Russell Brand

A demonstrator is arrested during an anti-nuclear protest at Greenham Common air base in 1983. (Photo: D. Jones/Express/Getty)

All that postwar anxiety about being vaporised by a nuclear bomb was a complete waste of emotion

8 August 2015 9:00 am

When I was growing up in the 1970s, my three main fears were: being blown up by the IRA; being…

Our readers’ tea party

The staff of The Spectator are straight out of a painting by Norman Rockwell

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Wow, what a week. London may be bad for one’s health, but it sure makes it fun on the way…

Portrait of the week

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Home Tens of thousands took part in a demonstration in London against austerity, and thousands more in other cities. Russell…

Spectator letters: Why not vote like Belgians?

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Bees vs Belgians Sir: To answer Rory Sutherland and Glen Weyl’s question: yes, everyone should vote and no, just because…

I’d move to Kosovo if Ed Miliband became prime minister

9 May 2015 9:00 am

If any of you sees Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair, walking around with a begging bowl in his…

Portrait of the week

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Home The British economy grew by 0.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2015, the slowest quarterly growth for…

Russell Brand’s heart is in the right place – but it’s not the place he talks out of

2 May 2015 9:00 am

I write at a difficult time. The balls are in the air, but we know not where they will land.…

The awful rise of 'virtue signalling'

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Why do the right thing when you can simply say the right thing?

The Heckler: down with the actor-commentariat!

4 April 2015 9:00 am

I’ve never been terribly keen on actors. I prefer hairdressers and accountants. And teachers and builders and lawyers. I may…

This terrifying book puts me off going online ever again —except maybe to Ocado — says India Knight

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Jeremy Clarkson has been getting it in the neck from Twitter’s (I was going to say) tricoteuses — but social…

Where Alcibiades once walked, amateur tax spies are trying to entrap poor pistachio-sellers

14 March 2015 9:00 am

 Athens I am walking on a wide pedestrian road beneath the Acropolis within 200 meters of the remaining Themistoclean wall…

A wonderful time was had by all at the Utter Arse of the Year awards

3 January 2015 9:00 am

A glittering cast list, delicious food and spectacular entertainment — I just wish you could have been there. But tickets were…

Let’s appoint a Ministry of Scandalous Ideas

3 January 2015 9:00 am

My children have a phrase called ‘fomo’ — which stands for ‘fear of missing out’. It is a constant, mildly…

There’s only one Alan Johnson (that's why Labour's in such trouble)

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Labour voters feel hope and despair; hope, because the Tories are doing no better than we, and despair, for that…

Russell Brand and Nigel Farage remind me of myself five years ago

25 October 2014 9:00 am

I’m often asked by other free school proposers what lessons I’ve learnt over the past five years. Any pearls of…

Russell Brand is duller than even the grimmest political interview

13 September 2014 9:00 am

I have just spent a few moments in bed with the popular comedian Russell Brand and I have to say…

The harrowing, inspiring life of Andrew Sachs

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Comedians always like to claim that they started making jokes after childhoods made harsh by poverty; that at a formative…

Hugo Rifkind: Yes, I'm apathetic about politics. But isn't Russell Brand?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Since I was a child, pretty much everybody I have ever met has asked me if I want to be…

Nancy Dell'Olio: Englishmen can't flirt (except for Russell Brand) 

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Why can’t British men flirt? This was one of my first thoughts when I arrived in England some years ago.…

The BBC bows to celebrity

27 July 2013 9:00 am

The licence fee is both a blessing and a curse for the BBC. The clue is in that nickname —…

TV review: Russell Brand socks it to the gods and goddesses of daytime TV

29 June 2013 9:00 am

This week I witnessed the bloody, brutal death of mainstream television. It will, I think, go down in media history…


23 March 2013 9:00 am

Joining the club Sir: As Robert Hardman notes (Royal notebook, 16 March), not only is the C back in FCO…


16 March 2013 9:00 am

Sir David must stand down Sir: Reading the reports of Sir David Nicholson’s evidence before the House of Commons Health…

Russell Brand on heroin, abstinence and addiction

9 March 2013 9:00 am

The only way to help addicts is to treat them not as bad people but as sick people

The staircase too scary for Bruce Willis, and other Oscar party stories

2 March 2013 9:00 am

From a wedding to an awards ceremony, no self-respecting Los Angeles beano can take place without endless fixtures around the…