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Save our green! The local battle which exposed the war against Britain’s green space

27 March 2017 18:14

One of the 12 ‘principles’ of the government’s National Planning Policy Framework is that planning should be ‘genuinely plan-led, empowering local people…

David Storey, 1933 – 2017: Britain’s great post-war novelist

27 March 2017 17:30

Britain’s greatest post-war novelist is reported as having died today, at the age of 83. It seems a rather extravagant…

Could the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement help end Stormont’s stasis?

27 March 2017 17:20

You’d think, with Brexit talks starting sometime after Wednesday, that Northern Irish politicians would have something better to do than…

James Brokenshire plays for time in Northern Ireland. Will it work?

27 March 2017 16:52

The Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire is playing for time. In a statement made after the 4pm deadline for forming…

David Cameron’s larynx joins the Labour party

27 March 2017 16:05

Given that Owen Jones, Glenda Jackson and Derek Hatton are just a handful of the figures to recently turn on Jeremy…

The reports of Angela Merkel’s political demise have been greatly exaggerated

27 March 2017 15:32

Once again, the pollsters got it wrong. Yesterday’s election in Saarland was supposed to be the beginning of the end…

No 10’s Scotland gaffe

27 March 2017 14:07

Today Theresa May travelled to Scotland to give a speech in which she claimed that Brexit will make the UK more united. In…

Persecuted Iraqi Christians ‘supported Trump 100 per cent’ because they felt betrayed by Obama

27 March 2017 14:02

There’s an extraordinary moment in this week’s Holy Smoke podcast when the aid official supervising the resettlement of 12,000 Iraqi…

Theresa May’s Brexit speech in Scotland, full transcript

27 March 2017 14:01

It is very good to be with you here with you today, and particularly to be able to thank you…

Of course we’re not cowed by terrorism – what other choice do we have?

27 March 2017 10:24

Stay safe, London. Stay safe, everyone. It’s nice, isn’t it, as a sentiment, which is just as well because it…

What the papers say: Are tech companies doing enough to tackle terror?

27 March 2017 8:41

Amber Rudd has vowed to ‘call time’ on tech companies who are giving terrorists ‘a place to hide’. The Home…

‘Unite for Europe’ march turns sour

26 March 2017 20:58

With Theresa May on track to trigger Article 50 on Wednesday and thereby begin Britain’s formal exit from the European…

Refugees deserve better than the Dubs scheme and Theresa May was right to end it

26 March 2017 19:51

The argument over the recently-abandoned Dubs scheme for refugees encapsulates what is wrong with the debate about what is, perhaps, the worst humanitarian…

Sunday political interviews round-up: Carswell, Farage, Rudd and Corbyn

26 March 2017 17:48

Douglas Carswell: Why I won’t call a by-election On the Sunday Politics, the Clacton MP said: ‘I’m not submitting myself…

Europe should follow Britain’s lead on refugees

26 March 2017 13:00

When a humanitarian tragedy disappears from our newspapers, there are two possibilities: that the crisis is over and life for…

If Ukip is to survive, Nigel Farage also needs to go

26 March 2017 12:54

So poisonous were the relations between Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell that no-one will have been surprised at the latter’s…

The Brexit bellwether will be the health of our car industry

26 March 2017 11:00

As I’ve said before, the bellwether of post-Brexit prosperity will be the health of the UK car industry, rather than…

Why I’m falling in love with Sean Spicer

26 March 2017 10:00

Washington, DC I hate to admit it, but I think I’m falling in love with Sean Spicer. No doubt Donald…

How both Britain and the EU might claim victory in the Brexit talks

26 March 2017 9:00

Theresa May doesn’t do drama. She regards order as both a political and personal virtue. And this goes a long…

Could Health and Safety kill off home cooking?

26 March 2017 8:45

If Health and Safety is (are?) your thing, you must always be dreaming, like Alexander the Great, of new worlds…

Why is Nicola Sturgeon so cagey about Scotland’s EU future?

26 March 2017 8:30

It’s important to keep an ear out for the rhetoric of Britain’s remaining Remain parties, because they are changing, too. Having…

Spectator competition winners: an A-to-P of poetry

25 March 2017 15:00

The latest competition — asking for a poem of 16 lines in which the lines begin with the letters of…

It’s mission accomplished for Douglas Carswell as Ukip’s only MP quits

25 March 2017 13:20

Today Ukip went from a political party with one MP, to a political party with no MPs. Douglas Carswell has…

Should conservatives fear new working-class support? Some clearly do

25 March 2017 13:00

In America, an argument has broken out among journalists, writers and intellectuals in the aftermath of the presidential election about…

No, M Juncker, David Cameron did not “destroy” the United Kingdom.

25 March 2017 12:44

Jean-Claude Juncker could have been invented by Nigel Farage’s spin doctors. He is sneering one-man advert for Brexit, Frexit and any…