Books Podcast: reconciling guilt and patriotism in post-war Germany

13 November 2018 17:56

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to Nora Krug about her remarkable graphic work Heimat – in which this…

Why MPs should back Theresa May’s Brexit deal

13 November 2018 16:19

Many things about the politics of Brexit are mystifying. Some are minor puzzles: Why don’t people read the documents they…

Trump vs Macron: the end of the bromance

13 November 2018 15:38

In all great love stories, there are several common elements. There is the exciting encounter, the whirlwind romance, a fight,…

Donald Trump isn’t wrong about the California wildfires

13 November 2018 13:52

Another day, another case of Donald Trump ignorantly tweeting from the hip. Or maybe not quite so much. On Saturday,…

The real reason atheists want to be on Thought for the Day

13 November 2018 10:47

Oh God. Or maybe not. There’s a letter in the Guardian today from assorted unbelievers asserting their right to a…

The stop and search race myth

13 November 2018 9:00

When I was working as a speech writer in the Home Office, under Theresa May, one of her special advisers told…

Government threatened with Budget defeat

13 November 2018 8:39

The government is facing a defeat on the Budget. But rather than a Brexit showdown or the DUP pulling the…

Horst Seehofer’s resignation signals the end of the German political elites

12 November 2018 21:43

The German politicians who were once larger-than-life figures, dominating their political parties as easily as they dominated Germany’s political discourse,…

If Britain won’t offer Asia Bibi asylum, Trump should

12 November 2018 17:45

Asia Bibi was accused of blasphemy after refusing the demands of her co-workers to reject her Catholic faith and embrace…

What’s the expiry-date of a Westminster scandal?

12 November 2018 14:36

The House of Lords privileges and conduct committee recommended today that the former Lib Dem peer, Lord Lester, be suspended…

The censorship of Norman Geras

12 November 2018 11:47

To anyone who knew the late and much-missed Norman Geras, the idea that the state could consider his work an…

Labour U-turn: ‘Brexit can be stopped’

12 November 2018 10:03

With Theresa May’s government seemingly on the brink of collapse over the backstop agreement, the Prime Minister can take heart…

Sunday Shows Round-up: Emily Thornberry on a second referendum – ‘All options are on the table’

11 November 2018 16:51

Damian Hinds – May’s opponents should consider ‘what the alternatives are’ As the nation prepared to mark the centenary of…

If Jo Johnson is so worried about financial services, he should back Brexit

10 November 2018 18:22

Jo Johnson has noticed that Theresa May has managed to unite the country, in that both Leavers and Remainers worry…

Another day, another Johnson calls for a second referendum

10 November 2018 17:46

After Jo Johnson resigned on Friday over the government’s Brexit position, his brother Boris was quick to take to social…

We are heading towards a constitutional crisis on Brexit

10 November 2018 17:18

Pity Olly Robbins and Sabine Weyand who are as we speak negotiating a Brexit deal for their respective bosses, Theresa…

Should France honour Nazi collaborator Petain?

10 November 2018 11:06

This weekend, of all weekends, is a moment for reflection. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh…

The only case Mrs May can make for her Brexit deal

10 November 2018 10:36

Jo Johnson’s resignation, the DUP kicking off and the European Commission’s Article 50 task-force talking about a lack of progress…

Emmanuel Macron’s break with Remembrance Sunday tradition

10 November 2018 10:19

How on earth should one do it? How should the centenary of the end of a war be marked? Not…

Jo Johnson: why I have resigned – and why we need a second referendum

9 November 2018 16:35

Brexit has divided the country. It has divided political parties. And it has divided families too. Although I voted Remain,…

The Spectator Podcast: why May’s Brexit deal is hard to stomach, but the alternative is worse

9 November 2018 16:05

As Theresa May prepares to unveil her Brexit deal, we ask: just how bad is it, and what happened to…

Could the UK out-grow the EU after Brexit?

9 November 2018 12:55

Collapsing retailers. A looming far-left government threatening nationalisation. And perhaps most significantly of all, our potentially chaotic rupture with our…

The conundrum of Britain’s continued growth

9 November 2018 12:46

The conundrum of economic growth continues. The withdrawal process from the EU is, even by the admission of the most…

Why everyone wants a taste of Brexit

9 November 2018 9:03

When Boris Johnson declared this week that Theresa May’s new deal would be a ‘Christmas present of the finest old…