A group of local boys look on with curiosity and amusement at Harrow schoolboys Peter Wagner (left) and Thomas Dyson in their formal uniform at the Eton vs Harrow cricket match, held at Lord's cricket ground, London.    (Photo by Jimmy Sime/Getty Images)

The Spectator at war: Knowing one’s place

10 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 10 October 1914: As we go on in life we do, as a rule, learn our place…


Someone rid us of these ridiculous trousers!

28 July 2014 12:39

I think that we have reached the peak of the red trouser craze. A well-heeled reader sends this snap (above) from…


Women in Parliament group serve ‘Eton Mess’ at Speaker’s House lunch

14 July 2014 16:14

The Speaker’s House hosted the launch of ‘Women in Parliament’, a cross-party initiative to get more women into parliament, today.…


If you want social mobility, teach kids at the bottom end to write thank you letters

11 July 2014 11:34

Last week’s readers tea party at The Spectator was a delight. You always suppose that the people you’re writing for…


Julie Bindel goes to Hay-on-Wye and comes back with trench foot

28 May 2014 15:50

I am trudging around a field in the middle nowhere with mud up to my genitals. The joining instructions for…


Class warriors and unpaid mercenaries

28 March 2014 17:22

Class war. It’s not very classy, is it? But it’s Labour’s big thing at the moment, the class-of-politicians-crisis, which it…

David Davis delivers notification of his intention to stand down as an MP on June 18, 2008; the act that appears to have cost him a senior ministerial career. (Image: SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

David Davis should be in Cabinet – or at least in government

17 March 2014 10:21

Class never quite goes away as an issue for the Tories, for the simple and sufficient reason that it matters.…


My January diet and detox – anything to stay in the middle class

9 January 2014 15:20

Like many of you folks out there, I’m currently engaged in the thinly-disguised admission of alcoholism that is ‘Dry January’.…

Prime Minister David Cameron Attends The Lord Mayor's Banquet

Tories are a ‘trust fund failure away’ from understanding ordinary voters, says Tory MP

17 December 2013 13:11

Home truths hurt the most when they come from your own side. Mr S was gabbing with a backbench Tory…


Why do we cringe at the term ‘third class’?

20 October 2013 16:20

Alas, it looks like the return to third class travel won’t happen. The papers had got terrifically excited about what…

Prince George of Cambridge's birth certificate.

The name game

12 August 2013 13:59

The ONS have published its list of popular names, and so it’s time for that annual ritual of debating whether…

Roddy Doyle. (Image: Mark Nixon 2013)

Roddy Doyle: I’m a middle class person commenting on working class life

6 August 2013 13:09

Roddy Doyle was born in Dublin in 1958. He first came to prominence with his debut novel The Commitments, which…

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Writers in a state of fear

21 May 2013 11:51

A State of Fear, Joseph Clyde’s new thriller*, stands out for many reasons. Thrillers only work if they are thrilling,…

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David Davis and the Tories’ class war

4 May 2013 13:41

To the relief of Conservative Campaign Headquarters, relatively few Tory MPs have taken the opportunity of the County Council election…

Benedict Cumberbatch at a photo call for the adaptation of Parade's End that aired last year. (NICOLAS MAETERLINCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Benedict Cumberbatch takes over the world

1 May 2013 15:09

What do you do if you wake up to discover your colleagues implying that you have it easy? If you’re…

The Queen inspects the elite of Eton College, during her Diamond Jubillee celebrations.

The workers united will never be defeated…

4 April 2013 15:16

There’s a BBC website where you can find out what class you are, according to new criteria drawn up by…

Where does the death of the three classes leave Downton Abbey? (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

The renewal of the class system

3 April 2013 16:30

Fun can be had by playing with the BBC’s new class calculator. The calculator, which was designed with the help of…

In today's Guardian, George Monbiot, former anarchist and man of the people, describes his conversion to the bourgeoisie. Image: Getty

George Monbiot joins the bourgeoisie

26 December 2012 18:42

They always manage to pull something special out of the hat at Christmas, over at the Guardian. Last year it…

Mitchell apology

Will ‘plod-gate’ make voters more sceptical of class-based political attacks?

23 December 2012 14:47

The Andrew Mitchell story has always been about class. If all Mitchell was alleged to have said was ‘you supposed…

Class concerns are returning to the forefront of British society.

Class warfare is back, and not just in politics or from the left

20 October 2012 17:16

Class is back with a vengeance, and not just thanks to the Andrew Mitchell saga. Today’s newspapers are chock full…

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David Cameron is the leader battling inequality

12 October 2012 15:39

The great paradox of British politics is that the left moan about inequality, but it’s the right who will remedy…

JK Rowling is turning her pen on the people she knows best: the middle class. Image: Getty.

Of snobs, nobs and plebs

24 September 2012 17:17

The muggles of Tutshill, Gloucestershire, have a bone to pick with J.K. Rowling. Tutshill is where Rowling spent her unhappy…

Mitt Romney's 'gaffe' is the latest example of how distant the Washington parties are from the heartlands of the American working class. Image: Getty.

God, guns,welfare: conspiracy theories about working class Americans

18 September 2012 10:44

Mitt Romney has been caught saying what he really thinks – or in modern journalistic jargon has committed a ‘gaffe’.…

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Interview: James Kelman

3 August 2012 10:40

Born in Glasgow in 1946, James Kelman left school at fifteen to begin an apprenticeship as a compositor. His first…

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The lady Harriet

23 July 2012 13:09

Will we soon see Harriet Harman shopping in Iceland while wearing a shell-suit and sporting, just above the cleft of…