Culture

Is anyone surprised that the Queen didn’t approve of gay marriage?

7 March 2016 15:43

Of all the frankly riveting stuff in the Daily Mail’s serial of what it calls ‘The Unknown Queen’ — nicely timed…

Perhaps public schools do have their benefits, after all?

7 March 2016 14:46

Guardian journalist in self-awareness shock. A very good piece by Hadley Freeman about the utter ubiquity of public school-educated monkeys…

The DfE has issued guidance on exclamation marks. How Orwellian is that!

6 March 2016 18:04

A friend of mine, another journalist, is getting terrifically worked up about the Department for Education’s persecution of exclamation marks.…

The mystery of Mothering Sunday

5 March 2016 19:00

Among the treats the mothers of Britain can look forward to on Mothering Sunday there are some rum offerings. A…

No, Lena Dunham, the world isn’t out to get you

3 March 2016 12:15

The face of young feminism, Lena Dunham, took a break from campaigning to #FreeKesha this week to focus on the issue…

Should internet trolls, hiding behind made-up names, be prosecuted?

3 March 2016 8:03

On Tuesday, I wrote a short blog about Sadiq Khan’s threats to crack down on Uber. For the rest of the…

The BBC has forgotten that journalism is a trade

2 March 2016 22:31

This is written from a small and dank room in the state of Arslikhan, as Private Eye calls it. My…

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…