Margaret Thatcher

My friend Margaret Thatcher

14 December 2019 9:00 am

By the time you read this it will all be over, but will it? I’ve had a bad feeling all…

Politics of a certain vintage – and wine to match

7 December 2019 9:00 am

I wonder how they do things now at Tory headquarters. For the ’79 election, the preparations had been completed weeks…

Letters: David Cameron’s real referendum mistake

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Cameron’s fatal error Sir: Jo Johnson’s otherwise informative review of David Cameron’s For the Record (Books, 12 October) suggests Cameron’s…

Nigel Farage had better hurry up and settle for a peerage

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Last week, an angry Telegraph reader asked me why I had got through a whole column on Brexit without mentioning…

Letters: Shoots should be about quality, not quantity

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Bad sport Sir: At last a respected member of the shooting community has popped his head above the parapet. Patrick…

We selfish gits must wear the name with pride

12 October 2019 9:00 am

I walked down Villiers Street to Embankment Tube station. In front of me were two Extinction Rebels, a mother and…

A vintage tale of Thatcher, Reagan and some truly great wines

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Poor Old Girl. The final act may not have been sanglante, but as the third volume of Charles Moore’s life…

Why didn’t Cameron realise the ‘strength of feeling’ about Brexit?

21 September 2019 9:00 am

In his memoirs, David Cameron admits that he ‘did not fully appreciate the strength of feeling’ in favour of Brexit,…

The PPI scandal ends at last – but the nuisance calls will keep coming

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Of all the stains on the reputation of UK banks, the PPI scandal is surely the most shameful, the most…

Just who – or what – are the men in suits?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

After he invented the term young fogey (in The Spectator in 1984), the much lamented journalist Alan Watkins coined the…

Geoffrey Hill. Credit: Peter Everard Smith

Last lines on Brexit from Geoffrey Hill

25 May 2019 9:00 am

In 2012 OUP published Geoffrey Hill’s Collected Poems; they could have waited, because they’re now going to need another edition.…

Backing Mrs Thatcher

27 April 2019 9:00 am

From ‘Be brave’, 28 April 1979: We can think of a number of reasons why voters might feel reluctant to…

It’s not science I don’t trust – it’s the scientists

25 August 2018 9:00 am

Everyone knows the real reason people like Donald Trump are sceptical of climate change is that conservatives are fundamentally anti-science.…

The Remainers are wrong – Boris never promised the UK another £350m a week after Brexit

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Sir David Norgrove, the chairman of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), is an honourable man. When he publicly rebuked Boris…

A flimsy exhibition of varsity wit: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead reviewed

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Harry Potter, who uses the stage name Daniel Radcliffe, is a producer’s delight. By now it’s becoming clear that the…

Speaker Bercow has split the House and dishonoured his office

11 February 2017 9:00 am

As we have been reminded this week, the most famous words (apart from ‘Order, order’) ever uttered by a Speaker…

BBC1’s Sherlock is peak Remain

7 January 2017 9:00 am

One of the few intelligent responses from the liberal-left to our radically altered political landscape was an essay published last…

François Fillon’s Thatcherism is both respectable and brave

3 December 2016 9:00 am

It seems perplexing that François Fillon, now the Republican candidate for the French presidency, should be a declared admirer of…

Ken Clarke: the best prime minister we never had

29 October 2016 9:00 am

It always used to be said that, if it had been up to Guardian readers, Ken Clarke would certainly have…

The secret of Theresa May’s success? She’s Blue Labour at heart

15 October 2016 9:00 am

I never really agreed with the central-thesis of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — that ‘42’ is the answer…

What does Malcolm Rifkind really believe in?

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Never speak on the same platform as Sir Malcolm Rifkind. I tried it once, at a Spectator debate held during…

Sir Maurice Oldfield: a spymaster smeared

27 August 2016 9:00 am

In March 1981 Margaret Thatcher went to the hospital bedside of Maurice Oldfield, the former head of the Secret Intelligence…

Heath addresses a Tory party conference at Blackpool, while Margaret Thatcher looks on

Ted Heath: still a surly man of mystery

23 July 2016 9:00 am

Ted ‘Grocer’ Heath, as he will always be for me, was chosen by his fellow MPs to be their leader…

History shows us that children are no asset for a prime minister

16 July 2016 9:00 am

When you are recovering from a stroke, you spend much of the time asleep. But when you are not sleeping,…

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