Culture

As Boots discovered, the morning-after pill is now a lifestyle choice

22 July 2017 9:18

Well Boots has climbed down in a battle it was never going to win against Twitter, the mouthy MP Jess…

Welcome to the herd, UnHerd

21 July 2017 15:41

A new star is born today into the centre-right blogosphere: UnHerd. The latest brainchild of Tim Montgomerie, founder of ConservativeHome,…

Single mothers, not wealthy presenters, are the real victims of the BBC’s gender disparity

20 July 2017 16:13

There is a group of women who have every reason to feel aggrieved to learn that the BBC is paying Gary…

In defence of the BBC: a force for unity in a divided Britain

20 July 2017 9:11

The BBC is our other national religion and like the NHS it inspires a devotional intensity that can be a…

Is the ASA brave enough to ban adverts for children?

18 July 2017 17:33

We all know that advertising is the work of the devil – creating entirely spurious wants, including in small children…

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…