

The Spectator stood for humour and civilised debate 190 years ago. It still does

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Britain has a long-standing tradition of robust yet friendly disagreement

The NHS is 70 – but it’s an unhappy birthday

30 June 2018 9:00 am

When Nye Bevan launched the NHS on 5 July 1948, most of the British population could not expect to celebrate…

Turning back boats may be the most humane response to the migrant crisis

23 June 2018 9:00 am

The photographs of children in cages at US migration centres, apparently separated from the parents with whom they illegally entered…

There’s no going back on Brexit. But liberal policies are the way forward

16 June 2018 9:00 am

This week Brexit reached its Somme. The government has been bogged down in votes on amendments inserted into its Brexit…

Whip out 18C

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Another week, and another slap in the face from a major university to the hard-working taxpayers of mainstream Australia –…

Enough of the political fury: now for the full facts about Grenfell

9 June 2018 9:00 am

The opening of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry is good news. It will now become harder for politicians and campaigners to…

The result of the Irish referendum is a triumph of light over darkness. For others it is the other way round

It’s not for Westminster to decide Northern Ireland’s abortion law

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Predictably enough, there have been no calls this week for the Irish referendum on abortion to be re-run, no complaint…

It’s time for Mark Carney to stop fighting the Brexit referendum

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Soon after he became his party’s leader, David Cameron spoke dismissively of Conservatives who ‘bang on about Europe’. He had…

The choice for MPs is clear: support a free press or side with despots like Orban

19 May 2018 9:00 am

That the House of Lords has survived as an unelected chamber is largely down to the Salisbury Convention, which holds…

Who’s afraid of cryptocurrency?

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Since its inception, cryptocurrency has been regarded as technically fascinating but fundamentally unreliable. Those who invested £10 in Bitcoin eight…

The power of Momentum: the right have underestimated the power behind Corbyn

5 May 2018 9:00 am

The local elections have thrown up a paradox. In theory, Britain has never had more devolution: we have assemblies in…

Is Kim Jong-un really now a man of peace?

28 April 2018 9:00 am

After spending most of his presidency posing a nuclear-armed hothead, Kim Jong-un is now presenting himself as a man of…

A home truth for the Tories: fix the housing crisis or lose power for ever

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Much rot is spoken about how the young have it so bad. In fact, this generation is healthier, richer and…

In praise of Israel (1)

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Free speech has a new champion, and his name is Israel Folau. And once again, the corporate, political and media…

Why Prince Charles must be the next head of the Commonwealth

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Next week, 53 world leaders arrive in London for the Commonwealth summit. It is hard to imagine a better network…

Why London’s soaring murder rate is everyone’s problem

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Any notion that the surge in killings in London was a problem confined to gang members has been dispelled by…

Theresa May has shown Putin that the West can still unite

31 March 2018 9:00 am

After Britain voted to leave the European Union, there was much mistaken talk about how it might also move away…

Britain has lost control of the Brexit talks

24 March 2018 9:00 am

If Brexit was going to be as easy as some of its advocates had believed, we would not have had…

A dangerous silence over Telford

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Whenever a Hollywood actress complains about some lecherous man, there’s blanket coverage. Even our MPs feel the need to tut.…