Politics

The unbearable pointlessness of Parliament

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Westminster activity is unceasing – and mostly worthless

In defence of Nick Clegg

27 October 2018 9:00 am

As I write, the sneering at Nick Clegg has started. The first cuckoo I’ve heard in this chorus is calling…

The riddle of Melania

Melania Trump elegantly rises above the media muck

20 October 2018 9:00 am

I am not sure that Melania Trump had the introduction of Henry IV Part 2 in mind when she sat…

Jeremy Corbyn’s economic policies might sound daft – but he radiates rebellion. Photo: Getty

Corbyn dares to be different – why don’t other MPs?

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Where are the politicians who dare to be different?

Rory Bremner: Why comedians are getting political

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The brilliant Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell describes doing stand-up at the Edinburgh Fringe as ‘exams for clowns’, and even though…

Obsessed with politics? Then your life is going seriously wrong

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Timeless in its wisdom, the book Parkinson’s Law is of course famous for Parkinson’s law itself: that ‘work expands to…

Brazil: a country fizzing with excitement

11 August 2018 9:00 am

As the great Bossa Nova musician Tom Jobim liked to say, Brazil is not for beginners. This tends to be…

Channel 4 doesn’t do ‘news’ in any meaningful sense of the word – it’s pure propaganda

21 July 2018 9:00 am

When President Trump refused to take a question from a CNN reporter at the Chequers press conference last week, I…

Had 533 people voted differently, the Tories would have a full majority

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Nine years ago, before Cambridge Analytica existed, I caught wind of a research project at Cambridge involving the online measurement…

10 easy steps to becoming a New Progressive

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Put prejudice and selfishness behind you by learning to think like a ‘woke’ millennial

Welcome to the age of media feeding frenzies

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Tabloid-style hysteria has infected political news coverage

The Tories’ fate is in their own hands

2 December 2017 9:00 am

How will the Tory party remember 2017? Will it be the year it lost its majority, alienated key sections of…

Good as it is, the material is highly perishable: Labour of Love reviewed

14 October 2017 9:00 am

  Labour of Love is the new play by James Graham, the poet laureate of politics. We’re in a derelict…

Isambard Wilkinson’s intimate memoirs: Travels in a Dervish Cloak, reviewed

30 September 2017 9:00 am

By his own admission, Isambard Wilkinson’s memoir of his experiences in Pakistan a decade ago as a foreign correspondent has…

Alice Waters shows the Prince of Wales around her ‘Edible Schoolyard’ garden in California

America’s celebrity chef par excellence, Coming to My Senses reviewed

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Though Alice Waters is not a household name here, that is precisely what she is in America — the best-known…

What my 91-year-old aunt could teach Boris Johnson

26 August 2017 9:00 am

My mother has various chronic illnesses and finds it almost impossible to remain both immobile and awake during the day.…

Why we need ideology in politics

5 August 2017 9:00 am

‘Studying history at Balliol,’ writes Chris Patten, ‘I knew that the one thing which made me uneasy was a grand…

Chris Patten: ‘wearing red feathers (and a Hula-Hula skirt)’

22 July 2017 9:00 am

My old friend Richard Ingrams was said always to write The Spectator’s television reviews sitting in the next-door room to…

Why hard Brexit is bad for horse racing

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Having spent three quarters of my life covering politics and the other quarter following racing, I am often asked what…

The right kind of doorstep: Richmond in 1970

The view from the doorstep

10 June 2017 9:00 am

You have probably been hearing a lot about doorsteps recently. Politicians love to demonstrate how much they care about ordinary,…

The strange cases of Mr Justice McCardie

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Justice McCardie was anything but a conventional High Court judge. He left school at 15 and was called to the…

Why targeted political advertising is not to be trusted

20 May 2017 9:00 am

When you get into a taxi, there’s usually a framed sheet of paper describing what you pay for your trip:…

Europe’s elite rightly feel extinction breathing down their necks

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Allahu Akbar! Greetings from Samsun, where Turkish protestors — their eyeballs spinning in orgasmic Islamic rage — tried to set…

Labour third behind Tories and Ukip among working-class voters, says poll

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Home The Queen opened a new National Cyber Security Centre in London. Britain’s contribution to Nato has fallen below the…

Why more and more priests can’t stand Pope Francis

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Questions are increasingly being asked about the Pope’s judgment and state of mind