The ‘pay to stay’ council house policy ignores the reality of the housing market

29 August 2016 11:41

Instinctively I feel I ought not to feel sympathy for the 70,000 council house tenants earning more than £40,000 a…

Nicolas Sarkozy threatens Britain over Calais migrant ‘jungle’

29 August 2016 10:37

During the referendum campaign, David Cameron sparked fury by suggesting the migrant camp in Calais could be shifted to Britain…

Why negative interest rates are mad, bad – and dangerous

29 August 2016 8:00

What should we think about negative interest rates? What kind of Alice in Wonderland world are we living in when…

The Olympics proves it: we are not all equal

28 August 2016 11:53

An almost worldwide survey on penis length — the sort of thing I always read with a sense of trepidation…

Spectator competition winners: authors’ appendages

28 August 2016 9:45

In the latest competition you were invited to supply a poem about a body part of an author of your choosing.…

George Osborne’s gone, thank God. So why’s Mark Carney still around?

28 August 2016 8:00

Did you see that odd photo of George Osborne looking shifty, queuing up in the Vietnamese jungle for the chance…

Did the Brexit refuseniks propose overturning the Scottish referendum result?

27 August 2016 19:36

The parliamentary move against democracy is gathering strength. The notion that parliament might vote down the results of the referendum…

The Spectator Podcast: Marriage for one

27 August 2016 9:58

An increasing number of women are entering into the institution of marriage with their dream partner: themselves. In her cover…

Banking’s bonus madness is even worse than I thought

27 August 2016 9:00

Among lively responses to my recent item on executive pay and the possibility of using state-owned RBS as an experiment…

Is Turkey turning its back on the US?

27 August 2016 8:59

On a cool day in Istanbul the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge was opened to much fanfare. Hundreds, if not thousands,…

The only way to make a ‘safe space’ for conservatives at universities

27 August 2016 8:00

To Edinburgh for the book festival, where I am to explain Fools, Frauds and Firebrands to respectable middle-class Scots, who…

Labour finds a security firm for its ‘excellent’ conference

26 August 2016 18:15

Today, in a highly unprecedented move, the Labour party actually managed to achieve something. It has just signed a deal…

France’s burkini ban was an own goal for secularism

26 August 2016 17:00

I’ve always hated the beach. The water? Great. The sunshine? Terrible. It starts with the hot trek across the sands…

Mark Carney’s referendum ‘uncertainty spike’ exposed as bluster

26 August 2016 12:02

In the runup to the referendum, we heard repeated warnings that, whatever the outcome of the actual vote, the damage…

Britain is ready for a mature immigration debate. Is Theresa May?

26 August 2016 10:18

You can’t fool all of the people all of the time, said Abraham Lincoln. Theresa May faces a different question:…

Owen Smith flounders in Brexit attack on Corbyn

26 August 2016 8:04

Owen Smith desperately needs to make up ground in Labour’s leadership contest (bookies’ odds, perhaps more reliable than the polls,…

France is right to ban the burkini

25 August 2016 17:39

May I interrupt, for a moment, the howls of anguish from those liberals in uproar at the news that authorities…

Conrad Black joins The Spectator’s Trump vs Clinton debate

25 August 2016 17:22

A subscription to The Spectator buys you more than just full access to the world’s greatest magazine. It also means…

In praise of free schools

25 August 2016 16:09

Congratulations to all those free schools who got their GCSE results this morning. We don’t yet have the full picture,…

Freedom is our best weapon against Isis

25 August 2016 14:36

Of all the guff churned out about Isis, the refrain that we are engaged in a ‘clash of civilisations’ and…

The Spectator’s accidental all-women cover

25 August 2016 13:58

Just before The Spectator went to press yesterday, my colleague Emily Hill pointed out that I’d just taken away the…

The reason why women aren’t often funny

25 August 2016 11:53

The Edinburgh Fringe festival is drawing to a close. Female comics including Bridget Christie, Jayde Adams, Zoe Coombs-Marr, Kate Lucas…

Today’s net migration figures show the huge task facing Theresa May

25 August 2016 10:30

The good news for the Government is that net migration is down. The bad news? It’s down by so little…

The gender pay gap isn’t just about sexism

25 August 2016 10:18

‘More work needs to be done,’ is what people say whenever some unachievable social goal is shown to be another…