Blogs

The Brexit White Paper is a bad deal for Britain

12 July 2018 14:20

This (Brexit White Paper) is the greatest vassalage since King John paid homage to Philip II at Le Goulet in…

Podcast: Pope Francis, homosexuality and the spectre of schism

31 May 2018 10:54

Only one pope in the history of the Catholic Church could have uttered the following words: ‘Juan Carlos, that you…

Podcast: Why do we insist on worshipping the NHS?

15 May 2018 10:35

Nigel Lawson once wrote that ‘the National Health Service is the closest thing the English have to a religion’. It’s…

Could Dublin’s preachy liberals save Ireland’s abortion ban?

23 April 2018 13:47

Could there be a Trump-style upset when the Irish vote next month on whether to repeal the country’s ban on…

Lord O’Shaughnessy giving the keynote speech at The Spectator Health Summit (image: Anne Schwarz)

Can technology make the NHS more efficient?

11 April 2018 9:00

As the Spectator held its inaugural health summit last week, the fraught issue of NHS funding was once again on…

The waffler and the thunderer: why Anglicans and Catholics will never unite

6 April 2018 17:29

Last week The Spectator published a fascinating and mischievous piece by Ysenda Maxtone Graham entitled ‘A tale of two Sarahs:…

Holy Smoke: The strange death of liberal American Christianity

23 March 2018 20:10

What rubbish we British talk about American Christianity. For example, we’re still convinced that hardcore fundamentalist evangelicals can swing elections.…

Spare us from the Menopausal Militants!

21 March 2018 14:23

Another day and another celeb is moaning about her menopause. Earlier this week, TV presenter Andrea McLean suggested a campaign…

The Vatican’s fake news: Pope Francis’s staff caught blurring out key words in photo of letter from Benedict

15 March 2018 23:08

Fake news is dangerous because it uses ‘distorted data’ to manipulate the public, Pope Francis warned us in January. Well,…

American Healthcare and the NHS

27 February 2018 18:36

Donald Trump recently disparaged Britain’s National Health Service for “going broke and not working,” leading Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to…

Conscientious objection is an important medical principle

23 February 2018 12:31

Doctors are expected to have integrity. Does this not entail that they should do what they think is right?

Life or assisted death: the doctor’s dilemma

15 February 2018 16:54

The so-called assisted dying debate is again generating more heat than light.  Once again, we have the British Medical Journal…

Theresa May must lead or go

31 January 2018 13:34

The Brexit ‘inner cabinet’ met on Monday. It was meant to be an important meeting, one which made some real…

Welcome to the era of unnovation

9 January 2018 12:19

For the past few years, another seasonal story has joined the traditional tales of woe about this mysterious, random thing…

The NHS cannot heal itself

9 January 2018 10:29

Rationing did not end in the 1950s. The largest-scale rationing programme is still in existence: our beloved National Health Service.…

Time is running out for the ‘Dictator Pope’ as a new scandal hits Rome

23 December 2017 14:11

Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga of Honduras, one of the most influential figures in the Catholic Church, has been accused of receiving…

How the music of Bach can teach us how to die

28 November 2017 15:35

Imagine if we had access to over a hundred Shakespeare plays in which the Bard was at or near the…

Can you have your grass-fed beef and eat it?

6 October 2017 16:37

Grass-fed beef just came off the North London dinner party menu. A report by the Food Climate Research Network at the…

The Protestant passions of Queen Victoria: her biographer A.N. Wilson reveals all

6 October 2017 16:07

Our guest on today’s Holy Smoke podcast is A.N. Wilson, author of a hugely admired biography of Queen Victoria and…

If Jesus Christ was on Twitter, would he be attacked by malignant trolls?

20 September 2017 16:51

You must listen to the feisty new episode of the Holy Smoke podcast, in which Cristina Odone and I ask…

Time and technology are overtaking the arguments for Hinckley Point

18 September 2017 11:08

The price of offshore wind power has halved, making those giant inshore turbine arrays we love to hate look competitive…

London is still the world’s pre-eminent financial centre – for now

17 September 2017 8:30

Should we place faith in a survey, conducted in June but published this week, that says London is still the…

Is the Church of England dying in the countryside?

22 August 2017 13:05

English country churches: everyone loves them, no one wants to actually pray in them. ‘People have a massive sentimental attachment to…

How to deal with Pauline Hanson’s political stunts

18 August 2017 16:20

Before Trump or Farage, before Wilders or Marine Le Pen, there was Pauline. Pauline Hanson was the original rabble-rouser who…

The knives are out for Christian faith schools

28 July 2017 15:27

Today’s Holy Smoke podcast responds to rumours that the Government is planning to betray parents who want to send their children to faith…