With Sajid Javid gone, will Boris now start a Gordon Brown-style spending splurge?

15 February 2020 9:00 am

The nature of the Johnson government is still not entirely clear, but has become more so with Sajid Javid’s departure…

Portrait of the week: Britain rules on coronavirus, HS2 is approved and Bernie Sanders powers ahead

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Home The Department of Health classified the novel coronavirus (named by the World Health Organization Covid-19) as a ‘serious and imminent…

Does anyone really think HS2 will be good for the country?

15 February 2020 9:00 am

How depressed should one be about the HS2 go-ahead? The cost is stupefying. The offering to the north — considered…

The real reason I am against HS2

8 February 2020 9:00 am

Some years ago, two British supermarket chains needed to place a large order for replacement trollies. They had to decide…

How much public income does the royal family receive?

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Parliamentary motions The government floated the idea of moving the House of Lords permanently to York.    Until it was found…

HS2’s completion is as likely as King Harry’s coronation

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Seven years ago, when HS2 was still officially costed at £33 billion, I wrote that I was looking forward to…

A big Tory majority. So where are the Conservative policies?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

What is the point of a Conservative majority? The answer might once have been to implement Conservative policies. But now…

There is a far better option than HS2 – and it already exists

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Ditching HS2 and reopening the Great Central line would save the taxpayer billions

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…

From a solar-powered bin to HS2: the destruction of my childhood home

14 March 2019 9:00 am

My mother is a classy lady. I have always known this, but it still affected me in a way I…

Letters: Are the RSPCA really considering the needs of animals?

16 February 2019 9:00 am

We need a generosity report Sir: Your leading article bemoaning the lack of charitable giving in Britain misses the mark…

Is the financial logic behind HS2 collapsing?

9 February 2019 9:00 am

There are growing signs this inter-city vanity project could be scrapped

Why HS2 doesn’t stand up to the test of time

2 February 2019 9:00 am

In past years, I have been a critic of HS2. I might now change my mind. One simple tweak might…

How Ebenezer Grayling destroyed the Kite family Christmas

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Ebenezer Grayling sat busy in his counting house. It was a cold, bleak day at the Department for Transport. Big…

Petrol and diesel cars and vans to be banned in Britain from 2040

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, invited the media to take a photograph of her beginning a holiday with her…

Where does Dignitas find its customers?

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Smash the orange Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, said the government’s Brexit plans could ‘fall apart like…

The curse of the gastro-preneur

25 March 2017 9:00 am

‘Mesdames et messieurs, allow me to introduce you to your meals,’ said the waiter. Oh lordy, I thought. Here we…

London-centric: the Crossrail project is approaching completion

To invest in an infrastucture boom, find out who’s selling the shovels

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Our veteran investor Robin Andrews finds shares that could benefit from a new infrastructure boom

Letters: like Labour, the Tories will desert the centre ground

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Ground zero Sir: James Forsyth looks for hope for moderates within the Labour party and finds none (‘The party’s over’,…

The new world of work is a jungle — but don’t call workers ‘animals’

17 September 2016 9:00 am

The TUC general secretaryFrances O’Grady doesn’t get a lot of airtime. Compared with predecessors a generation ago, such as Vic…

How political correctness has wounded Sweden

10 September 2016 9:00 am

What Swedes don’t say Sir: Tove Lifvendahl is, unfortunately, exactly right in her analysis of Swedish immigration and asylum policy…

Is Boris without a philosophy? No, he’s worse than that

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Against Boris Sir: In discussing my attitude to Boris (‘The Boris-bashers should be ashamed’, 27 August), Mary Wakefield is too kind —…

HS2 is a triumph of male vanity. Theresa May should kill it

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Time is running out to kill HS2. Theresa May should act now

Why is Theresa May so proud of picking fights with the police?

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Also in The Spectator’s Notes: no Orgreave inquiry; relaunch Vote Leave; a party for Remainers; planning for parliamentary sovereignty; HS2

Brexit leaves optimists clinging to the life raft of cliché

2 July 2016 9:00 am

My column calling Brexit campaigners ‘hooligans’ and ending ‘Reader, I voted Remain’, caused quite a stir — coinciding as it…