Democracy

This is MPs’ chance to reinvigorate democracy. Will they take it?

27 March 2019 11:52

MPs are rather bewildered today. It’s not just that some of them are trying to understand the intricacies of the…

Ireland’s referendum shows that some people only like democracy when it gives them what they want

26 May 2018 17:24

So referendums are good now? The turnaround has been astonishing. The very people who have spent the best part of…

The Spectator Podcast: How to Rig an Election

29 March 2018 15:12

On this week’s episode, we discuss how elections across the world have been taken advantage of to give more power…

How the Catholic Church created democracy

24 December 2016 12:00

Going to spend Christmas with relatives you don’t really like? Well, you can thank God you only have to see…

Is democracy in danger?

3 December 2016 9:30

Is democracy in danger? This is the belief of a Harvard lecturer called Yascha Mounk whose thesis was profiled in…

When it comes to online petitions, facts should speak louder than clicks. Sadly, they don’t

28 October 2016 13:21

Do we live in a ‘post-truth’, ‘post-factual’ political era? A small part of the answer has been provided by Welsh…

How the triple lock pension pledge went out of control

10 October 2016 22:18

In my Dispatches documentary on the generation wars, which has just aired on Channel 4, I interviewed Iain Duncan Smith…

Democracy is hanging by a thread in this country

6 September 2016 16:06

Democracy is hanging by a thread in this country. At the start of this year, if someone had told you…

In praise of walls

31 July 2016 8:15

After the verdict of the referendum had been announced, the most interesting comment was delivered by Nigel Farage. The vote…

March against democracy, part II: the Brexiteers strike back

11 July 2016 10:00

At the march against democracy last weekend, tens of thousands of people wandered the streets of London, desperately trying to…

The howl against democracy

26 June 2016 16:09

There’s a delicious irony to Remainers’ branding of Leave voters as confused individuals who have simply made a desperate howling…

The Cincinnati zoo backlash shows how democracy is just a step away from mob rule

2 June 2016 20:48

Here’s a really heart warming story, about a young criminal and all-round bad guy who became a dad and turned…

The wisdom of pitchfork-waving crowds

16 April 2016 9:24

In a way the headline to my fellow columnist Dominic Lawson’s Sunday Times commentary on 12 April said it all.…

New Zealand’s flag vote makes me proud to be both Kiwi and British

24 March 2016 18:46

I’m technically 3/4 Kiwi and 1/4 British, although having lived in the UK most of my life, it doesn’t often feel…

What the RSS Boaty McBoatface saga really tells us about British democracy

22 March 2016 10:36

Our leaders, of course, love democracy – until it comes up with an answer different to the one they were…

Don’t try and bring race into the voting booth. It has no place there

17 April 2015 16:39

The voting booth is, to borrow a fitting phrase from history, the great leveller. Outside the voting booth, you might…

It’s not up to Theresa May to define ‘British values’

12 March 2015 15:51

A month after the Magna-Carta-mangling Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill crept onto the statue book, leaked documents seen by the Daily…

Copenhagen shooting: we debated free speech despite the gunfire – we will not surrender

14 February 2015 19:16

I was invited to Lars Vilks* Committee in Copenhagen to present Passion for Freedom London Art Festival. The committee is…

Violence, threats and blackmail ought to have no place in politics

6 August 2014 15:41

I have never issued a call for violence before, and I’m certainly not going to start now. But I wonder…

Is democracy flourishing in South Africa?

2 May 2014 9:27

This week South Africa has held events to mark 20 years of democracy. Simon Jenkins, writing after the first election…