Scottish referendum

Rory Bremner: Why comedians are getting political

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The brilliant Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell describes doing stand-up at the Edinburgh Fringe as ‘exams for clowns’, and even though…

You’d have more fun watching jelly set: Against at the Almeida reviewed

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Against by Christopher Shinn sets out to unlock the secrets of America’s spiritual malaise. Two main settings represent the wealthy…

How political correctness has wounded Sweden

10 September 2016 9:00 am

What Swedes don’t say Sir: Tove Lifvendahl is, unfortunately, exactly right in her analysis of Swedish immigration and asylum policy…

Show your colours: a digital visualisation of this year’s Edinburgh International Festival’s closing light display

Scotland’s cultural scene is becoming vile, venal and parochial

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Many years ago an arts spokesperson for the SNP launched an extraordinary attack on Scottish Opera, saying, ‘If push comes…

In fear we trust: how the Tories became addicted to negativity

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Strange as it may seem, there are still people around David Cameron who regard the Scottish referendum campaign as a…

Charles Moore’s notes: The anti-EU camp need to be sure what No means

20 June 2015 9:00 am

It is natural to assume that, if a majority votes No in the referendum on Britain’s EU membership, we shall…

Like every referendum ever, this EU vote will solve nothing

30 May 2015 9:00 am

I suppose, if you could look deep into the mind of somebody who was passionately keen that Britain should leave…

The lesson of Athens: to make people care about politics, give them real power

15 November 2014 9:00 am

Voters explain their apathy about politics on the grounds that the politicians do not understand them. No surprise there, an…

Spectator letters: The best ‘never’ ever is in the Declaration of Arbroath Plus: BST for England, the problem for social workers, and C.P. Snow was not cold

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Never say never Sir: Dot Wordsworth (Mind your language, 20 September) quotes various telling usages of ‘never’ for rhetorical or…

Red or white… or nothing

Was the phrasing of the Scottish referendum question designed to create division?

27 September 2014 8:00 am

It is a trick which often works on children. Do not tell them to eat vegetables; instead ask whether they…

Tom Holland's diary: Alex Salmond is the Scottish referendum's answer to Shane Warne

13 September 2014 9:00 am

I feel a bit about the Scottish referendum as I did about the 2005 Ashes series. In both cases, those of…

What it means for your savings if Scotland votes yes

13 September 2014 9:00 am

The economic consequences if Scotland votes for independence

Spectator letters: A surgeon writes on assisted dying, and an estate agent answers Harry Mount

12 July 2014 9:00 am

Real help for those in pain Sir: The fickleness of existence is exemplified by the fact that being Tony Blair’s…

Danny Alexander on Scottish independence, income tax, Nick Clegg and George Osborne

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Danny Alexander, the coalition’s senior Scot, on cricket,on his battle for Britain and his colleague George Osborne

The joy of Glenmorangie

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Glenmorangie is the most accessible of malt whiskies. It is a gentle, almost feminine creature, with hints of spring flowers,…

The Spectator’s Notes: In defence of Maria Miller

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Maria Miller’s forced resignation is a disgrace. No iniquity was proved against her. Over her expenses, I suspect her motive…

James Bartholomew's diary: Give up the Today programme - you'll feel better

4 January 2014 9:00 am

It’s amusing to see serious journalists and authors struggling to use Twitter under instruction from their newspapers and publishers. They…