Planning

Prue Leith: My Bake Off ‘fake news’ moment

4 March 2017 9:00 am

A fortnight ago I got a taste of what being far too famous might feel like. A leak that I’m…

Where the ‘garden village’ really comes from

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Village people The government announced plans for 14 ‘garden villages’. The concept of a garden city or village is attributed…

An elegy for Oldham

18 June 2016 9:00 am

What happened to the lively and multicultural town I grew up in?

After 50 years, I’m out of the agony-aunt business

9 April 2016 9:00 am

It’s clear that Vladimir Putin has had a facelift, which might explain why Wendi Deng would take an interest in…

The plot to save Goldsmith’s Close Allotments

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Since turning 50 I have become a gardening enthusiast. It started with tomatoes, then spread to raspberries and last year…

Bring back the bungalow!

17 October 2015 8:00 am

We’re not building the right houses for our ageing population

The fight to save the Gladstone Arms is a battle for the soul of London

29 August 2015 9:00 am

The fight to save the Gladstone Arms is the fight to save London

My eco-home nightmare

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Buying an eco-home? Expect stifling springs and summers

Welcome to Miliband country: how Labour would wreck rural life

2 May 2015 9:00 am

A ‘progressive alliance’ would be a profound threat to rural life

Airport wars: why I'm betting on Gatwick

4 April 2015 9:00 am

Easter is a good time to talk about airports — or perhaps a bad time, if you bought your Spectator…

The myth of the housing crisis

28 February 2015 9:00 am

The coalition is letting developers concrete over the countryside, but that won’t help young people buy houses

When a cricket ball cost Britain an heir to the throne

6 December 2014 9:00 am

A fatal shot The sad death of Australian batsman Philip Hughes was a reminder that a cricket ball can kill.…

How HS2 has blighted my parents’ lives

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Whether the high-speed rail line is built or not, it is destroying the retirements of people like my parents

Who are you calling a blob, Owen Paterson?

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Owen Paterson shouldn’t hold green activists responsible for his sacking. The culprit was David Cameron

Forecasting is a mug’s game – but I was right about the economic revival

26 July 2014 9:00 am

‘Perhaps I should shift my prediction to 23 July 2014,’ I wrote in April 2012. ‘That’s the opening of the…

The Spectator’s Notes

23 March 2013 9:00 am

There is supposed to be a Leveson Part II, although everyone has forgotten about it. As well as telling him…