The Week

What Uber rides taught me about immigration

21 July 2018 9:00 am

It was blessedly cool inside the Romanesque nave, its massive arches resisting the heat as they had done everything else…

Why is the Trump balloon known as a ‘blimp’?

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Blimpish beginnings Protesters flew a ‘blimp’ depicting President Trump as a baby in central London. Why are balloons known as…

Strangers and brothers

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Everyone talks about the importance of ‘charisma’ in a politician. But while it may take one a long way with…

Are Remainers to blame for this mess – or is Brexit impossible?

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Remainers are to blame Sir: I was intrigued by the parallel drawn by an ally of Michael Gove’s in James…

Australian letters

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Russian meddling Sir: Please help me out here: just what, exactly, did the Russians do, and/or try to do to…

The worst thing about Trump’s outbursts on Brexit and Nato? That he’s right

14 July 2018 9:00 am

It is appropriate that the 45th President of the United States has come to Britain this week on a working…

This is what happens when you put Brexit in the hands of unbelievers

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Well, we did it. No, not Brexit, the World Cup or my (somewhat less) ambitious scheme at Legal & General…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May’s Brexit deal in doubt as Boris Johnson and David Davis resign

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson resigned as Foreign Secretary the day after David Davis resigned as Brexit Secretary, both in reaction to…

Where does authority really lie in the UK? The ancients would have known

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Forget David Davis, Boris, the cabinet, the commentariat. It’s time to concentrate on the big picture and the central question:…

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…