Culture

Receiving online abuse has now become a badge of honour

2 March 2016 19:14

On Monday night I took part in a discussion on free speech in London for the think-tank Policy Exchange. The…

Women proposing on leap years? Wrong on so many levels

29 February 2016 15:30

I’m planning to propose to my boyfriend this leap year. I’m proposing that he earns another £10,000 and loses a…

The best state schools have pulled ahead of private schools. Why is that so hard to accept?

28 February 2016 14:37

For years, now, the Sutton Trust has been releasing research showing how many doctors, judges, journalists etc were privately educated and conclude…

Who will watch for BBC bias in the EU referendum campaign?

26 February 2016 7:00

It is wearisome work, but I hope the ‘leave’ campaign is carefully monitoring the BBC’s coverage of the referendum. On Monday,…

Why immigrants are to thank for rising standards in schools

23 February 2016 16:43

Something very strange is happening in London: its state schools are going through a huge renaissance – while attainment in many…

Is flashing at a man the best way to punish him? I’m unconvinced

19 February 2016 16:00

I’ll never forget the first ‘Funisher’ I met. It was sometime in the late 1980s when you could meet all sorts…

The feminist case for naming names in sexual assault cases

12 February 2016 16:55

Google ‘Mark Pearson’ and the first thing you will learn about the 51 year-old artist is that he was accused…

The Independent hasn’t died, it has merely changed its form

12 February 2016 13:53

Our newsagents are about to get a little duller: the Independent is no more – at least, not the print…

The strange tale of Evgeny Lebedev and the Independent

12 February 2016 13:20

What sad news that the Independent is closing. In September last year, I did an investigation into the strange, celebrity-orientated world…

Introducing the Timothy Garton Ash prize for European writing

12 February 2016 12:46

Events in Europe are unfolding rapidly, and we at The Spectator are looking for writers living abroad who would be…

Why is there one rule for badgers, and another for mosquitoes?

11 February 2016 13:23

It’s unusual for a left-leaning paper to propose wiping out an entire species. Normally they’re proposing doing the exact opposite…

Twitter’s new ‘Safety Council’ makes a mockery of free speech

11 February 2016 11:54

If you think it’s only crybaby students who set up safe spaces in which they might hide from gruff words…

Facebook’s ‘Motherhood Challenge’ is designed for sad exhibitionists

5 February 2016 17:06

Further proof that social media is fundamentally evil comes by way of Facebook’s Motherhood Challenge. It has been doing the…

Are hipsters the new aristocracy?

5 February 2016 16:36

I love Twitter. Just like the historian Dan Snow, I find the social media site to be an overwhelmingly positive…

It’s depressing to see David Cameron engage in a culture war

3 February 2016 12:20

In 2000, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, accused Magdalen College, Oxford, of class bias in failing to…

The collapse of British housebuilding

30 January 2016 9:53

Things are pretty good in Britain right now: poverty rates are at a record low, employment is at a record high…

The trouble with Rhodes’s enemies is that they are not anti-racist enough

29 January 2016 15:29

  When Cecil Rhodes was drawing up his will his final dream was of British world domination. He pledged funds…

Our leaders should read history books – but not just ones about the Nazis

28 January 2016 17:31

If I was in charge of the Home Office I’d employ someone whose sole area of expertise was Hitler’s Germany and…

President Hassan Rouhani needs to get over the shock of the nude

28 January 2016 15:05

Has a new art installation opened up at the Capitoline museum? One might be forgiven for thinking so: nude sculptures were…

Scotland’s free-speech opponents remain as hypocritical as they are illiberal. Shame on them.

27 January 2016 13:35

Like an old friend you do not actually like very much, the Scottish government’s Offensive Behaviour at Football Act will…

Shivnarine Chanderpaul: The Last Man

26 January 2016 1:22

And then there were none. The retirement of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the great Guyanese batsman, is the end of an era.…

Maxine Peake is wrong: Margaret Thatcher and Rebekah Brooks are feminist role models

25 January 2016 17:05

Margaret Thatcher has been out of power for twenty-six years and dead for three, but in our brave new world…

Did we really have to hear all about Crispin Blunt’s sex life?

25 January 2016 15:36

A year or so back my friend and colleague Hugo Rifkind wrote a very good piece in which he argued…

Google obeys tax laws, and gives us awesome services for free. Why complain?

23 January 2016 12:06

If Google hoped for some good PR in offering £130 million to settle UK tax claims dating back to the…

The BBC’s promises to change after Savile are as sincere as a prostitute’s smile

21 January 2016 17:17

It should be easy to admire the BBC’s handling of the Savile scandal. Two of its journalists, Liz MacKean and…