Social class

The internet is broken – and we can no longer do without it

14 June 2014 8:00 am

‘The internet is broken,’ a corporate chieftain told me last week. It was an arresting remark, but he did not…

What Julius Caesar would have done about Nigel Farage

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Our politicians are desperately keen to turn the toast of the people, Nigel Farage, into toast himself. But is that…

Why Ken Loach hasn’t made a decent film since Kes

31 May 2014 9:00 am

He hasn’t made anything worth watching since Kes

After visiting the Cherwell Boathouse, I might spare Oxford from burning

3 May 2014 9:00 am

It is now two decades since I lived in Oxford. I was then a drunk and lonely puddle of a…

Gordon Ramsay joins in the posh invasion of Battersea

5 April 2014 9:00 am

London House is in Battersea, which some people call South Chelsea, but is more East Wandsworth to my mind; or…

Spectator letters: Bereaved parents against press regulation, and a defence of Tony Benn

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Why we need a free press Sir: As bereaved parents and (to borrow from some signatories of last week’s advertisement)…

Six months as a TV critic, and I’ve seen enough corpses to last a lifetime

22 March 2014 9:00 am

It was Shetland that tipped me over the edge. Not the place, but the TV series. Although that’s set in…

It’s time that Scotland’s timid posh folk spoke out

22 February 2014 9:00 am

I took part in a documentary about Scottishness a few weeks ago, and it wasn’t bad at all. I mused,…

Spectator letters: Aid, Arabs and how to spot a gentleman

1 February 2014 9:00 am

The battle over aid Sir: Why Nations Fail, the book rightly lauded in The Spectator (‘Why aid fails’, 25 January),…

William Astor: My father, his swimming pool and the Profumo scandal

11 January 2014 9:00 am

I was ten when the Profumo affair began at my home, Cliveden. Andrew Lloyd Webber has captured some of the story – but not all

Don't tax sugar - it doesn't make you fat. Gluttony does

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Obesity isn’t a matter of addiction. It’s a question of self-control

The Wild Rabbit's food may be organic - but nothing else there is

5 October 2013 9:00 am

The Wild Rabbit is a pub in the Cotswolds, that small corner of Britain full of evil grinning cottages; if…

Letters: Peter Hitchens vs Nick Cohen, and the case against the middle class

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Piggies in the middle Sir: Your feature ‘The strange death of the middle class’ (24 August) assumes that young people…

Unpaid internships turned me into a banker – but I still think they’re a good thing

24 August 2013 9:00 am

My thanks to ‘AndyB’, the only reader who posted an online comment on my column last week. It was ‘Don’t…

Never seen the need for a class system? Take a long-haul flight

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Usually it is annoying when you have to board an aeroplane via a shuttle bus rather than an airbridge. The…

It’s the summer of the topless man – and there’s nothing we can do to stop it

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Topless men. What does that mean, then? I was opposite one on the tube the other day, heading north from…

Dear Mary: Must I work for free?

22 June 2013 9:00 am

Q. A man I know has invited me and some other journalists, most of whom I admire, to join him…

Is meritocracy more than being a member of the lucky sperm club?

8 June 2013 9:00 am

One of the many things I’m grateful to my father for is inventing the word ‘meritocracy’. He coined it in…

The Devonshires, by Roy Hattersley - review

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Anne Somerset wonders why Roy Hattersley chose to write a history of a family he so clearly disapproves of

Dear Mary: How can I reject my boyfriend’s PA’s flowers?

4 May 2013 9:00 am

Q. Flowers have arrived, allegedly from my boyfriend — but the bunch includes begonias and gloxinias, foliage tonged into ringlets,…

The unfair sex - how feminism created a new class divide

27 April 2013 9:00 am

The rise of working women has created a new – and far less equal – world

A touch of class

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Class is back in the news, and the BBC’s online do-it-yourself ‘class calculator’ confirms that wealth is the overriding determinant…

Margaret Thatcher vs the intelligentsia

13 April 2013 9:00 am

On a warm summer evening in 1986, the crème-de-la-crème of London’s literary establishment met at Antonia Fraser’s house in Holland…

A stable full of Germans

9 March 2013 9:00 am

After a lot of false starts, I am now the proud occupant of a small weekend rental in the country.…

Class prejudice is keeping talented children out of classical music

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Musicians have always had an uncertain social status in England, the traditional reactions varying from amused condescension to mild repulsion.…