Can Theresa May make it to the end of the Brexit talks?

22 July 2017 10:35

If the last few months should have taught us political commentators anything, it is to be wary of making predictions.…

As Boots discovered, the morning-after pill is now a lifestyle choice

22 July 2017 9:18

Well Boots has climbed down in a battle it was never going to win against Twitter, the mouthy MP Jess…

How Game of Thrones gave Northern Ireland a £146 million boost

22 July 2017 9:00

I’m a huge fan of Game of Thrones, the epic television drama that has returned for a seventh season. This is a…

How tolerant should liberals be of Islamic theocracy?

22 July 2017 8:45

I quite enjoyed James Fergusson’s exploration of British Islam – Al-Britannia, My Country. If it is done intelligently, I approve…

Why are students allowed to vote where they study?

22 July 2017 8:30

The Electoral Commission is finally sidling up to the consequences of its failure to police voting registration. It finds the…

Sean Spicer’s resignation suggests that Team Trump is tearing itself apart

21 July 2017 21:37

These days nobody much bothers denying that the Trump administration is chaotic, aside that is from the Donald’s inner circle…

Michael Gove, ‘Green Brexit’, and what it all means for Britain’s farmers

21 July 2017 17:59

Michael Gove’s speech this morning on his plan for a ‘Green Brexit’ is one of the first signs of what…

Is Michael Gove really an environmental reformer?

21 July 2017 17:50

How right Michael Gove was, in his first speech as Environment Secretary, to promise to put an end to a…

What will Jeremy Corbyn do next?

21 July 2017 16:43

The Labour party has a troubling recess ahead of it. Many of its members just won’t know what to do…

Welcome to the herd, UnHerd

21 July 2017 15:41

A new star is born today into the centre-right blogosphere: UnHerd. The latest brainchild of Tim Montgomerie, founder of ConservativeHome,…

Friends reunited: Michael Gove’s tête-à-tête with Nick Timothy

21 July 2017 14:41

Although Theresa May’s former co-chiefs of staff – Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill – both swiftly exited No 10 following…

Gary Lineker, the leader we need

21 July 2017 12:45

Is there a whiter place in London than Barnes? I ask only because I have been going there at the…

Who will be the next Tory leader?

21 July 2017 11:09

Summer is finally here. Tory MPs, exhausted, relieved and nervous, can retreat to contemplation. One theory says that distance from…

Watch: Diane Abbott fails to do her sums, again

20 July 2017 21:37

Here we go again. During the General Election campaign, Diane Abbott came under fire when it became apparent in an…

George Soros vs the nation state

20 July 2017 18:34

Freedom House is a remarkable and largely admirable organisation. Over the years it has done some great work challenging governments…

Vince Cable pitches the Lib Dems as the only force in the centre ground

20 July 2017 18:16

So Vince Cable is now the new Lib Dem leader, after no-else opposed the 74-year-old Twickenham MP for the party’s…

In defence of offence

20 July 2017 16:20

On Tuesday the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) announced a crackdown on gender stereotyping. Adverts suggesting men are useless around the house…

Single mothers, not wealthy presenters, are the real victims of the BBC’s gender disparity

20 July 2017 16:13

There is a group of women who have every reason to feel aggrieved to learn that the BBC is paying Gary…

In defeat, Theresa May has done what David Cameron couldn’t

20 July 2017 15:32

Today the House rises for summer recess and, as James writes, Downing Street achieves its immediate post-election aim: Theresa May makes…

Books Podcast: Summer reads

20 July 2017 15:10

This week, with the holidays approaching, I’m joined by the critic Alex Clark and Damian Barr — memoirist and host…

The Spectator Podcast: Madness in the Med

20 July 2017 15:00

On this week’s episode, Isabel Hardman is joined by guests to look at the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and…

Brexit talks reach a stalemate on EU nationals

20 July 2017 14:50

This afternoon, David Davis and Michel Barnier gave a joint press conference to update hacks on the progress that’s been made…

Reflections on writing about welfare

20 July 2017 14:44

Earlier this week I made my first foray into writing for Coffee House about the interactions between the tax and…

How doing a ‘Good Thing’ can make ministers mess up

20 July 2017 13:30

One of the few bits of legislation that the government thinks it can get past MPs is a domestic violence…