Westminster’s attention heads north again

11 February 2012 16:24

The debate over the referendum on Scottish independence will take centre stage next week. Michael Moore, the Scottish Secretary, will…

The battle over Downhills takes another turn

11 February 2012 12:06

Remember Downhills Primary School? This was the underperforming school in Haringey that became a political battleground towards the end of…

The 50p tax debate won’t be settled this year — but it might be escalated

11 February 2012 10:26

More evidence this morning that the government won’t be dropping the 50p rate any time soon, in the form of…

From the archives: Are you politically sound?

10 February 2012 19:47

This evening, we’ve dug out a fun piece from 2000, in which Matthew Parris gives an A-to-Z of the right-wing…

The week that was

10 February 2012 17:41

Here are some posts made on Spectator.co.uk during the past week: Fraser Nelson says Andrew Lansley’s NHS bill was completely…

The Republican race is taking its toll on Romney

10 February 2012 16:23

Rick Santorum’s surprise clean-sweep of three states on Tuesday certainly suggests that the battle for this year’s Republican nomination will…

Lansley’s battle should’ve never been fought

10 February 2012 14:54

A small war has broken out over Lansley’s NHS Bill — ConservativeHome has three Cabinet members attacking it. I find…

Greece needs to quit the eurozone

10 February 2012 14:05

The Greek people are being crucified on a cross of euros. Unemployment there is 21 per cent and rising fast…

The art of fiction: Dickens and social apartheid

10 February 2012 13:42

Of all the pieces celebrating the life and legacy of ‘the Inimitable’ Dickens, Toby Young has, for my money, written…

Cameron should leave this terrible ‘tax breaks for cleaners’ idea in Sweden

10 February 2012 12:33

There are times when you think, really, the Prime Minister should get out less. The good ideas he comes back…

Bedroom antics

10 February 2012 11:54

‘How we perceive the past, what we see in it and what we ignore, depends on our current perspective’, writes…

Naughty politicians and shady ladies

10 February 2012 9:38

Here’s one quote by Charles Dickens that I bet you haven’t read this week. As far as the male sex…

Lansley’s health problems are starting to look terminal

10 February 2012 9:14

The discontent with Andrew Lansley’s health reforms has been rising since the New Year. But, one or two threatening quotations…

A treat for Cornish audiences

9 February 2012 20:07

A wholesome gem from the London Fringe transfers to Cornwall this week, in the form of father and son double…

Livingstone will get away with it, of course — because he’s on the ‘left’

9 February 2012 19:54

When is a homophobic comment not a homophobic comment?  When it is spoken by somebody on the ‘left’ of course.…

One for the Tories’ manifesto in 2015

9 February 2012 18:30

David Cameron’s comments today that he finds a Swedish-scheme that offers tax breaks for employing domestic workers ‘very interesting’ and…

The Waugh Scale of Schools: Some Aren’t Even Schools

9 February 2012 17:33

As is customary, one prefaces this post with the observation that there are very many fine state schools and many…

Donald Trump: I Am Trying To Save Scotland

9 February 2012 16:51

The SNP’s other big idea – apart from independence – is to make Scotland a kind of renewable energy pioneer.…

Ken’s gaffe and what it tells us about his campaign

9 February 2012 16:44

We now have the first major gaffe of the 2012 London Mayor race and to everyone’s surprise it wasn’t Boris.…

Cameron’s quotas: a policy or a threat?

9 February 2012 15:27

We’ve heard enough about David Cameron’s woman troubles to regard anything he says about the fairer sex as a naked…

The Great Pundit Hope: A Deadlocked Convention

9 February 2012 15:02

The Santorum Surge is, plainly, grand news for pundits desperately in search of new ways of spinning out the low…

Gloomy times

9 February 2012 13:41

The latest publishing trade figures make for alarming reading. Tuesday’s edition of the Bookseller reported that this January was the…

Making a call on Qatada

9 February 2012 13:33

The Prime Minister, we are told, has been trying to reach the King of Jordan to see if some kind…

A feast of Quantitative Easing

9 February 2012 12:25

Fire up the printing presses, once again. The Bank of England has just announced another £50 billion of Quantitative Easing,…

JFK: The Nastiest President of the Twentieth Century?

9 February 2012 11:21

Who was the most reprehensible US President in the twentieth century? That’s a tough question, though not one related to…