Roy Jenkins

Roy Jenkins at an SDP conference in 1986 (Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

There's space for a new party in Britain, but not for another SDP

23 February 2019 9:00 am

I was 17 when the Labour party last split, in January 1981, and for a variety of reasons got quite…

Putin’s Russia is a much greater threat than Muslim fanaticism

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Last week’s events in London raised a recurrent dilemma for journalists, including me. It is a huge story when a…

A flimsy exhibition of varsity wit: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead reviewed

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Harry Potter, who uses the stage name Daniel Radcliffe, is a producer’s delight. By now it’s becoming clear that the…

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The left were wrong about Brexit in 1975. The right are wrong now

18 June 2016 9:00 am

It was 41 years ago that The Spectator first urged its readers to vote Brexit in a referendum, but the…

Rab Butler after the defeat of the Conservatives in 1964. ‘His clothes were truly tragic,’ said Chips Channon

Rab Butler was too indecisive (and badly dressed) to be Prime Minister

21 November 2015 9:00 am

‘The best prime minister we never had’ is not an epithet exclusive to Rab Butler. Widely applied to the late…

Mark Amory's diary: Confessions of a literary editor

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Until recently I used to claim that I had been literary editor of The Spectator for over 25 years; now…

A toast to Le Roi Jen Quinze

26 April 2014 9:00 am

There ought to be a new literary award: the antisocial book of the year. A dozen years ago, Claire Tomalin’s…

The Spectator's Notes: If Putin can have a referendum, so can Boris

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Everyone can see that the West has no idea what to do about Russian power in the Ukraine. Britain, in…