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A crowdfunded prosecution of Boris Johnson is nothing to celebrate

7 May 2019 14:22

I have often wondered what would happen if politicians were bound by the same rules as advertisers, or if manifestos…

When will Theresa May be removed by her party?

7 May 2019 13:48

I understand Sir Graham Brady – chairman of the 1922 committee and therefore representative of all Tory MPs – expects…

Is Emmanuel Macron’s EU project about to meet its Waterloo?

7 May 2019 13:26

Emmanuel Macron, the once golden boy of European politics, could be about to suffer his first electoral humiliation. A black…

Would a customs union pass the Commons?

7 May 2019 12:06

It’s crunch day for the Labour/Tory Brexit talks. After a weekend of government leaks and briefings, both sides will today…

What I learnt trying – and failing – to win election as a Tory councillor

7 May 2019 11:07

“I’ll say this for you love, you’ve picked a great time to go into politics!” The man on whose door…

The cross-party Brexit talks are doomed to fail

7 May 2019 10:05

In case you were in any doubt, there is zero chance of Labour and Jeremy Corbyn agreeing a Brexit deal…

The ruling on Caster Semenya is a common sense compromise

6 May 2019 16:18

Was the Caster Semenya ruling fair? It’s an emotional case that has sparked debate across the world. Born with a…

Brexit Party makes Peterborough wait for by-election candidate

6 May 2019 14:54

With a Peterborough by-election scheduled for early June, there’s talk that it could lead to Parliament’s first Brexit Party MP.…

It’s capitalism, not socialism, that will beat climate change

6 May 2019 10:24

When John Glenn was asked what went through his mind as he became the first American in space, he said…

Damian Green’s social care model breaches a sacred tenet of the NHS – and a good thing, too

6 May 2019 9:22

The central proposal in Damian Green’s recent paper on social care is that care provision should be treated like pensions.…

Women are being silenced from speaking about transgender rights

6 May 2019 8:34

I have written several times here about the fear that some women have about expressing their opinions and concerns about…

The shame of those boycotting Israel’s Eurovision Song Contest

6 May 2019 8:00

Kobi Marimi, the 27-year-old Tel Avivian singer, picked to represent Israel at this month’s Eurovision Song Contest, can’t stop smiling: ‘I love…

Romanticising Northern Ireland’s history is a deadly mistake

6 May 2019 7:23

For those of us who grew up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, there is a pungent but negative sense…

The BBC’s obsession with diversity has ruined Gardeners’ Question Time

5 May 2019 17:47

There’s nothing wrong with radio continuity announcers; one is a friend of mine and he’s very sharp. But the doubts…

Israel Folau and the right to freedom of expression

5 May 2019 14:51

Australian rugby player Israel Folau’s disciplinary hearing, which is set to determine whether he will lose his AUS$4m mega-contract for…

Sunday shows round-up: John McDonnell says he doesn’t trust Theresa May

5 May 2019 14:28

Andrew Marr’s chief guest of the day was Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. McDonnell put considerable pressure on the ongoing Brexit…

How ‘right wing’ became the smear for those we disagree with

5 May 2019 10:09

Until recently, the rules on political labelling were clear. If you voted Labour, supported Remain and expressed how much you…

Interview with Andrew Adonis: a master of social media

5 May 2019 9:20

The news over Easter that Lord Adonis, the counterweight to nominative determinism, was standing as a Labour Remain MEP was…

Roger Scruton’s treatment shows the moral cowardice of the Tories 

5 May 2019 8:00

In his vindication of Sir Roger Scruton, Douglas Murray quite rightly refers to the affair as ‘a biopsy of a…

What a May / Corbyn Brexit deal would look like

4 May 2019 10:52

The local election results showed that both main parties are paying a price for the Brexit impasse. This, as I…

Gavin Williamson’s cheerful goodbye

4 May 2019 8:37

When the former defence secretary Gavin Williamson was fired from his position on Wednesday, for allegedly leaking information related to…

The truth about Noah Carl

4 May 2019 8:15

My great friend Dr Noah Carl joins a group of distinguished academics removed from their posts this spring. But while…

Will Japan’s far right spoil the new Emperor’s party?

4 May 2019 8:00

When the new Japanese Emperor Naruhito makes his first public appearance, greeting well-wishers at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo today,…

The Brexit political earthquake is only just beginning

3 May 2019 18:13

These are the most extraordinary local elections of my lifetime. The Tories’ loss of more than 1,000 councillors is way…

The Spectator Podcast: the Brexit party, drugs, and fake lesbians

3 May 2019 18:10

As the two main parties reel from their local election performances today, are we at the beginning of a golden…