Britain

Let’s just admit it: the French are simply better than us

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Let’s admit it: the French do so many things better than us

Did my father predict the populist revolts of the last year?

8 April 2017 9:00 am

I’ve just made a programme for Radio 4 about the populist revolts that swept Britain and America last year. Were…

Theresa May is fighting a war on two fronts - any mistakes could be fatal

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May is fighting a war on two fronts, and there is no room for mistakes

The romance – and importance – of independent bookshops

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Oh dear. Usually writers who contribute to these diaries start with something like, ‘To Paris. To launch my novel at…

Would Britain have become half so great without George III?

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Before he died aged 44 (probably of a pulmonary embolism, poor chap), Frederick, Prince of Wales, compiled a list of…

Why Donald Trump looks like just the friend Britain needs

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump has pledged to reward Britain for leaving the EU, and the signs are promising

From the archive: the destiny of these little islands

31 December 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Engage the enemy more closely!’, The Spectator, 30 December 1916: Britain was never more vigorous than she is now:…

The seven moments that lost the referendum for Remain

10 December 2016 9:00 am

If any of the following had happened, Remain could have won

Happiness is being a Mormon

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Here we go again, my 40th Christmas column in a row, and it seems only two weeks ago that I…

If you’re not about mob rule, Nigel, don’t call out your mob

12 November 2016 9:00 am

If you’re aiming to refute the suggestion that you can’t comprehend the difference between mob rule and the rule of…

Theresa May's passage to India

5 November 2016 9:00 am

When a Prime Minister flies off abroad with a few business-leaders it is seldom worthy of comment. Such trade missions…

How bad is Mark Carney’s relationship with Theresa May?

5 November 2016 9:00 am

How bad is Mark Carney’s relationship with Theresa May?

Maps are as much about art – and lies – as science

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Maps reveal the psychology of their creators as much as they describe topography, says Stephen Bayley

First Brexit became thinkable. Now it becomes doable

8 October 2016 9:00 am

 Birmingham Checking in to my hotel room on the 18th floor, for the Conservative party conference here, I opened the…

For the first time in my life, I feel ashamed to be British

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Before even writing this I know what response it will meet. Some who fought for Leave on 23 June will…

The dangerous illusion of European identity

25 June 2016 8:00 am

European identity Sir: Alexander Chancellor (Long life, 18 June) echoes the widely accepted view of the European Union as a ‘bulwark…

If I wanted to create a superstate, I wouldn’t start with Europe

18 June 2016 9:00 am

If Geert Hofstede’s name is familiar to you, it might be from pop-science articles explaining a spate of Korean airliner…

France is now the sick man of Europe

4 June 2016 9:00 am

It is a long time since the term ‘sick man of Europe’ could be applied to Britain. France is now…

Cameron's sinister purge of the posh

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Should employees be judged by their parents’ income?

Britain really is ceasing to be a Christian country

28 May 2016 9:00 am

A landmark in national life has just been passed. For the first time in recorded history, those declaring themselves to…

Why the Republicans are even more divided than they look

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Republican party schisms Sir: Jacob Heilbrunn astutely analyses the predicament Donald Trump creates for America’s neoconservatives (‘Lumped with Trump’, 14…

Inside the Tories' EU dogfight

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The Brexit campaign has only just started to demonstrate its strength

Through a lens darkly: from the series ‘New Brighton’ , ‘The Last Resort’, 1985

‘I enjoy the banal’: Stephen Bayley meets Martin Parr

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The photographer Martin Parr claims to like ordinary people, but are his pictures celebratory or mocking, asks Stephen Bayley

Whether or not Britain leaves, the EU must change or fall apart

20 February 2016 9:00 am

David Cameron’s attempt to renegotiate Britain’s EU membership has served as a powerful reminder of the case for leaving. The…

Emma Thompson’s wrong about the EU and cake

20 February 2016 9:00 am

At first glance, Emma Thompson’s intervention in the Brexit debate earlier this week didn’t make much sense. Asked at the…