Politics

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

How to put a positive spin on this bizarre year

10 December 2016 9:00 am

This is going to be a positive, optimistic column. I promise. Because, look, let’s be honest, I’ve been a bit…

Will I be the only right-winger in the village?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

‘Right, this is it,’ I said to the builder boyfriend. ‘I am going to knock on the door of next…

Would BBC1’s The Missing blow it in the concluding episode – like so many thrillers before it

3 December 2016 9:00 am

BBC1’s The Missing has been one of the undoubted TV highlights of 2016. Yet, even thrillers as overwhelmingly thrilling as…

Theresa May's missing opposition

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Oppositions don’t win elections — governments lose them. This has long been the Westminster wisdom. But the truth is that…

Real politics blossoms outside the conference hall

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Perhaps it’s age, perhaps disillusion, or perhaps party conferences really aren’t what they used to be, but I have struggled…

Lights, camera, politics: the triumph of showbiz over argument

15 October 2016 9:00 am

How statecraft became a branch of reality television

Michael Gove, evil mastermind? I don't buy it

8 October 2016 9:00 am

I’m writing this from the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham where the mood is buoyant, to put it mildly. Everyone…

A broad-left anti-Tory pact will never work. Here’s why

1 October 2016 9:00 am

I appeared on Radio 4 with Shirley Williams recently and as we were leaving I asked her if she thought…