Communism

The Spectator Podcast: Next up, Nato

14 June 2018 11:47

In the last few days, world order seems to have been turned on its head as Trump antagonised his western…

Did Jeremy Corbyn bring down the Iron Curtain?

19 February 2018 16:13

There are two competing theories about how the Soviet Union collapsed. One holds that Ronald Reagan’s moral leadership against communism…

Jeremy Corbyn’s celebration of Castro proves that he’s not a serious leader

27 November 2016 16:11

Just when you thought the story of the Labour Party in the 21st century couldn’t get any more tragic, Jeremy…

Why do we indulge the crimes of the Left?

12 June 2016 8:25

What a strange human being the historian Eric Hobsbawm was. I was reminded of this the other day while reading…

What David Aaronovitch’s brilliant memoir tells us about British communism

16 January 2016 15:20

Like most trade unionists in the 1970s and 80s I worked with a fair few communists. Men like Dickie Lawlor,…

Far leftists do not laugh about Mao to mock communism. They laugh to forget communism

26 November 2015 11:51

Nothing about the crisis in the Labour party makes sense until you find the honesty to admit that far leftists…

The Chinese are willing participants in state censorship

12 November 2015 17:53

For three decades, Cui Yongyuan has been one of China’s national treasures. As a veteran television presenter for CCTV (China’s…

The new East-West divide: multiculturalism vs sovereignty

21 October 2015 12:05

We all know that relations with Russia are at their lowest ebb since 1991, when Boris Yeltsin brought down Communism…

Why is the BBC’s latest ‘documentary’ on China fronted by someone who doesn’t know anything about China?

7 September 2015 16:08

The BBC’s latest pretty young face is Billie JD Porter. The 23-year-old is entirely lovable. With her brown roots proudly showing, that…

Robert Conquest: ‘There is something particularly unpleasant about those who, living in a political democracy, comfortably condone terror elsewhere’

4 August 2015 22:21

Robert Conquest, the historian of Soviet Russia who has died aged 98, was also The Spectator’s literary editor between 1962…

Visit Cuba – it’s the perfect holiday destination for poverty fetishists

23 July 2015 10:40

Since last December, when officials from Cuba and the United States announced that the two countries, locked in a Cold…

Postcard from Ukraine – meet the artists in exile from the People’s Republic of Donetsk

22 October 2014 10:25

It was Orthodox Trinity Sunday when Luba Michailova received word that separatists would soon occupy the premises of the Donetsk…

The traitor Melita Norwood should have been prosecuted

7 July 2014 16:53

Today brings a fresh reminder of a national disgrace, the failure to prosecute Melita Norwood for treason. Newly released files…

What did you do in the struggle, daddy? The real story of Nelson Mandela and the communists

10 December 2013 13:13

Reading the obituaries last Friday, one was left with impression that Nelson Mandela’s only flaws were fastidiousness and a tendency…

Where Boris was right on inequality

28 November 2013 15:04

Hold the front page, Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson has made a startling confession: he’s not a communist. Well…

Venezuela: a shining example of how not to help the poor

23 November 2013 13:00

No serious person today views the Cuban Revolution as anything other than an impoverished tyranny – up to and including…

Malala – the girl who hates Britain

25 October 2013 10:38

Before a mob turns up at my house and someone starts dragging up that unfortunate picture of my grandfather with…

The Lady on Lenin

24 October 2013 9:15

A delightful anecdote in Jonathan Aitken’s new biography of Margaret Thatcher, which is out today. Visiting the French estate of the…

Sorry, Ed Miliband, your dad hated Britain

1 October 2013 11:41

It doesn’t matter how much Ed Miliband’s lip quivers, his dad was, as The Daily Mail suggested, a far left…

Extremists and the mainstream: the case of Comrade Newman

17 September 2013 13:08

The Chippenham Labour Party has decided that its candidate to contest the 2015 general election will be one Andy Newman.…

Review: In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge – a tale of rebellion and conformity

21 August 2013 15:30

In Times of Fading Light’s seven narrators exist in an almost permanent state of bewildered disappointment. Given that the narrators…

Meet Chen Guangcheng – a hero of the Chinese people

6 June 2013 13:47

The other week I had the honour of spending some time with a great hero. Chen Guangcheng is the blind…

Dreams and Nightmares: Europe in the twentieth century

10 May 2013 17:11

So much abuse has been heaped on the European Union in recent years that it is easy to forget that…

CND cannot rewrite its own history

29 April 2013 14:28

Last week I recorded an edition of Hardtalk for the BBC which has gone out today.  It is a discussion…

Eastern promises – the rediscovery of Stefan Heym

27 November 2012 11:36

A German Jew fleeing Nazism to America; a soldier in the D-Day landings; a US citizen moving to the GDR…