Remembering Gilbert Adair

18 January 2012 8:54

Gilbert Adair was a mentor to me, even in the year following his stroke, which was when we became closest,…

The John Wilkes Society is Reborn

18 January 2012 5:53

John Wilkes was radical and wrong; his latter-day equivalents are merely stupid and wrong. To buttress this notion, I submit…

Rethinking High-Speed Rail

18 January 2012 0:08

Previously, I’ve supported the government’s plans for High-Speed Rail, even though the “business case” for them has always struck me…

Drug War Madness: Canadian edition

17 January 2012 19:37

Most of the time the most lunatic examples of Drug War mania, at least in the English-speaking world, come from…

Miliband tells the unions ‘tough’

17 January 2012 18:00

Ed Miliband has just done a TV clip full of the kind of quotes that politicians love using. In an…

Let’s remember McDonald Bailey in 2012

17 January 2012 16:11

McDonald Bailey was certainly among the most famous names in British sport when Britain last hosted the Olympics, in 1948.…

The Jefferson Bible

17 January 2012 15:12

The Guardian reports on a fascinating story from across the Atlantic, where an imprint of Penguin USA has reprinted Thomas…

The rules of thriller writing are leading authors to the Arctic

17 January 2012 12:58

The Cold War produced some of the great classics of British spy fiction. From the gadgets and babes with exotic…

The Lib Dems’ differentiation strategy, pictured

17 January 2012 12:54

As revealed in Rachel Sylvester’s Times column (£) today: “Richard Reeves, Mr Clegg’s political adviser, draws a graph that plots…

Inflation at 4.2 per cent is nothing to cheer

17 January 2012 11:41

Are today’s inflation figures cause for celebration? The Consumer Price Index rose a mere 4.2 per cent in the year…

Beyonce of many colours

17 January 2012 10:05

Do you prefer the singer Beyonce when she is black or when she is white? Or could you not give…

Burnside ignores the noises-off to do the double

17 January 2012 9:42

John Burnside’s Black Cat Bone has won this year’s T.S. Eliot prize, the most controversial in years. Nominees Alice Oswald…

What will Miliband do now?

17 January 2012 9:36

The Labour leader Ed Miliband has been determined not to define himself by picking fights against his own side. He…

Labour disunited

17 January 2012 8:39

Labour MPs didn’t pick Ed Miliband as Labour leader; they preferred his brother. Labour members didn’t pick Ed Miliband as…

Scottish independence by numbers

16 January 2012 19:34

It’s far from the first poll on Scottish independence in recent years, or even in recent days, but YouGov’s effort…

A joke too far?

16 January 2012 17:01

Tom Harris lost his job as Labour’s ‘Twitter tsar’ today after uploading this Salmond-themed Downfall video onto YouTube. A pity…

Gove’s Royal yacht proposal in full

16 January 2012 15:28

This morning’s Guardian scoop about Michael Gove’s suggestion that the nation should present the Queen with a new Royal yacht…

The laughing lefty

16 January 2012 15:17

What a shame the Christmas literary recommends season is over: otherwise I would have loved to draw this to your…

Clegg versus vested interests (and the Tories)

16 January 2012 13:45

‘Another week, another speech about the evils of capitalism.’ So joked Nick Clegg at the start of his speech to…

How to ensure the Union ends with mourning

16 January 2012 13:31

Those photographs of North Koreans wailing, weeping and gnashing their teeth in grief over the death of Kim Jong-il have…

A Cameron-friendly backbench group

16 January 2012 13:20

The 301 Group is the nearest that David Cameron has to a loyalist backbench support group; it is named after…

Across the literary pages: Freedom of speech edition

16 January 2012 12:09

A cacophony of opinion broke out across the weekend’s literary pages, all of it eloquent and entertaining. On Thursday, Nick…

Osborne visits China, but can’t escape Europe

16 January 2012 11:20

Yet another day here in Westminster that’s all about the economy. Nick Clegg has just delivered a speech on the…

Just in case you missed them…

16 January 2012 11:15

…here are some posts made on Spectator.co.uk over the weekend: James Forsyth reports on Ed Miliband’s defiant performance on the…

No more Mr Nice Guy

16 January 2012 10:01

So Jon Huntsman is dropping out of the US Presidential race today. Apparently a battle with Rick Perry for fifth…