Which way will Gove go?

13 February 2016 10:32

If all goes according to David Cameron’s plan, he’ll have his EU deal by this time next week. But Downing…

Spectator competition winners: ‘The Donald – as I call him – is a secret I can’t share’: poems suitable for inclusion in ‘Now We Are Rich’

13 February 2016 9:30

For the latest competition you were invited to submit a poem suitable for inclusion in Now We are Rich. There…

The next Tory leader will probably come from the Leave camp

13 February 2016 8:30

Here is a thought for all those Tory MPs calculating their personal advantage in the forthcoming EU referendum: unless the…

Join Spectator Life for the Baftas

13 February 2016 8:28

This Sunday, Spectator Life will be live blogging the Baftas. Lloyd Evans, Melissa Kite, Jasper Rees, Emily Hill and I…

Tories warn Cameron against taking revenge on eurosceptic ministers

12 February 2016 18:09

Eurosceptics may have only a few days before their ministerial colleagues can join them in campaigning for Britain to leave the…

The feminist case for naming names in sexual assault cases

12 February 2016 16:55

Google ‘Mark Pearson’ and the first thing you will learn about the 51 year-old artist is that he was accused…

The strange tale of Evgeny Lebedev and the Independent

12 February 2016 13:20

What sad news that the Independent is closing. In September last year, I did an investigation into the strange, celebrity-orientated world…

Introducing the Timothy Garton Ash prize for European writing

12 February 2016 12:46

Events in Europe are unfolding rapidly, and we at The Spectator are looking for writers living abroad who would be…

Tories playing ‘petty, grubby’ politics with Trident, Lord West warns

12 February 2016 12:25

The Tories risk playing ‘petty, grubby’ politics by planning to delay the Commons vote on Trident renewal, former head of…

Spectator debate: Can we trust health advice?

12 February 2016 11:17

It was a close fight. Both sides at Tuesday night’s debate at IET London seemed to accept that trust in…

Dan Walker’s creationism shouldn’t disqualify him from breakfast TV

11 February 2016 17:48

According to the Times, Dan Walker, the new BBC Breakfast presenter, is ‘a creationist’. A ‘senior BBC figure’ is quoted…

Today in audio: HMRC boss Lin Homer plays down her tax expertise

11 February 2016 15:50

It was a bad day in front of the Public Accounts Committee for Dame Lin Homer. Despite being the outgoing…

Leaving the EU isn’t an ‘unknown’; it’s a return to the known

11 February 2016 15:28

I see that Hilary Benn has been doing his bit for ‘Project Fear‘. According to Mr Benn one of the…

Why is there one rule for badgers, and another for mosquitoes?

11 February 2016 13:23

It’s unusual for a left-leaning paper to propose wiping out an entire species. Normally they’re proposing doing the exact opposite…

Rhodes Must Fall campaigners won’t disappear just because they lost

11 February 2016 13:10

Don’t imagine that the campaign group ‘Rhodes Must Fall’ has gone away just because Rhodes didn’t fall. They’ve now issued…

If Deutsche Bank collapses, it’s taking the euro with it

11 February 2016 13:06

The queues haven’t started forming outside branches in Frankfurt or Cologne yet. Even so, it is hard not to suspect…

Jeremy Hunt confirms he will impose junior doctor contract

11 February 2016 12:58

As expected, Jeremy Hunt has just announced in the Commons that he will impose the junior doctor contract after he…

Googlewhacked? Why humiliating the search giant isn’t enough

11 February 2016 12:52

It was never going to be an enjoyable experience trying to defend Google in front of the Public Accounts Committee…

The whale has become Britain’s sacred cow

11 February 2016 12:22

Imagine if a bunch of Bollywood celebrities turned up in Britain to protest outside steak houses, lie down in front…

Sales of The Spectator hit all-time high in 2015

11 February 2016 12:00

The magazine industry publishes its sales figures today, and we at The Spectator are delighted to announce the largest figure in our 188-year…

Twitter’s new ‘Safety Council’ makes a mockery of free speech

11 February 2016 11:54

If you think it’s only crybaby students who set up safe spaces in which they might hide from gruff words…

The Short Money debate is due to heat up today

11 February 2016 10:14

A row about the way opposition parties are funded is set to erupt in the Commons today. Labour’s Chris Bryant…

Why sorry isn’t the hardest word for Bernard Hogan-Howe

11 February 2016 9:46

Bernard Hogan-Howe did his best to appear calm on the Today show but it is clear he is increasingly rattled…

The Spectator Podcast: Turkey can’t cope. Can we?

11 February 2016 8:48

In this week’s issue, Laura Pitel discusses whether the next refugee crisis emerging in Turkey could dwarf the first which…

Mr Steerpike’s Sidebar of Shame