The Tory party has no choice but to bet on Boris

22 June 2019 9:00 am

When Boris Johnson was appointed editor of this magazine two decades ago, an unkind soul said it was like ‘entrusting…

Boris is the only one who can save the Tories

15 June 2019 9:00 am

A lady once offered to go to bed with me if I could ensure that she would write The Spectator’s…

Playing chicken: Trade deals with the US will make Britain stronger

8 June 2019 8:00 am

Why is it that free trade, which almost everyone agrees is good when conducted with other European countries, suddenly becomes…

Boris Johnson may have found an advocate in ancient Greece

8 June 2019 8:00 am

Boris Johnson is to be tried at the Crown Court on the grounds that, during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign,…

The Trump card: We should welcome Donald Trump's visit – and treat him as a friend

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The day after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Donald Trump arrived by helicopter at Turnberry, his golf course…

Letters: It will be fatal for the Tories if they put a Remainer on the leadership shortlist

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Leavers only, please Sir: Your leading article (‘The end of May’, 25 May) correctly calls for the Conservative party to…

‘True Love’, 1981, by Posy Simmonds

The quiet genius of Posy Simmonds, Hogarth's heir

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The spirit of Hogarth lives on in the work of Posy Simmonds. Hermione Eyre talks to the graphic novelist about Botox, Brexit faces and her love of rubbish

What my mother’s death means for Brexit

1 June 2019 9:00 am

Considerate to the last, she had her order of service arranged in her mind. I sat close with my notebook.…

Portrait of the week: European elections, milkshake attacks and British Steel buckles

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Home The country went to the polls to elect Members of the European Parliament and express its loathing for the…

Only Boris can bury Brexit

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Sit down, my swivel-eyed Brexiter friend, and pour yourself a stiff whisky. I’ve something to tell you that’s going to…

Geoffrey Hill. Credit: Peter Everard Smith

Last lines on Brexit from Geoffrey Hill

25 May 2019 9:00 am

In 2012 OUP published Geoffrey Hill’s Collected Poems; they could have waited, because they’re now going to need another edition.…

Letters: Why we deserve Corbyn

18 May 2019 9:00 am

Labour’s fence-sitting Sir: James Forsyth writes that Mrs May and Mr Corbyn are ‘not, in fact, that far apart’ (‘May’s…

Now that Brexit’s been cancelled I’m moving to the Dordogne

18 May 2019 9:00 am

‘When you are in a hole stop digging. Have you never heard that?’ I asked the builder boyfriend, as he…

Portrait of the week: Labour/Tory Brexit talks, Gavin Williamson’s innocence plea and Cyclone Fani

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Home John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, blamed Theresa May, the Prime Minister, for leaking details of talks between the government…

Tweedy or Trainer: Which kind of Brexiteer are you?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

‘Too tweedy? Goodness gracious me!’ Rory Stewart sounded startled. A contender for the Tory leadership, he was being interviewed by…

A lament for the UK and the US

11 May 2019 9:00 am

New York   Here’s a question for you: if your wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, toy boy even, lied repeatedly to…

Will the Mistral drive me to murder?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

So far this latest Mistral wind has blown for two and a half weeks. The Mistral is said to blow…

Do MPs actually know what ‘fungible’ means?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

‘No darling,’ I said, ‘nothing to do with mushrooms.’ My husband had responded to my exclaiming ‘What does she think…

Andrew Adonis, a master of social media – and a model of social mobility

4 May 2019 9:00 am

There are two sides to Andrew Adonis

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…

The Brexit impasse proves we need political reform

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Any hopes that the parliamentary recess would help resolve the great Brexit impasse have been dashed. MPs have returned from…

Do we need a Brexit inquiry?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

How will future generations revisit the Brexit years? Through what glass will we be seen? This spring and, I suspect,…

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…

Brexit failure will cost the Tories – whoever their leader is

20 April 2019 9:00 am

One of the oddities of this parliament has been that, despite everything, the government has remained ahead in the polls…

Are you ‘culture compliant’?

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Here’s a quick quiz to jolly up your Easter. 1. Lucy Noble, artistic director of the Royal Albert Hall, thinks…