Culture

The Princess generation needs to grow up

18 July 2017 12:27

I never dreamed I’d see the day when I agreed with Miriam González Durántez – such a snob that she…

English cricket is too glass half-empty for its own good

17 July 2017 16:28

There is, let us be honest, a certain kind of England supporter who derives some cheerful satisfaction from disaster and…

Welcome to the green belt: a safe space for lily-livered Londoners

17 July 2017 12:58

I am thoroughly enjoying Melissa Kite’s latest, justifiable, gripes which have been provoked by her move out of London. Stuff…

A letter to… The Guardian’s sanctimonious letter writer

16 July 2017 15:01

This one is priceless, believe me. Truly priceless. For a long time now I’ve been buying The Guardian for its…

The interns were the real stars of the Spectator summer party

14 July 2017 20:41

It was The Spectator’s summer party last night, the high point of Westminster’s social calendar. We had the Prime Minister,…

The Grenfell inquiry outcome must not be predetermined

8 July 2017 9:00

Having worked flat-out to defend judges over the Article 50 case in the Supreme Court, the BBC has gone the…

Young people check their privilege – and feel deeply disappointed

7 July 2017 10:28

Who would want be a member of Generation Z? Having your every youthful screw-up tracked and recorded on social media,…

The funniest video I’ve ever seen

4 July 2017 14:04

I suppose it says something about me, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything funnier than this video –…

The smoking ban ripped the soul out of this country

4 July 2017 10:00

It is 10 years since smoking in public places was banned in England. Ten years since officials decreed that we…

I, Iain Duncan Smith – the ex-welfare secretary on tower blocks and work assessments

29 June 2017 12:35

This morning, The Spectator held a series of discussions about the future of Conservative welfare reform, chaired by Andrew Neil and…

If you can’t afford a home, why vote Tory?

27 June 2017 12:21

Back in the 90s and even early noughties, it was a cliché that middle-class English people used to talk about…

The anti-tabloid snobs are the real bigots

22 June 2017 13:00

So now we know who’s really responsible for the horrible attack at Finsbury Park Mosque: it was the Sun wot…

Feeling full of rage? Blame the summer heat

21 June 2017 12:12

Bicycling up Regent Street in the intense June heat last week, I was cut up by a black cab driver.…

Yes, Grenfell is a scandal. No, Theresa May does not have blood on her hands

16 June 2017 22:11

“Burn neoliberalism, not people” said Clive Lewis in a tweet showing the skeleton of Grenfell Tower. Odd words from a…

Those who died at Grenfell Tower were the victims of bad government

16 June 2017 14:24

Had the Grenfell Tower tragedy befallen one of the millionaire high-rises built along the Thames recently, it would still be…

Theresa May’s mistake? Putting style over substance

13 June 2017 12:35

There are many lessons to learn from the utter calamity of the general election, but here is just one: be…

Yes, the lowest-paid did best under Cameron

12 June 2017 14:44

Was the general election a vote against austerity? I was on the Today programme this morning to discuss this point,…

‘Can Britain’s digital economy be a global leader?’

1 June 2017 8:48

Recently, The Spectator held a roundtable discussion on the digital economy, featuring Matt Hancock, minister for digital and culture, Garrett…

Jeremy Paxman has become a national bore

30 May 2017 15:53

So who came off worse in The Battle for Number 10, last night’s Channel 4 / Sky stand-off between Theresa…

In the digital age, terrorists have far more places to hide

30 May 2017 12:17

We learn this morning that MI5 has launched an internal inquiry into how they didn’t catch Salman Abedi, the Manchester…

We must come together – and repeat the mantra ‘hope not hate’

23 May 2017 16:03

We must all come together. Hope, not hate. Nothing to do with Islam. Nothing to do with Muslims. Just a…

The Manchester attack is especially vile but we must go on

23 May 2017 15:25

The first victim named was from Lancashire, the second an eight-year old girl. Two girls from the isle of Barra…

Isis issues warning after claiming Manchester attack

23 May 2017 13:33

The police haven’t yet said anything about the identity of the Manchester suicide bomber, but the Islamic State has claimed…

The new Equalities Act only increases the risks for mental illness sufferers

20 May 2017 11:02

Mrs May promises to amend the Equalities Act to prevent employers from ‘unfairly’ dismissing those with mental disorders. It is…

Press freedom: it was Spectator readers wot won it

18 May 2017 20:12

A few months ago, The Spectator sought the help of readers in defending press freedom. Theresa May’s government was consulting…