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…

Vaclav Havel & a Politics of Doubt

21 December 2011 13:09

I’ve been away and then laid low by some bug, so am late to writing anything about the sad news…

A sliver of Christmas comfort for George Osborne

21 December 2011 12:01

There’s some rare good news for the government in today’s public finance statistics. Public sector net borrowing in November is…

Philip Hensher’s books of the year

21 December 2011 11:55

It was an exceptional year for the novel, with impressive books from Adam Mars-Jones, Ali Smith, Edward Docx, Edward St…

Ripped-off in a winter wonderland

21 December 2011 11:40

Usually at this time of year my family decamps for a weekend to some lovely city in what used to…

Your five point guide to Balls’s highly political interview

21 December 2011 9:36

It’s a strange sort of Christmas present; interviews with Ed Miliband and Ed Balls — but that’s what the papers…

The Pursuit of Love: Not just for girls

21 December 2011 9:20

After a lacklustre year of books programming, the low point being a serialisation of a middle-class family’s failed attempt to…

Why ‘starving the beast’ may not work

20 December 2011 18:34

Steven F. Hayward’s audit of the state of American conservatism, which David Brooks judges to be one of the best…

Twinkle, twinkle little star

20 December 2011 18:08

I think this is my favourite seasonal story so far, aside from that Korean bloke popping his clogs. Toddlers at…

Ron Paul now favourite to win in Iowa

20 December 2011 17:09

Hardly anyone would’ve predicted it just a few weeks ago, but libertarian congressman Ron Paul now looks most likely to…

Ferdinand Mount’s books of the year

20 December 2011 15:12

What strange persons get themselves chosen to govern us. I have spent quite a bit of the past year reading…

An early Christmas present for the coalition

20 December 2011 14:24

It has only taken several months of bitter negotiation and a national strike to get here, but a deal between…

Another fine mess at HMRC

20 December 2011 11:41

Today’s report by the Public Accounts Committee hasn’t so much been released as detonated onto the Westminster scene. The Exchequer…

Library campaigners hunt the secretary of state

20 December 2011 10:24

Library campaigners in Brent suffered a setback yesterday when the Court of Appeal decided that the local council was not…

Who is the British foreign secretary?

20 December 2011 9:43

Officially, of course, the answer to that question is William Hague – who has put in some decent work since…

Rumpole’s seasonal cheer

20 December 2011 8:46

Music fans may groan at the glut of greatest hit collections clogging up shelves at this time of year. Bookshelves…

The latest act in Europe’s comic opera

19 December 2011 22:25

If it was not all so serious, the efforts to save the single currency would be worthy of a comic…

Obsorne’s banking reforms are only the start of a solution

19 December 2011 18:30

‘The most far-reaching reforms of British banking in modern history.’ That’s how George Osborne called it in Parliament this afternoon,…

So long, Kim Jong-il

19 December 2011 16:40

Christmas is a particularly horrible time of the year to lose a loved one, so our sympathies go out to…

Clegg sets out his stall for 2012

19 December 2011 16:23

Under cover of discussing the Open Society and its enemies, Nick Clegg today set out his personal agenda for the…

Rudd’s straw man argument about our EU membership

19 December 2011 15:12

As the isolation hysteria over Cameron’s EU veto starts to fade, attention is now shifting to the more existential question…

Allan Massie’s books of the year

19 December 2011 15:01

Graham Swift is probably still best known for Waterland, published almost 30 years ago. I rather think he is now…

CoffeeHousers’ Wall, 19 December – Christmas Day

19 December 2011 13:17

Welcome to the latest CoffeeHousers’ Wall. For those who haven’t come across the Wall before, it’s a post we put…

Whither North Korea after Kim Jong-il’s death?

19 December 2011 12:21

The photographs and video footage show North Koreans weeping in their hundreds at the news of Kim Jong-il’s death. But…

Just in case you missed them…

19 December 2011 11:59

…here are some of the posts made on Spectator.co.uk over the weekend: James Forsyth spots another sign of coalition splits…