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How Spain’s socialist leader is winning over reluctant voters

23 June 2018 13:00

Spaniards didn’t ask for their new prime minister, but it seems that they’re starting to like him. The most recent…

How the EU’s migration crisis is making Brexit more difficult

23 June 2018 10:39

Next week’s EU Council will see little progress on Brexit. As I write in The Sun today, migration—not Brexit—is the…

How Balkan politics dominated the Switzerland-Serbia game

23 June 2018 9:25

Enjoying the football? The politics of it, obviously. The Switzerland-Serbia game was a cracker in this context. The innocents in…

Fleet Street’s upskirting secret

23 June 2018 9:00

Upskirting is such a pretty word: it sounds like a charming village in Yorkshire, or an olde worlde custom, like…

Did the homeless man who stole a marathon medal really deserve a jail sentence?

22 June 2018 16:25

I can think of many people who deserve to be in jail but perhaps not Stanislaw Skupien. The homeless Pole was…

Love Island education: A beginner’s guide to Brexit

22 June 2018 13:13

When Love Island contestant Hayley Hughes used a conversation about Brexit to ask whether there would still be trees after…

Coming soon: Gavin Williamson meets US ambassador

22 June 2018 11:49

The new US ambassador has set the cat among the pigeons this morning with the Telegraph splashing on his call…

Hands off, Hollingberry in: does anyone notice ministerial resignations any more?

21 June 2018 17:57

Are ministerial resignations even interesting any more? There are more of them in Theresa May’s government than there are solid…

Could Article 50 end up being extended and Brexit delayed?

21 June 2018 15:56

The 30th March 2019 is the date in every Leave-backing MP’s mind. It is the first day Britain will be…

Books Podcast: a psychedelic trip with Michael Pollan

21 June 2018 15:11

This week’s Spectator Books Podcast asks: is LSD good for you? I’m joined by the author Michael Pollan, who talks…

Treasury X Factor: Tory MPs belatedly summoned to find the money for NHS pledge

21 June 2018 14:55

How do you find the money to pay for a £20bn NHS funding pledge? Usually such discussions – and eventual…

The Spectator Podcast: the Diversity Trap

21 June 2018 12:50

In recent days, Lionel Shriver has been in trouble. Her criticism of the publishing industry’s diversity drive has led to…

Why are women who discuss gender getting bomb threats?

21 June 2018 12:08

Last night, some women got together in a room to talk about law and politics and sex and gender. The…

I can’t wait for England to be knocked out of the World Cup

21 June 2018 11:53

On Monday evening, I watched a man in a smart shirt and trousers put his friend in a headlock while…

Policy Exchange summer party: Theresa May takes a swipe at Michael Gove

20 June 2018 20:11

It’s summer party season in Westminster. Tonight it was the turn of Policy Exchange with the think tank securing a…

Labour councillor who said ‘no proof’ Isis exists to help protect children from radicalisation

20 June 2018 18:13

Remember Safia Akhtar? Back in May, Mr Steerpike reported how the Birmingham Labour candidate had ‘waltz[ed] to victory’ in the local…

Is there life after Merkel for German conservatives?

20 June 2018 16:43

German conservatives are in disarray. Caught between the migrant crisis and Merkel’s looming departure, they are fighting over their own…

I’m lonely but the Loneliness Minister won’t take my calls

20 June 2018 16:28

I blame Bercow. The Speaker has introduced a strange new custom to the Commons. He likes to point out his…

Phillip Lee’s bad press

20 June 2018 15:49

The Remain rebels have this afternoon backed down and found a compromise to the government’s meaningful vote amendment that they…

Rebels climb down on ‘crunch’ Brexit vote – again

20 June 2018 15:33

One of the laws of Brexit is that every Commons division and Cabinet meeting billed as being a ‘crunch vote’…

Will Christopher Chope block the upskirting bill again?

20 June 2018 13:50

I represent Gina Martin, the 26-year-old who founded the campaign to make upskirting a specific sexual offence under English law.…

Jeremy Corbyn lets Theresa May off the hook at PMQs

20 June 2018 13:42

PMQs today was a missed opportunity for Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn chose to go on the NHS, rather than Donald Trump’s…

Watch: Minister taken to task over ‘Brexit dividend’

20 June 2018 13:01

Theresa May has said a Brexit dividend will help fund the NHS cash boost, but does it actually exist? It…

Emmanuel Macron was right to scold his over-friendly fan

20 June 2018 12:36

Obviously, one mocks little President Macron for telling a teenager to call him ‘Monsieur le President’. How long before the…

Matteo Salvini’s tough immigration stance is paying off

20 June 2018 12:08

Well, stone me. A new “populist” government in Italy actually does something to stop the NGO taxi service which ferries migrants…