100 years of air power

14 July 2018 9:00 am

In 1909, Frenchman Louis Blériot became the first person to fly across the English Channel. Nine years later, the Royal…

Second world war air power

Security and prosperity

14 July 2018 9:00 am

A century-long partnership between the RAF and industry has delivered significant economic, technological and societal benefits for the UK, says BAE Systems chairman Sir Roger Carr

The Red Arrows Hawk has been exported all over the world

Mentioned in dispatches

14 July 2018 9:00 am

The UK defence aerospace industry has a long and honourable history. It must not die, says Ian Waddell

Aerospace by numbers

14 July 2018 9:00 am

    All the figures point to an industry that is not only vital to defence but one which makes…

They can be heroes

14 July 2018 9:00 am

The RAF’s history is one of men and machines, says Michael Napier

UK Typhoon on runway

A national asset

14 July 2018 9:00 am


A German Eurofighter Typhoon

The future of fight and flight

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Whatever happens with Brexit, we must retain our ability to design and manufacture fighter aircraft, says Ross Clark

A cross-section of a Spitfire from the National Archives

Stay with the skies

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Maintaining our air power requires technological competency – but above all political will, says John Louth

Terence Rattigan’s greatest secret wasn’t his homosexuality

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Robert Gore-Langton reveals another hidden side of the playwright Terence Rattigan

The pretend war: why bombing Isil won't solve the problem

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Britain, France and America are in a protracted fight against Islamic radicalism. Pity our leaders have no idea how to win it

Spectator letters: Cutting the Lords, and a defence of Edwin Lutyens

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Trimming the ermine Sir: I am a new boy in the House of Lords compared with Viscount Astor — though…

Spectator letters: In defence of Islington, football and Zaha Hadid

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Islington isn’t indifferent Sir: I was shocked to read Mary Wakefield’s article accusing Islington’s middle classes of ‘extreme indifference’ to…

Spectator letters: The decline of charity, and a cross-dressing escape

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Exploiting our charity Sir: Melissa Kite (‘Asking too much’, 1 August) is spot on about charity fundraising. This has changed charitable…

Spectator letters: Housing associations fight back; and more world-wrecking British graduates

1 August 2015 9:00 am

What we’re building Sir: I was surprised and frustrated to read Ross Clark’s piece on housing associations in last week’s…

If you want military interventions, Prime Minister, you'll need more of a military

25 July 2015 9:00 am

“Whether it’s in Iraq, Syria, Libya or elsewhere — as Prime Minister, if I believe there is a specific threat…

The carpet-bombing of Hamburg killed 40,000 people. It also did good

9 May 2015 9:00 am

The carpet-bombing of Hamburg killed 40,000 people. It also did good

Portrait of the week

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said on television that he was ‘bullish’ about negotiating change for Britain in the…

Hitler didn't start indiscriminate bombings — Churchill did 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

‘I cannot describe to you what a curious note of brutality a bomb has,’ said one woman who lived through…

Nigel Farndale’s diary: The dread moment when they announce next year's school fees

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Next time I’m in a sauna I’m going to say: ‘It’s like a school sports hall on prize day in…