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Female unemployment has just hit an all-time low. So yes, Britain is working

23 February 2019 9:00 am

At any other time, news that Honda intends to close its Swindon plant in two years’ time with the loss…

The EU and UK are one sentence away from a Brexit deal. Why the games?

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Even the most fervent Brexiteer would have to admit to being impressed at the cohesion and chutzpah of the European…

Why David Harding’s £100 million Cambridge donation might save capitalism

9 February 2019 9:00 am

The British are said to be among the most generous people on earth. When it comes to ordinary people scraping…

After Huawei, can we trust Chinese tech?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The world is a better place for China’s emergence from behind the bamboo curtain where it hid for half a…

Dyson’s move shows he thinks the Brexit opportunity will be squandered

26 January 2019 9:00 am

If knighthoods could be removed by vote of parliament, Sir James Dyson would be first in line. Knighted for being…

Brexiteers' faith in parliament is now being put to the test

19 January 2019 9:00 am

An unexpected outcome of the tortuous process of Brexit negotiations has been the enhancement of Britain’s reputation as a parliamentary…

Political discourse in the UK is broken – here’s how we fix it

12 January 2019 9:00 am

For several weeks now, a group of anti-Brexit protesters have found a way of regularly appearing on television news. They…

A dozen migrants in Kent is not a crisis. But government panic could turn it into one

5 January 2019 9:00 am

It has been a messy start to the new year for Sajid Javid. For months now, migrants using small boats…

Britain is on the cusp of a great political and economic renewal. Will the Tories blow it?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Last Christmas, The Spectator set up an appeal — not for money to be given to charity, but for our…

If May goes, the Tories have just one chance to replace her

8 December 2018 9:00 am

On Tuesday, MPs will face something rare: a Commons motion which really does deserve to be described as momentous. It…

Theresa May's deal is not Canada Plus - it's Remain Minus. Why pretend otherwise?

1 December 2018 9:00 am

While some may doubt Donald Trump’s claim to be a friend of Britain’s, his intervention in the Brexit debate this…

Britain must reject the European model

24 November 2018 9:00 am

France has been in a state of organised uprising this week, with 300,000 motorists taking to the streets and autoroutes…

It’s a bad deal – whichever way you look at it

17 November 2018 9:00 am

During last year’s general election campaign, Theresa May declared that ‘You can only deliver Brexit if you believe in Brexit’.…

What the UK can learn from the US midterms

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Donald Trump can, at the very least, claim to have killed off political apathy. Americans this week voted in greater…

How Britain became a health service with a country attached to it

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Since the Budget, economists have pointed out that Britain is turning into a health service with a government attached. The…

What is the point of Philip Hammond?

27 October 2018 9:00 am

What is the point of Philip Hammond? Most chancellors have an agenda, but it’s hard to discern any purpose or…

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…