The anti-academies club

10 January 2012 12:07

‘Anyone here from the Spectator?’ Last night a packed meeting at Downhills Primary in Haringey began with this ominous query…

Miliband tries to get his message heard

10 January 2012 11:04

Ed Miliband is trying to do something interesting today. He is attempting to answer the question, ‘what’s the point of…

Exemplary popular history

10 January 2012 10:27

Few non-fiction writers’ books fly off the shelves as fast as Tom Holland’s. He’s a renaissance man — an overused…

The Expenses Scandal: a Morality Play for our time

10 January 2012 8:58

Morality plays began in the Middle Ages. They were intended to explain Christian precepts and encourage a mostly illiterate audience…

What to expect in New Hampshire

10 January 2012 8:57

Tonight’s New Hampshire primary is very unlikely to provide the sort of razor-thin margin we saw in Iowa last week.…

David Cameron has given Alex Salmond an opportunity to play the statesman

9 January 2012 19:45

Shockingly, it is possible some of you did not see my appearance on BBC News this afternoon. Thanks to the…

Romney hit from all sides on investment career

9 January 2012 18:04

I noted on Saturday that one of the main attacks the Democrats are employing against Mitt Romney revolves around his…

Cutting immigration won’t help youth unemployment

9 January 2012 17:18

Reading the papers today, you could be forgiven for thinking that MigrationWatch’s new report was a smoking gun against immigration.…

Discovering poetry: Milton’s blindness

9 January 2012 16:47

When I consider how my light is spent Ere half my days in this dark world and wide, And that…

The Burma trail

9 January 2012 15:59

Foreign policy specialists have been confused about how to categorise the coalition. Is it neoconservative, given its backing for the…

Osborne the Unionist

9 January 2012 15:00

There’s much chatter in Westminster today about the fact that George Osborneis chairing the Cabinet committee on Scotland. Osborne is,…

Enter, David Miliband?

9 January 2012 13:56

‘Every day, in every way, it’s getting worse for Ed Miliband.’ That’s what I said last Thursday, and it has…

Is Worrall Thompson getting off lightly?

9 January 2012 12:34

I see that the famous midget cook, Antony Worrall Thompson, has been cautioned for having nicked some wine and cheese…

Cameron’s Caledonian Gamble: Unwise and Unnecessary

9 January 2012 12:13

So. it looks as though David Cameron is following the Spectator’s advice not mine. What a nincompoop! But if the…

Obama enjoys the high life

9 January 2012 12:02

Amidst all the talk of Tony Blair’s post-office earnings, it is interesting to read in The Times of Barack Obama’s…

Just in case you missed them…

9 January 2012 10:45

…here are some of the posts made on Spectator.co.uk over the weekend: Fraser Nelson asks why Ed Miliband stopped his…

Across the literary pages: literary parlour games

9 January 2012 9:43

Last Thursday saw a major publishing event in Britain: the release of The Art of Fielding, the debut novel by…

Cameron’s balancing act over Scotland

9 January 2012 9:38

The Cabinet is meeting about 5 miles away from Downing Street today, at the Olympic Park in Stratford. But its…

Why the battle over Downhills Primary School matters

8 January 2012 22:32

Downhills Primary School in Haringey is fast becoming a political battleground. Before Christmas, David Lammy, the local MP, a bunch…

What’s more important to Cameron: actual fairness or presentational fairness?

8 January 2012 18:41

James has already blogged the Sunday Telegraph’s interview with David Cameron, but some other things stand out from it —…

Ed under siege — and under threat

8 January 2012 14:14

There was a fun game we used to play during Gordon Brown’s premiership: counting the number of ‘buck up, or…

A splendid life of crime

8 January 2012 13:22

Let me nail my colours clearly to the mast: I would prefer to eat my own spleen, or listen to…

Cameron’s fairness agenda

8 January 2012 10:11

The politics of the ‘undeserving rich’ is again dominating the news this morning. David Cameron tells the Sunday Telegraph that…

Democrats ready to face Romney

7 January 2012 17:48

As James said yesterday, Mitt Romney is well on the way to becoming the Republican nominee. He is virtually certain…

A very ethical Christmas

7 January 2012 17:34

Here’s another one, part of an occasional series in these parts, of people from the newspapers who are, for often…