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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…

Europe's extremists aren't really on the right

31 May 2014 9:00 am

This week, the European parliament took a strong lurch to the left. That is not quite the story that you…

The slow death of Nato

24 May 2014 9:00 am

The Cold War was won by 26 words contained within article five of the Treaty of Washington, which founded Nato…

Why does Britain's fight for religious freedom stop at Dover?

17 May 2014 9:00 am

‘We don’t do God,’ was Alastair Campbell’s put-down when his charge, Tony Blair, was tempted to raise the issue of…

What is David Cameron’s big idea?

10 May 2014 9:00 am

In almost a decade as Conservative leader, David Cameron has tended to avoid talking about his political philosophy. He has…

A shameful U-turn at the National Trust

3 May 2014 9:00 am

What has happened to Dame Helen Ghosh? Last October the director-general of the National Trust seemed prepared to stand against…

How to lose Scotland

26 April 2014 9:00 am

For centuries, the possibility of Scottish independence seemed so remote as to be laughable. Until recently the nationalists seemed quixotic,…

Vladimir Putin knows what he stands for. Do we?

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Possibly because his oratory is no match for his much-displayed pectoral muscles, the speeches of Vladimir Putin are seldom reported…

It's time to stop the omnishambles - and send Lynton Crosby to No. 10

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Yet again, the Conservative party has reminded us that it is quite capable of losing the next election. The events…

François Hollande's France is a preview of Ed Miliband's Britain. And it's terrifying

5 April 2014 9:00 am

François Hollande and Ed Miliband could be political blood brothers. Neither has held down a job outside politics for any…

Putin's aggression is the price of western weakness

29 March 2014 9:00 am

One cannot legislate for a quiet world. When a former Princeton University college professor was elected president of the United…

George Osborne's pensions revolution

22 March 2014 9:00 am

It is easy to see why George Osborne seemed so confident ahead of the Budget. His radical reform of the…

Why British mothers need a tax break

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Next week’s Budget marks George Osborne’s last chance to make a game-changing reform before the next election. The Chancellor will…

Why an EU summit will never solve the Ukraine crisis

8 March 2014 9:00 am

For the first time in many years, the eyes of the world are on Crimea. As Russian troops violated Ukrainian…

Stop bribing Ukraine – and start helping

1 March 2014 9:00 am

The last time Viktor Yanukovych was removed from power in Ukraine, following a corrupt election nearly a decade ago, it…

Why America's ivory ban won't help elephants

22 February 2014 9:00 am

The Duke of Cambridge deserves credit for bringing his influence to bear on the growing tragedy of the elephant, whose…

Britain needs small government, not weak government. That means strong flood defences

15 February 2014 9:00 am

There is nothing inevitable about the by now familiar sight of residents being towed away from flooded homes, of shops…

Floods of incompetence - why Chris Smith should resign from the Environment Agency

8 February 2014 9:00 am

When Prince Charles arrived in Somerset to meet some of those caught up in the disaster which in five weeks…