The Week

Portrait of the week: More Brexit talks, more French protests and less horse racing

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, returned from a trip to Brussels and Dublin and hurried to the Commons to…

Jess Phillips's diary

16 February 2019 9:00 am

‘You OK?’ was the message I sent to Luciana Berger last week. As I scroll back through our previous WhatsApp…

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Brexiteers have ‘a special place in hell’ – but who else has a spot there?

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Places in Hell President Donald Tusk said there must be a ‘special place in Hell reserved for those who promoted…

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How to get away with being a tyrant

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Last week, in an effort to understand what that left-wing hero Nicolás Maduro, President of Venezuela, must be suffering, Hieron,…

Letters: Are the RSPCA really considering the needs of animals?

16 February 2019 9:00 am

We need a generosity report Sir: Your leading article bemoaning the lack of charitable giving in Britain misses the mark…

Australian letters

16 February 2019 9:00 am

What have we learned in 2,074 years? Sir: “The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt…

Why David Harding’s £100 million Cambridge donation might save capitalism

9 February 2019 9:00 am

The British are said to be among the most generous people on earth. When it comes to ordinary people scraping…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May goes to Brussels and Donald Trump to hold North Korea summit

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, went off to Brussels again to talk about ‘alternative arrangements’, for which parliament had…

Why Dior loved the English

9 February 2019 9:00 am

‘There is no other country in the world, besides my own, whose way of life I like so much,’ enthused…

Poor old Nicolás Maduro

9 February 2019 9:00 am

However much he is heroised by left-wingers, the Venezuelan ‘tyrant’ Nicolás Maduro must wonder what is in it for him.…

Letters: Why the hatred towards independent schools?

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Fawning over China Sir: In reading your recent leading article on Huawei (‘Red-handed’, 2 February), I feel I should point out…

After Huawei, can we trust Chinese tech?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The world is a better place for China’s emergence from behind the bamboo curtain where it hid for half a…

Portrait of the Week: Brexit rumbles on, a panda escapes and Denmark builds a fence

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, set off to seek a change to the Irish backstop of the EU withdrawal…

The story of Alex Salmond is (far) stranger than fiction

2 February 2019 9:00 am

For legal reasons I shouldn’t say much about the Alex Salmond case, but it does bolster the argument that the…

On political tribalism

2 February 2019 9:00 am

From The Spectator, No. 152, 24 July 1711: There cannot a greater judgment befall a country than such a dreadful…

Sick of award ceremonies? So were the ancients

2 February 2019 9:00 am

All over the world, from Armenia (the Silver Apricot) to India (the Golden Conch) and the UK (the Shaftas, honest),…

Letters: why are we paying so much attention to vegans?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Vegan excess Sir: As a lifelong vegetarian I am heartily sick of vegans and of the amount of attention that…

Dyson’s move shows he thinks the Brexit opportunity will be squandered

26 January 2019 9:00 am

If knighthoods could be removed by vote of parliament, Sir James Dyson would be first in line. Knighted for being…

Portrait of the week: May’s Brexit Plan B, IRA bombs and no one goes to Davos

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, having survived a parliamentary vote of no confidence, came to the Commons with an…

In defence of Fiona Bruce

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Will I be allowed to take my dog to Europe after 29 March? A trivial question, you might think, in…

Letters: my autism is a challenge, not an affliction

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Autistic freedom Sir: Jonathan Mitchell, an autistic writer, argues that autism is an affliction and that a cure should be…

Brexiteers' faith in parliament is now being put to the test

19 January 2019 9:00 am

An unexpected outcome of the tortuous process of Brexit negotiations has been the enhancement of Britain’s reputation as a parliamentary…

Portrait of the week: May’s historic loss, Brexit chaos and the US shutdown

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Home Brexit threw politics into unpredictable chaos. The government was defeated by an unparalleled majority of 230 — 432 to…

It’s not communist buildings that are bleak – it’s capitalist budget hotel chains

19 January 2019 9:00 am

A few of us on the Labour left decide to see if it is possible to conjure, from nowhere, a…

The rejection of the people’s mandate – then and now

19 January 2019 9:00 am

The Transport Secretary Chris Grayling may be quite right (not words one often reads) to warn that failure to deliver…