Sentamu’s the right man for the job

16 March 2012 13:26

A few weeks ago, in a cover piece for the magazine, Rod Liddle backed John Sentamu as the next Archbishop…

Interview: Tim Weiner and 100 years of the FBI

16 March 2012 12:36

It was a glorious spring day, but Tim Weiner was thinking about the folly of men. “It’s a beautiful day…

100 x 100

16 March 2012 11:56

Well he’s done it. At last. Surprisingly, this was Sachin Tendulkar’s first ODI century against Bangladesh. One hundred international hundreds…

A kind man stands down

16 March 2012 11:34

So goodbye, Rowan. The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced that he will stand down at the end of the year (leaving…

The art of fiction: On the Road

16 March 2012 10:11

This is the year of literary anniversaries. Dickens, Durrell and Stoker are joined by Kerouac, who was born 90 years…

Awake, arise, or be forever fallen

16 March 2012 10:03

The latest edition of the White Review was launched at Foyles yesterday evening and long into the night. The magazine…

Cameron and Obama bargain over fuel

16 March 2012 9:02

No wonder David Cameron and Barack Obama were being so chummy: they both knew that they could help each other.…

The 50% Tax Rate is Bad; Cutting it is Worse

16 March 2012 1:36

The Guardian reports that George Osborne is going to cut the top rate on income tax from 50% to 40%.…

Go on, George — scrap the 50p rate

15 March 2012 22:26

Will George Osborne scrap the 50p tax in next week’s Budget? Whispers to this effect have been getting louder, and…

Today in Stupidity: Who Lost Syria?

15 March 2012 19:38

Perhaps I should apologise to Leon Wieseltier? His recent column is not a patch on Jennifer Rubin’s latest screed which…

Liberal Unionism? In Ulster? Why Not?

15 March 2012 18:42

On balance, theGood Friday Agreement was (forgive me) a Good Thing. It should be possible to welcome the Agreement yet…

How mayoral elections can strengthen the Tories

15 March 2012 17:30

The most important political changes are those that will not be reversed. I think that both directly elected mayors and police…

Hodge’s new nemesis: Sir Jeremy Heywood

15 March 2012 16:33

Margaret Hodge subjected senior civil servants to a fierce ear-boxing this morning. She accused them of trying to avoid the…

War Games: Syria & Iran Edition

15 March 2012 16:06

The past is always a different, better place and never more so than when commentators dip into American history to…

History is made at the Man Asian Literary Prize

15 March 2012 14:31

– Hong Kong South Korean author Kyung-sook Shin has become the first woman to win the Man Asian Literary Prize…

Surviving the Ides of March…

15 March 2012 14:26

I’m indebted to Patrick Kidd for unearthing this terrific advertisement for Scotsh Whisky, published in the Western Morning News in…

Right to reply: Why QE isn’t a disaster for pensioners

15 March 2012 14:08

The best of all possible worlds for the pension industry is a buoyant economy. Workers have enough money to save,…

Rand Paul as Romney’s Vice President?

15 March 2012 12:31

American hacks have been mystified by what seems to be a ‘non-aggression pact’ between Republican presidential candidates Ron Paul and…

Reading in Florence

15 March 2012 11:44

Ninety per cent of the population of Florence is Roman Catholic. Apparently that’s common knowledge, but sometimes it’s the little…

The questions Alex Salmond can’t answer

15 March 2012 10:40

Should Scotland be independent? I’d have thought that only a few people — most of them Scottish — would care enough…

Read all about it, talk all about it

15 March 2012 9:37

The latest issue of the Spectator is out today and it asks a question we’ve been pondering on the Book…

Cameron dines with Obama… and Clooney

15 March 2012 9:03

The Camerons weren’t the Obamas’ only big-name guests at the State Dinner last night. They were joined by a host…

Inside Books: Mum’s the word

15 March 2012 8:20

It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday and what could be a more thoughtful present for one’s mum than a good book?…

The significance of Clegg’s PMQs win

14 March 2012 18:08

Nick Clegg’s assertive performance at PMQs today was a demonstration of the fact that he now feels more confident than…

What’s Happened to Free Speech in Britain?

14 March 2012 17:31

It’s not just Scotland, however. Speech-restricting madness exists across the United Kingdom. Here’s an extraordinary tale from West Yorkshire where…