Mhairi Black rejects Alex Salmond’s sartorial advances

18 December 2017 14:31

Since arriving in Parliament in 2015, Mhairi Black has caused a stir in Westminster. The 23-year-old SNP MP rarely misses…

Theresa May must still be prepared to call the EU’s Brexit bluff

18 December 2017 12:34

As the Brexit ‘war cabinet’ meets this morning to discuss what future trading relationship Britain would like with the EU…

The Family Court is not fit for purpose

18 December 2017 10:00

When I agreed to serve as a magistrate in the Family Court, I thought that I would be dealing with…

What the papers say: The new Brexit divide

18 December 2017 8:28

‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ is no longer the basis of the divide over Brexit, says the Daily Telegraph. Instead, the new…

Another day, another Labour MP who won’t befriend Tories

17 December 2017 22:19

Here we go again. Earlier this year, Laura Pidcock caused a stir when the newly-elected Labour MP announced that she…

Sunday shows round-up: Diane Abbott sounds public sector alarm

17 December 2017 16:15

Diane Abbott – Public sector at risk if migration collapses The Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott has told Andrew Marr…

The Queen should force her unmarried relatives to corridor creep this Christmas

17 December 2017 11:53

Thank God for the proprieties. This magazine’s editor, Fraser Nelson, rattled a few score Anglicans today when he declared in…

Jacob Rees-Mogg wins a celebrity backer

17 December 2017 11:40

Although Theresa May looks safe in No 10 for the time being, chatter continues behind closed doors over who her…

Diane Abbott’s selective memory

17 December 2017 11:10

Oh dear. This morning Diane Abbott appeared on the Andrew Marr show to discuss – among other things – Labour’s…

Unofficial deadline of mid-January for working out UK’s end-state negotiating position

16 December 2017 10:31

On Monday, the Brexit inner Cabinet will finally have a proper discussion on what kind of trade deal with the…

Instead of schmoozing at City parties, this year I’m Sarah the Cook in panto

16 December 2017 9:00

Last Christmas I offered you a cruel satire about a boardroom big-shot whose career went so awry that he ended…

We live in an era of illusion – and delusion

15 December 2017 17:57

Matt Hancock, a government minister, has felt obliged to declare formally, ‘Objective reality exists.’ To his credit, he confessed to…

Watch: Question Time audience member accuses Nicky Morgan of treachery

15 December 2017 17:06

This week the ‘stop Brexit’ campaign went into overdrive after the government suffered its first defeat on the EU withdrawal…

Chief Whip’s save the date

15 December 2017 16:45

After the government suffered its first defeat in the Commons on Wednesday, questions are being asked over what and who…

Is IQ falling across the West?

15 December 2017 14:00

James Flynn’s research on the eponymous Flynn Effect, showing massive gains in IQ in 14 nations in the course of…

Theresa May’s next big task is getting her own MPs on side

15 December 2017 12:07

It’s official. Theresa May’s Christmas wish has been granted. At the EU council meeting today, EU leaders agreed to move…

What the papers say: In praise of the Tory rebels

15 December 2017 8:34

EU leaders look set to formally approve a move on to the next stage in Brexit talks today in Brussels.…

Brexit is becoming a ‘just war’, with predictable consequences

14 December 2017 18:53

Brexit could split the Tory party. So many people wrote articles arguing this before and after David Cameron called the…

How can May stop the Brexit mutineers from becoming the new Tory ‘bastards’?

14 December 2017 17:19

The decision made by 11 Conservative MPs to rebel and back Dominic Grieve’s amendment for a ‘meaningful vote’ on the…

Charlatans succeed by pretending the media always lies

14 December 2017 16:53

The uproar about fake news hides as much as it reveals. It is not just that propaganda has a history…

Rupert Murdoch is selling Sky at the top of the market

14 December 2017 16:09

There are plenty of questions to be asked about the decision by Rupert Murdoch to sell 21st-Century Fox, including Sky…

Books Podcast: The year in strange facts

14 December 2017 14:21

This week’s Books Podcast — the last before the Christmas break — sees the Spectator’s office flooded with elves. The…

Theresa May should have backed down in her Brexit battle with Parliament

14 December 2017 12:39

This morning has brought predictable outrage about Tory ‘traitors’. The Prime Minister has been undermined, Guy Verhofstadt has had his…

Angry Leavers must accept that ‘hard’ Brexit died on election night

14 December 2017 11:56

Some Brexiteers are angry. This is not news. This has been true since about 20 minutes after the referendum result…