From the archives: The Christmas truce

24 December 2011 15:49

Christmas is but a day away, and with it a chance to remember when British and German troops clambered out…

Spotify Christmas: Joy to the World

24 December 2011 10:43

We normally run these Spotify playlists on Sundays, but, as it’s Christmas tomorrow, we thought we’d make an exception for…

London as Dickens saw it

23 December 2011 12:29

The first thing you’ll notice about the Museum of London’s ‘Dickens and London’ exhibition is that it Dickens hardly features.…

Alexander Chancellor’s books of the year

23 December 2011 12:21

David Gilmour’s The Pursuit of Italy is a riveting history of a country whose unification only 150 years ago may…

Happy Christmas

23 December 2011 11:33

A brief post to let CoffeeHousers know that the blog will be going a bit quieter over the next few…

We can’t ignore the persecution of Christians in the Middle East

23 December 2011 11:14

William Hague has transformed the Foreign Office in his 18 months in charge. He inherited a system hardwired with the…

The art of Dickens – A Christmas Carol

23 December 2011 9:49

A change this week as we wind down for the Christmas holiday: Alastair Sim’s immortal Scrooge the morning after the…

Ron Paul Does Red Dawn

23 December 2011 0:29

His ad team* PAC seem to be inspired by Patrick Swayze’s finest hour. That’s the 1984 classic, Red Dawn. (What…

Newt Gingrich & The Dog Lovers’ Party

22 December 2011 21:18

Say this for Newt Gingrich, he does know how to have some sport at Mitt Romney’s expense. How else to…

The rising cost of Christmas dinner

22 December 2011 19:26

While we’re talking Christmas, how about this release from the Office for National Statistics today? It reveals how the cost…

Ron Paul’s Newsletter Problem

22 December 2011 16:58

It shouldn’t surprise anyone who remembers anything about Ron Paul’s run for the Presidency four years ago that The Newsletter…

Christmas by numbers

22 December 2011 16:28

Keen-sighted Spectator readers may have noticed that there was no ‘Barometer’ column in our Christmas double issue. The weekly column,…

Say what you will about North Korea, at least they’re authentically Korean

22 December 2011 15:32

Drivel, of course, and the kind of thing you’d expect to find in the Guardian. One expects rather more from…

Anne Applebaum’s books of the year

22 December 2011 14:35

Snowdrops, A. D. Miller’s literary thriller, has to qualify as the book I was ‘most unable to put down’ this…

Fog around the Falklands

22 December 2011 12:48

For the populist president of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, the ban on Falklands-flagged ships agreed by the Mercosur summit in Montevideo…

Should Lady Thatcher Receive a State Funeral?

22 December 2011 12:11

Unseemly to talk about this while the old Lady still breathes. Unseemly but necessary. Peter Oborne considers the argument in…

Tim Loughton versus the adoption bureaucracy

22 December 2011 10:39

Parliament has decamped for midwinter, but the business of government goes on. Today’s announcement, by the children’s minister Tim Loughton,…

Tales from the greatest city on earth

22 December 2011 9:34

Quiz question: which famous 12-word quotation is followed by the phrase ‘for there is in London all that life can…

Mr Pooter Says Farewell to the Civil Service

22 December 2011 2:07

STOP PRESS: LONDON MANDARIN RECOGNISES SNP WON ELECTION, INTEND TO CALL REFERENDUM. FUTURE OF UNITED KINGDOM UNSURE. ASTONISHING SCENES. Lord…

Salmond’s Advantage Over Labour

21 December 2011 19:24

A reader asks: What do you think about Johann Lamont winning the Scottish Labour leadership contest? Well, jings, far be…

What happens to QE without an AAA?

21 December 2011 18:11

It’s not very festive, but we have to wander into acronym territory again. Moody’s last night warned that the UK’s…

MPs Need Longer Holidays

21 December 2011 17:46

Good sense from Dan Hannan: The House of Commons rises today, prompting traditional seasonal whinges. ‘MPs have already awarded themselves…

The Eternal Doomed Quest for a Third American Party

21 December 2011 17:07

One of the rules of American political journalism is that every four years there must be an attempt to guage…

Newt: I Told You So

21 December 2011 15:57

Jonathan Bernstein is mildly miffed that now that Newt Gingrich’s self-inflated bubble is collapsing too few people are remembering those…

What do CoffeeHousers want for Christmas?

21 December 2011 15:21

Quentin Letts certainly wants a lot from good ol’ Father Christmas. In thefestive double issue of The Spectator he pens…