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How Philip Hammond could be PM by October

24 June 2017 22:00

The biggest factor keeping Theresa May in office is the absence of an alternative Conservative leader with broad enough backing…

Watch: Paul Mason turns on the Blairites at Progress event – ‘form your own party and get on with it!’

24 June 2017 20:10

Well, that didn’t last long. The uneasy peace between the Blairites and the Corbynites since the snap election has come…

Glastonbury wouldn’t survive under a Corbyn government

24 June 2017 18:00

Only Jeremy Corbyn could speak at Glastonbury and think he was addressing the oppressed proletariat. Glastonbury, he said, while introducing…

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…

Why Theresa May’s position is safe, for now

24 June 2017 10:34

It would be hard to describe Theresa May’s post-election, premiership as anything other than weak. But, weirdly, this weakness is…

It’s vital we act now to fix the ticking time bomb under our economy

24 June 2017 10:00

The UK economy is not in good shape. We invest a lower proportion of our GDP every year than almost…

Why the right is losing its way

24 June 2017 9:30

If the British Conservative party is feeling stunned, having calamitously misread the public mood in a general election, then it…

Plato and Aristotle would have understood Corbyn’s appeal to the young

24 June 2017 9:00

Whether the youth vote had any serious impact on the result of the general election or not, Jeremy Corbyn knew…

Every London council faces the challenges of Grenfell Tower

24 June 2017 8:04

It’s very weird when a friend is in the news. I’ve known Nicholas Holgate for years. Until now, he was…

Theresa May makes life difficult for Rory Bremner

23 June 2017 17:09

One of the biggest criticisms of the Conservative snap election campaign is that it failed to make the most of…

Theresa May has finally done her duty for EU nationals. Will the EU do the same?

23 June 2017 16:26

Now that Theresa May has made a proper offer to EU nationals, saying they will be granted permanent residence after…

Theresa May’s exhaustion makes more blunders inevitable

23 June 2017 15:09

Theresa May’s body language on leaving the European Council summit last night shows quite how much of a toll the past…

A threadbare Queen’s Speech isn’t such a bad thing

23 June 2017 14:00

Can you remember what was in this week’s Queen’s Speech? Boris Johnson couldn’t on the day it was unveiled, making…

13 things we have learnt about Britain since the EU Referendum

23 June 2017 10:00

Happy Independence Day everyone (groan). One year on from that momentous day, here are 13 things we’ve learnt from the…

Corbyn overtakes May on question of who would make the best PM

23 June 2017 8:25

Would Jeremy Corbyn or Theresa May make a better Prime Minister? In April, when Theresa May called the election, that…

Watch: David Dimbleby ejects heckling Corbynista from Question Time

23 June 2017 8:04

Although the Conservatives won the most votes, most seats and increased their national vote share, many Labour supporters remain convinced…

At long last, Theresa May offers assurance to EU nationals

22 June 2017 22:15

After a year of prevarication, it has emerged that the Prime Minister has agreed to offer permanent residency to all EU…

Labour and the Lib Dems are as much to blame as the Tories for Grenfell Tower

22 June 2017 19:04

I haven’t been in Camden this afternoon, so I can’t vouch for there being no marches of activists holding banners…

David Gauke takes a pop at his former boss

22 June 2017 16:47

Following the disappointing snap election result, Theresa May has had to relax her approach to government – gone are the days…

The Spectator Podcast: The dying of the right

22 June 2017 16:14

On this week’s episode, we look at conservatism’s apparent decline, how society has responded to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and whether young…

The ‘hate preacher’ hypocrisy

22 June 2017 14:26

Well this is interesting.  I had got used to the standard response to terror.  I had thought that when 22…

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…

The anti-tabloid snobs are the real bigots

22 June 2017 13:00

So now we know who’s really responsible for the horrible attack at Finsbury Park Mosque: it was the Sun wot…

The Serious Fraud Office is treating people seriously unfairly

22 June 2017 12:40

If British industry had its own Mount Rushmore, the carved rock would undoubtedly include the face of Sir Ralph Robins.…