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Why The Spectator is the world’s oldest weekly magazine

24 June 2017 15:48

Founded in 1828, The Spectator has been proud to describe itself as ‘the oldest continuously-published weekly in the English language’. But this…

Why The Spectator is the world’s oldest weekly magazine

24 June 2017 15:40

Founded in 1828, The Spectator has been proud to announce itself as ‘the oldest continuously-published weekly in the English language’. But…

Best Buys: Two-Year Fixed Rate Bonds

23 June 2017 12:27

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Two-Year Fixed Rate Bonds.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way

22 June 2017 13:41

Once upon a time, there lived a very bored (but exceptionally diligent) paralegal. Everyday she would head to the office…

Books Podcast: The secret lives of Julian Assange, Craig Wright and Ronald Pinn

22 June 2017 13:17

In this week’s podcast I’m talking to the novelist and journalist Andrew O’Hagan about lies, paranoia, and the way that…

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The price of being single

21 June 2017 13:06

The average cost of attending a wedding is £800 per couple, according to a press release from Nationwide which landed…

Don’t be apathetic – take charge of your savings

21 June 2017 12:14

It’s obvious to see how far cash savings have fallen over the years and how increasingly difficult it is to…

If payday loans are evil why can’t we come up with anything better?

20 June 2017 11:53

There’s never been a better time to borrow money. Mortgages pegged at 1.29 per cent, 2.7 per cent personal loans,…

Spend your pension pot wisely

20 June 2017 11:01

There was an almighty hoo-ha when George Osborne introduced pension freedoms. In the biggest change to pensions in a generation,…

Is the British government about to be held hostage by head-banging biblical fundamentalists?

19 June 2017 13:31

Forgive the inflammatory headline, but that’s the conclusion that millions of Britons have drawn from media descriptions of the DUP.…

How to avoid a holiday from hell

19 June 2017 12:25

As the UK basks in beautiful sunshine, it’s tempting to abandon all thoughts of a holiday abroad and opt for…

Home ownership fall is driving wealth inequality

19 June 2017 11:47

Consider this: 1 per cent of adults own 14 per cent of the nation’s assets. That’s some 488,000 people in ownership…

Spectator competition winners: a song for Europe

18 June 2017 9:45

This week you were invited to fill a gap by providing lyrics for the European anthem. The powers that be…

Best Buys: Variable Rate Cash ISAs

16 June 2017 10:42

This week’s Best Buys, provided by Moneyfacts, are Variable Rate Cash ISAs.

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Fraud hotspots revealed by Which?

16 June 2017 10:32

Norfolk is the dating fraud capital of England and Wales, Surrey is the hotspot for investment scams, and mid-Wales suffers cold…

Grenfell Tower and the politics of needless death

15 June 2017 21:38

As the body count rose from the Grenfell Tower fire, sensible people warned us not to rush to judgement. Activists,…

Books Podcast: The art of the first novel

15 June 2017 15:12

In this week’s Books Podcast, we’re turning our eye on an area of literary endeavour that is too often neglected:…

Why didn’t Theresa May meet Grenfell Tower survivors?

15 June 2017 14:05

We can’t yet be sure what caused the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower. Early speculation, some of it expert, some…

How to keep your dog safe from thieves

15 June 2017 11:19

Five dogs are stolen every day in the UK and only one gets reunited with its owner, according to police…

Now it’s cheaper to use your mobile phone abroad

15 June 2017 10:39

Praise be, there’s some good news on the financial front this morning. Roaming charges for the use of mobile phones…

How to navigate the information overload

14 June 2017 13:05

As humans we are endlessly called upon to make decisions based on the information we have, and we are defined…

The risks of being a modern landlord

14 June 2017 12:19

The spate of terrorist attacks in London and Manchester has made many landlords and their insurers nervous about the risks…

The young are tired of London – and who can blame them?

13 June 2017 10:32

London has historically been the place to go for young creative types. These days, renting damp warehouses and staying in…

Spectator competition winners: P.G. Wodehouse’s Guide to Manly Health and Training

11 June 2017 10:07

For the latest competition you were invited to take inspiration from the recently published Walt Whitman’s Guide to Manly Health…

I called it! Theresa May has been undone by her pointless election

9 June 2017 18:12

I would direct you to Liddle passim for why we are now in this state of chaos. Even if Theresa…