The Week

Letters: Matthew Parris’s marriage proposal is absurd

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Marriage proposal Sir: Matthew Parris’s proposal that marriage be abolished, and civil partnerships installed in its place, is absurd (‘The…

The Spectator stood for humour and civilised debate 190 years ago. It still does

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Britain has a long-standing tradition of robust yet friendly disagreement

England beat Colombia in World Cup penalty shootout

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Home In an attempt to distract the nation from the toothache of Brexit, the government announced a £4.5 million scheme…

Dominic Lawson: The day Boris claimed I was an MI6 agent

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Happy 190th birthday, dear Spectator. And in what fine health you are, at such an advanced age. This was hardly…

The hidden dangers of bouncy castles

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Trapped Twelve Thai boys and their football coach were found in a cave ten days after being trapped by rising…

John McDonnell might soon regret handing out copies of Cicero

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has given all his cabinet a copy of Cicero’s advice on how to win arguments. This…

Carmakers holding back investment in Britain is not just about Brexit

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Technical issues Sir: Martin Vander Weyer’s supposition that car manufacturers are holding back investment due to Brexit seems to be…

The NHS is 70 – but it’s an unhappy birthday

30 June 2018 9:00 am

When Nye Bevan launched the NHS on 5 July 1948, most of the British population could not expect to celebrate…

Portrait of the week

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Home The Commons voted in favour of a new runway at Heathrow by 415 votes to 119. Boris Johnson, the…

Why are men so obsessed with dieting?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

In this gloriously sunny week, the cavalry horses are off on their summer break to Bodney, Norfolk. They can be…

Fat was not a Greek issue

30 June 2018 9:00 am

The UK obesity crisis is again in the headlines, and ‘life-style’ is the culprit. The ancients may have come up…

What happened to the teams who scored more than six goals in a World Cup?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Nursing numbers Was there ever a time when the NHS wasn’t in crisis? According to a report by NHS Health…

Letters: Judging students by achievement is a greater scourge than diversity at any cost

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Harvard’s racial quotas Sir: While I largely agree with Coleman Hughes that racial quotas are counterproductive (‘The diversity trap’, 23 June),…

Turning back boats may be the most humane response to the migrant crisis

23 June 2018 9:00 am

The photographs of children in cages at US migration centres, apparently separated from the parents with whom they illegally entered…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May unveils £20 billion in NHS spending

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said that spending on NHS England would increase by £20 billion a year by…

Winston Churchill painting beside Lake Geneva (Photo: Getty)

Andrew Marr's Diary: In praise of David Dimbleby

23 June 2018 9:00 am

At Chequers last week to interview the Prime Minister, I hear some sad news of Churchill’s mouse. The story goes…

Barometer: Trespassing, healthcare and David Dimbleby’s retirement

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Well oiled The government last week ordered a review into the medical use of cannabis. Some cannabis oil available on…

The ancients would have understood Trump’s chaotic leadership

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Peace with his enemy Kim Jong-un on the one hand, conflict with his European allies on the other: what sense…

Letters: Being treated as a ‘disabled writer’ would be an affront

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Song of myself Sir: As a disabled writer, I thoroughly despise the idea of being the beneficiary of a publisher’s…

There’s no going back on Brexit. But liberal policies are the way forward

16 June 2018 9:00 am

This week Brexit reached its Somme. The government has been bogged down in votes on amendments inserted into its Brexit…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May dodges a Commons Brexit defeat and Donald Trump meets Kim Jong-un

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Home Negotiations over Brexit acquired an even stronger admixture of chaos and old night. Phillip Lee resigned as a little-known…

Doctors and deaths: how many mortalities were avoidable?

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Mortal combat Health secretary Jeremy Hunt promised more protection for medical staff accused of criminal malpractice after a doctor was…

To reverse the Daily Mail’s Brexit stance would be editorial suicide

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Awake to the Today programme and ordure being dumped on me by Polly Toynbee while the Mail’s legendary Dame Ann…

From the archive: the future of Scandinavia

16 June 2018 9:00 am

From ‘The Baltic question’, 15 June 1918: The future of Scandinavia and the Baltic must depend on the outcome of…

Letters: Europe needs a wake-up call, but a trade war isn’t it

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Exacerbating incivility Sir: I agree wholeheartedly with David Goodhart that if our politics is to ever recover from its current…