Hugo Chavez – the ballet

28 November 2014 17:12
The late Comandante, Hugo Chavez. Photograph: Reuters

Here’s something to watch next time you’re visiting Venezuela, if you can avoid getting murdered while you’re there – a ballet based on the life of the glorious late president… Continue reading


Forget genre: P.D. James wrote novels that are worth reading and re-reading

28 November 2014 13:22

P.D. James was the Queen Mother of crime fiction. Her career as a writer stretched over half a century, and her death at the age of 94 deprives the country… Continue reading


Tories give Mark Reckless ‘worst office in Parliament’

28 November 2014 11:19
(Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty)

Earlier this year Zac Goldsmith complained that he had been given ‘the worst office of any MP in Parliament’ as punishment for his disparaging remarks about the coalition. Now word… Continue reading


The Turner Prize shortlist is the worst in its history. Who should win the award? Nobody

27 November 2014 17:23

What were you thinking? What? What? What? This is the question I’d ask the people who selected the artists for this year’s Turner Prize. The first time I visited, I… Continue reading


Theresa May pulls out all the stops at the Spectator Parliamentarian awards

27 November 2014 17:08
Theresa May and Emily Thornberry. Photo: Alan Davidson.

If ever there was a tell-tale sign of who won the Great War between the Speaker and the Clerk of the Commons, it was today’s Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year… Continue reading


Is theatre more left wing than other art forms? Yes – and so it should be

27 November 2014 17:07

A couple of nights ago a question arose in our post-show discussion. It is a question I am familiar with. I run Theatre Uncut. We commission writers to create short… Continue reading


‘Painting is total idiocy’ says Gerhard Richter – and he has some new paintings to prove it

27 November 2014 16:33
Gerhard Richter's '920-4 STRIP', 2011, now showing at the new Marian Goodman Gallery in London

Gerhard Richter has got a website. This is odd in itself – artists only usually have websites when they are young and not represented by a commercial gallery. They then… Continue reading


P.D. James (1920 – 2014) on Jane Austen and the joys of great-grandparenting

27 November 2014 13:57

P.D. James died today at the age of 94. She was a great friend of The Spectator. Here is her diary from 27 January 2010: Our protracted family Christmas with my… Continue reading


Want to stay warm this winter? Then get naked, wear mittens and tuck into a curry

27 November 2014 11:22

Brrr, getting chilly out there, isn’t it? Here are some proven – and perhaps surprising – ways to keep warm and cosy in cold weather: Sip a hot drink There’s… Continue reading


Tristram Hunt is right: private schools do need to do more for the state sector

27 November 2014 10:35
(Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty)

Please can we give Tristram Hunt a break? I’m right behind him when it comes to getting private schools to share their largesse with the state sector, and I mean,… Continue reading


Apollo Awards 2014: Digital Innovation of the Year

26 November 2014 18:36
Tate Britain robot viewing art After Dark project. Photograph: Alexey Moskvin/Tate Britain/PA

This article first appeared in Apollo magazine Apollo’s new Digital Innovation of the Year award commends organisations harnessing digital technology to advance access to, or knowledge of art. The winner will be chosen… Continue reading

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Apollo Awards 2014: Museum Opening of the Year

26 November 2014 18:29
Image courtesy Imperial War Museums

This article first appeared in Apollo magazine Apollo magazine are pleased to announce the Apollo Awards 2014 shortlist for the Museum Opening of the Year, which recognises some of the most important new museum… Continue reading


Oldie friends again? Richard Ingrams and Alexander Chancellor end bitter feud

26 November 2014 12:57
Friends again: Richard Ingrams and Alexander Chancellor (Photo: Getty)

‘Tis the season for forgiving, and Mr S is pleased to report that what Vanity Fair called ‘one of the juiciest rows in recent Fleet Street history’ appears finally to… Continue reading


An invitation to The Spectator’s carol concert at St Bride’s church

26 November 2014 12:35
Probably the best singers in London: the choir of St Bride's

(Update: we have now sold 240 of the 250 tickets left to this, and the last ten will probably be gone by lunchtime Thursday. So apologies to those who are disappointed.… Continue reading


The latest immigration madness: prove you love your wife (or husband)

26 November 2014 9:44

Sometimes it is the small things that tell you everything you need to know about the madness afflicting British politics at present. Consider this small detail from the new immigration… Continue reading


What is the truth about Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor and ‘Team Bergoglio’?

25 November 2014 23:23
Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor. Image: Getty

A couple of days ago John Bingham, the excellent religious affairs editor of the Telegraph, broke a story that is only now filtering out. I hope he’ll forgive me if… Continue reading


Writers, beware your mother-in-law

25 November 2014 19:02
Dylan and Caitlin Thomas

Last week it transpired that Dylan Thomas’s mother-in-law tried to have a notebook of his draft poems burned, but did not succeed, because one of her household staff secreted it away… Continue reading


Why I love colouring-in books

25 November 2014 18:45

A few years ago, you may remember, the distressing news went round that George W. Bush’s library had burned down. Both books had been destroyed, and what was worse he… Continue reading


Who used Rachel Johnson’s Twitter account to post a rude message about the PM?

25 November 2014 17:26
(Photo: Getty)

‘Apologies everyone and especially to our Leader’ tweets Rachel Johnson after a very rude word appeared on her Twitter feed about the Prime Minister: Apparently the columnist and famous sibling… Continue reading


Eric Pickles puts John Prescott’s surplus stationery to good use

25 November 2014 10:37

Since 2010, every government department has tried to highlight the profligate spending of their predecessors in the most imaginative ways possible. In return, Labour have been on the look out… Continue reading


By caving in to religious misogyny, ‘anti-racist’ liberals reveal their inner racist

24 November 2014 17:46

Even by the low standards of English lawyers, the men and women who run the Law Society have behaved like shameless hypocrites. Instead of confining themselves to offering professional advice,… Continue reading


Paddington Bear talks to Spectator Life about manners, marmalade and Portobello Road

24 November 2014 17:26

This is an extract from Spectator Life, available with next week’s issue of the Spectator: You adapted very well to life in London — were you concerned about how you… Continue reading


The saga of Ed Miliband and White Van Man reveals a politics based on grievance and cowardice

24 November 2014 14:42
Rochester and Strood Parliamentary By-Election

Say this for the current state of British politics: it keeps finding new lows. A while back I made the mistake of suggesting voters might already have priced-in Ed Miliband’s… Continue reading


Sainsbury’s refuse to side with Jack Monroe after she tweets about PM’s late son

24 November 2014 12:05
Jack Monroe appeared in a Sainsbury's advert

When food blogger and poverty campaigner Jack Monroe isn’t appearing in Labour Party political broadcasts or writing for the Guardian, she’s the face of Sainsbury’s. Their website proudly boasts: ‘Sainsbury’s… Continue reading


Spectator books of the year: Charlotte Moore enjoyed Barry’s novel on Irish drunkenness

23 November 2014 21:00

Common People by Alison Light (Fig Tree, £20) is a shot in the arm for family historians like me. Her wise, wide-ranging interpretations of her family’s past elevate our dusty grubbings… Continue reading