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…

Miliband beats Miliband in the polls

15 January 2012 16:25

Ed Miliband’s poll ratings are going from bad to disastrous at the moment. Last week his YouGov approval rating dropped…

Gove: It’ll take ten years to turn around the education system

15 January 2012 13:21

Speaking on the new Sunday Politics Show, Michael Gove said that it would take a decade for his reforms to…

Miliband, dented but defiant

15 January 2012 10:42

In the news bulletin after Ed Miliband’s interview on the Andrew Marr show, the headline was about Miliband saying he…

Labour’s new strategy in the cuts blame game

14 January 2012 17:38

Even as Ed Balls embraces the need for austerity today, he takes a very different position to the coalition on…

Simon Hughes speaks out against the benefit cap

14 January 2012 14:55

In the Cameroon effort to redefine the politics of fairness, the benefit cap of £26,000 a year is key. When…

Bookbenchers: Robin Walker MP

14 January 2012 13:20

Robin Walker, the Conservative MP for Worcester, is this week’s bookbencher. He tells us about the influence that his father…

Labour is the third party, get used to it

14 January 2012 10:43

This has been a terrible week for the Labour leader – truly, bone-crunchingly awful. Inevitable comparisons have been made with…

Balls’ attempt at credibility falls short

14 January 2012 10:17

‘I must be responsible and credible in what I say.’ No, it’s not Bart Simpson writing on the blackboard at…

Saturday Morning Country: Townes van Zandt

14 January 2012 3:40

This ain’t necessarily Townes at his best. Then again, the singing was never the biggest point of TvZ. But of…