The Spectator, covering 'conscious uncoupling' since 1828.

A short history of ‘conscious uncoupling’

3 April 2014 9:49

There have been some rocky relationships in the news this year. As well as Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s conscious uncoupling, world leaders have also had problems. Vladimir Putin’s divorce… Continue reading

Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

The BBC is more scared of offending Muslims than gay people

20 March 2014 17:39

Just to ring the changes, I’ve written about the BBC and political correctness for the mag this week. Yeah, yeah, I know – you haven’t heard enough about that subject.… Continue reading

White smoke in Rome: Cardinals have picked the new Pope. Picture: Getty

The Spectator: on popes and poverty since 1828

13 March 2014 18:28

A year ago, a relatively unknown Argentine cardinal, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope. A few days later he announced he would take the name Francis, after Saint Francis of… Continue reading

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Vladimir Putin is a reactionary autocrat, not a conservative

27 February 2014 14:33

Apparently the new Muppets film features Russians as the baddies, a sign of the times as we increasingly draw into a new ideological cold war with the old enemy. Or… Continue reading

A Danish gymnast performing a perfect dismount from a pommel horse during the 1908 London Olympics.  (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The Spectator – on the purpose of the Olympics

21 February 2014 10:11

When the idea of a modern Olympic Games began to be discussed, Spectator writers couldn’t really see the point. ‘Beyond a certain waste of money, there will be no harm… Continue reading

Qingdao Hosts Beer Festival

What shall we do about Neknominate?

20 February 2014 17:57

I wonder if we should start our own Spectator Blog NekNominations? Open to bloggers and readers. I nominate Daniel Maris to drink a small glass of Pinot Noir while watching… Continue reading


Britain is doomed – even if Salmond loses September’s independence referendum

12 February 2014 15:48

Last Thursday’s cover story makes alarming reading, Alex Massie arguing that Alex Salmond may come close to achieving victory in September’s vote. Alex wrote: ‘It is beginning to be appreciated,… Continue reading

The Spectator has been campaigning for the rights of mental health patients since 1828. Here is a selection of what we've written.

The Spectator – campaigning for the rights of the insane since 1828

7 February 2014 12:08

Talking to Barbara Taylor about her new madness memoir this week, it’s clear that Britain does not have a glorious history when it comes to dealing with mad people. But… Continue reading

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How else would one depict conflict between Sunnis and Shias?

31 January 2014 18:42

I don’t know if you’ve seen this letter to this week’s edition of the magazine, from a person called Chris Doyle. He is a member of the ‘Council for Arab-British… Continue reading

A dramatic, gory picture does not necessarily tell the whole story. (Image: Michael Heath)

Let them eat whale

30 January 2014 11:28

If the Faroe Islanders want to eat whale, let them. So says Tim Ecott in today’s Spectator. He argues that the Faroese – who live on dramatic and remote islands… Continue reading

Palmer Murder Trial

Courtroom drama in 1828 – courtesy of The Spectator

20 January 2014 13:19

It’s a real pleasure looking through the first few editions of the Spectator from 1828, where the police reports and brief news items conjure up the England of Dickens and… Continue reading

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The Spectator Christmas gift subscription – our best deal ever

12 December 2013 8:23

It’s that time of year again, and there is a very easy answer as to what to get your better half, or your friends, for Christmas. We have just launched… Continue reading

Enda Kenny has something to smile about. (GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

Luck of the Irish? Ireland’s recovery is down to common sense and graft

16 November 2013 11:30

My man in Dublin calls with joy in his voice to tell me ‘the Troika’ — the combined powers of the EU, the European Central Bank and the IMF —… Continue reading

Cars are great in places like Montana. But they are a disaster in big cities. (Jan Hennop/AFP/Getty Images)

Drivers are a menace to society

8 November 2013 16:44

I hate drivers. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate all of them, just a considerably larger proportion than I hate of the population as a whole. And, like most… Continue reading

Members Of The New Coalition Cabinet Arrive For Their First Cabinet Meeting

Ed steals the show at the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards

7 November 2013 16:41

Ed Miliband stole the show at this year’s Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year awards. The Labour leader, who won a new prize called Political Speech of the Year (for the… Continue reading

Taki has some funny news about Saif al-Islam Gaddafi in tomorrow's Spectator. (JOEL ROBINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Another dodgy deal with Gaddafi

9 October 2013 17:40

No, not Tony Blair in a big tent in the desert, but our man Taki in the Big Apple. In tomorrow’s Spectator, Taki writes, with characteristic tact, on the Middle… Continue reading

Will Jim Crace succeed Hilary Mantel as winner of the Booker Prize? The bookies seem to think so.

Bookies following Philip Hensher’s Booker shortlist

4 September 2013 12:22

The Guardian notes that Ladbrokes and William Hill share Philip Hensher’s hunch for the Booker shortlist, which is to be unveiled next week. ‘Hunch’ isn’t the right word. Hensher wrote… Continue reading

Marie Duplessis, shortly before her death

The week in books – a 19th century career woman, the courtesan of the camellias, Vasily Grossman and why France is turning into the USA

16 August 2013 13:40

The forecast is bad. Football is back. Gloom strikes. Cure the malaise by reading the book reviews in this week’s Spectator. Here’s a selection: Richard Davenport-Hines introduces the celebrated American novelist… Continue reading

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If you’re on your summer holiday, why are you reading this?

8 August 2013 9:37

I’m in two minds about blogging this post. On the one hand, I’d really rather be on a sunny beach somewhere, reading a good old-fashioned book or staring at the… Continue reading

Portrait of Nikolai Rezanov painted just before he left Russia for the last time in July 1803.

The man who built Russia’s empire in America

2 August 2013 18:13

Did you know that the Russians once had an empire (of sorts) in the Pacific North West of America? No, neither did Sam Leith. He has reviewed ‘a blindly good… Continue reading

One of Finn Dean’s winning illustrations for the Folio Society’s Brave New World

Some brilliant book reviews

26 July 2013 15:06

As ever, the Spectator carries some splendid and erudite book reviews this week. There are contributions from stellar writers and thinkers such as Margaret MacMillan, Susan Hill, Alexander Chancellor and… Continue reading


The week in books

19 July 2013 13:31

The best way to weather the heat wave is to head for the shade with a copy of the new issue of the Spectator, in which you will you find… Continue reading

‘Horace reading his Satires to Maecenas’ by Fedor Andreevich Bronnikera

The best books section in the world

5 July 2013 15:03

Many guests at the Spectator’s summer party on Wednesday night expressed their admiration for the magazine’s books section, which is edited by Mark Amory and Clare Asquith. Consistently strong, they… Continue reading


The week in books

24 June 2013 14:25

This week’s issue of the Spectator is packed with book reviews. Here’s a selection of quotes to whet your appetite. Old China hand Jonathan Mirsky finds much to applaud in… Continue reading

‘Well, gentlemen, I think we all fought a good fight’(The Spectator, 16 October 1959)

The week in books

14 June 2013 9:00

This week’s magazine is full to the brim with cracking book reviews. Here is a selection of quotes to whet your appetite. Sam Leith on Modernity Britain, David Kynaston’s rampaging… Continue reading