The spectator

What Vladimir Putin said to the Eton boys

18 February 2017 9:00 am

How does Vladimir Putin think about the world? It becomes dangerously important to know. I still have not seen a…

One good thing about bank closures: they could give the Co-op a new job

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Many thanks to the stampede of readers who sent news of bank branch closures. There’s certainly a national pattern, and…

How Alexander Chancellor restored The Spectator's greatness

4 February 2017 9:00 am

As he left the editorship of The Spectator in March 1984, Alexander Chancellor wrote in this space: ‘When I joined…

Remembering Alexander Chancellor: the man who saved The Spectator

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Remembering Alexander Chancellor, the man who revitalised The Spectator

The white stuff: drawing showing sections of the stucco interiors at 20 Portman Square, c.1775, by Robert Adam

Three cheers for stucco – which The Spectator once called 'immoral'

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Whenever the words ‘stucco house’ appear in the newspapers, you can be certain the occupiers have been up to no…

What really won it for Donald Trump was the slogan Black Lives Matter

19 November 2016 9:00 am

New York   The only thing worse than a sore loser, I suppose, is a sore winner, but thank God…

Trump and Clinton's ‘traumatic’ campaign will have a toxic legacy

12 November 2016 9:00 am

At the beginning of November 1980, one week before Ronald Reagan won a landslide victory in the presidential election, Henry…

The Boris-bashers should be ashamed

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Throughout this fractious summer, one thing has united all the warring pundits and politicians. Left, right; Leave, Remain, everyone at…

The best thing about Brexit? None of it is my fault

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Brexit Britain fills me with calm. Six weeks on, there’s no point pretending otherwise. Losing is far better than winning.…

I can’t sleep for anger at the Spectator review of my friend’s book

6 August 2016 9:00 am

May I write a review of a review? I have to get this out of my system, having been unable…

Maria Alexandrova as Kitri in ‘Don Quixote’

Stylistic conformism worse than it was under the Soviets: Bolshoi’s Don Quixote reviewed

6 August 2016 9:00 am

For almost 60 years, whatever the political weather, Russia and Britain have maintained mutually assured respect as far as ballet…

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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…

Too grand for the Queen Mother: my strange life at Country Life

12 March 2016 9:00 am

The remarkable life and times of Country Life

The words The Spectator gave the world

9 January 2016 9:00 am

When the much missed Frank Johnson (1943–2006), once editor of The Spectator, wrote in 1980 that ‘the peculiar need for…

David Cameron leaves the headquarters of the Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) in 2008 (Photo: Getty)

We must play the blame game over HBOS. How else will bankers learn?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

‘Everyone remembers the names of Applegarth of Northern Rock and Goodwin of RBS, but history may judge the HBOS men…

From the archives: the liberty of the battlefield

14 November 2015 9:00 am

From ‘Soldiers for the land’, The Spectator, 13 November 1915: It is certain that, when the war is over, tens of…

Why over-forties like me still need feminism

29 October 2015 9:00 am

For older women, the battle for equality is far from won

The many lives of John Buchan

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Ursula Buchan casts further light on her grandfather’s famous novel

Why I’m stepping down after 28 years as The Spectator pop critic

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Pop's place in culture has changed drastically. Marcus Berkmann explains why, after 27 years, it is time to step down as The Spectator's pop critic

My role in saving The Spectator

1 August 2015 9:00 am

I was wondering what to write about this week when I suddenly realised that exactly 40 years ago this Saturday…

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…

How strange to feel nostalgic for the 1970s

11 July 2015 9:00 am

The 1960s were already more than halfway over when I realised that I was living through what was supposed to…

The subject of immigration has become a means of entrapment

20 June 2015 9:00 am

When I founded the American Conservative 13 years ago — the purpose being to shine a light on the neocon…

Preparations are already under way

Introducing the first Spectator readers’ cruise

11 April 2015 9:00 am

It’s a complete recipe for disaster of course. By which I mean being trapped at sea with The Spectator’s ‘Low…

I’ve been sacked more times than I can exactly remember. It teaches you nothing

7 March 2015 9:00 am

The Oldie magazine — of which, until otherwise advised, I appear to be the editor — runs an occasional article…