The Haiti earthquake story has moved from a straightforward human tragedy to one of recrimination over the delay in channelling humanitarian aid.
It is likely that David Cameron regards this week’s stunning Republican victory in Massachusetts with a mixture of excitement and terror.
It is tempting to cheer the European Court of Human Rights’s ruling in the case of Kevin Gillan and Pennie Quinton.
Perhaps the least fashionable cause in Britain is the welfare of our elderly.
One must almost admire the optimism of Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt.
The re-emergence of fascism in Britain is highly inconvenient for our political parties, it is a distraction from the election campaigns they are all so overly keen to begin.
A Nigerian Islamic fanatic flies to the Netherlands and tries to blow up a plane bound for Detroit in Michigan — and yet there was something grimly inevitable about the fact that it was Britain where police were scrambled and London where the fanatic’s accommodation was searched.
There is something deeply unfashionable about British poverty.
The Pre-Budget Report was, like the Queen’s Speech that preceded it in November, an almost empty sideshow.
For years, the French have resented the success of the City of London.
The concept of a ‘Red Tory’ is not an easy one to grasp.
Amid the wreckage of this week’s floods the most depressing comment came from a government scientist who called for a national register of bridges.
Reading the BBC Trust’s 65-page report justifying the exclusion of atheists and humanist commentary from Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, a two-minute religious slot whose main purpose is to persuade a recalcitrant nation to get out of bed, drives home the point that BBC bureaucracy is now beyond redemption.
It is now 12 years since the Queen was first obliged to enter the Palace of Westminster and deliver a speech studded with the most awful New Labour clichés.
Sympathy for Gordon Brown is not a common emotion in Westminster, but this week only the coldest heart could fail to feel for the Prime Minister.
There is something about ‘compassionate conservatism’ that infuriates the Labour party, as if the very phrase were a deceitful contradiction in terms.
It is a shame that Gordon Brown said in parliament that he ‘saved the world’ when he meant to say ‘saved the banks’, because the latter proposition is the more preposterous.
David Cameron has been a Conservative long enough to know defeat when he sees it.
The cow has had it too easy for too long.
The perfect political U-turn is so subtle that it goes almost entirely unnoticed, as David Cameron demonstrated this week.
The readers’ dinner held at Spectator headquarters last week was, as might be expected, a sparkling, bibulous affair.
Nick Griffin has won an important victory just by being invited to appear on Question Time.
It seems that marriage and success go together as surely as love and marriage.
No sooner did parliament return than it was embroiled in the latest instalment of the expenses saga.
Let’s hope that Gordon Brown was too busy trying to hex Cameron this week to notice the story about the Sainsbury’s staff member who refused to sell a pregnant customer cheese.