May’s disastrous dinner with Juncker: Episode II

22 October 2017 22:24

Well, that lasted long. Although Theresa May didn’t get the green light to talk trade on her EU council summit…

Sunday shows round-up: Emily Thornberry says Britain is heading for ‘no deal’

22 October 2017 17:46

Emily Thornberry – Britain is heading for ‘no deal’ The Shadow Foreign Secretary has warned that the United Kingdom is…

What drives populism?

22 October 2017 11:28

What has led to the rise of populism? The conventional answer involves inequality, flattening wages – and general economic malaise.…

These days Private Eye reeks of a lack of wickedness and malice

22 October 2017 11:17

Anyone subscribe to Private Eye? I do, and have done for almost forty years. But I am beginning to wonder…

The Kurds are on their own

22 October 2017 10:00

The routing of Isis in northern Iraq ought to be a time of international celebration, but as ever in the…

Spectator competition winners: Lady Macbeth’s recipe for wedded bliss

22 October 2017 9:45

In what proved to be a popular comp, you were invited to submit the formula for a successful marriage courtesy…

Michel Barnier’s arrogant inflexibility over Brexit comes from a long Gallic tradition

22 October 2017 9:00

If Michel Barnier and David Davis, in their regular dialogue of the deaf, seem to be inhabiting different mental universes,…

Sharia law and the relative mercies of French justice

21 October 2017 14:28

For many years, the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Tariq Ramadan, has been one of my closest…

What if someone takes the kisses at the end of my emails seriously?

21 October 2017 10:52

Very good piece from Giles Coren (as usual) on the intrusive and aggressive act of putting ‘xx’ at the end of…

Cabinet urge Hammond to be bold on housing in the Budget

21 October 2017 10:31

With the next European Council not scheduled until December, political attention now turns to next month’s Budget. As I say…

In defence of smacking children

21 October 2017 10:00

Scotland is fast becoming the most strident, unforgiving nanny state in the West. A world leader in the policing of…

From Cicero to Castro: history’s greatest orators

21 October 2017 10:00

Complaints about the decline and fall of political oratory are nothing new. Back in 1865 a British reporter branded the…

No, we’re not half a trillion poorer, but foreign investment looks shaky

21 October 2017 9:00

How did we mislay half a trillion pounds? Revised data from the Office for National Statistics has just reduced the…

Ceci n’est pas une no deal, says Macron

20 October 2017 17:56

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George Osborne’s revenge on civil service bean counters

20 October 2017 13:39

Since George Osborne moved to the Evening Standard, the one-time austere chancellor has rebranded himself as a centrist darling –…

The paradox at the heart of Catalan separatism

20 October 2017 12:51

Driving out of Barcelona, into the rural hinterland of Catalonia, you soon lose count of all the Catalan flags flying…

It is unfair to blame Oxford for the low number of black undergraduates

20 October 2017 12:44

David Lammy has been making headlines today, accusing Oxford of ‘social apartheid’ because it offers so few places to black…

Caption contest: May goes it alone

20 October 2017 10:53

Oh dear. Despite managing a carefully co-ordinated photo opp with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on arrival in Brussels, Theresa…

Angela Merkel throws Theresa May a lifeline

20 October 2017 9:36

Few in Whitehall believed that Theresa May’s trip to the EU Council summit this week would result in Britain being…

Books Podcast: Claire Tomalin

19 October 2017 17:40

In this week’s Books Podcast I talk to the incomparable Claire Tomalin — veteran literary editor, biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft,…

Tory MPs threaten to rebel and vote for government policy

19 October 2017 17:17

The talk of the Commons tearoom today is last night’s Opposition Day vote on Universal Credit. This is unusual: Opposition…

Damian Green gives Osborne the cold shoulder in Press Gallery speech

19 October 2017 16:38

Oh dear. Although Theresa May is on a mission to unite her Cabinet after months of in-fighting, her mission appears…

Ministers may have to withdraw the EU Withdrawal Bill for a long time

19 October 2017 16:00

So the EU (Withdrawal) Bill has been delayed once again, with Andrea Leadsom confirming a ‘pause’ to MPs this morning.…

Watch: Alastair Campbell’s Brexit ding-dong with John Redwood

19 October 2017 15:54

Alastair Campbell has made his views on Brexit loud and clear to anyone who will listen. Tony Blair’s former spin doctor…