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Boris Johnson wins The Spectator’s President Erdogan Offensive Poetry competition

18 May 2016 19:00

I’m pleased to announce that we have a winner of The Spectator’s President Erdogan Offensive Poetry competition, and here it…


The Spectator Christmas Carol Service, in pictures

10 December 2015 14:47

Last night guests gathered at St Bride’s Church on Fleet Street for the Spectator’s annual Christmas concert. The St Bride’s Choir…

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A refreshed Spectator website

1 October 2015 9:55

You may notice some changes being introduced to the Spectator website today; we’re having a small refresh to make it cleaner,…


Déjà-lu in today’s Times — but where was the Spectator’s credit?

7 August 2015 16:37

Mr S couldn’t help but notice that the Times made for familiar reading this morning. A leader titled ‘Ending the…


The Spectator summer party, in pictures

1 July 2015 23:11

With a Tory majority to celebrate, the Cabinet turned out in full force for this year’s Spectator summer party. As David…

Toffs And Toughs

How to get social mobility right

15 June 2015 18:50

Today’s report from Alan Milburn’s Commission on Social Mobility found young people from working class backgrounds are being ‘systematically locked…

Lisbeth Salander, data queen

Wanted: freelance researchers for The Spectator

5 June 2015 16:33

Summer’s coming, and we’re looking for some specialist research help at The Spectator. We like to answer the questions other…

St Mary Bourne in Hampshire, the village where Michael Widen has been hunting for speed motorists. Photo: Wikipedia.

The battle of St Mary Bourne — and a history of taking the law into your own hands

31 May 2015 16:31

It’s tough being a vigilante, as Michael Widen in St Mary Bourne village has discovered to his cost. Mr Widen…

15th September 1959:  A group of women organise election propaganda at the Conservative Party central office in London.

The next Labour leader should remember the ‘politics of envy’ never work

17 May 2015 19:33

Andy Burnham may be the trade unions’ favourite candidate for Labour leader but he is already distancing himself from some…

Richard West in Vietnam

The passing of a magnificent contrarian

26 April 2015 23:28

I see my Spectator colleagues have beaten me to it and republished a 1989 profile of Richard West, one of the…

circa 1955:  A boy and girl give presents to their mother on Mother's Day.  (Photo by Lambert/Getty Images)

Reflections on the importance of Mothering Sunday

15 March 2015 11:44

For Mothering Sunday, some advice to mothers from a 1912 edition of The Spectator. Be with him yourself as much…

A homeless woman, with her belongings in a shopping trolley, sitting on steps on Remembrance Day, central London, 11th November 1995.

How do you tell a sturdy vagabond from a submissive pauper?

1 March 2015 15:00

The number of people sleeping on the streets has risen by 55 per cent in the last five years. New…


Sales of The Spectator

12 February 2015 15:17

The Spectator’s sales figures are out today, and our rise continues. The website’s traffic is up a remarkable 50 per…

Sebastian Faulks - Book Launch Party

Middle-aged non-smoker for hire: Sebastian Faulks looks for work

12 February 2015 9:43

Sebastian Faulks has just finished work on his latest book, Where My Heart Used to Beat. Rather than go on…

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Can George Osborne pass his own 13 tests?

23 January 2015 8:00

Before George Osborne took to wearing hard hats and hi-vis jackets, he used to revel in his status as a…

Comedian Al Murray is standing for Parliament as 'The Pub Landlord' in South Thanet.

Podcast: Comedy meets politics and Osborne’s 13 tests for No.10

22 January 2015 8:56

Why has politics turned into stand-up comedy? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Andrew Watts and Jesse Norman MP…

New Year's resolutions; more port, anyone? Image: Getty

The joys of unrealistic New Year’s resolutions

2 January 2015 11:48

There’s something so depressing about the newspapers’ tips for sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions that to shield yourself from…


The best of The Spectator in 2014

31 December 2014 14:00

2014 has been a fantastic year for the The Spectator online. Over the last 12 months, 13 million people have visited 40 million…

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The Spectator’s 2014 Christmas subscription offer – our best ever

29 November 2014 10:00

The best Christmas offer has just arrived: a year’s full print and digital subscription to The Spectator, plus a free bottle of…


Forget genre: P.D. James wrote novels that are worth reading and re-reading

28 November 2014 13:22

P.D. James was the Queen Mother of crime fiction. Her career as a writer stretched over half a century, and…

John Gielgud as Hamlet: the first young poet-prince

Spectator books of the year: Roger Lewis on hating Sheridan Morley

17 November 2014 11:47

Sheridan Morley was an old enemy of mine, so I was thrilled to see him brilliantly denounced and called to…


Sales of The Spectator in the first half of 2014

14 August 2014 13:51

I’m delighted to announce another strong set of figures for The Spectator. It’s still a pretty tough market out there…

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Ian Fleming, James Bond and The Spectator

12 August 2014 10:30

It’s 50 years since the death of Ian Fleming and The Spectator has always taken James Bond seriously. The writer…

Morning kit inspection at a camp of the Ulster Volunteers Force, the unionist paramilitary force, at Ballywater on 12th July 1914. (Image: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

‘Unity at home and strength abroad’. Britain prepares for WW1 by postponing Irish home rule

30 July 2014 17:57

The outbreak of war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia in July 1914 forced British politicians to postpone the Amending Bill for Irish…

Israel has not forgotten the history and values which underpinned its foundations, and fights to protect them.

The West has drifted away from Israel — and itself

16 July 2014 9:18

Is Israel drifting away from the West? That was Hugo Rifkind’s claim in his column in the magazine last week.…