Blogs

Thank goodness for doses of statistical reality

20 October 2017 16:55

How did we mislay half a trillion pounds? Revised data from the Office for National Statistics has just reduced the…

Skiing with kids doesn’t have to be ruinously expensive

20 October 2017 15:43

One day in February each year, my three children come home from school in London, but go to sleep in…

Books Podcast: Claire Tomalin

19 October 2017 17:40

In this week’s Books Podcast I talk to the incomparable Claire Tomalin — veteran literary editor, biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft,…

Black Monday: 30 years on

19 October 2017 13:47

The ‘Great Hurricane’, Maggie Thatcher, Michael Jackson and shoulder pads – it must be the 30th anniversary of Black Monday.…

Trust is shattered and premiums are rising. Insurance Brokers must seize the moment

18 October 2017 15:11

It’s no secret that insurance premiums are rising. It’s also no secret that some insurance firms drive customers around the…

How Sean Hughes (1965-2017) transformed comedy

17 October 2017 14:34

Not many people can say they’ve transformed an entire art form, but Sean Hughes, who died yesterday, aged 51, did…

Best Buys: Four year and over fixed rate bonds

17 October 2017 11:25

A fixed rate bond does guarantee your rate of return – but you have to be prepared to lock up…

Brexit doom and gloom hasn’t yet affected the racing industry

16 October 2017 17:45

No matter how much disruption people might claim that Brexit is bringing to the British economy, in Newmarket at least,…

The Weinstein affair has exposed Hollywood’s culture. Let’s boycott it

16 October 2017 14:17

Oh, the glorious hypocrisy of it all – the dozens of actresses, UN goodwill ambassadors among them, who have come…

Spectator competition winners: record-breaking limericks

15 October 2017 9:45

The latest competition called for limericks describing a feat worthy of inclusion in Guinness World Records. This assignment was a…

It’s no surprise that smart meters are proving unpopular with the public

13 October 2017 15:06

Yesterday, Ross Clark argued over on Coffee House that the government’s Clean Growth Strategy – that is, a promise to insulate…

We need to start telling the image censors to back off

13 October 2017 11:14

Almost two and a half years ago, feminists called on Transport for London to remove adverts of a scantily-clad Australian…

The Bombardier dispute leaves Britain at risk of looking like a powerless minor player

12 October 2017 16:52

This is an extract from the ‘Any Other Business’ column in this week’s Spectator.  ‘Bombardier exposes post-Brexit realities’ was the FT’s…

Books Podcast: Alan Hollinghurst

12 October 2017 12:49

In this week’s Books podcast I’m joined by Alan Hollinghurst, the Man Booker prizewinning author of The Line of Beauty…

I’m never happier than when an arts show on TV is cancelled

11 October 2017 14:34

I am, to paraphrase myself, ‘a freethinking middle aged rock ‘n’ roller, still on the toilet circuit hoping it’s a…

Why a nation’s productivity isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ matter

11 October 2017 12:35

The outlook for UK productivity is hardly encouraging. The Office for Budget Responsibility is suggesting only anaemic growth over the…

Best Buys: Remortgage rates

10 October 2017 13:13

Remortgaging your home can be an excellent way of saving huge sums of money, or of releasing capital which might…

Sir Richard Greenbury’s business model is worth recalling when capitalism’s critics are on the rampage

9 October 2017 15:38

Sir Richard Greenbury, the former Marks & Spencer chairman who died last week aged 81, was one of those choleric…

Spectator competition winners: The Little Books of Flogge, Brygge, Chugge and Slugge

8 October 2017 9:45

The latest competition invited you to take your lead from Meik Wiking — CEO at the Happiness Research Institute and…

Why you should invest in founder-owned businesses

6 October 2017 18:06

Should it make a difference to investors if a company is owned by its founder? You might argue that a…

Life expectancy is on the rise. Is that something that can be invested in – and if so, how?

6 October 2017 17:18

‘We are all going to live longer, so why not invest in it?’­ seems to be the premise of Jim…

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…

In preserving its heritage gaming is maturing as an art form

6 October 2017 15:57

Want to feel like a kid again? Now, if you’re of a certain age, inclination and fortune, you can. Last…

The White Cliffs of Dover, the National Trust, and a very public appeal

5 October 2017 16:43

The White Cliffs of Dover are, arguably, one of Britain’s most famous sights – immortalised of course by Dame Vera…