Russia killed Olympic amateurism. Now it might kill anti-doping

9 December 2016 14:44

The row about Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme will continue for years. The fact is that Russia has a long tradition…

In defence of Britain’s humanist values

9 December 2016 14:34

In yesterday’s Guardian Giles Fraser dismisses Louise Casey’s report on social division. Its desire to ‘integrate’ communities is serving liberal capitalist…

The Spectator podcast: Review of the year

9 December 2016 12:09

After all the ups and downs, wins and losses, celebrations and commiserations, 2016 is finally in its twilight hours. We’ve…

Labour pushed into fourth place in Sleaford by-election

9 December 2016 9:20

Last night’s Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election played out in a predictable fashion overall. After Stephen Phillips resigned in anguish…

What the papers say: The trouble with Boris, and McDonald’s Brexit boon

9 December 2016 8:23

Boris Johnson was slapped down by Theresa May yesterday for his comments about Saudi Arabia. And the Foreign Secretary earns…

The FA’s annus horribilis could be about to get a lot worse

8 December 2016 17:07

Football is no stranger to scandal, but the scale of the sex abuse allegations now circling the beautiful game is…

How to beat the prison drugs epidemic

8 December 2016 15:31

Pity the prisons minister, Sam Gyimah, who last week found himself explaining the term ‘potting’ to MPs on the justice…

The Pope’s bizarre rant about eating faeces makes me wonder if he should retire

8 December 2016 15:04

Have you read what the Pope has just said about being sexually turned on by eating faeces? He wasn’t talking about…

Tony Blair’s IRA amnesty should also apply to British soldiers

8 December 2016 14:47

This morning’s Sun carries the story that all British soldiers involved in killings in Northern Ireland during the three decades…

Boris Johnson is right about Saudi Arabia

8 December 2016 14:35

In what sense does anyone actually disagree with what Boris Johnson said about Saudi Arabia and Iran? Does anyone actually…

Theresa May makes Christmas look like child’s play

8 December 2016 13:22

Although David Cameron tended to put a photo of himself and his wife Samantha on the front of his Christmas…

George Osborne’s stamp duty hike is starting to bite the Treasury

8 December 2016 13:06

The existence of the Laffer Curve can be proved by thought-experiment alone. If a government levies an income tax rate…

Theresa May vs Whitehall – round II

8 December 2016 12:52

Theresa May, you may have read, is fed up with obsequious civil-servants and their ticky-box ways. ‘From the officials’ point…

The mystery of Kent’s disappearing Polish shops

8 December 2016 11:08

Outside of London, the area in Britain that has seen the greatest settlement of eastern Europeans since 2004 has been…

Spectator live blog: The Supreme Court’s Brexit hearing, day four

8 December 2016 10:50

The Supreme Court’s landmark case on triggering Article 50 has now finished. We’ll have to wait until January to hear…

What the papers say: Article 50 debate, Brexit ‘fog’ and ‘looney Labourites’

8 December 2016 8:26

After MPs voted last night to back the Government’s plan to invoke Article 50 by the end of March, the…

Commons votes in favour of invoking Article 50 by the end of March

7 December 2016 19:27

461 MPs have just voted for Theresa May to invoke Article 50 by the end of March. The Tory amendment…

Emily Thornberry’s PMQs performance should worry Jeremy Corbyn

7 December 2016 18:44

The PM is abroad. Her vacant throne was occupied by David Lidington, the agreeably lightweight Leader of the House. He’s…

Bill Cash teaches Ken Clarke a lesson at Brexit debate

7 December 2016 18:26

In today’s Article 50 debate, MPs from across the House offered their two cents worth on what Brexit means. However,…

Marxist-Leninists are now the Labour party’s moderates

7 December 2016 15:43

There are three misconceptions about the far left. Not one of them is true. And all of them hide the crisis in…

Calls on Grayling to resign over troublesome trains

7 December 2016 14:14

Chris Grayling has found himself in the naughty corner today over a leaked letter — to the Evening Standard — from…

‘British values’ are a load of old codswallop

7 December 2016 14:10

Sometimes a combination of news stories crop up that so perfectly sum up the spirit of the age, its absurdities…

Labour remembers what it’s like to be an effective opposition

7 December 2016 14:09

Is Labour actually managing to do its job as a decent opposition? Yesterday, the party forced the government into a…

PMQs: Emily Thornberry’s battle over the customs union

7 December 2016 13:29

With Theresa May away, it was David Lidington v Emily Thornberry at PMQs today. The shadow foreign secretary asked Lidington…