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Carry on Major: real democrats don't shout down Europhiles

4 March 2017 9:00 am

As Prime Minister, John Major was intolerant of opposition from within the Conservative party over the EU — memorably calling…

The real gender gap is not about women’s pay but boys’ lack of attainment

25 February 2017 9:00 am

For a body supposedly committed to eliminating inequality between the sexes, the Women and Equalities Select Committee don’t exactly lead…

The Labour party has turned into a political bed-blocker

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Just as it seems that Labour has reached the bottom of the abyss, Jeremy Corbyn and his party somehow manage…

Trump has his enemies just where he likes them

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Throughout John Bercow’s political career he has felt the need to atone for his student days when he was a…

Police must apologise to those falsely accused of sex offences

4 February 2017 9:00 am

This week, 49,000 gay men were granted posthumous pardons. Had Harold Macmillan’s government taken notice of this magazine in 1957…

Now we'll find out who's really serious about free trade

28 January 2017 9:00 am

After any other US election it would cause little comment that the new president had chosen the British Prime Minister…

The right way to do Brexit: positive – but tough

21 January 2017 9:00 am

From the start of the European Union referendum campaign, competing visions of Brexit have been advocated. To Nigel Farage, the…

No, he didn’t: Obama’s legacy

14 January 2017 9:00 am

The irony of Barack Obama’s presidency is that while it began at a time when it seemed America’s fortunes could…

The only mystery about Sir Ivan Rogers is why he was still in his job

7 January 2017 9:00 am

The wonder about Sir Ivan Rogers’s resignation as Britain’s ambassador to the EU is that he was still in the…

Press freedom in Britain is under attack - again

31 December 2016 9:00 am

It is said that the case for freedom of expression needs to be restated in every generation, but things move…

Lesson of 2016: if you address people's concerns, "populism" goes away

10 December 2016 9:00 am

When The Spectator was founded 188 years ago, it became part of what would now be described as a populist…

Revealed - Theresa May's Brexit strategy

3 December 2016 9:00 am

For months, now, a hunt has been on for the government’s Brexit strategy. Theresa May has quite rightly refused to…

Philip Hammond – just about managing

26 November 2016 9:00 am

From the moment she arrived in 10 Downing Street, Theresa May has been commendably clear about her economic priorities for…

We can no longer ignore the crisis in our prisons

19 November 2016 9:00 am

One of the stated objectives of this week’s brief strike by prison officers was to publicise the dire conditions in…

Why Trump's victory isn't like Brexit

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Donald Trump predicted that his election would be ‘Brexit times ten’ — which, as far as the stockmarket reaction was…

Theresa May's passage to India

5 November 2016 9:00 am

When a Prime Minister flies off abroad with a few business-leaders it is seldom worthy of comment. Such trade missions…

We'll struggle to build one runway. Why not struggle to build four?

29 October 2016 9:00 am

An extra runway for Heathrow was first proposed by a Labour government — not Gordon Brown’s, or Tony Blair’s, but…

Don’t let the defeat of Islamic State mean more terror at home

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The Islamic State’s pretence to nationhood was based on the holding of territory. With the battle for Mosul this week,…

Why are all this year's British Nobel winners in America?

15 October 2016 9:00 am

On the face of it, this year’s Nobel Prize awards have been a triumph for British scientists. No fewer than…

Beware of Tory complacency

8 October 2016 9:00 am

The Conservative party conference in Birmingham this week seemed a remarkably relaxed affair. The European question has been settled. Seldom…

Why is the British government silent about Aleppo?

1 October 2016 9:00 am

There was a time when the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo would have featured strongly in political debate in Britain. Just…

Britain has shown Germany how to handle a migrant crisis

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Only now does Angela Merkel concede that her admitting a million refugees last year was a mistake. It was obvious…

In defence of David Cameron’s achievements

17 September 2016 9:00 am

It is too early to tell what sort of Prime Minister Theresa May will turn out to be, but we…

Now, finally, we can have a real debate about immigration

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Calm is slowly returning to the debate about Britain and Europe. The shrillness of the referendum campaign, and the hysteria…

The Apple tax grab shows the wisdom of Brexit

3 September 2016 9:00 am

It’s strange that, even now, the Brexit vote is routinely referred to as an expression of anger or frustration —…