From the archive

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…

The Spectator at war: Good taste and good breeding

4 December 2014 8:30

From The King at the Front, The Spectator, 5 December 1914: It is impossible for the ordinary Englishman not to be…

Tristram Hunt’s proposals for public schools are nothing new

28 November 2014 15:39

The Shadow Education Secretary is suggesting that private schools provide qualified teachers to help deliver specialist subject knowledge to state…

Farewell to Afghanistan (for now)

26 October 2014 22:01

Britain has ended combat operations in Afghanistan. The war did topple the Taleban, but it hasn’t got rid of them.…

Bored bores boring – critics love the Dull Men’s calendar

14 October 2014 10:33

The Telegraph has a nice photo gallery featuring the specimens of the 2015 Dull Men of Great Britain calendar, which our…

If Brooks Newmark didn’t want these photos leaked, why did he email them?

12 October 2014 15:16

So it now seems pretty clear to me that we can no longer send women photographs of our genitals without…

Clacton to Ukip, Britain’s anti-politics were long in the making

11 October 2014 16:30

Talking to people in Clacton-on-Sea this week, there was a sense that, as much as they thought there were too many…

The Spectator: defending drunkenness since 1828

23 September 2014 10:51

University terms are getting started and this year’s Freshers may be glad to read that The Spectator has always staunchly…

Hostage taking has paid in the past — but it has won Isis nothing

14 September 2014 18:58

The three recent beheadings by the so-called Islamic State have been peculiarly, barbarically pointless. IS was asking western governments to…

In praise and reproval of the elderly: slow, itinerant, violent – and revolutionary

7 September 2014 18:51

It’s been a good week for old people. On Friday, the Chilean poet Nicanor Parra celebrated his 100th birthday, and…

Ghoulishness, gawking and vile gratification

24 August 2014 10:21

James Foley’s family has begged people not to share images of him being beheaded. The Met has warned that watching…

When should Britain go to war?

17 August 2014 10:42

There’s been a lot written this week about whether or not to fight the Islamic State in Iraq. This time…

Ian Fleming, James Bond and The Spectator

12 August 2014 10:30

It’s 50 years since the death of Ian Fleming and The Spectator has always taken James Bond seriously. The writer…

‘We believe Germany made the war’

3 August 2014 10:00

The 1914 editions of The Spectator in the days surrounding the declaration of war give a sense of bewilderment. At…

‘Unity at home and strength abroad’. Britain prepares for WW1 by postponing Irish home rule

30 July 2014 17:57

The outbreak of war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia in July 1914 forced British politicians to postpone the Amending Bill for Irish…

Who knows what patriotism will feel like if Scotland becomes independent

26 July 2014 15:30

If Scotland goes independent in September, who knows what patriotism will feel like. This may be a last chance to…

Archive interview: Alexander Litvinenko on ice picks, radioactive thallium and Putin’s assassins

22 July 2014 11:37

In the 25 November 2006 edition of The Spectator, Neil Barnett recalled his encounters with the poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko.…

Spectator archive: A history of passenger planes shot down

18 July 2014 12:35

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine after being hit by a missile. It’s not the first civilian flight to have…

Should public servants go on strike?

11 July 2014 19:24

David Cameron has promised to change the law to make it harder to go on strike if he wins the…

The eternal allure of the Caliphate

5 July 2014 10:12

There’s nothing like a caliphate to rally disparate groups. The Sunni Islamic organisation ISIS has recruited fighters from all over…

D-Day 70: Tribute to Bill Millin, Lord Lovat’s piper

6 June 2014 17:00

Bill Millin landed on Sword Beach as part of 1st Special Service Brigade in the second wave. He exited the…

Three cheers for all those who fought fascism, from Cable Street to Berlin

6 June 2014 6:00

70 years have passed since, in the words of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, ‘Allied naval forces, supported by strong air…

Clement Attlee’s conversion

5 June 2014 15:28

In the early 1960s, The Spectator ran a series called ‘John Bull’s first job’ – reminiscences by various prominenti about…

Tracey Emin’s knickers – a short history of contemporary British art

29 May 2014 16:04

Tracey Emin’s bed is to be sold at auction this summer with a guide price of £800,000 to £1.2 million,…

Celebrating the death of smallpox – and a short history of vaccination

25 May 2014 10:06

The World Health Organisation is voting on whether to destroy the last few remaining samples of the smallpox virus. Smallpox…