Harold Wilson

General de Gaulle’s advice to the young Queen Elizabeth

14 September 2019 9:00 am

There were so many ear-catching moments in Peter Hennessy’s series for Radio 4, Winds of Change, adapted from his new…

Scilly season: Shipwrecks, seclusion and Harold Wilson’s house

4 May 2019 9:00 am

‘You can get away from everything,’ said Harold Wilson of the Isles of Scilly, ‘not only in distance but also…

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The left were wrong about Brexit in 1975. The right are wrong now

18 June 2016 9:00 am

It was 41 years ago that The Spectator first urged its readers to vote Brexit in a referendum, but the…

An age of broken promises

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Since when did we assume our leaders were lying to us?

Anarchy in the EU: the Sex Pistols’ drummer on why Brexit isn’t punk

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Paul Cook, the Sex Pistols’ drummer, on fame, notoriety and why Brexit wouldn’t be punk

Is EU referendum rebellion career suicide? Ask Harold Wilson’s cabinet...

9 January 2016 9:00 am

The outsiders Did the seven members of Harold Wilson’s cabinet who campaigned to leave the Common Market in the 1975…

Cameron’s EU referendum tactics make Harold Wilson look clever

13 June 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron is now facing the biggest challenge of his leadership: how to renegotiate Britain’s membership of the EU without…

The art of political biography remains in intensive care if Giles Radice’s latest book is anything to go by, says Simon Heffer

21 March 2015 9:00 am

With the odd exception — I think principally of Charles Moore’s life of Margaret Thatcher — the genre of political…

Even Cilla’s biographer admits that critics were justified in knocking the ‘prurience ‘of Blind Date

Five of the best celebrity biographies of 2014

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Cilla Black has become a strange creature during her 50 years in showbiz. When her husband Bobby was in hospital…

Yanks buy stacks of tickets in the West End. Why is Made in Dagenham so rude to them?

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Go slow at Dagenham. The musical based on the film about a pay dispute in the 1960s starts as a…

Was Roy Jenkins the greatest prime minister we never had?

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Roy Jenkins may have been snobbish and self-indulgent, but he was also a visionary and man of principle who would have made a good prime minister, says Philip Ziegler

Profumo. Chatterley. The Beatles. 1963 was the year old England died

23 November 2013 9:00 am

If you’re looking for the year when the old England died, this was it