Cameron’s coming battle over the ECHR

6 February 2012 19:17

The coming release of Abu Qatada on bail is going to put bellows under the whole debate about the European…

From the archives: Britain’s new Queen

6 February 2012 18:07

To mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne in 1952, here is the leader that…

We must be honest about honour killings

6 February 2012 15:11

White guilt has terrible consequences. This was made profoundly clear in Canada during the three month trial of Mohammad Shafia,…

Unequal library campaigns

6 February 2012 14:24

It was National Library Day on Saturday, and the Save Kensal Rise Library campaigners continued their vigil, guarding the library…

Terry shouldn’t be captain, but that should be Capello’s decision to make

6 February 2012 13:22

The England manager Fabio Capello is both right and wrong about John Terry. Right because it was stupid and, as…

Discovering poetry: Mankind in Alexander Pope

6 February 2012 13:05

from ‘Windsor Forest’ See! from the brake the whirring pheasant springs, And mounts exulting on triumphant wings: Short is his…

An important intervention on energy policies, but will the Lib Dems pay attention?

6 February 2012 12:48

The economist Dieter Helm is one of the few policy thinkers respected on both sides of the coalition. Oliver Letwin…

Across the literary pages

6 February 2012 11:10

Tomorrow is the bi-centenary of Charles Dickens’s birth, and Fleet Street’s literary editors devoted much of their weekend pages to…

Just in case you missed them…

6 February 2012 10:49

…here are some posts made on Spectator.co.uk over the weekend: Fraser Nelson says the richest 1 per cent pay 28…

Putin’s end

6 February 2012 9:41

This weekend, thousands of people defied the cold and the control in Moscow to show their dislike for Vladimir Putin…

Don’t let’s be beastly to the bankers

5 February 2012 17:00

The Twitter hashtag #BankerOutrage was launched by Radio Four yesterday summing up a very popular mood. It’s not unusual for…

The government will have to fight for Lords reform

5 February 2012 16:16

House of Lords reform is one of those subjects that make most people’s eyes glaze over. But it is going…

Storm in an Indian teacup

5 February 2012 14:19

So, does India want the UK’s aid or not? If you believe the Indian finance minister, Pranab Mukherjee, the funds…

Public opinion is split on Gove’s reforms

5 February 2012 10:32

It seems most of the public agrees with the need to improve our schools. A YouGov poll out this morning…

Opening up Westminster’s closed shop

4 February 2012 19:03

I was immensely proud to co-host an event at the House of Commons with Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for…

Bookbenchers: Sam Gyimah MP

4 February 2012 18:52

This week’s bookbencher is Sam Gyimah, the Conservative MP for Surrey East. Which book’s on your bedside table at the…

The danger for the Lib Dems

4 February 2012 17:55

Today’s papers make clear just how damaging the next phase of this whole Chris Huhne business could be to the…

A Syrian Srebrenica?

4 February 2012 12:36

Every day things are getting worse in Syria. Today the Syrian regime started what looks like an all-out assault on…

The other Miliband under attack

4 February 2012 10:42

By now, we’re all used to waking up to newspaper columns describing Ed Miliband’s flaws and proclaiming him unfit to…

An Israeli strike on Iran?

3 February 2012 21:17

Will they or won’t they? Most political parlour games involve a question of this kind and the one about whether…

The week that was

3 February 2012 18:07

Here are some posts made on Spectator.co.uk during the past week: Fraser Nelson champions John Sentamu as the next Archbishop…

Higher weekend mortality is not down to Saturday night drunks

3 February 2012 17:40

You’re more likely to die if admitted to hospital during the weekend. It’s a shocking truth, and one that’s explored…

The art of fiction: lessons in precise language

3 February 2012 17:02

Jonathan Franzen has made the news this week, by berating digital media and corporate capitalism. Those were themes of his…

Two Nations; One Calcutta Cup

3 February 2012 16:29

Flower of Scotland is really a dreadful dirge. The one time it is acceptable, however, is when England come to…

How dangerous is cycling?

3 February 2012 15:49

Am I dicing with death every morning and evening? The Times would say so. I cycle to work, and, for…