Hong Kong

Does safety-first Boris Johnson have any ambitions on the world stage?

30 November 2019 9:00 am

There is a large vacuum at the heart of this general election campaign. Aside from the topic of our relations…

Portrait of the week: Chief Rabbi speaks out, Uber loses its licence and police draw tasers at the cinema

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Home The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, intervened in the election campaign by declaring that anti-Semitism was a ‘poison — sanctioned…

Portrait of the week: The leaders’ debate, the Duke’s interview and the gilet jaunes’ birthday

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Home In a television debate Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, was jeered by the studio audience when he was asked…

Letters: The Politically Homeless Party are now a force to be reckoned with

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Nowhere to turn Sir: Like Tanya Gold and Matthew Parris (9 November), I too am feeling politically homeless. Over the…

Riot police descend on a market during a protest in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong last Saturday

Brave front: The pro-democracy guerrilla fighters taking on Hong Kong’s riot police

9 November 2019 9:00 am

The pro-democracy guerrilla fighters taking on Hong Kong’s riot police

Portrait of the week: Tory conference, John Lewis cuts jobs and Duchess of Sussex sues

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, presented the EU with a proposed withdrawal agreement. It entailed Northern Ireland remaining for…

Why you can’t let Brexit affect your life

24 August 2019 9:00 am

A couple with a first baby sought my advice: they had accepted a low offer for their cramped London flat…

Portrait of the week: All-women cabinets, employment growth and more Hong Kong protests

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, proposed an extra 10,000 prison places and the expansion of stop-and-search powers. PC Stuart…

Give Hong Kongers real security: a British passport

17 August 2019 9:00 am

We seem to be building up to a second Tiananmen Square, 30 years after the first. This time the venue…

Portrait of the week: A resignation in Washington, Labour departures and a plague of toxic caterpillars

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Home Sir Kim Darroch resigned as British ambassador to Washington after the Mail on Sunday published disobliging emails he had…

Portrait of the week: Gove confesses, Brexit party falters and the BBC makes pensioners pay

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Home Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, a candidate for the Conservative leadership, admitted he had used cocaine several times 20…

The Hong Kong protests have echoes of Tiananmen

15 June 2019 9:00 am

Why there’s violent opposition to the China extradition bill

Letters: Why do you not mention gun control?

14 October 2017 9:00 am

Let’s talk about guns Sir: I was surprised that the cover stories on the recent shootings in Las Vegas (‘Say…

Letters: the ‘leavebugs’ bite back against Matthew Parris

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Bugs bite back Sir: Matthew Parris is quite right to say that we Leavers would prefer independence in reduced circumstances…

Queen Victoria and the slave’s daughter

15 July 2017 9:00 am

When Martha Ann Ricks was 76 she travelled from her home in Liberia to London to meet Queen Victoria. The…

Michael Gove’s welcome move to protect our fishermen after Brexit

8 July 2017 9:00 am

I voted Remain last year for two reasons. First, however irritating I found some aspects of the EU, I could…

Letter to a young Corbynista

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Caring about the poor means voting for capitalism

How to make it as a female war correspondent

10 December 2016 9:00 am

In August 1939, Clare Hollingworth, a 28-year-old aid-worker, had been employed as a reporter for less than a week by…

The free-market glory of Hong Kong food

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Every road leads to another restaurant in this rampant city, finds James Delingpole

Hong Kong shows what post-Brexit Britain could be

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Since he moved to Hong Kong three years ago, the Rat’s Cantonese has been coming on apace. This has rather…

Spectator letters: Free trade and Africa’s migrant crisis

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Free trade with Africa Sir: Nicholas Farrell suggests that a naval blockade is the only solution to Italy’s immigration crisis…

Gyalo Thondup (right) pictured with the Dalai Lama on their arrival in India in 1959

From diplomacy to disillusion with the Dalai Lama’s big brother

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Can there ever have been another book in which one of the authors (Anne Thurston in this case) so effectively…

Shipping out: Harrow led the charge, opening a school in Bangkok in 1998

Britain’s educational empire

14 March 2015 9:00 am

British satellite schools are everywhere, writes Will Heaven

Why Switzerland should have listened to Hong Kong on currency pegs

24 January 2015 9:00 am

The Swiss National Bank usually ticks away as quietly as one of its nation’s more expensive timepieces, but when the…

Portrait of the week

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Home The government spent days announcing how the Autumn Statement would allocate funds. ‘Frontline’ parts of the National Health Service…