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…

The Spectator Podcast: Marriage for one

25 August 2016 8:14

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


The Spectator podcast: The real hate crime scandal

6 August 2016 10:00

Since the vote for Brexit, the media has fallen over itself to cover the apparently large upswing in the number…


The Spectator podcast: The real hate crime scandal

4 August 2016 9:04

Since the vote for Brexit, the media has fallen over itself to cover the apparently large upswing in the number…


Syria’s foreign policy lessons are just as important as Iraq’s

9 July 2016 8:00

Before she was murdered, Jo Cox MP had written most of a report. She worked on it jointly it with…

Michael Gove speaks during day one of the Conservative Party Conference on October 4, 2015 in Manchester, England.

Was ‘the deadly Mail’ right after all on Iraq, Michael Gove?

6 July 2016 13:29

Last week the Daily Mail endorsed Theresa May as the next Tory leader. The declaration took many by surprise as not…


The Chilcot report has exposed Blair’s real crime: failure to prepare

6 July 2016 12:00

‘If it falls apart, everything falls apart in the region’ Note from Tony Blair to George W Bush, 2 June…


How the UK messed up Iraq: what the Chilcot Inquiry says about post-conflict planning

6 July 2016 11:36

The Iraq Inquiry dismisses claims that the aftermath of the invasion could not have been foreseen. It describes the planning…

Sir John Chilcot Delivers The Iraq Inquiry Report

Iraq Inquiry: Key points from Sir John Chilcot’s statement

6 July 2016 11:35

Should the UK have gone to war in Iraq? Did it have the necessary legal basis and intelligence to do…

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Sir John Chilcot’s full statement introducing the Iraq War inquiry report

6 July 2016 11:32

We were appointed to consider the UK’s policy on Iraq from 2001 to 2009, and to identify lessons for the…


As Basra slid towards hell, Blair looked the other way

6 July 2016 10:09

There has always been a faction of the Labour party that wanted Tony Blair in the dock for the Iraq…

At last! The Chilcot Report into the Iraq war will be published

9 May 2016 17:39

At last. We now know that the long-awaited Chilcot Inquiry report into the Iraq war will be published on July…

Kurdish Peshmerga show what they say is a mass grave of more than 50 Yazidis killed by Isis in Sinjar. (Photo: Getty)

A genocide is underway in Iraq and Syria. Why won’t the government recognise this?

20 April 2016 11:02

Later today the House of Commons will vote upon a motion expressing belief that a genocide is underway against Christians,…

G7 Leaders Meet For Summit At Schloss Elmau

The EU has become a victim of Obama’s Middle East policy

15 April 2016 10:12

A Middle Eastern friend put to me the other day a point so big that I felt silly for not…


Alastair Campbell is confronted by his namesake: ‘have you got any idea what my life has been like?’

11 March 2016 18:20

Although Alastair Campbell no longer works in politics, he remains a divisive figure in Westminster thanks to the reputation he…


Anyone who joins Isis should be tried for treason

28 January 2016 16:26

Fifteen months ago Philip Hammond talked about treason. In an exchange with Conservative backbencher Philip Hollobone in the House of…

An Iraqi Sunni fighter after clashes with Isis in Diyala province (Ahmad al-Rubaye/Getty)

I used to mock non-interventionists like Corbyn, but events have proved them right

7 December 2015 12:25

I hate to say it, but Jeremy Corbyn is right where I have been wrong. Corbyn’s protest that the Syrian…

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Our policy towards Islamic State makes no sense

6 November 2015 13:24

If Islamic State is a threat to Britain that requires a military response, then surely we should be attacking it…

Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin, who were both killed by British drone strikes in Syria

Was Reyaad Khan killed because of a threat to Britain or to Iraq?

14 September 2015 16:54

Was the drone strike that killed Reyaad Khan authorised because he posed a threat to Britain, or because he posed…


The Foreign Office’s anti-Isis video may be inept but at least it’s a start

10 September 2015 15:34

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is taking the fight against Isis online. @UKAgainstISIL, a new Twitter account operated by the FCO, is…

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It’s easy to say that Aylan Kurdi died due to our lack of compassion. But the reality is far more complicated

6 September 2015 21:00

Just a thought: what if Aylan Kurdi, the poor drowned three year old child whose picture changed Europe – we…

John Chilcot, the Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry, outlines the terms of reference for the inquiry and explains the panel's approach to its work during a news conference in London, on July 30, 2009.

Chilcot resists pressure from MPs to speed up the Iraq Inquiry

26 August 2015 16:06

Sir John Chilcot doesn’t seem all that bothered by the threats of censure from politicians over his lengthy Iraq Inquiry.…

Labour Party Leadership Candidate Jeremy Corbyn Outlines Plans For Publicly Owned Railway Network

Corbyn’s remarks on Iraq and Isis are a preview of the fireworks to come if he wins

21 August 2015 9:14

Tories are rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of Jeremy Corbyn winning the Labour leadership contest. Two stories…

Michael Fallon speaks to the media after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with New Zealand Minister of Defence, Gerry Brownlee on May 29, 2015

Michael Fallon: ‘Iraqi forces are slowly but surely beginning to push ISIL back’

4 August 2015 8:55

Is the government set to bring bombing Islamic State terrorists in Syria before the Commons soon? The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon…

The Ceremonial Funeral Of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher

The hatred directed at Tony Blair shows just how big Labour’s problem has become

23 July 2015 8:16

I know that the comments beneath online newspaper pieces aren’t exactly where you go if you want sane, balanced opinion,…