The Casey review highlights a major problem in British society

5 December 2016 13:23

Dame Louise Casey’s review into ‘opportunity and integration’ is finally out.  Commissioned a year ago by the then Prime Minister,…

Will Theresa May take her mansplaining mission to Bahrain?

5 December 2016 12:25

Last month, word began to spread around Whitehall that the Prime Minister would not take kindly to any ‘mansplaining’ — after…

Forget diplomacy. Donald Trump wants to talk tough to China

5 December 2016 12:16

It might be better for everyone if, in the spirit of Yuletide Fake News, we all pretended that Donald Trump’s Twitter account…

Spectator live blog: The Supreme Court’s Brexit hearing

5 December 2016 11:10

Today’s Supreme Court hearing does, for once, live up to the billing of being a ‘landmark case’. The court’s 11…

Westminster fashion police turn on Theresa May

5 December 2016 8:56

Claws out in Westminster. Since Theresa May was appointed Prime Minister, several of her one-time cabinet colleagues have taken issue with…

What the papers say: The Supreme Court’s Brexit case

5 December 2016 8:38

Today’s Supreme Court hearing on Brexit is undoubtedly the most controversial in the court’s seven year history, says the Times.…

Beppe Grillo says he’s ready to govern after Renzi resigns

5 December 2016 8:06

It started with a blog, and it could end up with a new Prime Minister. Beppe Grillo’s 5-Star movement, which…

Renzi concedes defeat in Italian referendum and resigns as PM; the Eurozone is heading for a fresh crisis

4 December 2016 22:38

Matteo Renzi has conceded defeat in the referendum he called on his constitutional reforms and announced that he is resigning…

EU toasts defeat of ‘backward-looking populism’ as Hofer concedes Austrian election

4 December 2016 19:20

Norbert Hofer has just conceded defeat in Austria’s presidential election after exit polls and interim results showed him losing by…

I’m not posh but I enjoy pretending to be

4 December 2016 16:10

I do hope it’s a terrible winter this year: a total bastard where everyone’s snowed into their drives and those…

Yes, Zac lost. So isn’t it time to stop bashing him?

4 December 2016 15:15

It’s easy to see the allure of ongoing Zac bashing. Can there be a pleasure more satisfying for all of…

Nick Clegg loses his enthusiasm for a Lib Dem rebrand

4 December 2016 14:36

In 2011, when the Liberal Democrats’ poll ratings had fallen to 10 per cent, Nick Clegg ordered a rebranding exercise, even looking at…

The day I got Rod Liddle sacked

4 December 2016 14:00

On the few occasions when something I have written has directly affected a person, I have usually regretted it. During…

How Britain’s legal system went global

4 December 2016 10:00

It was Henry Fairlie in his famous article in The Spectator in 1955 that made the critical point about the way ‘Establishment’ power (political,…

Spectator competition winners: Henry VIII on Donald Trump

4 December 2016 9:25

The latest competition, to submit an extract from a speech in which a well-known figure from history comments on a…

Why workers on boards is a stale red herring

4 December 2016 9:00

‘We’re going to have not just consumers represented on company boards, but workers as well,’ Theresa May declared in July.…

Supreme Court judges want it both ways

4 December 2016 8:30

The Article 50 case has at last woken people up to the power of the Supreme Court. On Monday, at…

The reality of Cuba’s health service

3 December 2016 11:00

In all the arguments surging about Fidel Castro, I have noticed the lack of simple, even tourist-level observation, of what…

Austria and Italian voters could plunge the EU into crisis

3 December 2016 10:31

Voters in Austria and Italy head to the polls tomorrow and could plunge the EU into a political and economic…

The High Court’s Brexit ruling is a product of our ‘post-truth’ age

3 December 2016 10:00

In November the High Court decided that the Government had no power to give notice to leave the EU under…

Is democracy in danger?

3 December 2016 9:30

Is democracy in danger? This is the belief of a Harvard lecturer called Yascha Mounk whose thesis was profiled in…

The great intellectual bromance of the last century — between Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky

3 December 2016 9:00

It’s the intellectual bromance of the last century. Two psychologists — Danny, a Holocaust kid and adviser to the Israel…

François Fillon’s Thatcherism is both respectable and brave

3 December 2016 8:30

It seems perplexing that François Fillon, now the Republican candidate for the French presidency, should be a declared admirer of…

Nicholas Soames tries to woo Brexiteers with champagne

2 December 2016 15:50

Throughout the EU referendum campaign, Nicholas Soames stood firmly on the side of Remain — warning that a vote to Leave…