Prime Minister David Cameron Holds A Meeting On Education

Ministers vs the curriculum

11 August 2012 10:36

David Cameron has not sought to seek personal or political capital from the Olympics, for which he deserves much credit. It doesn’t take much to imagine how Gordon Brown would… Continue reading

International Paralympic Day in Trafalgar Square

Boris the jellyfish stings again

9 August 2012 17:47

Boris Johnson has just reminded us how potent he can be at undermining the government right here, right now. At a press conference today on the Olympic legacy, the Mayor… Continue reading

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The Unbearable Weight of Being Kevin Pietersen

8 August 2012 12:47

How do you solve a problem like Kevin Pietersen? England’s most talented and most infuriating batsman faces another crisis and, yet again, it is a crisis of his own making.… Continue reading

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron,

Cameron’s big sporting society

8 August 2012 11:20

David Cameron made a spirited defence of school sport this morning when he appeared on LBC radio. Waving a sheet of paper triumphantly, the Prime Minister argued that the 20… Continue reading

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Multicultural Britain, Olympic Games, Danny Boyle - Spectator Blogs

7 August 2012 11:17

Back from holiday and it seems just about the only “controversy” at these splendid* Olympic Games lies in Danny Boyle’s exhuberant opening ceremony. According to its critics it was multi-cultural… Continue reading

Chelsea Ladies Coaching Q and A

How state schools can boost their Olympic chances

3 August 2012 15:00

Lord Moynihan’s comments about the dominance of private school athletes in Team GB have caused a stir.  He suggests that  the fact that half of our medals in Beijing were… Continue reading

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Pindar vs Boris

27 July 2012 11:10

Boris will recite an ode in honour of the Olympics – of course he is. He commissioned Dr Armand D’Angour, an Oxford Greats don, to compose the ode in the… Continue reading

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The British invented the Olympics

26 July 2012 17:09

Is there any chance that you might, at any point in the next three weeks, be talking to anyone? About anything, in any setting, for any length of time? Then… Continue reading

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Compromised by not compromising

24 July 2012 14:51

‘In a relationship, when does the art of compromise become compromising?’ Thus spoke Carrie Bradshaw. Such knowledge suggests that I have passed her tipping point; my compromises have compromised me.… Continue reading

The Championships - Wimbledon 2012: Day Thirteen

Tennis and the rise of the ‘mediocracy’

9 July 2012 13:45

The discussion of Britain’s latest tennis nearly man has turned inevitably to the culture of a sport which, in this country at least, remains laughably exclusive. Asked on the Today… Continue reading

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The enigma of Mark Ramprakash

6 July 2012 15:00

A pearl richer than all his tribe who, alas, loved batting not wisely but all too well. If tragedy seems too strong a term for Mark Ramprakash’s career there remains… Continue reading

England v Italy - UEFA EURO 2012 Quarter Final

England did not deserve to win

25 June 2012 12:00

If England had won that penalty shoot out against Italy it would have been a travesty. The press has been very kind to the national team this morning, partly because… Continue reading

Racism In Football Summit

The politics of sport

10 June 2012 10:15

Football dominates the newspapers this morning, with England due to begin their European Championship campaign tomorrow. But the issue of racism in Ukraine, and to a lesser extent Poland, is… Continue reading


The Circus Must Go On

22 April 2012 13:24

I’ve also written a piece for Foreign Policy on the great Bahrain Grand Prix controversy: The irony is that a race designed to flatter and showcase the Bahraini regime has… Continue reading


Car crash in the desert?

19 April 2012 17:52

In 2004, when the Formula One circus first travelled to the Middle East for the inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix, there was little sign of the storm to come. The first… Continue reading


Let’s remember McDonald Bailey in 2012

17 January 2012 16:11

McDonald Bailey was certainly among the most famous names in British sport when Britain last hosted the Olympics, in 1948. Yet today he has almost been forgotten. It’s not how… Continue reading


Does the trouble at FIFA really matter?

31 May 2011 13:23

The news that the votes which ended up with Russia and Qatar winning the rights to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups might not have been model, clean elections… Continue reading


Developments in the Middle East are beginning to affect Europe

13 February 2011 17:27

After yesterday’s spontaneous clean-up operation on the streets of Cairo, protestors gathered at Freedom Square today to maintain the revolution’s momentum. There have been minor developments, with the army and… Continue reading


Sexism is a red-herring; it’s family that matters

24 January 2011 13:54

I’m afraid that women have been faking it, having us men on. You see they understand the offside rule and always have done. How could they not? It’s so simple… Continue reading


From the archives: Cricketing over Christmas

26 December 2010 18:41

How do cricket players get on with touring abroad over Christmas? Mike Atherton, the former England captain, penned an article on the matter for our Christmas issue in 2004. With… Continue reading


From the Archives: 1966 and all that

3 December 2010 12:46

Yesterday, Coffee House recommended that disappointed English football fans take solace, as always, in memories of 1966. To that end, here’s The Spectator’s review of England’s World Cup victory at… Continue reading


Cameron can be proud of his World Cup fight

3 December 2010 9:17

It’s not often that I disagree with James, but I don’t think that David Cameron returns from Zurich with egg on his face. Of course, we Scots learn to see… Continue reading


BREAKING: England lose their 2018 World Cup bid

2 December 2010 15:37

Bad news, I’m afraid: Russia has won the contest to host the World Cup in 2018. According to some sources, England didn’t even make it beyond the first round of… Continue reading


A winning bid?

2 December 2010 12:28

Football and Coffee House rarely mix, except of course when Manchester United win the European Cup. Yet I’m sure plenty of CoffeeHousers want to see England come out on top… Continue reading


Lionel Messi’s Greatest Talent: Joy

15 November 2010 22:56

Goals don’t come much better than this. Part of Lionel Messi’s charm – and his football really is charming – comes from the impish glee that runs through his performances.… Continue reading