Sorry seems to be the hardest word for John McDonnell

21 January 2018 13:24

Although John McDonnell is supposed to play a key part in Jeremy Corbyn’s drive for a kinder, gentler politics, remarks…

US government shutdown: Trump’s presidency begins to resemble Obama’s

21 January 2018 10:51

Donald Trump had hoped to mark his first anniversary as president basking in surprisingly positive media headlines and enjoying a…

Is church the last bastion of boredom?

21 January 2018 9:00

I was listening to Thought for The Day on Radio 4 the other morning. Well, I say listening, as most…

Ethnicity can be a dangerous weapon in the hands of the state

21 January 2018 8:45

I gather that one way in which the persecution of the Rohingya people was first advanced was by a decision…

How I learned to love (some of) my Twitter critics

21 January 2018 8:30

John Humphrys doesn’t do Twitter. Which, let’s face it, is wise. If it weren’t for Twitter I would have written…

The Donald Trump show enters season two

20 January 2018 14:08

Next up on America, it’s the season two premiere of The Donald Trump Show. All your favorite characters are back—or…

Spectator competition winners: rude food

20 January 2018 13:12

The latest challenge was to provide a review by a restaurant critic that is tediously loaded with sexual language. I…

The problem with America is not Donald Trump

20 January 2018 10:57

Something has gone horribly wrong in America, but it isn’t Donald Trump. The 45th president’s first year has in fact…

The Tories need a plan for the NHS

20 January 2018 10:42

On Tuesday, the Cabinet will discuss the NHS and how it is coping with the winter crisis. But, as I…

If you think it’s just ‘elites’ complaining about Trump, think again

20 January 2018 10:30

After one year in office, Donald Trump is winning bigly. The stock market is up. North Korea and South Korea…

Boris Johnson’s proposal for a bridge across the Channel isn’t crazy – but the backlash is

20 January 2018 10:12

Building a physical bridge between the UK and France is, apparently, ridiculous. I know that because, ever since Boris Johnson…

The north-south divide is growing deeper

20 January 2018 10:00

As a Yorkshire lass living in London I’m struck by the difference in transport provision between the north and south…

Jeremy Corbyn’s takeover is complete – and the Tories are terrified

20 January 2018 9:00

For Jeremy Corbyn and his allies, there has been no far-left takeover of the Labour party or its governing National…

Brexit gives us a chance to save our natural world

20 January 2018 8:30

For people who love the natural world, each new season brings new excitements. We are a nation of nature lovers.…

In defence of farming subsidies

20 January 2018 8:30

Martin Vander Weyer says, unhelpfully and inaccurately, that subsidies ‘absurdly’ favour bigger farms. As we look towards life after Brexit,…

Why has the SNP inflicted this video on us?

19 January 2018 20:49

I don’t know where people get the idea the SNP is intolerant of criticism. Scotland’s most open-minded party has released…

Boris Johnson’s bridge over troubled waters

19 January 2018 19:10

This post first appeared in the Spectator’s Evening Blend email, a free round-up and analysis of each day’s politics. Sign…

Nick Boles has said what a lot of Tory MPs are thinking

19 January 2018 18:50

It’s the end of the week and it’s hard to say what the government has actually achieved. Whether it’s deciding…

Diane Abbott’s Brexit confusion – part II

19 January 2018 15:14

Here we go again. For some time now Labour’s Brexit confusion can be described as ‘complicated’ at best. Matters aren’t…

A special NHS tax would be bonkers or a total fraud

19 January 2018 14:59

Some very clever people are rallying around the idea of a specific NHS tax partly because of what has been…

Caption contest: Putin in cold water

19 January 2018 14:30

Next week at Davos, world leaders – including President Trump and Emmanuel Macron – will gather at the elite meet-up…

Faith schools are more diverse than their critics make out

19 January 2018 13:48

Ever willing to exploit my children, I asked them yesterday just how many actual English children there were in their…

What the papers say: In praise of Macron’s charm offensive

19 January 2018 8:24

Emmanuel Macron capped off his trip to Britain by taking a selfie with the Prime Minister last night. His charm…

New Tory vice-chair culls ‘white public schoolboy’ Remainer from candidate list

18 January 2018 20:00

With the new Tory vice-chairman for youth, Ben Bradley, currently making headlines for ill-judged blog posts from 2012, it’s safe…