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Modern family: how Meghan and Harry helped firm up the monarchy

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Whether it was intended so or not, the decision by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to choose Australia as…

Director’s cut: why do our taxes pay for loss-making films?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

‘The role of government is not to pick favourites and subsidise them or protect them.’ So says the government’s industrial…

Theresa May’s speech was good – but she still lacks an agenda

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Over the next few weeks, we can expect breathless reporting about the Brexit deal and its dynamics: the state of…

This should be Theresa May's last conference as Tory leader

29 September 2018 9:00 am

The worst of Britain’s post-war mistakes, ideas we thought long dead, are once more in the air. Yet again there…

There is method in the apparent madness of Donald Trump’s trade wars. Photo: Getty

Trade wars: The method behind Donald Trump’s madness

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Donald Trump campaigned as an unrepentant protectionist and, on the face of it, he has lived up to his word.…

Why can’t the Tories see that a Canada-style Brexit deal is the answer?

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Loyalty, it used to be said, was the Tories’ secret weapon. No longer. Self-discipline has been discarded — along with…

The case for Sajid Javid

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Since being appointed Home Secretary, Sajid Javid has taken a series of bold and overdue decisions. On immigration, he understood…

China is winning the new scramble for Africa. Brexit could change that

1 September 2018 9:00 am

On her tour of South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, Theresa May finally made a positive case for Brexit. For too…

If the UK economy is a wreck, why are jobs and exports booming?

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Economies run on confidence — as Franklin D. Roosevelt observed when he told Americans, in his first inaugural address during…

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…