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It’s in America’s interests to extradite Anne Sacoolas – but it’s also in hers

24 January 2020 17:33

Hands up if you have ever heard of Brian Moles? No? Then what about Anne Sacoolas? Yep, I bet that…

Joanna Cherry: Whatever Boris says, there could be a legal route to IndyRef2

24 January 2020 16:47

Anyone who tunes into Prime Minister’s Questions these days ought to be prepared to hear the issue of Scottish independence…

There’s no need to panic about coronavirus

24 January 2020 16:02

In contrast to prophets of doom, who get invited to Davos, asked to address the UN and are able to…

The Edition podcast: is there a new Anglo-French bromance?

24 January 2020 15:51

Is a new Anglo-French bromance blossoming? Emmanuel Macron certainly seems like he needs an ally. Back home, the country has…

HS2 is becoming increasingly difficult to justify

24 January 2020 15:10

More criticism of the infamous HS2 high-speed rail project emerged today, as the National Audit Office published their findings of…

The trans-sceptic academic who now needs bodyguards for protection

24 January 2020 14:48

‘You can’t change sex – biologically, that is impossible.’ That, by most people’s standards, is a simple observable truth. But…

Why Tom Watson’s peerage should be blocked

24 January 2020 13:44

Is Jeremy Corbyn attempting to foment the abolition of the House of Lords? His recent peerage nominations suggest so. Corbyn has…

Roger Scruton’s special role in Poland’s passage to democracy

24 January 2020 13:12

Roger Scruton’s funeral takes place in London today, and he’ll be in the thoughts and prayers of his admirers worldwide…

Boris Johnson won’t dance to the tune of big business on Brexit

24 January 2020 10:02

Now that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill has received royal assent and become law, the UK will leave the EU at…

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How Boris Johnson could reach his target on cutting violent crime

23 January 2020 18:13

Can Boris Johnson really cut violent crime by 20 per cent? James reported recently that the Prime Minister has set…

Watch: John Bercow’s ‘insurgent of the year’ acceptance speech

23 January 2020 16:47

Love him or hate him, you can’t deny that John Bercow had an outsized political impact in 2019. The former…

Why Huawei may be allowed in the UK 5G network

23 January 2020 14:44

Brandon Lewis, the security minister, is something of a genius at winsomely saying next to nothing. Even so I emerged…

Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year, in pictures

23 January 2020 12:57

Even by recent standards, 2019 was an eventful year in Westminster. It began with deadlock in Parliament and it was unclear…

Watch: Boris Johnson’s acceptance speech for Parliamentarian of the Year

23 January 2020 12:27

Prime Minister Boris Johnson won The Spectator’s much-coveted Parliamentarian of the Year award at a ceremony in London last night.…

Full text: Penny Mordaunt’s Parliamentarian speech

23 January 2020 11:52

Last night Penny Mordaunt was the guest of honour at the Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year awards. Below is an…

Did MBS kompromat Boris?

23 January 2020 11:29

Boris Johnson is a big fan of Mohammed bin Salman. But why? Back in 2018, the then-foreign secretary was keen…

Macron’s Jerusalem meltdown was a revealing moment

23 January 2020 9:03

Emmanuel Macron lost his cool during a walkabout in Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday and television cameras captured the moment…

The Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year Awards: The Winners

22 January 2020 22:51

The Spectator’s annual Parliamentarian of the Year awards took place at the Rosewood Hotel in London this evening. The awards…

Emily Thornberry’s leadership pitch: Corbynism, but neater

22 January 2020 19:37

Emily Thornberry is the straggler in the Labour leadership contest. Unlike Keir Starmer and Lisa Nandy, she’s not going to…

The Book Club podcast: how writing is like sleeping

22 January 2020 19:01

In this week’s Book Club podcast, my guest is the novelist Samantha Harvey, whose new book — The Shapeless Unease:…