Ted Heath: still a surly man of mystery

24 July 2016 7:30

Vain, rude, penny-pinching — and apparently not even musical — the ‘Grocer’ was more peculiar than most, says Richard Ingrams

Why Prime Minister May has been a surprise

23 July 2016 10:33

As we come to the end of Theresa May’s first full week as Prime Minister, she hasn’t quite been the…

Spectator competition winners: ‘On First looking into Article 50 of the Treaty of Rome’

23 July 2016 10:00

The latest competition asked for poems with titles which riff on that of Keats’s sonnet ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s…

The most shocking aspect of Donald Trump fans? Their decency

23 July 2016 9:22

You might find them abhorrent. You might think them stupid for having fallen for such a charlatan. You might be…

French press fury after Hollande caves in to May

23 July 2016 8:30

Theresa May’s warm reception in France has gone down well in Britain after she won key concessions from the beleaguered…

Why Theresa May must channel her inner comic

23 July 2016 8:30

Going into her first PMQs as Prime Minister on Wednesday, Theresa May faced the same struggles as a female stand-up…

I was caught smoking a rollie in Chevening. What will Boris & co get up to?

23 July 2016 8:00

Chevening, the stately home in Kent henceforth to be shared by David Davis, Liam Fox and Boris Johnson — and…

Nine killed after shooting in Munich

22 July 2016 18:56

Nine people have been killed and 21 wounded after a shooting rampage at a shopping centre in Munich. The authorities say…

Len McCluskey warns that the security services might be trying to sabotage Jeremy Corbyn

22 July 2016 17:20

The Labour leadership election has become even more bizarre today. Len McCluskey, the leader of Unite the Union and a…

Europol chief rows back on Brexit ‘Project Fear’ warnings

22 July 2016 8:55

Those who acted as the biggest cheerleaders for Project Fear in the run-up to the referendum now have the awkward…

Donald Trump sets out his dark vision of America and explains why he is the saviour

22 July 2016 7:37

Well, no-one could accuse Donald Trump of pinching his speech from an Obama. Over an hour-and-a-quarter on Thursday night he…

Be afraid: Donald Trump’s speech could win him the White House

22 July 2016 1:52

Donald Trump’s speech tonight was not exactly poetry, but it was clear and surprisingly coherent. It was also clever, sort…

Theresa May gets a warmer than expected reception in Paris, and a pledge on the border

21 July 2016 20:38

Paris was meant to be the more difficult leg of Theresa May’s first European tour as Prime Minister. But May’s…

Have the police completely lost the plot today?

21 July 2016 18:53

Is it something to do with Theresa May’s departure as Home Secretary, or are the police completely losing it? The first…

Sam Allardyce is to football what Theresa May is to politics

21 July 2016 18:11

They call him Big Sam. At 6’3 that’s not an unlikely nickname, especially when you’ve spent most of your professional career…

How ‘Hillary for prison’ went mainstream

21 July 2016 17:46

If there’s one slogan that encapsulates what is happening at the Republican convention in Cleveland it is not any of…

The NHS would be crippled without big pharma

21 July 2016 15:37

Like Owen Smith, I have an interest to declare when discussing Pfizer.   Somewhere on my bookshelf I have a Pfizer…

What matters in Labour’s leadership contest is what works

21 July 2016 13:57

Jeremy Corbyn’s attempt to strike a contrast between his beliefs and those of his Labour leadership rival Owen Smith would…

Britain must avoid importing America’s culture of violence

21 July 2016 12:23

A couple of weeks ago I watched a ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest in the centre of London. It was a…

The Timothy Garton Ash prize for European writing – winner announced

21 July 2016 11:27

In this week’s issue of The Spectator, Timothy Garton Ash announces the winner of the prize founded in his name…

Liz Truss attracts far more vitriol than her male non-lawyer predecessors. Why could that be?

21 July 2016 10:41

A politician with no legal training and limited experience of the legal world becomes Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor. The…

Diane Abbott sticks the knife into Owen Smith as she compares him to David Cameron

21 July 2016 9:30

If we didn’t know it before, Diane Abbott has made it clear that this summer’s Labour leadership contest is going…

The Spectator Podcast: The American tragedy

21 July 2016 8:22

When Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign just over a year ago, few expected him to make it so far.…

Ted Cruz fails to follow the script as he crashes Trump’s coronation

21 July 2016 7:15

American political conventions are supposed to be coronations. They are meant to be choreographed and scripted arrangements to ensure that…