Law and order

Season’s beatings: A barrister’s guide to a busy Christmas

22 December 2016 9:00

My colleagues at the commercial and chancery bar are all at their chalets in Gstaad, funded by the endless fees…

The government’s drugs strategy is miles behind today’s drug dealers

4 August 2014 16:58

New powers to tackle the huge growth in ‘legal’ highs are set to be introduced. Dame Sally Davies, the chief…

Labour should stop whipping up fears about our prisons. They created Britain’s only recent prison crisis

1 August 2014 17:56

Sadiq Khan, the Shadow Justice Secretary, took to these pages earlier to claim that ‘This Government’s disastrous prisons policy is…

This government’s disastrous prisons policy is putting the public at risk

1 August 2014 12:03

Data released yesterday lays bare the true scale of the growing crisis in our prisons. Suicides up 69 per cent…

Attorney General was inside No 10 when Cameron recorded Coulson statement

25 June 2014 15:16

Mr Justice Saunders, who presided over the phone hacking trial, is not impressed with David Cameron and Ed Miliband. He has branded…

Car alarms are anti-social and should be banned

20 June 2014 9:12

4.06 am, that’s what it was when I was woken up. Last time this week I think it was a bit…

Pakistan’s ISI accused of subverting media freedom

18 June 2014 14:30

Media freedom is under attack in Pakistan, declared Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan’s most prominent journalists. He had six bullets…

Abu Hamza embodies Britain’s self-destructive madness

20 May 2014 19:57

A jury in the US has taken less than two days to find Abu Hamza guilty on multiple terrorism charges.…

It was right to arrest Gerry Adams

5 May 2014 17:54

The release of Gerry Adams felt a bit like the old days. A Unionist protest outside the police station, a…

Gerry Adams’s arrest is astonishing

1 May 2014 11:04

In one sense the arrest of Gerry Adams for questioning in relation to the murder of Jean McConville is not…

Gerry Adams arrested in connection with the murder of Jean McConville

30 April 2014 21:50

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams presented himself to police this evening and was arrested in connection with the murder of…

We need to know the truth about Gerry Adams’s alleged involvement in the ‘disappearance’ of Jean McConville

3 April 2014 11:44

Readers will know that I am interested in the subject of post-Good Friday agreement ‘justice’ in Northern Ireland. Having been…

Our criminal justice system is institutionally racist, surely?

15 December 2013 21:32

I think this following quote, from the Romanian ambassador Ion Jinga, may go down as my favourite of the year:…

The EU is corrupt because southern Europe is corrupt

6 December 2013 14:47

What with Britain’s dreadful performance in the PISA educational rankings, there has been comparatively little attention given to another international…

Chris Grayling gets a relatively easy ride over reoffending rates

10 November 2013 12:19

Theresa May accepted her Spectator Politician of the Year award with the quip: ‘It used to be a joke that…

Countering Terrorism in Britain and France, by Frank Foley – review

4 June 2013 9:18

Have you ever wondered why we’re stuck with the radical cleric Abu Qatada? It’s a question the last four Home…

Vice is vanishing from Britain

24 May 2013 16:42

In this week’s issue of the Spectator, Leo McKinstry argues that Britain is dropping all its most harmful habits. Here is an…

Sexual abuse: Don’t toe the party line

25 February 2013 15:33

A scandal broke in the Socialist Workers Party a few weeks ago after a woman member claimed a Trotskyist tribune…

What if the terrorists were Jews?

22 February 2013 15:00

‘Would you say the same thing about Jews? Gays? Or any other minority?’ This is one of the witless questions…

Crime and Guilt, by Ferdinand Von Schirach

9 January 2013 10:00

Tis the season for shopping mall scuffles. A man with a red face prized the last Magimix (steel, 600 rotations…

Why I regret voting for the Bill that introduced PCCs

19 November 2012 10:47

So much has been written about the lead up to, and the fall-out from, last week’s elections for Police and…

The crime of the Justice and Security Bill

17 November 2012 16:30

The Coalition Agreement states: ‘We will be strong in defence of freedom. The Government believes that the British state has…

The internet is proving to be a tool of censorship, not emancipation

16 November 2012 14:07

The case of Adrian Smith, the Christian the Trafford Housing Trust demoted for politely expressing his opposition to gay marriage…

Who are the BBC to question the legitimacy of Police & Crime Commissioners?

14 November 2012 18:07

What’s the test of success of the Police & Crime Commissioners policy? It is, surely, whether the 41 individuals who…

They’re nearly here but still, no one cares about elected police commissioners

14 November 2012 13:30

This time tomorrow, the country will be flocking to the polls to select their first ever police commissioners. Or at…