Spectator Events


Is Home Rule the only realistic alternative to independence for Scotland?

23 June 2015 14:11

‘Is Home Rule the only realistic alternative to independence?’ was the question posed at a Spectator debate, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, in Edinburgh last week. In one sense the question… Continue reading

The race, at the halfway stage

Spectator subscriber event: Mayday pre-election briefing

25 April 2015 11:06

Our last five Spectator debates have sold out, so we’re adding a new one at short notice – only for our subscribers. It’s an election briefing on Friday, 1 May where James Forsyth… Continue reading

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Before investing in more renewables, we need to find a cheap way of storing electricity

1 December 2014 16:20

There is an app you can load onto your smartphone, called UK Energy, which can tell you how much electricity is currently being generated in Britain and what percentage is… Continue reading


Spectator Event report: Will artificial intelligence put my job at risk?

19 June 2014 13:56

Will computers make humans redundant? It might be the biggest question of our time. Last night Spectator Events, in partnership with Microsoft, hosted a panel discussion to answer the question ‘Will… Continue reading


Debate: will a robot steal your job?

18 June 2014 9:21

Was Karl Marx right all along about capitalism? One of the subjects I like to bore everyone about whenever I get a chance is the hollowing out of middle-class jobs… Continue reading

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The government’s plans to embrace technology in the classroom

16 June 2014 17:24

How can technology help British students to acquire the skills they need to succeed? This is the question that Matthew Hancock, Minister for Skills & Enterprise, addressed this morning at… Continue reading

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Will Artificial Intelligence put my job at risk?

6 June 2014 9:49

Ever since the onset of artificial intelligence – simulating human reasoning, problem solving – there has been worry about the machines taking over. Taking our jobs, rendering us unnecessary, perhaps… Continue reading


Will Artificial Intelligence put my job at risk?

5 June 2014 10:30

I used to feel smug when plumbers, bricklayers and the like used to complain of Eastern European migrants coming over here and taking their work. They might be able to replace… Continue reading

Tristram Hunt. Illustration: Ian Tovey.

Full text: Tristram Hunt’s speech to the Spectator schools conference

3 April 2014 11:42

listen to ‘Tristram Hunt's speech + Q&A at Spectator's schools conference’ on Audioboo Free Schools, For-profit Schools and the Swedish Slide Thank you. It is, as ever, a great pleasure to… Continue reading

Tristram Hunt at the Spectator schools conference this morning.

Why Tristram Hunt is wrong about free schools

3 April 2014 10:09

‘I’ve come to exorcise you lot,’ said Tristram Hunt cheerfully, as he turned up to deliver the keynote speech in The Spectator’s schools conference today. He had come to explain… Continue reading


Online etiquette must be taught in classrooms

28 March 2014 16:09

Can we protect children from the darker aspects of the internet? That was the question put to the panel last night, when the Spectator hosted a feisty discussion about the… Continue reading

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt.

Michael Gove attacks Tristram Hunt for not knowing difference between education and health

24 March 2014 16:23

Education questions is always interesting in the sense that the main players are quite energetic and keen for debate and there is a genuine divide now between the two main… Continue reading


Technology is reshaping childhood — should we be worried?

21 March 2014 12:00

Are children utterly obsessed with technology? Yes, is the obvious answer to that question, but debate about whether is it a good or bad thing rages around forums such as… Continue reading

The value of an arts degree. Illustration by Heath.

How much does a degree improve your lifetime earnings?

18 February 2014 17:20

What do you say to an arts graduate? Hamburger and fries, please. It’s an old joke but one that still rings true as students consider the value of a university… Continue reading

Simon Schama will talking to Spectator readers about his new book, The History of the Jews, on 17th September at Cadogan Hall in London. (SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)

Spectator event: An evening with Simon Schama on the history of the Jews

6 August 2013 19:14

There was a row earlier today when a leading figure in the EDL linked (inadvertently, he says) to a website of anti-Semitic sympathies. It is dispiriting that, more often than… Continue reading

Margaret Thatcher was advised not to publicly support leaving the EU. Photo: CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images

After leaving office, Margaret Thatcher believed Britain should leave the EU

8 May 2013 12:56

On Tuesday night, at a Spectator readers’ evening, Andrew Neil interviewed me about my biography of Margaret Thatcher. He asked me if, after leaving office, Lady Thatcher had come to… Continue reading

Guardian Bookshop - Thatcher

Tonight: Charles Moore in conversation with Andrew Neil

7 May 2013 10:54

You know something is going right with the world when Charles Moore’s biography of Margaret Thatcher is Number 1 in the Guardian bookshop. Little wonder: even if you’re no fan… Continue reading

What will be inside George Osborne's 2013 budget? Photo: Getty.

Budget 2013: whatever happened to the recovery?

4 March 2013 19:13

The 2013 budget promises to be a milestone for David Cameron’s government. George Osborne is under pressure to avoid the ‘omnishambles budget’ of last year. As well as satisfying his… Continue reading

Kofi Annan. Photo: Getty Images.

The Spectator presents: an evening with Kofi Annan

20 December 2012 16:13

I’m delighted to announce that The Spectator will be hosting an evening with Kofi Annan early next year. The ex Secretary-General of the United Nations has played a major role in… Continue reading