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Leader: Freedom fight

26 February 2011 6:00 am

To turn an army on one’s own people is bad enough. But to call in foreign mercenaries, as Colonel Gaddafi…

Leader: Against the grain

19 February 2011 12:00 am

In Britain, surging grocery prices are painful, but not life-threatening.

Leader: Family fortunes

12 February 2011 12:00 am

It is a curious fact about modern Britain that while we romanticise marriage and stable families as never before, our government still bribes us to split up.

Prisoners of Strasbourg

5 February 2011 12:00 am

Does it matter if prisoners are allowed to vote or not? Save for in the odd council ward in Brixton or on Dartmoor, some 84,000 prisoners — among an electorate of 46 million — are unlikely to have a material effect on the outcome of British elections.

Leader: Growth or bust

29 January 2011 12:00 am

David Cameron has said he is determined not to lead a cuts-only coalition. He has spoken about promoting entrepreneurship, rightly…

Asking the wrong questions

22 January 2011 12:00 am

The plot thickens It is as if we are stuck in a hideous loop.

Leader: King’s ransom

8 January 2011 12:00 am

When George Osborne decided to raise VAT, more months ago than he will admit, he did not imagine that he…

Leader: Winter sunshine

1 January 2011 12:00 am

Every day of this new year, some 200,000 people are likely to be lifted out of what the United Nations defines as extreme poverty: living on $1.25 a day or less.

Leader: How to keep a promise

18 December 2010 12:00 am

So much has happened since the general election that it is hard to press events into a meaningful pattern.

The Brown version

11 December 2010 12:00 am

For children who have been naughty this year, Simon & Schuster have just produced the perfect punitive Christmas present: a new book from Gordon Brown, Beyond the Crash.

Leader: Less heat, more light

4 December 2010 12:00 am

We have heard surprisingly little about the climate change jamboree currently underway in Cancun.

Now for the real examination

27 November 2010 12:00 am

If William Beveridge were commissioned to write another report into Britain’s social ills, he would find that two of his ‘giant evils’ — ignorance and idleness — still stalk and shame Britain.

A sacred bond

20 November 2010 12:00 am

The royal family has a gift for laying on a wedding just when the nation’s spirits most need lifting.

Remember the living

13 November 2010 12:00 am

Various political attempts to institute a national British day have failed, perhaps because Britain already has one.

Cutting across the Channel

16 October 2010 12:00 am

While it may be a little dangerous to speak so soon, a remarkable gulf is growing between the responses of the British and the French public to their governments’ attempts to balance the books.

In it together

9 October 2010 12:00 am

It has been a remarkable week for the bright young Tories who worked for John Major in the 1992 election campaign.

The wisdom of Pitkin

9 October 2010 12:00 am

While we mourn the comic actor Sir Norman Wisdom, who died on Monday aged 95, we should also celebrate the incurable optimism of his most famous character — Norman Pitkin.

The Tories need to talk

2 October 2010 12:00 am

Liam Fox has certainly given the Tories something to talk about as they gather for the party conference this weekend.

Blame Games

25 September 2010 12:00 am

India has given a good impression of a country that views the Commonwealth as an embarrassment.

Benedict brings hope

18 September 2010 12:00 am

But, if the protestors know where Benedict XVI stands on issues of sexual morality, they have a very shaky grasp of his precise relationship to these issues.

Spot the difference

18 September 2010 12:00 am

You may notice that your Spectator looks a little different this week.

War and peace

11 September 2010 12:00 am

One subject about which we hope pupils will always be taught is the Blitz, which began in London 70 years ago this week.

Fox news

4 September 2010 12:00 am

Perhaps the most surprising part of Tony Blair’s memoirs is the passage in which he reveals one of his deepest regrets: it’s not Iraq, but the fox-hunting ban.

Science fictions

4 September 2010 12:00 am

What is it about international organisations that makes them so impervious to criticism? If the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were a British ministry or quango, it is inconceivable that its chairman, Rajendra Pachauri, would still be in his post.

Conservatism has triumphed in Australia, whoever its next PM might be

28 August 2010 12:00 am

Tom Switzer reviews the week in politics