Introducing Corbyn’s new spinner: the Straight Left comrade who is Mandelson’s old communist chum

27 February 2017 9:04

After Jeremy Corbyn’s campaigns chief Simon Fletcher quit his role earlier this month, it was branded a victory for Seumas…

What the papers say: Could free movement from the EU end next month?

27 February 2017 8:34

‘Take back control’ was the mantra of the Brexit bunch during the referendum – but eight months on, Britain is…

Moonlight richly deserved to trump La La Land. Here’s why

27 February 2017 7:43

Moonlight is, in fact, a traditional story about identity, and finding out who you are, but it has rarely been…

The most politically correct Oscars ever?

26 February 2017 17:54

Last year, the Oscars came in for quite a bit of criticism within the American film community. The problem wasn’t…

Trump has done what journalists should have done: boycotted the White House Correspondents’ dinner

26 February 2017 17:24

The most dangerous place in Washington DC, the old joke goes, is between a politician and a television camera. It’s…

Jeremy Corbyn thanks the SNP… at Scottish Labour conference

26 February 2017 14:01

Oh dear. Although Paul Mason has taken to the airwaves this morning to suggest that Scottish independence would be a good…

Shami Chakrabarti and Peter Whittle play the by-election blame game

26 February 2017 12:06

Shami Chakrabarti and Peter Whittle would probably furiously deny playing by the same political rules. But this morning on the…

Harriet Harman and Jess Phillips: poles apart in the sisterhood

26 February 2017 11:30

We’re told not to judge books by their covers, but faced with these two it’s hard not to. Harman’s is…

Why I’ve cancelled my signing at an anti-Trump bookshop

26 February 2017 10:00

To my mind, a bookshop is like a library — the only difference is that you buy the books, you…

The tragedy of Islam’s lost Enlightenment

26 February 2017 9:30

I am quite used to people smirking into their sleeves when they hear that I’ve just written a book called…

Saying sorry to Liverpool is a politician’s rite of passage

26 February 2017 9:00

As Paul Nuttall, the Ukip leader, has recently discovered, there usually comes a point in a British political career when…

Britain’s morals are regressing. We need a Social Highway Code

25 February 2017 12:00

Life in Britain has become much cruder, meaner and more spiteful practically everywhere. It can be seen in people’s behaviour…

Ukip is finished? I don’t think so

25 February 2017 10:49

So, Ukip is finished. So says Matthew Parris in the Times this morning, as well as Marina Hyde in the…

Labour haven’t hit rock bottom yet

25 February 2017 10:35

Copeland was a truly awful result for Labour. But as I say in The Sun this morning, the really alarming…

Brexit tantrums are one of the joys of modern life

25 February 2017 10:00

Everyone in London seems to be fuming all the time — although, to be fair, fuming has become the default…

Spectator competition winners: food that kills

25 February 2017 9:51

The latest challenge was to submit a poem about a deadly foodstuff. The inspiration for this assignment was the appalling…

The real gender gap is not about women’s pay but boys’ lack of attainment

25 February 2017 9:00

For a body supposedly committed to eliminating inequality between the sexes, the Women and Equalities Select Committee don’t exactly lead…

Will the Labour membership ever change its mind about its leader?

24 February 2017 17:51

Labour’s famously vocal moderates have been awfully quiet today, given one of their number – Jamie Reed – has just…

‘Yesterday, my dream died’ – full text of Claudio Ranieri statement

24 February 2017 17:31

Yesterday, my dream died. After the euphoria of last season and being crowned Premier League Champions all I dreamt of…

Labour’s defeat in Copeland shows the party is losing its heartlands

24 February 2017 16:58

So what went wrong for the Labour Party in Copeland last night? There’s no understating the scale of the defeat…

Labour is finished. But you can’t blame it all on Corbyn

24 February 2017 15:01

Even now, even following their historic thrashing in Copeland, Labourites still cannot face the truth. Sure, there are Twitter tears…

Leicester were right to sack Ranieri

24 February 2017 13:40

‘Inexplicable, unforgivable and gut-wrenchingly sad’, ‘nobody can delete the history you wrote’, ‘Shocked after last night’s display!’. No, these aren’t…

Why are universities so scared of new rivals offering two-year degrees?

24 February 2017 13:15

When you hear of universities rewarding their vice-chancellors fat salaries – they averaged £277,000 last year, up 5 per cent…

The Queen is a true Christian leader. But what about Prince Charles, who seems more interested in worshipping himself?

24 February 2017 12:18

Every time I suggest on social media that the Queen is Britain’s most inspiring Christian leader, there’s a chorus of…