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Corbyn insists he is going nowhere in testy Marr interview: ‘It’s wishful thinking by some people’

22 September 2019 10:27

As Labour conference gets underway, the main topic of conversation is Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership – and how long it can…

If Richard Dawkins loves facts so much, why can’t he get them right?

22 September 2019 10:23

The professor has made some deeply embarrassing mistakes in his new ‘Outgrowing God’ book

Spectator competition winners: Mogg-friendly memos

22 September 2019 9:30

Your latest challenge was to submit an extract from a government memo whose language would meet with the approval of…

How to stop a drone attack

22 September 2019 9:05

Drones have come of age in the war on terror. When the United States and Britain invaded Afghanistan in 2001,…

As top aide quits, is Corbyn’s leadership now sinking?

22 September 2019 8:56

The best way to understand the chaos engulfing the start of the Labour party conference is by looking at the…

Jeremy Corbyn is on the wrong side of history over Brexit

22 September 2019 7:00

So far as his keenest supporters are concerned, Jeremy Corbyn has always been on the Right Side of History. From…

What’s on today at Labour conference: The Spectator guide

22 September 2019 6:30

Labour is back in Brighton for the party’s annual conference. Here is the pick of the fringe events for the…

Can New York give the Brexit negotiations some momentum?

21 September 2019 10:37

Three events will dominate next week. The Supreme Court’s decision on the legality of prorogation, Labour conference and the UN…

The ‘Mondeo man’ myth

21 September 2019 9:00

In the run-up to every election, newspapers fill with articles about the handful of voters that will supposedly swing the…

It’s no surprise that Brexit looks doomed

21 September 2019 8:00

I have a friend who insists that he takes little interest in politics. Even so, the other evening he came…

Margaret Beckett to the rescue

21 September 2019 7:00

With a cross-party group of MPs successfully passing legislation to instruct the government to seek an Article 50 extension rather…

Tom Watson’s ousting prediction

20 September 2019 23:45

Tom Watson’s position as deputy leader of the Labour party hangs in the balance this weekend after a move was made…

Labour’s NEC in plot to oust Tom Watson

20 September 2019 21:52

This evening, Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee has started to discuss a motion which would oust Tom Watson as deputy…

How a sadistic Kremlin tormented Jewish musicians

20 September 2019 18:48

The new episode of the Holy Smoke podcast looks at the cruel cat-and-mouse game that the Soviet Union played with…

Is the Supreme Court increasing its own power?

20 September 2019 17:35

Proceedings in the Supreme Court are typically being reported as if judges are making an impartial assessment of the constitution.…

‘F–k Boris’: London climate change protest turns red

20 September 2019 17:35

Students went on strike today worldwide to protest against climate change. Luckily, the London protest took place only a stone’s…

Watch: Leo Varadkar jokes about throwing holy water at Boris Johnson

20 September 2019 16:54

If Brexit can’t be sorted out by mere mortals, perhaps the UK and EU need some divine inspiration to break…

Watch: Jeremy Corbyn dodges Brexit question eight times

20 September 2019 16:21

Is Jeremy Corbyn pro Remain or pro Leave? Three years have passed since the EU referendum, but the Labour leader still…

Labour needs to up its game

20 September 2019 12:00

This weekend is Labour’s tenth conference in opposition and the fifth with Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the party. It’s also…

School climate strikers should answer these two questions

20 September 2019 11:58

“The Earth is dying”, “the world is on fire”, we’re undergoing an “environmental extinction”: just three of the sentiments which…