Blogs

How can we encourage millennials to save for their retirement?

23 August 2017 14:11

It’s a story we’ve become used to hearing in recent years. How millennials are the sensible generation. They’ve turned their…

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…

Best Buys: 0% Introductory Balance Transfer Rate

22 August 2017 11:50

If you have credit card balance on an existing account, you could save vast amounts of money by transferring that…

Considering retiring abroad? Don’t forget about your state pension

21 August 2017 17:23

Retiring to a warmer, more exotic, country is something that many of us dream of doing – and sooner, rather…

Action soars but acting plummets on Game of Thrones

21 August 2017 16:50

The penultimate episode of a season of Game of Thrones is usually the point where something spectacularly game changing happens.…

There could be a downside to the surprisingly steady inflation rate

21 August 2017 12:06

The core consumer price index of inflation held unexpectedly steady at 2.6 per cent in July, further removing any possibility…

Spectator competition winners: in praise of Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Trump and Jacob Rees-Mogg

20 August 2017 9:45

The invitation to submit a disgustingly flattering poem in heroic couplets in praise of a contemporary person of power saw…

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…

We all know Britain must be ‘open for business’ when we leave the EU – but how?

18 August 2017 11:48

As Brexit continues to dominate the headlines there is, understandably, a great deal of anxiety surrounding the UK’s future prosperity,…

The financial crisis, ten years on

17 August 2017 17:07

It has been ten years since the start of the global financial crisis, and much has been written about whether…

Books Podcast: Robert Lowell’s centenary

17 August 2017 12:55

For this week’s podcast, in celebration of Robert Lowell’s centenary year, I’m joined by the critic and writer Jonathan Raban…

What have commuters done to deserve this price hike on their rail fares?

16 August 2017 9:05

With the Retail Price Index figures released yesterday, commuters are up in arms at the news that rail prices are…

The Garden Bridge was the definition of a folly

15 August 2017 15:32

Dry your eyes, Joanna Lumley, and try to move on. For the Garden Bridge was doomed from the start. Sure,…

Best Buys: Two-Year Fixed Rate Bonds

15 August 2017 11:31

Putting your savings in a fixed rate bond guarantees your rate of return – but you do have to be…

Daenerys Targaryen has become the Donald Trump of Game of Thrones

14 August 2017 16:36

If he takes a break from the 24-hour feed of Fox News and switches over to HBO in time to…

How one London junction is raking in fines of £200,000 per day

14 August 2017 12:24

Driving in central London is a minefield at the best of times. What with the confusion of the congestion charge…

Spectator competition winners: reader, I ate him: literary classics/horror mash-ups

13 August 2017 9:45

The latest comp, which called for extracts from a mash-up of a literary classic of your choice and horror fiction,…

Geoff Dyer: How I write

13 August 2017 8:00

In the sixth form we’d get assigned essays to be written over the Christmas holidays. I always did these right…

Irvine Welsh: How I write

12 August 2017 10:00

If you are a writer of my disposition you tend to grasp any opportunity for self–sabotage and distraction. So here’s…

Susan Hill: How I write

12 August 2017 8:00

Of course I began with pen and ink and paper, and paper was expensive in terms of pocket money, so…

Books Podcast: The art of the sequel

11 August 2017 13:48

We live in an age when sequels to, and re-imaginings of, the classics, seem to be a larger part of…

Why Scotland’s rural communities need grouse shooting

11 August 2017 12:50

Tomorrow, 12 August, is the ‘Glorious Twelfth’: the official start of the grouse-shooting season. This normally means plenty of tweed…

Should we all be investing in bitcoin?

10 August 2017 10:25

Like the splitting of the atom – but perhaps not as significant to the whole of mankind, the bitcoin split…

Using fear to sell financial products is simply desperation. Selling hope is the future

9 August 2017 11:12

Using fear to sell products is a powerful strategy. Unsurprisingly, many financial firms have come to rely on fear to…

Would you really want to be a farmer in 2017?

8 August 2017 8:00

What does being ‘a farmer’ mean to you? For those that have experienced it, the job – or lifestyle, really…