From the archive

Europe – from hope to scepticism

17 May 2014 10:03

In the lead up to next week’s European elections, voters seem to be disenchanted with the European Union. Around a…

Britain’s debate on women’s education

10 May 2014 11:52

More than 200 Nigerian girls are missing after being abducted from school by Boko Haram militants nearly a month ago.…

Is democracy flourishing in South Africa?

2 May 2014 9:27

This week South Africa has held events to mark 20 years of democracy. Simon Jenkins, writing after the first election…

Evangelically wishy-washy

18 April 2014 17:31

David Cameron has said Christians should be more evangelical “about a faith that compels us to get out there and…

The Irish Question, as recorded by The Spectator

10 April 2014 17:36

As the Irish president is making the first visit to the United Kingdom by an Irish head of state, some…

A short history of ‘conscious uncoupling’

3 April 2014 9:49

There have been some rocky relationships in the news this year. As well as Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin’s conscious…

An infuriated cat, a ‘missing’ nose that isn’t – it’s screwball comedy in the courtroom

28 March 2014 14:25

The jury at Max Clifford’s trial have had a tough time of it trying not to get the giggles, as…

Remembering the decimation of Crimea’s Tatars

21 March 2014 9:55

Crimea’s Tatars are nervous after Russia’s annexation of the territory. The Tatars, Sunni Muslims who account for 12 per cent…

White smoke in Rome: Cardinals have picked the new Pope. Picture: Getty

The Spectator: on popes and poverty since 1828

13 March 2014 18:28

A year ago, a relatively unknown Argentine cardinal, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected Pope. A few days later he announced…

The Spectator: on 150 years of punishing Russia

6 March 2014 10:31

Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine has left western diplomats scrabbling for sanctions that won’t backfire on to the rest of…

The Spectator – on 400 years of unease between Ukraine and Russia

27 February 2014 17:03

Ukraine declared independence from the USSR in 1991, but Moscow has made sure it’s remained heavily involved in Kiev’s affairs…

The Spectator – on the purpose of the Olympics

21 February 2014 10:11

When the idea of a modern Olympic Games began to be discussed, Spectator writers couldn’t really see the point. ‘Beyond…

Shirley Temple, 1928 – 2014, remembered in The Spectator

11 February 2014 11:44

Shirley Temple has died in California at the age of 85. She was known as America’s little darling after she…

The Spectator – campaigning for the rights of the insane since 1828

7 February 2014 12:08

Talking to Barbara Taylor about her new madness memoir this week, it’s clear that Britain does not have a glorious…

The Spectator on Britain’s treatment of refugees

30 January 2014 14:51

The British government has said it will allow in some of Syria’s most vulnerable refugees. The Home Office hasn’t specified…

Courtroom drama in 1828 – courtesy of The Spectator

20 January 2014 13:19

It’s a real pleasure looking through the first few editions of the Spectator from 1828, where the police reports and…

The wild life and times of Ariel Sharon

13 January 2014 14:40

When Ariel Sharon slipped into a coma in January 2006, The Spectator was just beginning to rather like him. Days…

The wit, wine and wisdom of Simon Hoggart, 1946 – 2014

6 January 2014 12:36

Simon Hoggart, one of the Spectator’s best-loved columnists, died yesterday after fighting pancreatic cancer for over three years. He began…

Christmas comes but once a week

27 December 2013 11:00

In the 2 December 1995 edition, Digby Anderson bemoans a Britain in which people just cannot postpone any pleasure: not…

A Charm against Indigestion

26 December 2013 11:00

Soothe your post-Christmas dinner indigestion with these readers’ charms, dug out from the spell-book that is the 24th December 1954…

Auberon Waugh’s Christmas Sermon

25 December 2013 11:00

Writing in the 23 December 1966 edition of The Spectator, Auberon Waugh considers the role of Christianity, in all its…

Archive: Jeffrey Bernard’s Christmas Low Life

21 December 2013 11:00

In this festive Low Life column from the 19 December 1981 edition of The Spectator, Jeffrey Bernard talks us through…

Nelson Mandela: The man and the mask

5 December 2013 21:49

South Africa’s first black president Nelson Mandela has died aged 95 this evening. From The Spectator’s archive, here is a personal account…

Spectator archive: Political fanaticism was the real villain in JFK’s death

22 November 2013 20:15

In the wake of President Kennedy’s assassination, there was much speculation about whether it was politically motivated. As Robert Conquest…

Spectator archive: There is no sensible way to measure JFK as a President

22 November 2013 18:15

‘How many years,’ asks Murray Kempton ‘before anyone would want to read a book about the day Mr. Kennedy was…