The Week

Portrait of the week: More Brexit chaos, royal complaints and Syrian fighting

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Home The Commons voted by 329 to 299 for a Brexit Withdrawal Bill but then stymied progress by defeating a…

Should we be blaming Balliol, rather than Eton, for our political woes?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

In our house, the biggest source of tension is that I think there is an important difference between deferring a…

How violent are our jails?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Big Ben protests An Extinction Rebellion protestor climbed to the top of the Elizabeth Tower, which houses Big Ben, with…

Roman funerals had real ‘emotional intelligence’

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Today’s funerals, featuring shiny black hearses and top hats, lack (we are assured) ‘emotional intelligence’. Colourful coffins featuring pictures of…

Letters: David Cameron’s real referendum mistake

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Cameron’s fatal error Sir: Jo Johnson’s otherwise informative review of David Cameron’s For the Record (Books, 12 October) suggests Cameron’s…

The vindication of Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy

19 October 2019 9:00 am

The Brexit deal agreed with the EU is a spectacular vindication of the Prime Minister’s approach: to go back to Brussels…

Portrait of the week: Brexit uncertainty, Turkey in Syria and a Chinese threat

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Home Brexit teetered from uncertainty to uncertainty. Parliament had been summoned to sit on Saturday 19 October to debate what…

Helena Morrissey: my manifesto for the next govenor of the Bank of England

19 October 2019 9:00 am

The start of term at Oxford University is bittersweet for the close-knit Morrisseys; we have just ‘lost’ three offspring to…

How violent are our jails?

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Parliamentary days Could one of parliament’s longest sessions be followed by one of its shortest? — The shortest was between…

Who advises Dominic Cummings?

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Dominic Cummings, chief adviser to the Prime Minister, thinks that there is no ‘better book than Thucydides as training for politics’. But…

A paradise of postcards

19 October 2019 9:00 am

From The Spectator, 15 July 1922:   It is true that things so small as postcards cannot give one the…

Letters: Shoots should be about quality, not quantity

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Bad sport Sir: At last a respected member of the shooting community has popped his head above the parapet. Patrick…

The last Brexit heave

12 October 2019 9:00 am

The past few months have been characterised by high drama which, for all the excitement, has resolved nothing. We are…

Portrait of the week: Brexit approaches, Extinction Rebellion protests and Donald Trump tweets

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Home After a telephone conversation between Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, a Downing Street…

Even Donald Trump is tweeting about Spectator USA

12 October 2019 9:00 am

We’ve just launched the US edition of The Spectator and the reaction so far has been great. Americans can be…

A slice of history: how did Britain’s pizza industry begin?

12 October 2019 9:00 am

A slice of history Pizza Express is to undergo financial restructuring, leading to fears that it could go under. How…

Extinction Rebellion proves Aristotle was right about the follies of youth

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Extinction Rebellion is blocking the streets again, foolishly demanding the impossible on a very important issue. But what does one…

Letters: Remainers lost – and Richard Dawkins needs to accept that

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Deny Remainers oxygen Sir: Your correspondent Richard Dawkins seems to have a very tenuous grasp of logic for an academic…

The Conservatives have become the true workers’ party

5 October 2019 9:00 am

The party conference season has showcased two very different visions of Britain. Jeremy Corbyn speaks of the country as one…

Portrait of the week: Tory conference, John Lewis cuts jobs and Duchess of Sussex sues

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, presented the EU with a proposed withdrawal agreement. It entailed Northern Ireland remaining for…

Richard Dawkins: It’s hard to imagine that Leave would win a second referendum

5 October 2019 9:00 am

On a book tour to promote Outgrowing God, travelling from London’s Festival Hall to Birmingham and then Manchester, I have…

Are childhood vaccination rates dropping?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Who speaks what The Chancellor, Sajid Javid, included a little Punjabi in his speech to the Tory conference. How many…

Letters: We need judges with practical experience

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Judges of experience Sir: In the midst of the furore about the Supreme Court judgment, many people are now questioning…

The balance of power in our constitution has been lost

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Until recently, we used to comfort ourselves with the thought that the United Kingdom’s uncodified constitution was a great national…

Portrait of the week: A Supreme Court ruling, Labour’s messy conference and Donald Trump’s ‘impeachment’

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Home Eleven justices of the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that in advising the Queen to prorogue parliament ‘the Prime Minister’s…