How the Catholic Church created democracy

24 December 2016 12:00

Going to spend Christmas with relatives you don’t really like? Well, you can thank God you only have to see…


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…

Gamekeepers Prepare For Start Of Grouse Shooting Season

When it comes to online petitions, facts should speak louder than clicks. Sadly, they don’t

28 October 2016 13:21

Do we live in a ‘post-truth’, ‘post-factual’ political era? A small part of the answer has been provided by Welsh…

A member of the public arrives to cast her vote in the EU referendum at Royal Hospital Chelsea. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

How the triple lock pension pledge went out of control

10 October 2016 22:18

In my Dispatches documentary on the generation wars, which has just aired on Channel 4, I interviewed Iain Duncan Smith…

Thousands of people take to the streets in a series of 'March for Europe' rallies in protest against the Brexit vote (Photo: Getty)

Democracy is hanging by a thread in this country

6 September 2016 16:06

Democracy is hanging by a thread in this country. At the start of this year, if someone had told you…


In praise of walls

31 July 2016 8:15

After the verdict of the referendum had been announced, the most interesting comment was delivered by Nigel Farage. The vote…


March against democracy, part II: the Brexiteers strike back

11 July 2016 10:00

At the march against democracy last weekend, tens of thousands of people wandered the streets of London, desperately trying to…

Protestors against Brexit. Image: JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images

The howl against democracy

26 June 2016 16:09

There’s a delicious irony to Remainers’ branding of Leave voters as confused individuals who have simply made a desperate howling…

The Cincinnati zoo backlash shows how democracy is just a step away from mob rule

2 June 2016 20:48

Here’s a really heart warming story, about a young criminal and all-round bad guy who became a dad and turned…

The wisdom of pitchfork-waving crowds

16 April 2016 9:24

In a way the headline to my fellow columnist Dominic Lawson’s Sunday Times commentary on 12 April said it all.…


New Zealand’s flag vote makes me proud to be both Kiwi and British

24 March 2016 18:46

I’m technically 3/4 Kiwi and 1/4 British, although having lived in the UK most of my life, it doesn’t often feel…


What the RSS Boaty McBoatface saga really tells us about British democracy

22 March 2016 10:36

Our leaders, of course, love democracy – until it comes up with an answer different to the one they were…

Sol Campbell in the new Operation Black Vote campaign

Don’t try and bring race into the voting booth. It has no place there

17 April 2015 16:39

The voting booth is, to borrow a fitting phrase from history, the great leveller. Outside the voting booth, you might…

The Home Office doesn't get to dictate what 'British values' are (Photo: Getty)

It’s not up to Theresa May to define ‘British values’

12 March 2015 15:51

A month after the Magna-Carta-mangling Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill crept onto the statue book, leaked documents seen by the Daily…


Copenhagen shooting: we debated free speech despite the gunfire – we will not surrender

14 February 2015 19:16

I was invited to Lars Vilks* Committee in Copenhagen to present Passion for Freedom London Art Festival. The committee is…

The Conservative Party Hold Their Annual Party Conference - Day 1

Violence, threats and blackmail ought to have no place in politics

6 August 2014 15:41

I have never issued a call for violence before, and I’m certainly not going to start now. But I wonder…

A worker in Pretoria reads news of Nelson Mandela's historic victory in 1994. (PHILIPP LITTLETON/AFP/Getty Images)

Is democracy flourishing in South Africa?

2 May 2014 9:27

This week South Africa has held events to mark 20 years of democracy. Simon Jenkins, writing after the first election…

Image: EPA/Loretta Brennan

You sexist/racist/liberal/elitist bastard! How dare you?

7 April 2014 14:49

While he was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, Tony Judt found the breath to educate those who believe they could…

Is there something sinister going on here? (Image: MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Do you believe what the Malaysian government is saying about flight MH370?

17 March 2014 9:56

Is the world now being fed a bit of disinformation from the Malaysians over the fate of that missing jet,…

Pro-Russian protestors gathered in Sevastopol earlier today to oppose the change of government in Kiev. Former President Viktor Yanukovych, whose arrest has been sought by the new government, is understood to have fled to the Crimea. (Vasiliy BATANOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia’s restraint over Ukraine thus far has been remarkable

24 February 2014 18:12

Perhaps it’s premature to say this now that the Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has sounded off about Russian citizens in…

Why build in the countryside when you can build in dead urban space or in some of London's commons?

One solution to the housing shortage – build on Hampstead Heath

15 January 2014 11:03

If I was going to measure possible reasons to desert the Tories at the next election, and I can think…

Image: GEORGES GOBET/AFP/GettyImages

Have your say on the EU

9 January 2014 14:23

The EU commission office in London was kind enough to send me this, a warmup for a ‘town-hall style meeting’…

26th Annual ARIA Awards 2012 - Award Winner Portraits

Russell Brand is right about one thing: he is a twerp.

6 November 2013 12:53

Oh for the love of God, he’s back. Russell Brand, Britain’s sophomoric revolutionary-in-chief, has written another call-to-something. At least this…


Righteous indifference and how to fight it.

29 September 2013 22:59

Last week I wrote in the Observer about Qatar’s treatment of the hundreds of thousands of migrant labourers, who will…

A general view of the 18th green on the Alcadeisa Golf Club

Gibraltar – 200 years of history in the Spectator

6 August 2013 10:13

The most dramatic part of Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s unmatched submarine novel, Das Boot, takes place beneath the Straits of Gibraltar, when Buchheim’s…