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The Tories are giving a masterclass in how to lose elections

4 May 2019 9:00 am

When a political party is in trouble, we see infighting, leak inquiries, resignations, mass loss of council seats, dismissals and…

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Call her Nancy: how David Cameron tried to change my name

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn. So it was for me a few weeks ago when, driving up the A1…

Portrait of the week: A shooting ban, security leaks and violence in Venezuela

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Home Of those who voted Conservative in 2017, 53 per cent intend to vote for the Brexit party in the…

Lessons from the Greeks on rebuilding Notre Dame

4 May 2019 9:00 am

As soon as the blaze that nearly brought down Notre Dame was extinguished, two questions were asked: how did it…

Does fracking really cause earthquakes?

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Great shakes Shale gas commissioner Natascha Engel resigned in protest at what she called ‘absurd’ restrictions on fracking — in…

Letters: The Scruton affair exposes just how spineless the Tories have become

4 May 2019 9:00 am

The last straw Sir: In his vindication of Sir Roger Scruton, Douglas Murray quite rightly refers to the affair as…

Australian letters

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Compensation for abuse Sir: Christopher Akehurst wonders about the appropriateness of financial compensation for sexual abuse claimants, an idea I…

How not to fight a war on terror

27 April 2019 9:00 am

It has become commonplace to describe terror attacks as ‘senseless’. The horrific Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, which cost…

Portrait of the week: A plot to oust May, terror in Sri Lanka and Ukraine’s comedy president

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, returned to parliament after the Easter recess to find backbenchers plotting to get rid…

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Helen Lederer: The day I went viral in the Claridge’s lavatory

27 April 2019 9:00 am

The best moment of my Easter ended up being an impromptu debate with the delightful comedian Sarah Millican about the…

How dangerous are barbecues?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Spires on fire Paris was lucky not to lose its medieval cathedral entirely, a fate which London suffered in 1666…

Backing Mrs Thatcher

27 April 2019 9:00 am

From ‘Be brave’, 28 April 1979: We can think of a number of reasons why voters might feel reluctant to…

Celsus, St Peter and the curiosities of Christianity

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Last week Tom Holland reflected on the ‘utter strangeness’ of Christianity’s claim that Christ’s death on the cross was a…

Letters: Is marriage really that great?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Not an island Sir: I and those with whom I live and work are all within coughing distance of Sam…

Hope will rise out of the ashes of Notre Dame

20 April 2019 9:00 am

‘Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of centuries,’ wrote Victor Hugo in Notre-Dame de Paris. ‘The man, the…

Portrait of the week: Brexit party launches, Assange is arrested - and Notre Dame burns

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Home Although the latest date for Brexit had been postponed by the European Council until Halloween, 31 October, the government…

Roger Scruton: Should I forgive the journalist who got me fired?

20 April 2019 9:00 am

I travel back from London with the St Matthew Passion filling my head, after the moving performance from the Elysian…

Israel and the UN

20 April 2019 9:00 am

From ‘Israel’s Candidature’, The Spectator, 22 April 1949: Israel’s application for UN membership received a chillier reception than had been…

Marriage is becoming more like it was before Christianity

20 April 2019 9:00 am

The Christian church ordained that marriage, a sacrament imparting divine grace, was for life. In 1857, the state enacted its…

Who has hidden in an embassy for longer than Julian Assange?

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Embassy endurance Julian Assange was thrown out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, seven years after seeking sanctuary from extradition…

Letters: Britain needs HS2

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Moaning minnie MPs Sir: I was recently quoted in the Sun newspaper in a story about how MPs were reacting…

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It’s vital to keep good relations with our EU allies – and we need a leader who’s up to the challenge

13 April 2019 9:00 am

The European Union’s official goal — an ever-closer union of people — remains its single most attractive feature. Our continent…

Portrait of the week: Brexit flextension, the demise of Debenhams and a real shower in the Commons

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, wrote to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, asking for an extension…

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Roger Stone: I will be vindicated

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Undisclosed location, Florida In January, when heavily armed FBI agents swarmed my south Florida home to arrest me for a…

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What would Jon Snow have said about the Athenian assembly?

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow announced at a recent ‘Leave’ rally that he had never seen so many white…