Why the Tories need their own Nigel Farage

11 May 2013 9:00 am

There are two talking points in Westminster this week. One is about who is up and who is down following…

Why do journalists think they’re not part of the ruling elite?

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Look, we’ve known each other a while, you and I, so I think it’s time for a confession. It’s a…

Britain can’t afford to surrender to the greens on shale gas

11 May 2013 9:00 am

If we give in to the green lobby, Britain will drift into an energy crisis

The Queen’s speech can’t repeal the Law of Unintended Consequences

11 May 2013 9:00 am

When will our legislators realise that they can’t repeal the Law of Unintended Consequences?

The Hitler guide to rigging a referendum

11 May 2013 9:00 am

In 1964 Harold Wilson was so afraid that a scheduled election-night broadcast of Steptoe & Son would cost him at…


11 May 2013 9:00 am

In the days when we had bottles of milk delivered, some tits discovered how to peck through the foil tops…

The arts, the Ancient Greeks and Maria Miller

4 May 2013 9:00 am

The Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, has said the arts world must make the case for public funding by focusing on…

Don’t believe the hype: the French still live better than Americans

4 May 2013 9:00 am

In recent months I’ve read at least ten articles about French malaise — all of it apparently due to some…

Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, by Charles Moore, and Not for Turning, by Robin Harris - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

It is a measure of Lady Thatcher’s standing that her death has been followed not only by the mealy-mouthed compliments…

Scotland is an ingenious country saddled with the most witless politicians in Europe. Why give them more power?

27 April 2013 9:00 am

It would be all too easy this week to argue that the case for Scottish independence is falling apart. Alex…

A rare mood of unity descends on the Conservatives

27 April 2013 9:00 am

The idea that ‘loyalty is the Conservative party’s secret weapon’ was always dubious. Benjamin Disraeli, for instance, made his name…

Why France's gay marriage debate has started to look like a revolution

27 April 2013 9:00 am

The bitter battle over gay marriage is a symptom of a broken political system

My battle with Britain's mean, ineffective immigration system

27 April 2013 9:00 am

‘Controlling immigration’ means being rude to foreigners — as I found out

The Falklands victory

13 April 2013 9:00 am

19 June 1982: Defeating General Galtieri made Conservatism respectable again

For once, Osborne will be glad not to be the story

23 March 2013 9:00 am

A few years ago George Osborne would have bristled at the idea that one of his budgets wouldn’t be the…

Lord Rennard, Mark Oaten and the Lib Dems’ embarrassing adolescence

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Imagine if seven Tory Cabinet ministers had resigned since David Cameron became Prime Minister. Then think about another seven being…

The Spectator’s Notes

1 December 2012 9:00 am

There is excitement that a foreigner could have been made Governor of the Bank of England. But the truth is…

After the celebrations, a summer of discontent

2 June 2012 3:00 pm

The next few days will see David Cameron doing what he does best: looking the part. Whether it is the…

Politics: Don’t bet on Ed Miliband to win it for the Tories

19 May 2012 4:15 pm

In the past few difficult months, the Cameroons have taken comfort from their belief that Ed Miliband will never be…

Politics: Why a European referendum is now almost certain

12 May 2012 3:00 pm

The Romford Pledge might not have the same ring to it as the Tamworth Manifesto. But Boris Johnson’s decision while…

Politics: It’s grim up North for Tories

4 May 2012 11:00 pm

It is perhaps inevitable that, after two years in government, the Tories settled on a local election strategy of holding…

Politics: Cameron and the civil service coup

21 April 2012 5:00 pm

There is a split in the Cameron circle. The divide is between those who think that the problems of the…

Politics:  Which party will win the anti-politics vote?

14 April 2012 7:00 pm

One might think that the Cameroons would be desperate about a poll showing their leader’s personal approval rating to be…

Politics: How Boris could rescue Dave

7 April 2012 3:45 pm

Downing Street is, in the words of one senior aide, in a mood of ‘sober reflection’ about how and why…

Politics: The cost of giving

31 March 2012 2:00 pm

David Cameron was in a foul mood on Monday night. ‘Cash for Cameron’, the scandal about a Tory treasurer trying…