Watch: Diane Abbott fails to do her sums, again

20 July 2017 21:37

Here we go again. During the General Election campaign, Diane Abbott came under fire when it became apparent in an…

George Soros vs the nation state

20 July 2017 18:34

Freedom House is a remarkable and largely admirable organisation. Over the years it has done some great work challenging governments…

Vince Cable pitches the Lib Dems as the only force in the centre ground

20 July 2017 18:16

So Vince Cable is now the new Lib Dem leader, after no-else opposed the 74-year-old Twickenham MP for the party’s…

In defence of offence

20 July 2017 16:20

On Tuesday the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) announced a crackdown on gender stereotyping. Adverts suggesting men are useless around the house…

Single mothers, not wealthy presenters, are the real victims of the BBC’s gender disparity

20 July 2017 16:13

There is a group of women who have every reason to feel aggrieved to learn that the BBC is paying Gary…

In defeat, Theresa May has done what David Cameron couldn’t

20 July 2017 15:32

Today the House rises for summer recess and, as James writes, Downing Street achieves its immediate post-election aim: Theresa May makes…

Books Podcast: Summer reads

20 July 2017 15:10

This week, with the holidays approaching, I’m joined by the critic Alex Clark and Damian Barr — memoirist and host…

The Spectator Podcast: Madness in the Med

20 July 2017 15:00

On this week’s episode, Isabel Hardman is joined by guests to look at the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean and…

Brexit talks reach a stalemate on EU nationals

20 July 2017 14:50

This afternoon, David Davis and Michel Barnier gave a joint press conference to update hacks on the progress that’s been made…

Reflections on writing about welfare

20 July 2017 14:44

Earlier this week I made my first foray into writing for Coffee House about the interactions between the tax and…

How doing a ‘Good Thing’ can make ministers mess up

20 July 2017 13:30

One of the few bits of legislation that the government thinks it can get past MPs is a domestic violence…

Jane Austen finds a surprising fan in the Bank of England’s Mark Carney

20 July 2017 12:32

Winchester Cathedral, where Jane Austen was laid to rest 200 years ago this week, was the venue chosen for the…

Watch: Andrea Leadsom hails Jane Austen as one of our ‘greatest living authors’

20 July 2017 12:15

Oh dear. Although there has been much excitement this week at the news that Jane Austen will feature on the…

Is Vince Cable really an economic guru?

20 July 2017 11:43

Who has the most over-inflated reputation in British politics? Theresa May’s air of calculating caution is long gone, no one…

Will a summer holiday solve Theresa May’s problems?

20 July 2017 10:28

Today Downing Street achieves its immediate post-election aim: Theresa May makes it to the summer recess. As I say in…

In defence of the BBC: a force for unity in a divided Britain

20 July 2017 9:11

The BBC is our other national religion and like the NHS it inspires a devotional intensity that can be a…

Kemi Badenoch: from African immigrant to Essex MP, I’ve lived the ‘British dream’

19 July 2017 21:21

Our former Spectator colleague Kemi Badenoch gave her maiden speech in the House of Commons earlier on today. It was,…

Theresa May’s bickering Cabinet united to ambush Corbyn at PMQs

19 July 2017 17:12

Tories are worried. The holiday season is here. And the last time their leader took a break – in Snowdonia…

Jeremy Corbyn still can’t find Theresa May’s jugular

19 July 2017 13:25

Given how miserable things are for Theresa May at the moment, with her Cabinet behaving like children, her backbenchers urging…

Must we politicise the Proms? Or life expectancy? Or advertising?

19 July 2017 12:54

We went to the first night of the Proms last week. Thinking it was all over, we left the auditorium…

Revealed: the BBC stars who earn more than the Prime Minister

19 July 2017 11:14

Oh to be a fly-on-the-wall at BBC Broadcasting House this morning. The broadcaster has had to publish the salaries of…

Don’t fall for the BBC spin on presenters’ pay

19 July 2017 9:02

Nothing seems to excite BBC reporters more than covering stories about the BBC. You can tell it in the tone…

Michael Fallon attempts to instil some military discipline on Cabinet

19 July 2017 0:24

After weeks of Tory backstabbing, briefing and plotting at summer parties, Damian Green had to stage an intervention on the…

Is the ASA brave enough to ban adverts for children?

18 July 2017 17:33

We all know that advertising is the work of the devil – creating entirely spurious wants, including in small children…