Cardinal Pell returns to Australia ‘to clear his name’. But what are his chances of a fair trial?

29 June 2017 16:36

Cardinal George Pell, the head of the Vatican’s finances, has been charged with historic sex offences in his native Australia. He…

The Government backs down over Queen’s Speech abortion amendment

29 June 2017 14:57

In the face of a possible rebellion over an amendment to the Queen’s Speech, the Government has backed down. Chancellor…

The Spectator Podcast: The Corbyn delusion

29 June 2017 14:39

On this week’s bumper episode we discuss the cult of Corbyn, sharia courts, the golden age of gossip, and orchid delirium.…

The abortion amendment is the first proper ambush for this government

29 June 2017 13:02

The first proper government ambush of this Parliament is upon us. The Speaker has announced which amendments to the Queen’s…

Books Podcast: Jonathan Meades

29 June 2017 12:19

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m joined by the great Jonathan Meades. A man of many hats — food critic,…

Professor George Osborne makes it job number six

29 June 2017 11:39

George Osborne has been keeping himself busy recently putting the boot into Theresa May at every opportunity. Not content with…

Michael Gove’s first Defra picket line

29 June 2017 11:34

As Michael Gove settles into his new role as Defra secretary, word reaches Steerpike that the Conservative MP is already facing…

The truth about the global warming pause

29 June 2017 10:57

Between the start of 1997 and the end of 2014, average global surface temperature stalled. This 18-year period is known as…

France is finally looking forward to some Brit-bashing

29 June 2017 8:53

Was that a touch of gloating I detected last night as I watched the news on French television? The lead item…

What the papers say: Is it time for a tax hike?

29 June 2017 8:18

The 48 per cent have spoken – and they want higher taxes, according to the British Social Attitudes survey. In…

Conservatives defeat Labour’s amendment to Queen’s Speech

28 June 2017 22:36

After much confusion today over the Conservative position on whether the party ought to lift the cap on public sector…

The wait for answers over Grenfell Tower goes on

28 June 2017 16:23

The death toll from Grenfell Tower has now risen to 80, with police saying it could be next year before…

Theresa May diverts Grenfell blame onto Tony Blair

28 June 2017 16:22

It was the first PMQs since Mrs May crawled triumphantly back into Downing Street after her humiliating victory in the…

Even the BBC’s Business Editor struggles to explain the deficit

28 June 2017 15:47

With austerity so last election, voters no longer seem too fussed by the deficit. It may be that they no…

Why Philip Hammond will spend the Autumn down the back of the sofa

28 June 2017 15:06

The government is considering lifting the 1pc public sector pay cap in the autumn Budget. In the post PMQs briefing, a…

Theresa May reassures Tory MPs at PMQs

28 June 2017 13:46

This PMQs was always going to be a very different affair for Theresa May. Post-election, her aura has gone and,…

Jeremy Corbyn: the nation’s therapist

28 June 2017 11:23

Comparisons between Jesus and Jezza became commonplace long before he chose to end his election campaign with a rally at…

Theresa May will be feeling the heat at today’s PMQs

28 June 2017 11:03

What a very different atmosphere the House of Commons Chamber will have today for its first PMQs since the election.…

What the papers say: Why Google deserves its record £2.1bn fine

28 June 2017 8:33

Google’s profits have soared in recent years. Now the company has been slapped with a fine to match, with the…

Donald Trump’s troubles show no sign of ending

28 June 2017 8:05

Donald Trump is now referring to himself in his copious Twitter messages as ‘T’. Unlike the real Mr. T, who…

While Theresa May retreats, the Tories must reform

27 June 2017 17:59

It’s hardly a surprise that the Tories aren’t pushing ahead with plans for new grammar schools, and hardly a surprise…

Why is the BMA trying to decriminalise abortion?

27 June 2017 17:29

It’ll be news, I expect, to most people that the BMA wants abortion to be decriminalised. Most people probably didn’t…

Nicola Sturgeon asks Scotland for one thing: patience

27 June 2017 16:34

Ever since the general election Nicola Sturgeon has lurked in her tent, contemplating the future. The result of that election,…

Sturgeon won’t give up on IndyRef2

27 June 2017 15:11

Unionists hoping Nicola Sturgeon would use her statement today to call off her plans for IndyRef2 have been left disappointed.…