From the archive

The Spectator – campaigning for the rights of the insane since 1828

7 February 2014 12:08

Talking to Barbara Taylor about her new madness memoir this week, it’s clear that Britain does not have a glorious…

The Spectator on Britain’s treatment of refugees

30 January 2014 14:51

The British government has said it will allow in some of Syria’s most vulnerable refugees. The Home Office hasn’t specified…

Courtroom drama in 1828 – courtesy of The Spectator

20 January 2014 13:19

It’s a real pleasure looking through the first few editions of the Spectator from 1828, where the police reports and…

The wild life and times of Ariel Sharon

13 January 2014 14:40

When Ariel Sharon slipped into a coma in January 2006, The Spectator was just beginning to rather like him. Days…

The wit, wine and wisdom of Simon Hoggart, 1946 – 2014

6 January 2014 12:36

Simon Hoggart, one of the Spectator’s best-loved columnists, died yesterday after fighting pancreatic cancer for over three years. He began…

‘A Radical Imagination’ – Doris Lessing in the Spectator

18 November 2013 13:34

Doris Lessing’s obituaries, as much as her writings, bear witness  to the great turbulences of the twentieth century. How many…

From our archive: Toby Young interviews Sir David Frost

1 September 2013 15:30

Sir David Frost, one of Britain’s greatest broadcasters, has passed away today at the age of 74. From our archive, here…

Wine and The Spectator: how little has changed since 1860

22 June 2013 10:15

What are the big themes in wine today? High rates of duty loom large, as does their impact on prices.…