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.
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.
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