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The functional, quiet nobility of Alastair Cook

10 September 2018 17:35

No-one ever bought shares in Alastair Cook because they were sexy. No man has made so many runs with so…

MPs should take more responsibility for disasters like Syria

10 September 2018 16:30

Should there be an independent inquiry into the cost of doing nothing in Syria? That’s what MPs on the Foreign…

Why GDP growth has nothing to do with the World Cup or the warm weather

10 September 2018 14:45

We don’t hear much of the phrase ‘despite Brexit’ any more – it is just a little too obvious. Instead,…

The myth of ‘humanitarian intervention’ in Syria

10 September 2018 13:50

To be honest, it’s hard to think of a report by a select committee that is so well-meaning as the…

Serena Williams has set back the cause of women’s equality

10 September 2018 12:08

Serena Williams has just set back the cause of women’s equality. Not by losing her cool during the final of…

The new Swedish lesson: populism can be kept at bay by listening to voters

10 September 2018 7:57

The world’s press was all geared up to write “Rabble-rousing Sweden Democrat breakthrough” but Sweden’s voters have not obliged. The…

Boris Johnson back to old tricks

9 September 2018 23:20

It’s been a busy weekend for Boris Johnson. After the former foreign secretary came under fire over his private life,…

Sweden leaders’ debate shows how far language over immigration has moved

9 September 2018 16:51

Sweden’s general election campaign ended with the Sweden Democrats in a huff and boycotting SVT, the state broadcaster, because it…

Sunday shows round-up: Javid calls for ‘measured language’ after Boris’s ‘suicide vest’ comment

9 September 2018 15:57

Sajid Javid: Boris Johnson should use ‘measured language’ Boris Johnson has been dominating the headlines today for a variety of…

Serena Williams isn’t the victim of sexism – she’s just a sore loser

9 September 2018 15:02

Serena Williams’s epic tantrum in last night’s US Open final wasn’t a noble stand against racism or sexism. It wasn’t…

Labour MPs are conferring legitimacy on anti-Semitism

9 September 2018 11:10

Former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has been roughed up enough lately and I am loath to add to the calumnies…

The rise of Sajid Javid

9 September 2018 9:00

Since being appointed Home Secretary, Sajid Javid has taken a series of bold and overdue decisions. On immigration, he understood…

Boris Johnson sparks a fresh outbreak of Tory civil war

9 September 2018 8:25

Well, that didn’t take long. Just one week into the new parliamentary term and a case of civil war has…

The Swedish Prime Minister has gambled with his country’s future

8 September 2018 19:26

The Swedes are going to the polls in one of the most significant bellwether-elections in Europe this year. The international…

Are the Sweden Democrats far-right? Jimmie Akesson interviewed

8 September 2018 12:58

In the newspapers today, there is much talk of Sweden turning to the ‘far-right.’ The Times has a picture of skinhead…

The biggest obstacle to a Brexit deal

8 September 2018 10:31

The UK and the EU are playing a dangerous game of chicken over the Irish border, I say in The…

The truth about China’s investment in Africa

8 September 2018 10:00

The Spectator’s leading article last week ended up saying ‘It is unrealistic to expect that we can achieve what China…

Matteo Salvini is lucky to be the enemy of the Italian justice system

8 September 2018 9:17

As Machiavelli noted: in order to prevail, a successful prince needs Fortuna as well as Virtù. Matteo Salvini, who has…

How Brexit has changed London

8 September 2018 9:00

London! Since Brexit, this town feels a little different, not as intimidating as before, no longer the capital of the…

Everyone who hates Chequers – a beginner’s guide

7 September 2018 17:58

In August, this author teased Dalibor Rohac, who wrote in the Washington Post: ‘Theresa May is the world’s most underrated…

Welcoming in Tommy Robinson would be the end of Ukip

7 September 2018 16:49

Is Tommy Robinson a political martyr? Some Ukip supporters think so, and want the former English Defence League leader to…

Vince Cable tries to solve the Lib Dems’ existential crisis

7 September 2018 16:47

Vince Cable’s announcements about shaking up the Liberal Democrats don’t exactly inspire confidence in the party as an energetic force…

Boris’s gloating critics should be ashamed of themselves

7 September 2018 16:32

Am I the last person in the metropolitan elite bubble who likes Boris Johnson? You’d certainly think so, going on the…

The Spectator Podcast: Macron vs Salvini

7 September 2018 15:46

This week antagonism between Emmanuel Macron and Italy’s Matteo Salvini ratcheted up over immigration – are they the leaders of…

Karen Bradley’s bid to break Stormont’s deadlock could pay off

7 September 2018 12:04

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, would not, perhaps, win prizes for her in depth knowledge of sectarian…