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A vote of confidence in Britain (even the bond markets agree)

2 July 2016 9:00 am

During the referendum campaign, it seemed at times as if a competition was on to issue the most hyperbolic claim…

In praise of David Cameron

25 June 2016 9:00 am

David Cameron bet everything on winning this European Union referendum. He lost. His resignation was inevitable, but the timing was not.…

Out – and into the world: why The Spectator is for Leave

18 June 2016 9:00 am

  The Spectator has a long record of being isolated, but right. We supported the north against the slave-owning south…

The EU referendum: two leaps in the dark

11 June 2016 9:00 am

This week the Prime Minister devoted a speech to what he regarded as six lies being told by his opponents…

France is now the sick man of Europe

4 June 2016 9:00 am

It is a long time since the term ‘sick man of Europe’ could be applied to Britain. France is now…

Britain really is ceasing to be a Christian country

28 May 2016 9:00 am

A landmark in national life has just been passed. For the first time in recorded history, those declaring themselves to…

Sorry, Chancellor, but the economic argument for the EU has not been won. Here’s why

21 May 2016 9:00 am

A Ryanair plane in a Stansted hangar was not the best backdrop for George Osborne’s claim that the economic argument…

Why Nato is more important than the EU for Britain

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The Leave campaign was right to pour scorn on David Cameron’s warning this week that Brexit could threaten Europe’s military…

It’s Trump vs Hillary: a race that should terrify all conservatives

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Following Tuesday night’s Indiana primaries, the race for the Republican nomination is effectively over. Talk of Donald Trump being overhauled…

In fear we trust: how the Tories became addicted to negativity

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Strange as it may seem, there are still people around David Cameron who regard the Scottish referendum campaign as a…

We want an EU referendum, not a scare-story contest

23 April 2016 9:00 am

So far the campaign for the EU referendum has resembled a contest as to which side can spin the most…

A feral, all-powerful press? The Whittingdale story disproves that

16 April 2016 9:00 am

For weeks, Westminster has been full of rumours about the private life of a certain cabinet member. It was said…

How to make the rich pay more tax

9 April 2016 9:00 am

The 11 million documents leaked from Panama lawyers Mossack Fonseca tell us much that we know already. It’s hardly news…

How is Britain going green? By shutting down industry

2 April 2016 9:00 am

A fortnight ago, the energy minister, Andrea Leadsom, declared grandly that Britain, alone in the world, would commit to a…

Terror in Brussels: it could happen here

26 March 2016 9:00 am

On Tuesday morning Belgium was the latest European country to suffer a major terrorist attack. It is a disturbing reminder…

Why the Republican elite couldn’t stop Donald Trump

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The political climate that brought about his rise is in fact a worldwide phenomenon

The EU's deal with Turkey exposes the moral vacuum at its heart

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Looked at from the narrow perspective of how to deal with the lethal business of human trafficking across the Aegean,…

Yes, let our spies spy – but not our bureaucrats

5 March 2016 9:00 am

One of the marks of a good Home Secretary is a healthy wariness of those in authority who come begging…

If the migrant crisis goes on like this, there may be no EU for Britain to leave

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Imagine if Nigel Farage declared that police should be ready to shoot migrants trying to make it from Calais to…

Whether or not Britain leaves, the EU must change or fall apart

20 February 2016 9:00 am

David Cameron’s attempt to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership has served as a powerful reminder of the case for leaving. The…

Any deal with the junior doctors should cut both ways

13 February 2016 9:00 am

A few months ago, paramedics were on the brink of industrial action. They had legitimate grievances. Ambulance services were being…

Go back and get more from the EU, Prime Minister

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Throughout his negotiations with the European Union, David Cameron was fatally undermined by his own lack of resolve. He was…

The ‘in’ side’s shockingly bad start in the EU referendum campaign

30 January 2016 9:00 am

David Cameron wants to get the European Union referendum over with quickly — and understandably so. Things are still going…

David Miranda arrest: saving lives must come first

23 January 2016 9:00 am

This week brings to a close an absurdly overblown cause célèbre. The Court of Appeal ruled that David Miranda’s detention…

Striking doctors need an injection of realism

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Treatment for that once-virulent condition, the British disease of strikes, has largely been successful. The number of working days lost…