Marriage announcement standards are slipping

29 July 2017 12:00

Last week the births, marriages and deaths column of the Times announced an unusual marriage. Lord N.J. Blackmore had married Lord M.T.D.…

When will Theresa May be strong enough to shuffle her ministerial pack?

29 July 2017 10:39

Theresa May should go on holiday more often, I say in The Sun today. For her Italian break has coincided…

An Irish Sea border would damage British-Irish relations

29 July 2017 9:52

Dublin and London had been fairly tight since December 1993 and the Downing Street Declaration—until yesterday morning. The Times led with ‘Irish want…

Embarrassing photos are a speciality of mine

29 July 2017 9:00

As pictures go, it could be career death. An amazing young talent caught in a compromising position with two older…

Reince Priebus’s departure shows Trump is tiring of the Republican establishment

28 July 2017 23:23

Poor Reince Priebus. Or maybe not so poor. A munificent book deal surely looms in which he can chronicle his…

Politicians are still not sure what Brexit means or whether they can make a success of it

28 July 2017 18:05

It was only a year ago that ‘Brexit means Brexit, and we’re going to make a success of it’ seemed…

The Cabinet’s Brexit position is transitioning

28 July 2017 17:53

Although this week has seen a divergence of views in the Cabinet over Brexit (not to mention Labour’s continuing Brexit confusion)…

The Labour left and Tory right agree on Brexit. Why don’t they merge?

28 July 2017 17:47

Britain has not had a functioning opposition on the most vital question of the day ever since the Labour left…

The knives are out for Christian faith schools

28 July 2017 15:27

Today’s Holy Smoke podcast responds to rumours that the Government is planning to betray parents who want to send their children to faith…

Emmanuel Macron has already given up on reforming France

28 July 2017 12:42

Labour regulations were going to be swept aside. The euro would be reformed, tech entrepreneurs would flock to Paris, and…

Anthony Scaramucci will keep us entertained all summer

28 July 2017 12:07

Give it to the scriptwriters of the epic comedy that is The Decline and Fall of the American Empire, they…

Justin Trudeau wants the West to worship at his feet

28 July 2017 8:27

Justin Trudeau, the wokest world leader, has officially achieved rock-star status. This week he appears on the cover of Rolling Stone…

The confusion over immigration shows the government is being pulled in three directions

27 July 2017 18:13

Another day, another mixed message from the government over its position on Brexit. This time it’s immigration that has become…

Is the government really going to be able to make the switch to electric cars?

27 July 2017 18:06

Don’t electric cars sound exciting? No exhaust emissions creating a toxic soup for children to breathe in as they go…

Books Podcast: Is monogamy dead?

27 July 2017 16:35

This week’s Books Podcast is all about love. Can we have too much of it? How long does it last?…

Heidi Allen’s independent approach raises questions

27 July 2017 16:23

Since Theresa May lost her Tory majority in the snap election, few of her MPs have been more critical of…

How can we put an end to all these dog attacks on sheep?

27 July 2017 15:57

This spring I wrote in the magazine about how sheep attacks were on the rise, as wayward dogs were becoming an…

Bad news for the Tories: Corbyn has learned to love the centre

27 July 2017 13:18

When Tony Blair was selling out the Labour Party by introducing a minimum wage, paid holiday leave and free nursery…

The Spectator Podcast: Macron’s vanity fair

27 July 2017 13:04

On this week’s episode we discuss whether Macron is losing his gloss, ask if the Brexit talks are heading in the…

Momentum’s attack ad is close to the bone for Corbyn

27 July 2017 12:47

After the Tories went on the attack this week over student debt, Momentum – the grassroots pro-Corbyn group – has…

Winchester College honours its Corbynistas

27 July 2017 11:53

As Jeremy Corbyn feels the heat this week over his decision to row back on an election pledge to ‘deal’ with…

Free traders need to get their act together

27 July 2017 10:13

The row over chlorine-washed chicken should be a wake-up call to British free traders. It is a sign of the…

Persistent buggers: how The Spectator fought to decriminalise homosexuality

27 July 2017 8:45

Fifty years ago today, on 27 July 1967, the Sexual Offences Act received royal assent, at last decriminalising male homosexuality…

Stop playing chicken with Britain’s free-trade future

26 July 2017 15:25

Besides being important in themselves, the trade talks between Britain and the United States which began this week are symbolic…