Predictions

2017 will be one long vampire scream from the liberal elite

31 December 2016 9:00 am

I’ve been looking at my predictions for 2016 made this time last year. It’s extraordinary — don’t check, just trust…

Brexit hysteria blinds us to the real danger: an out-of-control boom

31 December 2016 9:00 am

It’s not a recession we need to worry about; it’s an out-of-control consumer boom

Gasworks, druids and one-way streets: weird anniversaries in 2017

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Forgotten anniversaries 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution. Other anniversaries:50 years Radio 1; first North Sea gas…

Looking for hope on the Somme, 1916

24 September 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The Battle of the Somme’, The Spectator, 23 September 1916: It may prove to be the fact that the battle…

The Brexit bounce that’s making doom-mongers look foolish

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Remainers promised instant catastrophe. It’s not happening. What are they to do now?

That Brexit apocalypse? It just isn’t happening

23 July 2016 9:00 am

There’s very little sign of the predicted post-Brexit economic crisis

Trade deals in two years: ‘You’re joking, right?’

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Referendum day is as nondescript and wet as the day before, happily spent in Cambridge at my son’s Leo’s graduation.…

The Brexiteers will want David Cameron back soon enough

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Journalists are chronic exaggerators. Strong words are always being thrown away on trivial events. ‘Whitehall was shocked last night as…

I’ve seen Britain’s post-Brexit future – and it’s beautiful

18 June 2016 9:00 am

 Berne, Switzerland Before we vote Brexit I thought I’d pop over to Switzerland — courtesy of Die Weltwoche, the nearest…

Why the Leave campaign should pray they don’t win

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Why the leaders of the Leave campaign should pray they don’t win

Brexit: the first 100 days

11 June 2016 9:00 am

The Spectator Podcast Christopher Meyer, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss the first 100 days of Brexit At 5.15 a.m.…

Don’t weep for Costa – but the Living Wage punishes small businesses that need our support

19 September 2015 8:00 am

What is George Osborne’s Living Wage? Is it a ploy to shift cost from the taxpayer to the employer by…

Andrew Marr’s diary: The summer of Corbyn — and other things we didn’t see coming

22 August 2015 9:00 am

This is the Corbyn summer. From the perspective of a short holiday, my overwhelming feeling is one of despair at…

Spectator letters: Silence in Scotland, the man who predicted the election result, and what to do with hair clippings

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Scotland’s silent majority Sir: Hugo Rifkind’s article (‘Scotland’s nasty party’, 9 May) is a first for the media. It expresses…

Why the internet hasn’t killed estate agents (and what might)

9 May 2015 9:00 am

I don’t like to make business predictions, but — barring some apocalypse — I suspect there will be plenty of…

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

A 1992 election-day lunch with the young David Cameron

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Lunch with a young Cameron on polling day, 1992

The SNP has replaced the Church of Scotland

18 April 2015 9:00 am

The great SNP revival, and why it’s impervious to reason

Ed Miliband could still win. Here’s what would happen next

11 April 2015 9:00 am

He could still win. Here’s what happens if he does

Ed Miliband’s 100 days – and the first Ed Balls Budget

11 April 2015 9:00 am

There will be tax rises to suit every taste. But the people he’s expecting to pay will probably just leave

Sam Waley-Cohen’s Grand National notebook

11 April 2015 9:00 am

‘How’s your shoulder?’ someone asked recently, and it was only then I realised, for the first time in a while,…

He’ll never admit it, but David Cameron is already plotting another deal with Nick Clegg

28 March 2015 9:00 am

The Prime Minister could never admit it, but he’s dreaming of – and scheming for – another coalition

What another hung parliament will do to your savings

7 March 2015 9:00 am

An indecisive general election could be bad news for gilts, bank shares and the pound

No one wants to fight a national campaign. This will be the least general election in years

28 February 2015 9:00 am

There’s normally an easy way to tell which party is losing a general election campaign. Whenever one side starts telling…

The Tories are coming to believe in David Cameron's election hunch

14 February 2015 9:00 am

‘You did this,’ David Cameron repeatedly declared to Tory donors as he reeled off a list of the government’s achievements…