Politicians

Do the same rules apply to racing stars as to politicians?

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Back on the political beat with CNN for the general election, I was reminded how politics is now dominated by…

Dear God, am I going to have to start liking Ed Balls?

3 September 2016 9:00 am

What the hell is going on with Ed Balls? Back in the horrible doldrums of the last Labour government, he…

Banned from China, invited to Westminster: Canada’s crusading beauty queen

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2015, is using her fame to highlight the troubling organ trade in China

I was a politician’s daughter, so I’m backing young Caroline Cruz

16 April 2016 9:00 am

I was one – and that’s why I’m backing Caroline Cruz all the way

What Pericles knew that David Cameron doesn’t

5 March 2016 9:00 am

It does seem extraordinary that the increasingly puce-faced Mr Cameron offered us an ‘in-out’ referendum and is now telling us…

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Greeks just want to keep what they’ve got

11 July 2015 9:00 am

We were breakfasting outside on the morning of the Greek referendum. The result could only be guessed at and all…

Listen: the gaffe from Nicola Sturgeon that everyone missed

11 July 2015 9:00 am

It’s not surprising that politicians have such an on-off relationship with the broadcast media. One slip. One casual comment. One…

Spectator letters: Free trade and Africa’s migrant crisis

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Free trade with Africa Sir: Nicholas Farrell suggests that a naval blockade is the only solution to Italy’s immigration crisis…

Spectator letters: Mayors, foxes and Kurdish pomegranates

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Why we don’t need mayors Sir: There are a number of arguments against Steve Hilton’s call for more than 10,000…

My electrifying 'Führer Kontakt' with Alex Salmond

20 September 2014 9:00 am

It was just after the Tory party conference last year that I met Alex Salmond. Not alone, obviously, but as…

The word ‘holiday’ has become a political taboo

16 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s August in Tuscany, and the market towns are eerily quiet, presumably because most of their inhabitants are off on…

Without Paxman, the BBC will have just one interrogator: John Humphrys

10 May 2014 9:00 am

In a double blow for the beleaguered BBC, the corporation has lost three of its most compelling attractions in little…

If Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn’t happy, what hope is there for us?

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Celebrity deaths have no decorum. From Elvis on his toilet to Whitney face down in her bathtub, their last moments…

Why Doctor Who is secretly Tony Benn

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Through the ages, the Time Lord has been a political weathervane

The Spectator’s notes

22 June 2013 9:00 am

When he arrived for the G8 in Co. Fermanagh, President Obama told the people of Northern Ireland that those living with…

Planting a dream

5 March 2011 12:00 am

Every schoolboy knows the story of six-year-old George Washington taking his ‘little hatchet’ to his mother’s prized cherry tree.