Power, or the expectation of it, has a transformative effect on political parties.
It was a poetic coincidence that the week the Labour party made its defiant last stand in Brighton, the newspapers reported a story that sums up precisely why this country so urgently needs another government.
David Cameron will be Britain’s new Prime Minister by next summer — this was the main conclusion drawn from the Labour party conference.
The Bishops of England and Wales have excelled themselves in their efforts to promote the Church of England’s ‘Back to Church’ day (this Sunday).
The Labour party typically disembowels itself after an election defeat, but this time it hasn’t waited to be beaten.
The news that union members at the TUC Congress are eager to ban high heels in the workplace, for health and safety reasons, confirms a number of our long-held theories.
As a rule of thumb, it is wise to ignore anything said at any summit beginning with the letter G.
The Spectator on the Afghan elections
The Spectator on the terror threat in Britain
The Spectator on Attention Deficit Disorder
The Spectator on the release of Abdelbasset Ali al-Megrahi
Senator Edward Kennedy lived in the shadow of Chappaquiddick, but his life deserves just as much celebration as it does censure.
In contrast to Gordon Brown’s dull and worthy holiday working as a volunteer on community projects in his constituency, there is something rather refreshing about Lord Mandelson’s taste for extravagant vacations on Corfu in the company of wealthy moguls.
The Spectator on Culture — and our new team blog
The Spectator on the Conservative party and the NHS
The Spectator on Andrew Flintoff
The Spectator on the plight of Britain’s vulnerable children
The Spectator on the open primary held by the Tories in Totnes
The Spectator on recent bank results
The Spectator on offensive words
The Spectator on the challenges awaiting David Cameron
The Spectator on social mobility
The world does not hold its breath during US-Russia summits as it did in the days of Kennedy and Khrushchev or Reagan and Gorbachev.
The Spectator on the death of Michael Jackson
The Spectator on Ed Balls' claims about the public finances