Commonwealth

Will the Commonwealth dare to defy the Queen?

19 April 2018 14:35

The Queen has done something quite extraordinary today: she has, very carefully, made an explicitly political intervention at the Commonwealth…

Why is the BBC preaching to the Commonwealth on gay rights?

17 April 2018 10:23

There’s a curiously two-faced aspect to the British take on the Commonwealth, wouldn’t you say? On the one hand, there’s…

Spectator Books of the Year: How Ali Smith’s Autumn captures the best in human nature

24 December 2016 9:30

Easily the most original novel of the year was Charlotte Hobson’s The Vanishing Futurist (Faber, £16.99). It tells the story…

It’s a Eurosceptic fantasy that the ‘Anglosphere’ wants Brexit

12 April 2016 14:28

No one does as much damage to a country as patriots who affect to love it the most. If you…

If I were prime minister, by Ian Fleming

14 May 2015 19:35

This article was first published in The Spectator on 9 October, 1959. I am a totally non-political animal. I prefer the…

Handbagged: if this is what luvvies think being ‘fair’ to Thatcher is, I’d like to see their idea of ‘unfair’

12 April 2014 11:19

Why do the Left love the Queen? Sure, most of us agree she’s done an excellent job in a difficult…

Video: The Queen’s 2013 Christmas message

25 December 2013 16:26

Her Maj on top form – and highlighting the benefits of the ‘family’ of the Commonwealth. A reminder that, if…

Tony Abbott should lobby David Cameron about the UK’s absurd immigration rules

14 November 2013 11:15

Sydney – Mr Cameron resisted the calls to boycott the [Commonwealth Heads of Government] summit and will therefore have a chance…

Can Britain leave the Commonwealth?

13 November 2013 17:30

My dad used to tell me that when he was a foreign correspondent in the 1960s he was once assigned…

David Cameron should confront Australia over Nauru asylum detention centre

11 November 2013 16:38

Walking a lap of the North Pacific island of Nauru would take you three and a half hours. One kilometre…

It’s time England asserted its modern national identity

16 October 2013 15:09

Taking tea at four, strawberries and cream, Wimbledon on a hot summer’s day, Christmas carols round the tree, street parties…

The Euro masquerade

26 October 2011 18:00

So much rot has been said about the Eurozone crisis that you do wonder whether Merkel, Sarkozy et al have…

Aussie rules

19 January 2011 13:49

William Hague has been visiting Australia in the last couple of days, alongside half of the National Security Council. But…