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A dangerous silence over Telford

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Whenever a Hollywood actress complains about some lecherous man, there’s blanket coverage. Even our MPs feel the need to tut.…

Vladimir Putin is innocent until proven guilty in the Russian spy case

10 March 2018 9:00 am

The apparent chemical attack on a former Russian double-agent and his daughter in an English cathedral city could be straight…

Back off, Barnier – you don’t need to invent obstacles to Brexit

3 March 2018 9:00 am

There’s an unwritten law governing Boris Johnson in Westminster: every-thing he says or does is a gaffe, or can be…

As the Tories rail against Corbyn’s past, they’re losing the fight for the future

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The news that Jeremy Corbyn met a Czechoslovakian agent three times during the 1980s, when the Cold War was still…

Why we shouldn’t try the jihadi ‘Beatles’ in Britain

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The success of the military campaign against Isis in Syria and Iraq has left behind a diplomatic and legal problem:…

This crash is just a return to normality

10 February 2018 9:00 am

It is easy to mock the most strident critics of capitalism, like Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn. It’s harder to…

Donald Trump has a genius for damaging his own reputation

3 February 2018 9:00 am

It’s easy to see why Donald Trump gets angry. He is presiding over a robust economy, growing at the fastest…

Open goal: Britain must embrace all Brexit’s freedoms

27 January 2018 9:00 am

A decade ago, bankers were not merely the masters of Davos, but the ‘masters of the universe’. No one calls…

Mr Abbott’s agenda

27 January 2018 9:00 am

The once and possibly future Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, this week started 2018 strongly. Writing for the Australian and speaking…

Jeremy Corbyn’s takeover is complete – and the Tories are terrified

20 January 2018 9:00 am

For Jeremy Corbyn and his allies, there has been no far-left takeover of the Labour party or its governing National…

Something’s gone badly right with the world economy

13 January 2018 9:00 am

It is only a few months since gloomy economic commentators were confidently predicting that the world was about to plunge…

His critics can’t admit it, but Trump’s crazy tactics are succeeding

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Among the many new political maladies of our age, one has been left largely undiagnosed. This is Trump Derangement Syndrome,…

The Spectator's Christmas appeal: donate internships, not money

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Perhaps the most insightful piece of political analysis since the turn of the century came from the Queen in a…

Season of goodwill

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Australians deserve a long, hot, glorious summer of beaches and barbies and to indulge themselves in a joyous Christmas break…

Returning jihadis must be brought to justice

9 December 2017 9:00 am

At first sight, the evidence presented in David Anderson’s report into the four terror attacks committed between March and June…

A £50 billion Brexit ‘divorce bill’ is a price worth paying

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Quitting the EU was never just about cash: most people who voted Leave were prepared for a costly, painful process

This budget was useful but boring: the Tories need bigger ideas

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Philip Hammond began his first Budget, in March, by playing down its importance — for his big ideas on fiscal…

Britain and its allies are opening the way for yet another Iraq war

18 November 2017 9:00 am

After the most intensive street-by-street combat since 1945, Isis’s so-called caliphate is no more. Last weekend, the Iraqi government won…

Does Theresa May’s zombie government even want to survive?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Dealing with a hung parliament was never going to be easy, but no one quite foresaw the decay which now…

Gordon Brown’s memoirs show he is good at blowing his own trumpet – but nothing else

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Gordon Brown has pitched his memoirs as the honest confessions of a decent man. He failed to win the one…

Lost in trangenderism: identity politics will not win youth votes for the Tories

28 October 2017 9:00 am

It was always going to be difficult for Theresa May’s government to secure a legacy beyond Brexit. With the negotiations…

The Kurds are on their own

21 October 2017 9:00 am

The routing of Isis in northern Iraq ought to be a time of international celebration, but as ever in the…

The tech giants have become publishing tycoons. Let’s have laws to deal with them

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The giants of the internet have long said that they are not publishers but mere platforms — or couriers —…

The Tories are suffering the blues – where are all their ideas?

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May’s conference speech — interrupted by coughing fits and with part of the set falling apart behind her —…

It’s time for the Tories to talk trade

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Thirty years ago, the Conservatives would have had no problem countering what Jeremy Corbyn had to offer in Brighton. But…