Portrait of the week

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Home Six months of talks in Northern Ireland, chaired by Dr Richard Haass, a retired American diplomat, ended without resolving…

Toby Young: Join my campaign to save the country

4 January 2014 9:00 am

This is going to be the year I do my Flash Gordon routine and launch a campaign to save the…

James Forsyth: Insurgents are remaking British politics

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Next year will decide the fate of the United Kingdom. The Scottish independence referendum on the 18th of September could…

David Cameron has lost the countryside

2 November 2013 9:00 am

The shires feel deeply abandoned by Cameron and the Conservatives

Matthew Parris: The Tories mustn't cuddle up to Ukip — just imagine if it happened on the left

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Such is my respect for Spectator readers that I offer you a column whose subtext is in Latin. Ours is…

Letters: Alan Sked on party politics, and how to win a pony show

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Party politics Sir: I don’t think it is true that I would be unhappy in any party, as Ross Clark…

The importance of not being called Nigel

14 September 2013 9:00 am

The importance of not being Nigel

Ukip are playing it safe – so they’ve rejected me

17 August 2013 9:00 am

So farewell then £80,000 salary, £150,000 expense account, secretary, team of assistants, constituency office, first-class travel, immunity from prosecution, Brussels…

Am I politically correct enough to stand for Ukip?

22 June 2013 9:00 am

A few weeks ago I drove to Market Harborough for my test as a potential Ukip candidate. The process was…

Letters: The barristers strike back

15 June 2013 9:00 am

Legal squabbles Sir: Harry Mount’s angry and unfocused polemic (‘Against the Law’, 8 June), demonstrates a fundamental ignorance of the…

Letters: sheep pay for themselves

8 June 2013 9:00 am

Why Ukip aren’t extremists Sir: I don’t wish to be rude to Matthew Parris (‘Why Ukip is a party of…

Why Ukip is a party of extremists

1 June 2013 9:00 am

Last Saturday I wrote for my newspaper a column whose drift was that it was time for the sane majority…

Cameron in hell

Portrait of the week

25 May 2013 9:00 am

Home A senior figure in the Conservative party with strong social connections to David Cameron, the Prime Minister, was reported…


25 May 2013 9:00 am

Stay Conservative Sir: Dr John Hyder-Wilson wrote (Letters, 11 May) of my calls to ‘shift Tory party policy rightward’ to…

Here’s why Tories shouldn’t do smear campaigns

25 May 2013 9:00 am

‘Pick the target, freeze it, personalise it and polarise it.’ This is the best-known of Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals,…

Hunting the home counties for Conservatives’ ‘swivel-eyed loons'

25 May 2013 9:00 am

A day spent in search of the Tory party’s grass roots

The Spectator’s Notes

18 May 2013 9:00 am

The BBC loves nothing better than a narrative in which Tory anti-European eccentrics split their party, and a bewildered public…

Nadine Dorries interview: why I want to run as a UKIP-Tory joint candidate

18 May 2013 9:00 am

Nadine Dorries is back in the Conservative party fold – but will she be the first Tory/Ukip candidate?

Portrait of the week

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Home The UK Independence Party gave the government and opposition a jolt by doing well in the elections for 34…

Aristophanes’ advice for Nigel Farage

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Ukip is on the march, and the F word on the lips of every ashen-faced MP in the House —…

Why the Tories need their own Nigel Farage

11 May 2013 9:00 am

There are two talking points in Westminster this week. One is about who is up and who is down following…

The Spectator’s Notes

11 May 2013 9:00 am

On Tuesday night, at a Spectator readers’ evening, Andrew Neil interviewed me about my biography of Margaret Thatcher. He asked…

Why do journalists think they’re not part of the ruling elite?

11 May 2013 9:00 am

Look, we’ve known each other a while, you and I, so I think it’s time for a confession. It’s a…

The Hitler guide to rigging a referendum

11 May 2013 9:00 am

In 1964 Harold Wilson was so afraid that a scheduled election-night broadcast of Steptoe & Son would cost him at…


11 May 2013 9:00 am

In the days when we had bottles of milk delivered, some tits discovered how to peck through the foil tops…