The Week

Portrait of the week: a government defeat, the harassment of Anna Soubry and Trump’s wall crisis

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Home The government drifted towards a vote by the Commons, which it had cancelled in December, on its withdrawal agreement…

If anyone knows May’s secret plan, it’s Philip

12 January 2019 9:00 am

As a hack who lived and breathed the financial crisis, you might think that at the start of 2008 and…

Those tempted to turn over a new leaf this year should remember Aesop’s fables

12 January 2019 9:00 am

At this time of year the media urge us all to turn over a new leaf and believe that we…

Letters: Europe is changing – so do we really need to leave?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

The changing EU Sir: If, as Frederik Erixon writes, ‘there is a strange pre-revolutionary atmosphere in Brussels’ and ‘power will be…

A dozen migrants in Kent is not a crisis. But government panic could turn it into one

5 January 2019 9:00 am

It has been a messy start to the new year for Sajid Javid. For months now, migrants using small boats…

Portrait of the week: A migrant ‘crisis’, Gatwick drone awards and Donald Trump to withdraw troops from Syria

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Home The number of would-be migrants known to have reached England in small boats from France in the last two…

The telltale signs your child is texting about Jeeves and Wooster

5 January 2019 9:00 am

You’ll be relieved to learn my penguin is back. ‘How long was it gone?’ you ask. About six months. ‘And…

A model president

5 January 2019 9:00 am

From The Spectator, 4 January 1919: President Wilson arrived in London on Thursday week, and was greeted with full expression…

How the year began

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Why are our years structured as they are? Censorinus in his de die natali (‘Birthday Book’) for his chum Caerellius…

How Spanish was the Spanish flu?

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Paths of infection 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the height of the Spanish flu pandemic which is believed to…

Letters: Is this a solution to the post-Brexit world?

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Lords reform Sir: How astonishing that the historian Robert Tombs (‘Beyond Brexit’, 15 December) should think that the Lords might…

Britain is on the cusp of a great political and economic renewal. Will the Tories blow it?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Last Christmas, The Spectator set up an appeal — not for money to be given to charity, but for our…

Portrait of the year: from the collapse of Carillion to the sacking of John Kelly

15 December 2018 9:00 am

January Four young men were stabbed to death in London as the New Year began. The Crown Prosecution Service was…

Are we really going to abandon Brexit because of a Mars bar shortage?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

The nice French doctor looked beadily at the screen. There were the results of my tests, in irrefutable detail. They…

The many political crises that have interrupted Christmas

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Crisis at Christmas MPs were warned that they might have to give up part of their holidays to deal with…

What would Jesus’s childhood have been like? 

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Around 1 ad a 14-year-old Jewish Arab girl called Maryam, almost certainly in Nazareth in Galilee, gave birth to a…

From the archive: the Spectator’s original verdicts on literary classics

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë,  reviewed 18 December 1847 An attempt to give novelty and interest to fiction, by resorting…

Letters: perhaps Brussels sprouts are ripe for a name change?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Life in the borderlands Sir:  The Irish border question has grabbed political headlines this year, but spare a thought for…

If May goes, the Tories have just one chance to replace her

8 December 2018 9:00 am

On Tuesday, MPs will face something rare: a Commons motion which really does deserve to be described as momentous. It…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May’s double defeat on Brexit

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Home Political hobbyists speculated on the future of Brexit if the government fell, if a new Conservative leader was chosen,…

Joan Collins: My own transgender moment

8 December 2018 9:00 am

I recently returned from several months in Los Angeles working on one of the most popular US TV shows. American…

Could the vote on the Brexit deal set a record for a government defeat in the Commons?

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Big defeats Could the vote on the Brexit deal set a record for a government defeat in the Commons? Aside…

Letters: The consequences of a Corbyn government could be catastrophic

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Sleeping on the streets Sir: Mark Palmer claims that ‘homelessness is hardly a top government priority’ (‘Home truths’, 1 December). I…

Theresa May's deal is not Canada Plus - it's Remain Minus. Why pretend otherwise?

1 December 2018 9:00 am

While some may doubt Donald Trump’s claim to be a friend of Britain’s, his intervention in the Brexit debate this…

Portrait of the week: the Brexit world, the non-Brexit world and Mars

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Brexit Theresa May, the Prime Minister, seemed to succeed in uniting the country in opposition to the withdrawal agreement to…