The Week

Putin follows the example of Octavian

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Barely a day passes without yet another Russian explanation for the Salisbury nerve agent attack. What’s new? Such disinformation has…

Increasing NI contributions would burden those who can least afford it

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Reform National Insurance Sir: One objection to an increase in National Insurance contributions to rescue the NHS is that it…

Australian letters

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Rocky road Sir: Piers Ackerman is either indulging in a piece of tabloid provocation or he is on the rocky…

A dangerous silence over Telford

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Whenever a Hollywood actress complains about some lecherous man, there’s blanket coverage. Even our MPs feel the need to tut.…

Portrait of the week: Sergei Skripal, Dame Louise Casey, Philip Hammond’s spring statement

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, told the Commons that the chemical that put in hospital Sergei Skripal, a Russian…

California is the unexpected antidote to censorious liberalism

17 March 2018 9:00 am

If I needed a safe space, I would nominate California. Against most odds this seedbed of censorious liberalism has thrown…

Kim Jong-un’s unwise offer

17 March 2018 9:00 am

President Trump’s acceptance of talks about denuclearisation must have been as big a shock to Kim Jong-un as his offer was…

Sorry Rod Liddle, we may not want more immigrants but we still need them

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Growing our own Sir: Rod Liddle is clearly right that ‘the people of Europe do not want any more immigration…

Vladimir Putin is innocent until proven guilty in the Russian spy case

10 March 2018 9:00 am

The apparent chemical attack on a former Russian double-agent and his daughter in an English cathedral city could be straight…

Paul Mason: In a parallel universe, Cameron is delivering Brexit

10 March 2018 9:00 am

At the BBC early doors for the Today programme, to preview Corbyn’s speech advocating membership of a customs union. I…

Man and woman found unconscious on a park bench. Observers: "They've either been poisoned by the K.G.B., or were discussing Brexit."

Portrait of the week: was the poisoning of a Russian spy a hit?

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Home Sergei Skripal, aged 66, and his daughter Yulia were found in a state of collapse on a bench outside…

BBC2’s Civilisations seems unable to decide what civilisation is

10 March 2018 9:00 am

The presenters of the BBC 2 programme on civilisations seem unable to decide what civilisation is. Socrates would therefore wonder…

Letters: pipeline politics, non-boozy drinks and a defence of Sunderland

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Pipeline politics Sir: In his article ‘Putin’s gamble’ (3 March), Paul Wood quite rightly mentions that one of the key reasons…

Australian letters

10 March 2018 9:00 am

The point of Cory? Sir: I am a paid up member of  the Australian Conservatives. Sadly, I suspect the good…

Back off, Barnier – you don’t need to invent obstacles to Brexit

3 March 2018 9:00 am

There’s an unwritten law governing Boris Johnson in Westminster: every-thing he says or does is a gaffe, or can be…

Crisis looms over the Brexit negotiations    

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Home Crisis loomed over Brexit negotiations as Theresa May, the Prime Minister, travelled to the north-east to explain ‘this Government’s…

Andrew Marr: It’s volunteers, not the state, who are tackling London’s stabbing epidemic

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Of all the villages of London, it seems to me, most of the time, that I live in the happiest:…

Triumph of the spirit

3 March 2018 9:00 am

From ‘A moral test’, 2 March 1918: The nation, in spite of all the silly talk about our war aims…

The ageing rock stars who go on and on

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Ageing rockers The Rolling Stones announced their first live shows for five years. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards (both 74), Charlie…

Letters: It pains me to admit it, but Corbyn represents the zeitgeist

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Corbyn and the zeitgeist Sir: Your leading article is right about university tuition fees and the fruitlessness of Tory half-measures,…

Australian letters

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Sterner stuff Sir: I refer to Mark Higgie’s article in The Spectator Australia last week. I served with DFAT for…

As the Tories rail against Corbyn’s past, they’re losing the fight for the future

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The news that Jeremy Corbyn met a Czechoslovakian agent three times during the 1980s, when the Cold War was still…

Portrait of the week: Jeremy Corbyn attacks the press over spy claims

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Home Someone called Jan Sarkocy said that, as a Czech Security Service agent in London under the name Jan Dymic,…

Steven Pinker’s Diary: my advice to the new president of Harvard

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Everyone’s mood is affected by the news, especially bad news. A recent review found that heavy news-watchers show ‘misperception of…

How to get the Winter Olympics experience at home

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The great indoors How to get the Winter Olympics experience without leaving England: — The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead: ‘London’s…