Zimbabwe

‘This is the last straw.’

Britain should spend more on diplomacy in Africa and less on aid

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Britain should spend more on diplomacy in Africa and less on aid

Doris Lessing in her mid sixties

Doris Lessing: from champion of free love to frump with a bun

10 March 2018 9:00 am

‘I am interested only in stretching myself, in living as fully as I can.’ Lara Feigel begins her thoughtful book…

What it feels like to hold a heart

9 December 2017 9:00 am

It’s been heart week on Radio 4, celebrating the anniversary of the first ‘successful’ heart transplant in 1967, which was…

I once worshipped ‘freedom fighters’ but Mugabe just looked like a teacher

25 November 2017 9:00 am

At the top of Machu Picchu last week, I saw two wide-winged condors swoop over Sacred Valley through a rainbow…

When armies take over democracy dies

25 November 2017 9:00 am

While the military is running Zimbabwe, there is no hope of anything resembling a functioning democracy replacing the tyrant Robert…

The Brexit Bill faces 470 amendments on its way through Parliament

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Home As the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill faced 470 amendments in its examination by a committee of the whole House,…

Real democracy or a tribal bloodbath? Zimbabwe is on the brink

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The West is gambling that Mugabe’s likely replacement won’t be worse

A wonderful trip to the African bush, which took me back to my boyhood

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Entering the Bulawayo Club, you step out of the blinding African sunshine on that safe and friendly city’s wide streets,…

A remarkable testament of hope for Zimbabwe

17 September 2016 9:00 am

‘One who never turned his back but marched breast forward, Never doubted clouds would break, Never dreamed though right were…

English cricket clubs are mad to stay away from Zimbabwe

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Make sure you tell everybody about Zimbabwe,’ said the lady at our block of flats in suburban Harare as we…

How hunting and shooting help wildlife – and not just in Africa

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Hunting and shooting helps wildlife, here and in Africa

In praise of Rhodesia

16 July 2016 9:00 am

The Spectator readers’ party was as always a swell affair, with long-time subscribers politely mingling with ne’er-do-wells like myself, the…

A weird, druggy, space-age Bollywood mash-up: Emma Rice’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’

What an extraordinary debut for Emma Rice: Globe's Midsummer Night's Dream reviewed

21 May 2016 9:00 am

The Globe’s new chatelaine, Emma Rice, has certainly shaken the old place up. It’s almost unrecognisable. Huge white plastic orbs…

Brexit campaigners remind me horribly of Ian Smith’s Rhodesian Front

20 February 2016 9:00 am

We are all of us to some degree prisoners of our own experience. Experience may teach, of course — may…

Portrait of the week

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that if Britain left the European Union, France could stop allowing British officials…

Here’s my solution to the problem of what to do with the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Lobengula was the second king of the Matabele people in what is now Zimbabwe. He was also the last. Cecil…

Fun, disturbing and ultimately forgettable: Hangmen at Wyndhams reviewed

16 January 2016 9:00 am

It begins with a sketch. We’re in a prison in 1963 where Harry Wade, the UK’s second most famous hangman,…

A president in the family

12 December 2015 9:00 am

This time last year I was running around excitedly telling all my friends that I had an African president in…

Cecil the Lion’s noble sacrifice

5 December 2015 9:00 am

His shooting by an American dentist has reminded the world that big-game trophy hunting is essential for the survival of African wildlife

Spectator letters: A Christian response to the Syrian refugee crisis

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Biblical suggestions Sir: I wish to offer a couple of comments on Matthew Parris’s observation that although his ‘Christian atheism’…

Robert Mugabe attends the funeral of Solomon Mujuru (Photo: Getty)

A murder mystery in Zimbabwe

8 August 2015 9:00 am

This novel comes with two mysteries attached, one substantial, the other superficial. The big mystery is the author’s identity. Gender-neutral,…

An innocent abroad defies South Africa’s insane colour code

16 May 2015 9:00 am

At the eye of apartheid South Africa’s storm of insanities was a mania for categorisation. Everything belonged in its place,…

Why Bette Davis loathed theatre

18 April 2015 9:00 am

It was called Frankly Speaking and by golly it was. The great screen actress Bette Davis was being interviewed by…

Simon Darwen as Peter and Siubhan Harrison as Eloise in ‘The Armour’

The Armour at Langham Hotel reviewed: three new playlets that never get going

14 March 2015 9:00 am

One of last year’s unexpected treasures was a novelty show by Defibrillator that took three neglected Tennessee Williams plays, all…

Alexandra’s Fuller’s parents are the stars even when their daughter is divorcing, in this sequel to the bestselling Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

21 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Double ouzo, hold the Coke,’ Mum ordered at the Mkushi Country Club bar, during spanikopita night. ‘My daughter’s a lesbian.’…