Crime

The Spectator Podcast: Trump vs Iran

10 May 2018 14:48

What comes after the end of the Iran nuclear deal? Is Donald Trump an expert diplomat worthy of a Nobel…

Britain is still broken. Here’s how to fix it

13 April 2018 11:19

Nearly six years ago, in The Spectator, I explained how and why the gang culture that exploded in the 2011…

The Tories’ reputation for law and order is in tatters

9 April 2018 15:36

Historically the Conservative party has been known as the party of law and order. It is now in the process…

Sunday shows round-up: Christopher Wylie – ‘I want a democratic mandate for Brexit’

8 April 2018 18:19

The former director of research at Cambridge Analytica, the data-mining firm notoriously suspended by Facebook for harvesting details of up…

How should the police and the politicians respond to this spate of murders?

7 April 2018 10:42

With more than fifty murders in London already this year and knife crime up by 21% in England and Wales…

The gang in our park have united us… in impotence

6 April 2018 8:14

The baby, unbothered by diesel fumes, enjoys an outing down the main road through London N1. Each passing bus is…

The stop and search race myth

24 March 2018 9:00

When I was working as a speech writer in the Home Office, under Theresa May, one of her special advisers told…

Books Podcast: Mick Herron

15 February 2018 16:01

My guest in this week’s podcast is the incomparable spy writer Mick Herron – these days, happily, a less and…

Theresa May’s stop-and-search shake-up is costing lives

26 January 2018 8:20

Theresa May has a very big failure to her name, but strangely few people seem to want to pick her…

London’s crime map tells a damning tale of two cities

6 January 2018 10:00

It’s just a few metres from Bartholomew Court, EC1, where a young man was one of four stabbed to death…

Civil life in London is now balanced on a knife edge

26 April 2017 14:15

I’m a member of a small and weird minority, the conservative urbanophiles. Obviously cities are nests of degeneracy and, even…

Britain’s morals are regressing. We need a Social Highway Code

25 February 2017 12:00

Life in Britain has become much cruder, meaner and more spiteful practically everywhere. It can be seen in people’s behaviour…

The truth behind the Brexit hate crime ‘spike’

15 February 2017 10:21

Britain is in the grip of an epidemic, apparently. An epidemic of hate. New figures, compiled by the Press Association, suggest…

Season’s beatings: A barrister’s guide to a busy Christmas

22 December 2016 9:00

My colleagues at the commercial and chancery bar are all at their chalets in Gstaad, funded by the endless fees…

Michael Heseltine: I strangled my mother’s dog

1 November 2016 9:57

Oh dear. It seems Michael Heseltine ought to prepare for a visit from the RSPCA in the next week or…

When is a hate crime not a hate crime?

21 October 2016 12:53

I’ve always been somewhat bemused by the concept of ‘hate crime’ – a phrase which first came into use in…

The rich are getting richer – the poor are getting robbed

5 June 2016 10:00

Much fuss is made about financial inequality, but what about inequality of crime? It’s a question that has never been…

The Hatton Garden mob are greedy and immoral. Stop treating them as folk heroes

15 January 2016 13:33

The Today programme often has one choking on one’s porridge, but this morning’s edition had an item even more infuriating than…

Cheap alcohol leads to violent crime, say ‘experts’. Where’s the evidence?

29 April 2015 14:10

Stanley Cohen, the legendary criminologist and author of Folk Devils and Moral Panics, once commented on ‘the unique dilemma of…

When did it become OK for the police to electrocute children?

25 February 2015 11:23

Hard as it may be to imagine, dear reader, once upon a time the police managed to fulfil their obligations to…

Letting Ched Evans play football would give young offenders a much-needed role model

23 December 2014 18:06

On Sunday, Hartlepool FC quashed rumours that they would be signing Ched Evans, the former Sheffield United forward and convicted…

Did Adnan Syed do it?

12 December 2014 16:21

I doubt most people would have been familiar with the relatively unremarkable murder of a Baltimore high school student by…

The idiot economy – behind the ‘dark web’ cyber-crime busts

10 November 2014 18:59

Spectator Money is out, with ideas on how to make it, spend it and even how to be seen spending it. Freddy Gray looks…

‘Hang ’em high!’ – leftists for the death penalty, re Pistorius et al

23 October 2014 13:32

O, the fury of my Sisters over the risible punishment (I’ve seen longer sentences in Ulysses) handed out to Oscar…