From the archives

Armistice, war and remembrance, seen through the pages of The Spectator

8 November 2014 21:12

The verse before Laurence Binyon’s ‘They shall not grow old…We will remember them’, is this: They went with songs to…

Liberate women…from the rotten dictatorial group-think of ‘feminism’

31 October 2014 16:33

Good on David Cameron for refusing to wear that hideous T-shirt. Feminists these days spend an awful lot of time…

Keep calm and address Ebola: a brief history of pandemics at The Spectator

18 October 2014 21:40

Ebola clinics in many parts of West Africa are full, so more and more people are being told to stay…

Happy ‘anti-slavery day’ to Clapham Christians, et al

18 October 2014 17:29

October 18 is ‘anti human-trafficking’ day by 2007 Act of European Parliament; along with ‘anti-slavery day’ by 2010 Act of UK Parliament.…

Clacton to Ukip, Britain’s anti-politics were long in the making

11 October 2014 16:30

Talking to people in Clacton-on-Sea this week, there was a sense that, as much as they thought there were too many…

Hostage taking has paid in the past — but it has won Isis nothing

14 September 2014 18:58

The three recent beheadings by the so-called Islamic State have been peculiarly, barbarically pointless. IS was asking western governments to…

In praise and reproval of the elderly: slow, itinerant, violent – and revolutionary

7 September 2014 18:51

It’s been a good week for old people. On Friday, the Chilean poet Nicanor Parra celebrated his 100th birthday, and…

Ghoulishness, gawking and vile gratification

24 August 2014 10:21

James Foley’s family has begged people not to share images of him being beheaded. The Met has warned that watching…

The Spectator at war: Maintaining the machinery of sport

24 August 2014 8:00

The Spectator, 22 August 1914: WHEN so great a business as war comes upon England, the sports and games of…

The Spectator at war: The scrap of paper that was worth a war

22 August 2014 8:00

From The Spectator, 22 August 1914: THE Times of Wednesday published a piece of news in regard to the final…

When should Britain go to war?

17 August 2014 10:42

There’s been a lot written this week about whether or not to fight the Islamic State in Iraq. This time…

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…

The Irish Question, as recorded by The Spectator

10 April 2014 17:36

As the Irish president is making the first visit to the United Kingdom by an Irish head of state, some…

An infuriated cat, a ‘missing’ nose that isn’t – it’s screwball comedy in the courtroom

28 March 2014 14:25

The jury at Max Clifford’s trial have had a tough time of it trying not to get the giggles, as…

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…

45 years ago: The death of Martin Luther King

4 April 2013 18:21

45 years ago tonight, Dr Martin Luther King, Jr was shot and killed as he stood on a motel balcony,…

Nina Bawden dies age 87

22 August 2012 18:34

Author of classic children’s novel Carrie’s War and the Booker shortlisted Circles of Deceit, Nina Bawden has died today aged 87.…

From the archives: The Late Dorothy Parker

22 August 2012 15:11

In celebration of the birthday of Dorothy Parker (1893 – 1967) today, here’s a review from the archives of her…

Happy birthday V.S. Naipaul

17 August 2012 10:41

Given it’s V.S. Naipaul’s birthday today, we’ve dug out from the archives a 1979 Spectator review by Richard West of A Bend…

Max Hastings, John Keegan and Falklands - Spectator Blogs

10 August 2012 12:07

In a notebook from Iceland in this week’s magazine, Max Hastings pays tribute to the late Sir John Keegan with,…

From the archives: Coventry Cathedral

25 May 2012 17:25

This was our cover piece 50 years ago today, celebrating the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral built following the…

From the archives: the coalition is born

11 May 2012 18:18

It is two years to the day since David Cameron first entered 10 Downing Street as Prime Minister. To mark…

From the archives: Chernobyl, as seen from Minsk

27 April 2012 19:25

It was this week in 1986 that the Soviet Union admitted there was a nuclear accident in Chernobyl. We’ve dug…

From the archives: Lords reform could kill the coalition

20 April 2012 18:53

Why is Lords reform such an explosive issue? The subject should induce narcolepsy, but even loyal Tories are threatening to launch a rebellion against…