The Week

Who throws acid at whom?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Relax Asked about her spare time, Theresa May said she liked walking, cooking (she has 150 cookbooks) and watching the…

Water, water, everywhere

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Given that we use only 2 per cent of the rain that falls on these islands, one would not think…

Hitting home

28 July 2018 9:00 am

From ‘The munitions strike’, 27 July 1918: It is necessary for the Government to make it clear that the present…

Letters: Dementia may be terminal, but then so is life

28 July 2018 9:00 am

The Stauffenberg plot Sir: Matthew Olex-Szczytowski argues that the German officers who tried to kill Hitler did so only to…

May’s Brexit plan has failed. She needs a new one – and fast

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Handling Brexit was never going to be easy for Theresa May, given that the Tories have been fighting a civil…

Portrait of the Week: Brexit votes and Trump’s double negatives

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Home The administration of Theresa May, the Prime Minister, staggered on, as Conservative MPs exchanged angry words in the Commons,…

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…