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Spare us a Bob?

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Anyone listening to the BBC this week could be forgiven for thinking that the musician Bob Geldof had just emerged…

Thank heavens for Justin Welby!

15 November 2014 9:00 am

For decades, interventions of the Archbishop of Canterbury in national debate were like a sporadic bombardment of small pebbles against…

Say no to devolution without democracy

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Imagine if, in one of her first acts as First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon announced that, in spite of…

How to fight Ukip

1 November 2014 9:00 am

In the 2005 general election this magazine supported the Conservatives, with one exception — we urged voters in Medway not to…

Deal with the debt, George Osborne? You’ve hardly started

25 October 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne has declared victory over Ed Balls, the IMF and all the others who warned that his austerity measures…

If Turkey turns on the West, what hope is there for Syria and Iraq?

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Turkey has long been a bridge between the West and the Middle East. Its record on free speech may be…

There is a way to beat Ebola (and we're already doing it)

11 October 2014 9:00 am

There is something depressing about the fact that it has taken a sick Spanish nurse to put Ebola back on…

Britain doesn't need hateful laws to defeat hate preachers

4 October 2014 9:00 am

If the Labour party conference in Manchester felt like a funeral, the Conservatives’ gathering in Birmingham had the air of…

The good fight

27 September 2014 9:00 am

It is a mark of the uncertainty of our policy in the Middle East that just over a year ago…

Alex Salmond's success is just a symptom of our age of rage

20 September 2014 9:00 am

In his short and infrequent visits to Scotland this year, the Prime Minister should have found time to speak to…

One week to save Britain

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Next week, the most important vote in recent British history will be held. Indeed, it may well turn out to…

Nato must rediscover its purpose, or it will end up losing a war

6 September 2014 9:00 am

This week’s Nato summit was originally intended to look back on lessons learned from Afghanistan and reflect on the notion…

Who will be held to account for the horror in Rotherham?

30 August 2014 9:00 am

If Rotherham council were a family, its children would have been removed by social services long ago, and Ma and…

Asylum seekers are dying in British ports. It’s time we looked after them properly.

23 August 2014 9:00 am

The tale is now familiar: shouts are heard from inside a freight container and police are called. A cargo of…

Violence, fear, confusion: this is what comes into a leadership vacuum

16 August 2014 9:00 am

The old cliché that ‘nothing happens in August’ has again been brutally disproved. From the centenary of the outbreak of…

Sorry, but trains can’t really replace welfare lines

9 August 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne proposed an attractive idea this week: that spending on state benefits should be diverted into new infrastructure in…

Stricter benefits limits shouldn't stop with immigrants

2 August 2014 9:00 am

With Ukip snapping at the Conservatives’ heels, it is not difficult to see why David Cameron has hit upon the…

The democratic deficit at the heart of the Human Rights Act

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Dominic Grieve was a worthy attorney-general whose career was helped by this magazine: nine years ago, he was named Spectator…

Have David Cameron’s Etonians just given up on state school reform?

19 July 2014 9:00 am

During his time as Education Secretary, Michael Gove would often have occasion to quote a passage of Machiavelli: ‘There is…

In apologising for having Nigel Lawson on to discuss climate change, the BBC has breached its charter

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Listen to ‘Is climate change a factor in the recent extreme weather?’ on Audioboo It is only a matter of…

It's time for Britain to abolish slavery – again

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Who would have expected to find slavery on the outskirts of Cardiff? Not the locals, who were shocked when police…

Phone hacking - the silence of the censors

28 June 2014 9:00 am

We have not heard much from Hugh Grant this week. Nor from Max Mosley, Steve Coogan or any of the…

We won the Cold War – and then lost our way

21 June 2014 9:00 am

It would have been easy enough to imagine the 25th anniversary of the Eastern European revolutions being marked with a…

The new Iraq war

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Seven weeks ago, Barack Obama proclaimed that ‘it’s time to turn the page on more than a decade of war’.…

Now it's Gove vs May - will Tory wars ever stop?

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Modern Conservatives seem to be allergic to success. Every time things are going right, the party spasms. Sir John Major’s…