At least Martin McGuinness made old age. Many others didn’t

21 March 2017 8:13

So Martin McGuinness has died. Already this is giving vent to the sort of ‘How McGuinness became a man of…

Spectator competition winners: the Gettysburg Address as it might have been given by Donald Trump

20 March 2017 18:00

The latest challenge asked for a version of the Gettysburg Address as it might have been given by a prominent…

Caption contest: Theresa May’s Vogue shoot

20 March 2017 17:18

Brexit and Budget ‘omNICshambles’ are enough to keep any Prime Minister busy. But even with her bulging in-tray, the Prime Minister…

George Osborne trolls MPs

20 March 2017 16:52

After George Osborne was announced as the new editor of the Evening Standard on Friday, there was uproar across the…

Revealed: the 63 Labour seats the Tories could snatch at the next election

20 March 2017 15:57

Theresa May has once again ruled out a snap general election but that doesn’t mean the temptation to hold one…

George Osborne finds old habits die hard

20 March 2017 15:24

George Osborne became the subject of much mockery over the weekend after Rohan Silva let slip that the former chancellor…

How quickly can a reciprocal rights deal be done for UK and EU citizens?

20 March 2017 15:18

The EU has been adamant that there will be no negotiation with the UK without formal notification that Britain is leaving. But…

President Erdogan’s nationalist game plan

20 March 2017 15:05

Ask any two Turkish nationalists how they will vote in their country’s upcoming referendum, and you’re likely to get two…

What hard-left plot? Corbyn and Watson go on ‘away day’

20 March 2017 14:27

This morning, Tom Watson kicked off the day with an appearance on Sky News, where he complained that the hard left are behind…

Our prisons are a mess – and Amazon’s ‘bumphone’ reviews reveal why

20 March 2017 13:14

On the Amazon page that sells the world’s smallest mobile phone, the reviews are mainly about putting it into your…

Half the value of your home at risk from average care home stay

20 March 2017 12:34

Milestone birthdays have a tendency to get the mind racing. When I turned 40, I had a bit of a…

Theresa May will trigger Article 50 next week

20 March 2017 11:57

The wait is over. Almost. Theresa May will trigger Article 50 – the first formal step in Britain’s departure from the…

Fine wine overtakes classic cars as number one investment of passion

20 March 2017 11:29

‘Investments of passion,’ those objects of desire that are nice to own but will also hopefully rise in value. When…

If the EU didn’t like Boris’s prison guard joke, why conform to the stereotype?

20 March 2017 8:47

A few weeks ago, Boris Johnson made a point about the EU negotiations and the futility of the idea of…

What the papers say: Why Tony Blair is still wrong about Brexit

20 March 2017 8:37

Why did 17.4m people vote for Brexit? A long list of reasons have been put forward but Tony Blair thinks…

Boris Johnson and the Cursed Theatre Trip

19 March 2017 21:34

Spare a thought for Boris Johnson. Ever since the Brexit vote, the Foreign Secretary has struggled with the often hostile…

Sunday political interviews round-up

19 March 2017 19:03

Tim Farron’s fearsome foursome: May, Le Pen, Trump, Putin What can Tim Farron, leader of the Liberal Democrats, do to get…

What would we do without nutcases like Steve Backshall

19 March 2017 17:00

Down the Mighty River with Steve Backshall (BBC2) was perfect Sunday-night TV — one of the most enjoyable adventure travelogues…

The great ‘adventure story’ of British Catholicism

19 March 2017 11:00

Roy Hattersley would never have been born had it not been that his mother ran away with the parish priest…

Is the main purpose of the cabinet secretary to frustrate the PM?

19 March 2017 10:00

The minister’s private secretary wrote to another cabinet minister about the previous day’s cabinet meeting: They cannot agree about what…

Europe’s elite rightly feel extinction breathing down their necks

19 March 2017 9:00

Allahu Akbar! Greetings from Samsun, where Turkish protestors — their eyeballs spinning in orgasmic Islamic rage — tried to set…

Nicola Sturgeon’s speech to SNP conference suggests she’s playing a long game

18 March 2017 17:44

If Nicola Sturgeon is not the only star in the nationalist firmament, she remains the only one that can be…

White men grab the chairs

18 March 2017 11:00

Tesco chairman John Allan provoked feminist fury by telling would-be non-exec directors, ‘If you’re a white male, tough: you’re an…

Numbers 10 & 11 need to find a better way of working together

18 March 2017 10:34

Philip Hammond should be sending George Osborne a case of the finest claret. For Osborne’s decision to accept the editorship…

Listen: Osborne applied for Standard job… after friends asked for help with their applications

18 March 2017 10:15

Lesson No.1: Never ask George – ‘six jobs’ – Osborne for career advice. Or at least, never ask the former…