America

There’s nothing turbulent about Trump’s presidency

11 May 2019 8:21

Is the United States, the oldest democracy in the world, bumbling into a constitutional crisis of its own making?  Like…

Nato needs to act before it becomes obsolete

4 April 2019 11:33

Washington, DC is a town full of tradition. There’s the State of the Union address at the beginning of the…

Why China needs a deal with Donald Trump

1 December 2018 14:40

China’s leadership knows it has badly underestimated the Trump administration’s will to raise the stakes on the trade front. They…

Donald Trump isn’t wrong about the California wildfires

13 November 2018 13:52

Another day, another case of Donald Trump ignorantly tweeting from the hip. Or maybe not quite so much. On Saturday,…

Life & Arts Podcast: Heather Mac Donald on how race and gender pandering corrupts universities

6 November 2018 10:25

This week on the Spectator USA Life & Arts podcast, I’m casting the pod with Heather Mac Donald. A scholar…

Thomas Cole’s allegorical landscapes chronicling the decline of civilisation are sublime – but wrong

24 July 2018 11:53

For Americans, Thomas Cole is a household name. He painted America’s wild landscapes and lamented its destruction by the country’s…

Spectator Books: Behold, America

24 May 2018 15:38

Is the “American Dream”, as Donald Trump claims, dead? Is “America First” a policy of national pride or a dogwhistle…

Treason – not racism – is the only legitimate reason to pull down a statue

7 September 2017 15:27

Donald Trump has a point when he asks, with respect to the tearing down of Confederate statues: ‘Is it George Washington…

The true nature of Trumpism can no longer be denied

16 August 2017 14:38

There is a strain of wickedness so contagious that it infects every pore of the places it touches. It can…

America’s foreign policy on Syria is more sensible than the UK’s

9 April 2017 21:51

Well, Islamists certainly have a useful working knowledge of the Christian calendar — probably more than most secular Brits —…

Star Wars is the perfect analogy for the decline of America

31 December 2016 12:01

Star Wars is a generational thing and older people think my cohort are mentally subnormal for enjoying it, but it’s…

Britain must avoid importing America’s culture of violence

21 July 2016 12:23

A couple of weeks ago I watched a ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest in the centre of London. It was a…

You can’t stop future Orlandos, but you can reduce the chances

13 June 2016 13:51

I’m pro-gun control, but I come from the most heavily populated corner of one of the most crowded islands on…

Has Obama been watching too much Netflix?

23 April 2016 10:58

There was something odd about Obama’s ‘back of the queue’ Brexit comment yesterday — and it wasn’t just that he…

Remembering Harper Lee, 1926-2016

19 February 2016 16:18

The sad news of Harper Lee’s death at the age of 89 leaves one of modern literature’s great questions unanswered.…

Donald Trump is capitalising on America’s declining middle class

22 January 2016 17:31

While watching MPs in the House of Commons debate banning a politician they find disagreeable, my first thought was to…

Donald Trump on Parliament ban debate: ‘I hear I had a very big success’

20 January 2016 15:56

On Monday MPs gathered in Westminster Hall to debate whether or not Donald Trump should be allowed to visit Britain,…

Nicola Sturgeon puts (lung free) haggis on the menu in America

10 June 2015 12:44

Steerpike has long been a champion of the fight to get America to lift the ban on Scottish haggis being imported…

A course in Dangerous Ideas would be the perfect tonic for our dull universities

8 June 2015 13:13

There have been a number of articles recently by American liberals warning about the intolerance of academia, in particular pointing…

‘Trigger warnings’ are tools for censorship. They have no place in academia

26 May 2015 18:02

I get defensive when feminists are accused of being prudes. There’s nothing prudish in critiquing a monotonously promiscuous culture; in…

Why would Ed Miliband even want to woo Russell Brand?

28 April 2015 12:00

The Sun reports this morning that Ed Miliband recently made a late-night visit to Russell Brand’s £2 million home. Details…

Blessed are the speechmakers?

4 April 2015 0:01

As the election season finally gets its boots on, office-seeking motor-mouths of every creed and colour would do well to…

Wolf Hall gets an American makeover

18 March 2015 13:36

Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall documents the rise of Thomas Cromwell, one of history’s most famous anti-heroes. Chronicling Henry VIII’s ill-fated marriage to Anne Boleyn, it is…

A warm welcome to the Anglosphere’s recent recruits (and a fond farewell to the turncoats)

6 March 2015 17:35

There was an interesting survey by Chatham House a few weeks back; asked which countries they had good feelings about,…

Ukip should not attack others for attacks

6 March 2015 14:07

‘What I’m seeing in this election is the influence of these big American advisers and it’s becoming the most negative,…