The Week

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…

Where does the expression 'deep state' come from?

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Turkey and the deep state Boris Johnson said that if Brexit was blocked, the public would blame it on the…

Letters: Cannabis harms people – why can’t we acknowledge that?

19 January 2019 9:00 am

The straight dope Sir: Much of the media and a large part of the political class in Britain seem to…

Australian letters

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Shakespeare in love Sir: James Allan (“Australian Notes”, The Spectator, Australia  Jan 5) correctly identifies the paucity of knowledge of…

Political discourse in the UK is broken – here’s how we fix it

12 January 2019 9:00 am

For several weeks now, a group of anti-Brexit protesters have found a way of regularly appearing on television news. They…

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…