No, thank you, Officer, I will not think before I speak

28 May 2016 13:44

As my daughter was preparing for her AS level exam on 1984 this week, George Orwell’s dystopian classic loomed back…

How Vote Leave plan to persuade the electorate that there are real risks to staying in the EU

28 May 2016 10:31

The IN campaign’s plan for victory in this EU referendum is relatively simple.  ‘Do you want the status quo or…

Spectator competition winners: drinking with writers

28 May 2016 9:55

In the latest competition you were invited to submit a poem about sharing a drink with a famous writer. I suspected…

The Spectator podcast: Brexit, and the return of political lying

28 May 2016 9:29

To subscribe to The Spectator’s weekly podcast, for free, visit the iTunes store or click here for our RSS feed.…

The Spectator poll: Are You In or Out? Bob Geldof, Tim Rice & Joey Essex have their say

27 May 2016 15:30

The Spectator’s EU Poll asked a fairly random group of well-known people how they’d vote in the EU referendum, and…

What’s the point of The Templeton Prize? After going to last night’s ceremony, I’m not sure

27 May 2016 14:17

The Templeton Prize is known to lots of people from Richard Dawkins’ intemperate denunciation of it in The God Delusion…

Women are becoming more and more infantile. It’s time to grow up, girls

27 May 2016 13:10

I consider myself such an extreme feminist that I make Germaine Greer look like Greer Garson. (Ask your gran.) But…

Vote Leave’s £50 million question

27 May 2016 10:01

If you ask most people if they wanted to win £50 million, the answer would be: where do I sign…

Purdah could give the Brexit campaign the boost it so badly needs

27 May 2016 8:15

If you’ve become fed-up with half-baked Treasury statistics, the start of the purdah period is welcome news. The ban on…

Immigration dominates first BBC EU debate

26 May 2016 21:51

The Lincoln-Douglas debate it was not, but we have just had the first prime time TV debate of this EU…

Donald Trump: The impossible has happened

26 May 2016 16:45

Do you remember when they said it wasn’t possible? When the pointy-headed wonks in Washington DC and the New York…

Why the BMA are no better than Arthur Scargill’s rabble

26 May 2016 15:09

That’s the trouble with conducting a strike via social media — press the wrong button and what was supposed to…

Confirmed: the junior doctors’ strike was about money, not patient safety

26 May 2016 13:16

Everyone respects doctors. Some people even love them. They may not be quite as nobly exalted as nurses but they’re…

Cameron’s biggest challenge will come after the EU referendum

26 May 2016 13:03

The one thing that can be said with certainty about what will happen at Westminster post-referendum is that David Cameron…

Why does the US’s new counter-extremism strategy ignore the only salient issue?

26 May 2016 12:56

The USA has a new CVE (Countering Violent Extremism) strategy. It is a typically curious document. I wonder in fact…

Harriet Harman is wrong to say Kardashian’s naked selfies are any different from Page Three

26 May 2016 12:30

It’s official, Kim Kardashian’s naked selfies have been given the Labour party seal of approval by Harriet Harman. On ITV’s…

Business investment falling could be good news for Remain

26 May 2016 10:06

Today’s migration figures (net migration was 333,000 in 2015, up by 20,000 on the previous year) are bad news for…

Today’s migration figures will be much-needed grist for the Brexit campaign

26 May 2016 10:02

Ever since David Cameron declared he wanted to get net migration down to below 100,000 the migration figures have caused…

The Spectator podcast: Brexit, and the return of political lying

26 May 2016 8:00

To subscribe to The Spectator’s weekly podcast, for free, visit the iTunes store or click here for our RSS feed.…

Brexit odds – live updates on percentage chance of UK leaving the EU

26 May 2016 7:56

With opinion polls showing dazzling range – from Leave being 4 points ahead to Remain 13 points ahead – it’s…

What seeing Thomas a Becket’s elbow taught me about the church

25 May 2016 18:06

It’s not every day, you know, you get to see a bit of the elbow of Thomas a Becket. In…

PMQs Sketch: Osborne managed to fight off Labour’s pocket Boadicea

25 May 2016 16:01

The only MP who doesn’t want Angela Eagle to be the next Jeremy Corbyn is Jeremy Corbyn. He was away…

Pope used Argentinian ‘ghostwriter’ for controversial document on the family, claims Vatican expert

25 May 2016 15:34

The leading Vatican commentator Sandro Magister – a conservative Catholic detested by the Pope’s entourage – this morning published an article that will severely…

PMQs: After a strong start, Angela Eagle lost her way

25 May 2016 13:09

It was George Osborne v Angela Eagle at PMQs today, with David Cameron at the G7 in Japan. Eagle, who…

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