‘Binge Britain’ has ended. Get over it

13 May 2015 10:58

A certain amount of amnesia is required if you are to believe everything the ‘public health’ lobby tells you. Alcohol…

Labour has forgotten the people the party is meant to serve

13 May 2015 10:43

The great Robert Harris has defended the pollsters who got the recent elections so wrong by quoting Cicero on the…

What Labour must do is estrange its awful voters

13 May 2015 10:09

And so now we have to suffer the epic delusions, temper tantrums and hissy fits of the metro-left. They simply…

Cameron, May and Javid are trying to prove the Tories are the natural party of government

13 May 2015 8:53

The Tories are already putting some clear blue water between the coalition and the present majority government. Firstly, the new Business…

The Spectator at war: Will Germany change her ways?

13 May 2015 8:30

From ‘Germany and the United States’, The Spectator, 15 May 1915: The questions that concern us now to the exclusion…

I used to have Asperger’s. Now I’m autistic, according to ‘experts’. I don’t believe it

12 May 2015 20:00

Autism is being diagnosed all over the place right now. There’s been an explosion in the number of cases, we’re told. This…

The polling debacle – and the wisdom of Walt Whitman

12 May 2015 18:45

I was at the IEA/Taxpayers’ Alliance post-election conference yesterday, listening to Lord Ashcroft giving facts and figures about why voters chose…

Could this be the row that sees Douglas Carswell leave Ukip?

12 May 2015 17:22

Ukip is embroiled in an almighty row about money. It suddenly has too much of it, apparently. Guido reports that Douglas…

Some advice to people angered by the election: add some Tories on Facebook

12 May 2015 16:29

My father recently passed away, and the stories people inevitably tell of the dead brought back memories of childhood. As…

Jim Messina interview: how the pollsters got it wrong and why Labour lost

12 May 2015 16:07

Jim Messina is the American elections guru who got the general election right. Hired by the Conservatives as a strategy…

Labour lost the working-class vote a long time ago

12 May 2015 15:10

What’s Labour’s problem? Following its fantastic drubbing at the polls, the most common answer to that question is that the…

Tory discomfort at equalities appointment

12 May 2015 15:03

To appoint one Equalities Minister who voted against gay marriage looked sloppy, to do it twice looks frankly strange. Yet…

The reshuffle hasn’t mollified everyone

12 May 2015 13:24

With Dominic Raab’s appointment as Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Justice, a pattern is starting to emerge in David Cameron’s reshuffle of…

David Cameron ‘absolutely clear’ about priorities in Cabinet address

12 May 2015 12:39

As part of his new style of governing, David Cameron addressed Cabinet today with cameras recording the first bit. The…

Rory Stewart’s mysterious promotion to Defra

12 May 2015 11:59

One of the stranger appointments of this reshuffle so far has been Rory Stewart being sent to Defra. The former…

Osborne left with two vacancies to fill

12 May 2015 11:54

One of George Osborne’s political skills is his ability to put together a talented team. Few politicians spend longer thinking…

Student visa reforms will be a nightmare for university vice-chancellors

12 May 2015 11:48

As the dust settles on the outcome of the 2015 general election, one group of business executives who we can…

Chuka Umunna confirms he will stand for Labour leader

12 May 2015 11:15

In the last few minutes, Chuka Umunna has confirmed that he will be standing for the Labour leadership. The Streatham…

New SNP MPs take drinking advice from Alex Salmond

12 May 2015 10:45

Ahead of the arrival of 56 SNP MPs in Westminster yesterday, Alex Salmond offered his new colleagues some advice in a recent interview. He…

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…

Blue collar Conservatism is essential but difficult for the Tories

12 May 2015 8:55

David Cameron is holding the first all-Tory Cabinet meeting since 1997 today, and he is expected to emphasise his mission…

The Spectator at war: The sinking of the Lusitania

12 May 2015 8:30

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 15 May 1915: SINCE our last issue every day has been to packed…

It’s not just pollsters. David Cameron has also confounded economists with his jobs miracle

12 May 2015 7:17

David Cameron realised rather late on that the job miracle, rather than George Osborne’s dubious claims about deficit reduction, was the main…

Porn and video games: more hysteria about ‘rewiring brains’

11 May 2015 23:00

Here we go again. What effect do you think watching porn and video games have on young men? Yup, they…

No Cabinet job for Grant Shapps

11 May 2015 20:30

The party chairman in a general election winning campaign can normally expect a plum job as a reward, especially when…