From the archive

‘I’m still pretty’ – Muhammad Ali’s 1964 fight with Sonny Liston

5 June 2016 10:49

In February 1964, shortly before taking his new name, Muhammad Ali defeated Sonny Liston to become boxing’s heavyweight champion. From our archive,…

It’s good news that Rhodes’ statue is here to stay

29 January 2016 10:01

Oxford University’s controversial statue of Cecil Rhodes will stay in place after Oriel College ruled out its removal. The decision…

Taki on Jeffrey Bernard – ‘Never a nice word about me’

15 August 2015 14:30

Some years ago, Taki and Jeffrey Bernard each wrote the other’s obituary. When Jeffrey died on 4 September 1997, The…

Robert Conquest: ‘There is something particularly unpleasant about those who, living in a political democracy, comfortably condone terror elsewhere’

4 August 2015 22:21

Robert Conquest, the historian of Soviet Russia who has died aged 98, was also The Spectator’s literary editor between 1962…

How to grapple with discipline in schools

21 June 2015 20:29

The government’s new school discipline leader Tom Bennett has a difficult brief; he’s in charge of stopping the schoolchildren of…

Rolf Harris’ lack of remorse and the psychology of uncomfortable emotions

14 June 2015 18:29

A year into his sentence on 12 counts of indecent assault, it doesn’t look like Rolf Harris has developed much…

There’s nothing ‘normal’ about turning down a pay rise

8 June 2015 11:29

The MPs grandstanding about how they’ll give any salary increase to charity should all be ashamed of themselves. The entire…

Fighting talk from a dove — Peter Oborne interviews Charles Kennedy

2 June 2015 10:40

The former leader of the Liberal Democrats Charles Kennedy has died at the age of 55. He was the party’s…

Never marry a lounger, a pleasure-seeker, or a fribble

22 May 2015 13:15

It’s good to see that an actual anthropologist is studying the behaviour of some of America’s weirdest women. Wednesday Martin’s…

The next Labour leader should remember the ‘politics of envy’ never work

17 May 2015 19:33

Andy Burnham may be the trade unions’ favourite candidate for Labour leader but he is already distancing himself from some…

Sensible Tories still believe in One Nation Conservatism

12 May 2015 10:32

David Cameron has said the Conservatives will govern as a party of one nation. The phrase was apt at a…

Possible ways to neutralise the SNP

3 May 2015 17:40

The prospect of government by short-term deals and extortion is so depressing that you can see why Ed Miliband has…

Duelling advice for Nigel Farage

19 April 2015 12:31

A Polish prince this week challenged Nigel Farage to a duel. The prince, Yanek Zylinski, blames Farage and Ukip for anti-Polish sentiment…

Bored teenagers are the last people we should be forcing to vote

7 April 2015 11:11

One of the trendy things to worry about these days is political disengagement among young people. A think tank called…

Jeffrey Bernard and Jeremy Clarkson would have understood each other

26 March 2015 10:02

A lot of people seem to have confused the fact that Jeremy Clarkson is right wing and amusing (which they…

Thank goodness we only have to watch one TV debate

22 March 2015 16:08

The treasurer of one of Manchester’s Conservative clubs is a lifelong Labour voter who votes only as a mark of…

Reflections on the importance of Mothering Sunday

15 March 2015 11:44

For Mothering Sunday, some advice to mothers from a 1912 edition of The Spectator. Be with him yourself as much…

50 years on, the battle for civil rights continues in America

7 March 2015 17:11

Fifty years since the first civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, America still has huge problems with race. Only…

How do you tell a sturdy vagabond from a submissive pauper?

1 March 2015 15:00

The number of people sleeping on the streets has risen by 55 per cent in the last five years. New…

The sadistic sport of the hunt saboteurs makes you long for the good old days

13 February 2015 12:49

At a recent day’s hunting in Wiltshire, a man in a balaclava trying to pull a rider off his horse…

Glorious and triumphant — Iain Macleod on Winston Churchill’s funeral

30 January 2015 9:30

Today marks fifty years since the funeral of Winston Churchill. In the 5 February 1965 edition of The Spectator, editor Iain…

The perils of being posh

23 January 2015 12:41

This week’s wazzock spat hasn’t polarised people in the way that arguments about class often do; most of us have…

Would a dash of hooliganism improve the game of snooker?

14 January 2015 12:23

The recent BDO and PDA darts championships were undeniably glorious. Ronnie O’Sullivan is arguing that snooker needs to learn from…

Is torture acceptable if it helps save thousands of lives?

14 December 2014 11:20

This week’s Senate Report on the CIA hasn’t settled the question of torture once and for all, as Bruce Anderson…

From the archives: Some advice on stripping

5 December 2014 10:52

There have been some glorious celebrations of human flesh in the newspapers this week – who could resist poring over…