Women must be free to wear the bikini – and the burkini

24 August 2016 10:42

‘Let’s play a game. Yohji or Burkini?’ a friend and fellow fashion writer in Paris lazily suggested. We were sitting by…

Owen Smith makes a foolish pledge to block Brexit

24 August 2016 8:16

Jeremy Corbyn’s embarrassing train row is a gilt-edged opportunity for his rival to try and make up ground in the…

How Donald Trump shacked up with the alt-right

23 August 2016 20:17

The Republican nominee is giving a platform to a movement he might not truly understand.

 

The SNP has played Scotland’s Catholic Church for a fool

23 August 2016 17:42

In England and other places there can still be surprise when discussion of football in Scotland segues too smoothly into…

Nicola Sturgeon resurrects Project Fear by claiming Brexit will cost Scotland billions

23 August 2016 14:46

If you thought the Brexit vote marked the end of ‘Project Fear’, you’ll be saddened to know it’s back. This…

‘Honour thy son and thy daughter’ is the new secular commandment

23 August 2016 10:45

Unseemly as the public blood-letting between stand-up comic Joshua Howie and his apparently less-than-absolutely-fabulous mother Lynne Franks undoubtedly is, it…

Brexit won’t finish the EU, insist Merkel, Hollande and Renzi

23 August 2016 8:15

It’s no surprise that Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi chose to host a press conference with Angela Merkel and Francois…

‘Sarko 2’ confirms his comeback

22 August 2016 16:18

His comeback is being called ‘Sarko 2’. Now, four years after the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy lost out to Francois…

Unconditional love is a dangerous delusion

22 August 2016 16:10

When I think about love, that old line by William Goldman about Hollywood comes back to me: Nobody knows anything.…

The Sunday roast is dying – and the Tories are to blame

22 August 2016 13:45

It is fair to say that I am never one to take the Polly Toynbee approach to things – or…

Liz Truss confirms there will be a British bill of rights. But we still don’t know when

22 August 2016 13:18

It’s been over a month since Theresa May stood on the steps of Downing Street. And yet the process of…

In defence of John Inverdale

22 August 2016 12:12

I love Clare Balding. In line with just about everyone else, I think she is a class act. And having…

Kezia Dugdale backs Owen Smith. Here’s why it won’t help him beat Corbyn

22 August 2016 7:59

It won’t come as much as a surprise to many that Kezia Dugdale, the Scottish Labour leader, has backed Owen…

How useful is Sadiq Khan’s endorsement of Owen Smith?

21 August 2016 12:03

Sadiq Khan’s endorsement of Owen Smith is rather handy for the ailing Labour leadership contender, given Khan is one of…

Team GB is a near-perfect post-Brexit ideal

21 August 2016 8:30

Throughout our holiday, reports from Rio rippled in — last thing at night, first thing in the morning — a…

Why is the RSPB picking on grouse moors?

21 August 2016 8:00

The Twelfth of August was heralded for me by an email from the RSPB. ‘RSPB warns driven grouse does not…

How to build a top maths school

20 August 2016 16:32

This year, every single student at King’s College London Mathematics School achieved an A or an A* in A-level maths,…

Revealed: the bureaucrat who advised Theresa May to use EU nationals as bargaining chips

20 August 2016 14:45

The biggest puzzle of Theresa May’s premiership so far is why someone who pioneered laws against modern slavery and was…

The Spectator podcast: The doom delusion

20 August 2016 10:00

It’s August 2016 and the best time in human history to be alive. Well, at least that’s according to Johan…

In praise of bisexuality

20 August 2016 9:40

I’ve never seen a National Treasure whose head I didn’t have a strong urge to shove down the nearest toilet.…

Spectator competition winners: Boris Johnson’s diplomatic limericks

20 August 2016 9:30

The latest challenge called for limericks that might have been written by Boris Johnson in an attempt to smooth ruffled…

What should we call Theresa May’s acolytes?

20 August 2016 9:00

What, though, are we to call the followers or policies of Theresa May? Assuming, obviously, that there one day are…

The 17.4 Million Committee must be launched, urgently

20 August 2016 8:00

When it was reported that Liam Fox and Boris Johnson are already squabbling about who should be in charge of…

Charles Moore ‘voted’ twice as a public service. Why send the police after him?

19 August 2016 19:03

Shortly before the referendum, Charles Moore emailed me with an idea: he’d always thought how worryingly easy it would be for…