Culture

Compromised by not compromising

24 July 2012 14:51

‘In a relationship, when does the art of compromise become compromising?’ Thus spoke Carrie Bradshaw. Such knowledge suggests that I…

Riots and responsibilities

19 November 2011 17:09

The riots are fast in danger of becoming the forgotten issue in our politics. The social and cultural problems that…

Cutting the arts and decimating culture

1 April 2011 13:00

Rationing Mammon emaciates the Muses. Plato knew it, and so does Polly Toynbee: it’s just simple cause and effect. And…

What it is to be British

12 September 2010 18:04

What is it about the British and flag waving? I ask after watching last night’s superlative BBC Proms, a brilliant…

The role of libraries

30 August 2010 17:33

New government statistics show that libraries are less popular than ever, with a drop over 5 years of nearly one-third…

Never again should so much be wasted by so few

27 July 2010 18:29

If you tire quickly of the tediously lengthy build up to Christmas, which starts about now, then heaven help you…

Words fail me…

17 March 2010 18:36

…when it comes to the Lib Dem’s offical election song, performed by the Liberal Democrat Community Choir: You can, er,…

Why we should give the Elgin Marbles back to Greece

4 March 2010 10:45

While we’re talking about countries on the brink, it’s worth taking a look at Greece – which has probably passed…

Satire is dead

23 November 2009 18:11

I laughed more at the Antiques Roadshow than I did at The Thick of It. In fact, finding the louche…

Big Brother and the limits of television

26 August 2009 17:57

Big Brother is dead. This is terrific news – particularly if you’re one of those morbid hacks who specialise in…

Amis at 60

25 August 2009 17:13

Martin Amis says that when a man turns 40 he stops saying “hi” and starts saying “bye”. So, as a…

Breast is barred

24 August 2009 11:43

Truth is indeed often stranger than fiction. It appears Big Brother is not just watching our every move but has…

Introducing Cappuccino Culture

24 August 2009 10:33

Just to introduce The Spectator’s new team blog on arts and cultural affairs – Cappuccino Culture. Spectator writers will be…

A poetic evening

8 July 2009 22:18

From its founder Joseph Addison – a poet of some significance – to its present poetry editor, Hugo Williams, the…

Blur in the park

4 July 2009 23:55

Been meaning to post all day a hat-tip to our very own Alex James who – before he was a…

My Long-Delayed Re-Entry

19 March 2009 23:43

Many, many apologies for my absence from the blog. I have been deep in the inner crevices and interstices of…