To turn an army on one’s own people is bad enough. But to call in foreign mercenaries, as Colonel Gaddafi…
In Britain, surging grocery prices are painful, but not life-threatening.
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.
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.
David Cameron has said he is determined not to lead a cuts-only coalition. He has spoken about promoting entrepreneurship, rightly…
The plot thickens It is as if we are stuck in a hideous loop.
When George Osborne decided to raise VAT, more months ago than he will admit, he did not imagine that he…
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.
So much has happened since the general election that it is hard to press events into a meaningful pattern.
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.
We have heard surprisingly little about the climate change jamboree currently underway in Cancun.
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.
The royal family has a gift for laying on a wedding just when the nation’s spirits most need lifting.
Various political attempts to institute a national British day have failed, perhaps because Britain already has one.
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.
It has been a remarkable week for the bright young Tories who worked for John Major in the 1992 election campaign.
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.
Liam Fox has certainly given the Tories something to talk about as they gather for the party conference this weekend.
India has given a good impression of a country that views the Commonwealth as an embarrassment.
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.
You may notice that your Spectator looks a little different this week.
One subject about which we hope pupils will always be taught is the Blitz, which began in London 70 years ago this week.
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.
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.
Tom Switzer reviews the week in politics