England

The myth of the housing crisis

28 February 2015 9:00 am

The coalition is letting developers concrete over the countryside, but that won’t help young people buy houses

France, England and the tragedy of DSK

28 February 2015 9:00 am

When we consider poets who perished before their day, thoughts turn to the Romantics or the war victims: Burns, Keats,…

It takes a village (or six): the battle for rural churches

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Can England’s 10,000 rural churches survive?

My grandson's getting into the rugby: 'Which one's West Ham?'

14 February 2015 9:00 am

My grandson and I had a lovely hour-long swim at the leisure centre. We had the learner pool to ourselves…

Beauty and exhilaration: hunting in Norfolk

The sheer joy of hunting

17 January 2015 9:00 am

This time three years ago, I hadn’t jumped a single thing for almost ten years. This season, I am happily…

Bruce Anderson’s diary: If you want to understand the SNP, it helps to be an ex-Trot

3 January 2015 9:00 am

An embarrassing confession: in the late 1960s, I was a Trotskyite. But that period of political adolescence has its uses.…

Return of the fairy-hunters

3 January 2015 9:00 am

An eccentric English tradition has attracted fresh academic attention

‘The plan was to pour the apple juice into an oak hogshead, freshly emptied of its whisky’

The birth of a barrel of cider

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The fabulous October weather is now just a memory but it made for a golden, old-fashioned apple day down in…

Spectator letters: Mindfulness, addiction, and dinner with Richard Nixon

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Mind games Sir: I hope that people are not unduly put off by Melanie McDonagh’s misrepresentation of mindfulness as a…

Escape from Omnishambleshire: the case for the old county boundaries

25 October 2014 9:00 am

If you want real local identity to thrive in England, put the old county boundaries back on the map

Spectator letters: In defence of the GMC and Ukip members, and how Rachmaninov spelled Rachmaninov

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Nothing to fear Sir: So long as we are not breaking any law, we have nothing to fear from the…

I’ve spent years in war zones. And the most terrifying moment of my life just happened in Norfolk

11 October 2014 9:00 am

I’ve spent years in conflict zones. But the scariest thing that’s happened to me involved two bull terriers on a Norfolk beach

Why everywhere should be more like Essex

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Apart from the Wye Valley, where I grew up, there are only two places in Britain I’d consider living: Kent…

Yes or no, I’ll never feel the same about the Scots

20 September 2014 9:00 am

I doubt I’m alone among English readers of this magazine in having felt uncomfortable with our last issue. ‘Please stay…

Countries shape character (so get ready to like Scots less)

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Is national character real? If so, how is it formed?

Where are the Betjemans de nos jours?

We need more opinionated English eccentrics making documentaries like, ahem, me...

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Is it just me or are almost all TV documentaries completely unwatchable these days? I remember when I first started…

You owe it to yourself to visit John Clare country

2 August 2014 9:00 am

This has been a terrible year for horseflies. It’s bad enough if you’re human: often by the time you swat…

Dan Snow's diary: Making World Cup history

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Could there be a more timely advert for the Better Together campaign than on the field of sport? What the…

Shakespeare invented Britain. Now he can save it

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Shakespeare defined our united national culture – and now he can help save it

As England's cricketers wobble, the rugby team are finally getting it together

30 November 2013 9:00 am

My friend Miles was bowling in a festival of wandering cricket clubs in Oxford the other day. First wicket down…

Hurrah for Andrew Strauss

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Andrew Strauss is a serious man and Driving Ambition (Hodder, £20, Spectator Bookshop, £18) is a serious book. It looks…

It’s the summer of the topless man – and there’s nothing we can do to stop it

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Topless men. What does that mean, then? I was opposite one on the tube the other day, heading north from…

Defending the real Downton Abbeys

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Why Britain’s stately homes are struggling

Muddling through

2 June 2012 7:00 pm

It so happened that in 1961 I was part of a little group — three of us — which welcomed…

Rotten, vicious times

14 April 2012 11:00 am

A.N. Wilson recalls the worst decade of  recent history and the death throes of Old England