Obituaries

Meeting Martin McGuinness: when I saw the mask slip

25 March 2017 9:00 am

We keep being incited to find it heartwarming that Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley were known as the Chuckle Brothers.…

What Vladimir Putin said to the Eton boys

18 February 2017 9:00 am

How does Vladimir Putin think about the world? It becomes dangerously important to know. I still have not seen a…

Our high streets are reviving — don’t let bank closures mess them up

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Almost a decade after the financial crisis loomed, our high streets and town centres are full of life again: who…

Remembering Alexander Chancellor: the man who saved The Spectator

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Remembering Alexander Chancellor, the man who revitalised The Spectator

An Orgreave inquiry would have turned history into a trial

5 November 2016 9:00 am

It is a great relief that there will be no inquiry into the ‘Battle of Orgreave’ in 1984. The weirdness…

What can Theresa May really promise Nissan?

22 October 2016 9:00 am

I wrote last month that a key test of Brexit success will be whether Nissan is still making cars here…

New grammar schools need not bring back the problems of the old ones

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Those who want to revive grammar schools are accused of ‘bring backery’ — the unthinking idea that the past was…

Don’t believe the Tory grumbling: HS2 is on the way

21 May 2016 9:00 am

There’s a lot of negativity around HS2, and I sniff a Brexit connection. You might think Leave campaigners whose aim…

Sorry, George: Britain’s economy is still a tale of two nations

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Upbeat or downbeat? I asked last month whether the mood where you live is energised by enterprise or demoralised by…

David Cameron leaves the headquarters of the Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) in 2008 (Photo: Getty)

We must play the blame game over HBOS. How else will bankers learn?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

‘Everyone remembers the names of Applegarth of Northern Rock and Goodwin of RBS, but history may judge the HBOS men…

The spectre haunting George Osborne

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Rather more attention was paid last week to the strange position of George Osborne’s feet than to the dark shape…

How Britain still gets boardrooms wrong

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Sir Adrian Cadbury, who has died aged 86, is remembered as the author in 1992 of a first stab at…

The only certain winner in the Greek stand-off: cliché

27 June 2015 9:00 am

The clear winner in the Greek crisis is the author of The Little Book of Negotiating Clichés, whose royalties must…

From surfing to takeovers: the story behind the richest man in Brazil

13 June 2015 9:00 am

The tectonic plates of economic life rumble and shift. As ever, market watchers are obsessed by big themes — and…

The Charles Kennedy I knew, by Danny Alexander

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Charles Kennedy remembered

Charles Moore’s Notes: Who benefits from Prince Charles shaking Gerry Adams’s hand?

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Who benefits from Prince Charles’s handshake with Gerry Adams? Not the victims of IRA violence, including the 18 soldiers who…

A portrait of Raymond Carr as Warden of St Antony’s College, Oxford, by his son Matthew

An education to know: remembering Raymond Carr

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Laughter, bird-watching and erudition with Raymond Carr

However daft English cricket gets, there’ll always be Wisden’s obituaries

18 April 2015 9:00 am

He’s a tall man, Kevin Pietersen, and he casts a long shadow. It loomed large over the Long Room at…

A Greek default is coming – as soon as next month

11 April 2015 9:00 am

Bored with the election? Switch over to the Greek debt drama. In this week’s cliffhanger, silver-tongued finance minister Yanis Varoufakis…

The golden age of pop has been replaced by the golden age of pop obituaries

11 April 2015 9:00 am

The golden age of pop music may be long gone, but the golden age of pop musicians’ obituaries is definitely…

So the FTSE100 has finally broken its record – it’s still not doing nearly as well as executive pay

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The FTSE100 index has at last breached 7,000, surpassing its peak of 30 December 1999 and provoking moderate celebration among…

How Labour’s 50p tax trick has ended up helping George Osborne

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Last week’s public borrowing and tax-receipt figures, headlined ‘Chancellor hails biggest monthly surplus in seven years’, received considerably less attention…

Bet on a swift Grexit

21 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Will Greece exit the eurozone in 2015?’ Paddy Power was pricing ‘yes’ at 3-to-1 on Tuesday, with 5-to-2 on another…

The wonderful and unpredictable Candida Lycett Green

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Remembering Candida Lycett Green

We have to tell the truth about Tony Benn now. Who will hear it later?

22 March 2014 9:00 am

I could start by remarking that we should not speak ill of the dead, quoting the pertinent Latin phrase: de…