1917, and Britain doesn’t quite rule the waves

21 January 2017 9:00 am

From ‘Raiders, submarines and some naval problems’, The Spectator, 20 January 1917: At the moment the enemy’s fleet is compelled to…

1916: ‘Containing’ the German navy would betray Nelson’s spirit

15 October 2016 9:00 am

From ‘Decisive victory at sea’, The Spectator, 7 October 1916: The only excuse for changing our views of the magnificent rightness…

Spectator letters: In defence of Islington, football and Zaha Hadid

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Islington isn’t indifferent Sir: I was shocked to read Mary Wakefield’s article accusing Islington’s middle classes of ‘extreme indifference’ to…

Spectator letters: The case for saying ‘Daesh’, a political shibboleth, and Ireland’s greatest distinction

11 July 2015 9:00 am

The case for Daesh Sir: For once the admirable Rod Liddle has got it completely wrong (‘You can’t take the…

What Britain will lose if Scotland goes

5 July 2014 9:00 am

If Scotland votes for independence, Britain will be left weaker than anyone yet realises

If only …

18 February 2012 10:00 am

In the early summer of 1910, a naval officer, bound for the Antarctic, paid a visit to the office of…

On His Majesty’s Silent Service

3 September 2011 12:00 am

Of all the Allied fighting service branches in which you wouldn’t have wanted to spend the second world war, probably the grimmest was submarines.

Captain courageous

7 May 2011 12:00 am

The sum of hard biographical facts about Captain Cook never increases, nor is it expected to.