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Sebastian Payne is online editor of The Spectator. He was previously a Data Reporter and blogger at The Daily Telegraph.

Is atheism in trouble? Photo: Getty Images.

Podcast: Atheism’s crisis of faith, whether Cameron ‘ does’ God and holidaying in Athens

16 April 2014 8:58

Is atheism in trouble? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Spectator’s Douglas Murray and Freddy Gray discuss our Easter cover feature on the return of God. Why has… Continue reading

Basil Fawlty: still representative of the typical Englander? Photo: BBC.

Modern Britain: little islanders who love the Queen and Richard Branson

14 April 2014 15:03

Who and what represents Britain today? Our country has changed significantly in the last few decades; but, a batch of YouGov polls published this weekend suggest that traditional notions of… Continue reading

Boris Johnson And Michael Bloomberg Launch Mayors Challenge In Europe

What if mayors ruled the world?

12 April 2014 16:11

Once, countries competed. Now, cities do. Take the above video of Stockholm, boasting about being the best place in the world to live and work. As the magician says, ‘it’s… Continue reading

Is William Shakespeare the key to saving the union? Photo: Getty Images.

Podcast: Can William Shakespeare save the union, plus Maria Miller’s resignation

10 April 2014 9:39

Did William Shakespeare invent Britain and can he save it? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson debates this week’s Spectator cover feature with the SNP’s Westminster leader… Continue reading

Maria Miller, the former Culture Secretary, who has resigned this morning. Photo: CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images

Podcast special: Maria Miller’s resignation

9 April 2014 8:40

Why has Maria Miller finally decided to resign this morning? The Spectator’s Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss in this mini-View from 22 podcast on what the resignation… Continue reading

Esther McVey, Zac Goldsmith, Nicola Blackwood, Matthew Offord, Mark Field and Grant Shapps.

Briefing: Maria Miller’s marginal critics

8 April 2014 17:35

Day five into the Maria Miller debacle and the calls for her resignation keep on coming. As Isabel reported earlier, more MPs are starting to break cover. Many of the… Continue reading


Will Maria Miller become a victim of the ten-day rule?

6 April 2014 15:17

Today’s newspapers do not make happy reading for Maria Miller – or David Cameron. After informing the press that it was ‘time to draw a line’ under Miller’s expenses, he… Continue reading

Lutfur Rahman and members of Tower Hamlets First this afternoon.

An afternoon in Tower Hamlets on the stump with Lutfur Rahman

5 April 2014 22:16

It’s been a busy week for Lutfur Rahman. On Monday, the mayor of Tower Hamlets was the subject of a Panorama investigation, which alleged he had misdirected public funds. Yesterday,… Continue reading

Euston Arch before it was knocked down in 1961. Photo: PA.

Elizabeth Truss: look at Wales to see what Labour would do with education

3 April 2014 17:56

Want to see what Labour would do with Michael Gove’s reforms? Just look at Wales, says Elizabeth Truss. At the Spectator’s schools conference this morning, the Childcare Minister used the… Continue reading

IPCC chair Rajendra Pachauri launching his report this week. Photo: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images

Podcast: Adapting to climate change, monogamy in gay marriage and new forms of electioneering

3 April 2014 8:41

Is the world finally realising it has to adapt to, rather than halt, climate change? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Matt Ridley discusses this week’s Spectator cover on… Continue reading

Lutfur Rahman, the Mayor of Tower Hamlets. Photo: PA.

Lutfur Rahman and Tower Hamlets — an example of why elected mayors don’t work?

1 April 2014 18:43

Is Eric Pickles about to send government troops into Tower Hamlets? Last night’s Panorama examined Lutfur Rahman, the borough’s independent directly elected mayor, who is accused (amongst other things) of… Continue reading

Can we expect Nigel vs Nick against in 2015? Photo: Getty Images.

Will Nick and Nigel be sidelined from the 2015 TV debates?

27 March 2014 19:38

Has last night’s debate affected Nigel Farage’s chances of being involved in the general election TV debates? Although the broadcasters and political parties have yet to agree any dates or… Continue reading

We're delighted to launch a beta version of The Spectator's responsive website today

Introducing The Spectator’s mobile-friendly website

27 March 2014 13:14

Ways to read the Spectator are evolving all the time and we’re today delighted to introduce a tablet- and smartphone-friendly version of our website. In technical terms, we’ve moved to a… Continue reading

The Grand Mosque in Mecca. Photo: MUSTAFA OZER/AFP/Getty Images

Podcast: Reforming Islam, Ed Miliband on the rocks and teaching French

27 March 2014 9:12

Can Islam ever be reformed and reclaimed from the fanatics? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, the Quilliam Foundation’s founder Maajid Nawaz argues it most certainly can. Discussing this… Continue reading

GNER train on the East Coast Line soon after British Rail was privatised. Photo: SSPL/Getty Images

Can the government avoid another rail fiasco before 2015?

25 March 2014 16:22

There’s some exciting train news today, and no, it’s not related to HS2. The Transport Secretary has announced that the franchise for the East Coast Mainline has gone out to… Continue reading

Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage will be debating each other on the EU. Photos; Getty Images.

Polling shows none of the party leaders are trusted on Europe

24 March 2014 14:24

Do we trust our politicians to deal with Britain’s ties with Europe? The polar opposites on the matter, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage, will be making their case for reconfiguring… Continue reading

Pensions Minister Steve Webb on the Sunday Politics. Photo: BBC.

Pension reforms are vital to encourage saving. But what about everyone else?

23 March 2014 13:16

‘This reform is about treating people as adults’ — according to the Pensions Minister Steve Webb. The announcement of a pensions revolution in this week’s budget took everyone by surprise,… Continue reading

Some of the spoofs of Grant Shapps' Tory Bingo poster.

#ToryBingo: why politicians can’t ignore twitterstorms

21 March 2014 14:33

The row over Grant Shapps’ bingo poster is an example of what happens when politicians assume that what goes in the Westminster bubble stays there. David Cameron and Paul Dacre… Continue reading


Technology is reshaping childhood — should we be worried?

21 March 2014 12:00

Are children utterly obsessed with technology? Yes, is the obvious answer to that question, but debate about whether is it a good or bad thing rages around forums such as… Continue reading


Podcast: Buying your way into the establishment and Osborne’s 2014 budget

20 March 2014 10:20

How easy is it to buy your way into the British establishment? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Harry Mount and journalist Ben Judah discuss whether Britain has become… Continue reading

George Osborne and his Treasury team. Photo: Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool /Getty Images

Podcast: Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman on Budget 2014

19 March 2014 17:23

Following George Osborne’s fourth budget, The Spectator’s Fraser Nelson, James Forsyth and Isabel Hardman discuss what the announcements mean, the significant changes for pensioners, how the Chancellor has carefully targeted Ukip, Ed Miliband’s reaction in the… Continue reading

Do people care more about Old Etonians or the politically class? Photo: Jimmy Sime/Getty Images

How much do voters care about Old Etonians and the political class?

18 March 2014 13:11

Are voters really concerned about how many Old Etonians David Cameron surrounds himself with? Judging by the cutting remarks from Michael Gove and Sayeeda Warsi it matters a lot, but… Continue reading

How Euston station might look after its HS2 revamp.

Five things you need to know about David Higgins’s HS2 report

17 March 2014 16:56

HS2 needs to happen, and faster. That’s the conclusion of David Higgins’s report on High Speed 2 out today. As well as backing up the government’s key arguments for the… Continue reading

Nigel Farage on the Sunday Politics today. Photo: BBC.

Nigel Farage and ‘new Ukip’ are running away from disaffected Tories. Why?

16 March 2014 14:00

Who votes Ukip? It’s a question psephologists have been trying to answer for years but Nigel Farage had a clear response on the Sunday Politics today: not just disaffected Conservatives.… Continue reading

The Spectator magazine through the ages, how has the website changed since it launched in 1998?

The Spectator website through the ages

14 March 2014 18:14

How has The Spectator weathered the first 25 years of the web? In Simon Courtauld’s excellent history of this magazine To Convey Intelligence 1928-1998, he explains how the magazine’s website… Continue reading