From the archives

From the archives: The loss of the Titanic

13 April 2012 17:40

On Sunday, it’ll be 100 years to the day since RMS Titanic sank during its maiden voyage. To mark the…

The decline of the spirit

8 April 2012 12:12

In celebration of the feast of Easter, we’ve dug out this profound leader from March 1975, which looks at the…

From the archives: The C of E’s lack of purpose

7 April 2012 14:12

As Easter Sunday approaches, we cast back to April 2009 when Rod Liddle presented an Easter question to leaders of…

From the archives: Defending the Falklands

2 April 2012 11:40

To mark the 30th anniversary of the start of the Falklands War, here’s Ferdinand Mount’s column from the time:The last…

14th January 2006: What makes George Galloway strut and fret his stuff?

30 March 2012 18:02

In light of George Galloway returning to Parliament as the member for Bradford West, we’ve dug out Matthew Parris’s account…

From the archives: the fall of Saloman Brothers

23 March 2012 17:52

Back in August 1991, Michael Lewis examined the disintegration of his ex-employer — investment bank Salomon Brothers — for The…

From the archives: Rowan Williams on capitalism and idolatry

16 March 2012 17:29

To mark today’s news that Rowan Williams will be stepping down as Archbishop of Canterbury, here’s a piece he wrote…

25 February 2009: They wish we all could be Californian: the new Tory

2 March 2012 18:14

With the news that Steve Hilton is heading back to the West Coast, we’ve dug up this piece from 2009…

From the archives: journalists under fire

24 February 2012 18:22

This week brought the sad news of the deaths of two journalists — Marie Colvin and Remi Ochlik — in…

From the archives: Why England and France will never be best friends

17 February 2012 18:15

To mark David Cameron’s get-together with Nicolas Sarkozy today, we’ve dug up this essay from the Spectator archives by Lord…

From the archives: Are you politically sound?

10 February 2012 19:47

This evening, we’ve dug out a fun piece from 2000, in which Matthew Parris gives an A-to-Z of the right-wing…

From the archives: Britain’s new Queen

6 February 2012 18:07

To mark the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne in 1952, here is the leader that…

From the archives: Remembering the Holocaust

27 January 2012 19:13

To mark Holocaust Memorial Day, here’s a piece Sam Schulman wrote for The Spectator 12 years ago, on his fear…

From the archives: Brown, the opera

20 January 2012 18:33

Perfect for Friday evening is this: the Gordon Brown-themed version of Ko-Ko’s ‘little list’ from The Mikado that Jeff Randall…

From the archives: Saving the Union

13 January 2012 19:01

With Scottish independence very much the issue of the week, we thought you might enjoy this Spectator leader from 1979,…

17/24 December 2005: Welcome to Doughty Street

26 December 2011 18:48

By way of a digestif after yesterday’s festivities, here’s an article that appeared in our Christmas issue of 2005 but…

From the archives: Mr Dickens’ ghost story

25 December 2011 9:33

It is the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth in February, and Christmas Day today; so a sterling occasion to reproduce…

From the archives: The Christmas truce

24 December 2011 15:49

Christmas is but a day away, and with it a chance to remember when British and German troops clambered out…

7 May 2011: Christopher Hitchens’ last article for The Spectator

16 December 2011 18:00

A second excavation from our archives today, and another article by Christopher Hitchens. It is, we now know, the last…

12 January 1985: ‘Aren’t you scared?’

16 December 2011 16:51

A sad foray into the Spectator archives today, as we mark the death of Christopher Hitchens. He was, of course,…

From the archives: The Great Communicator stumbles

2 December 2011 17:13

It’s been 25 years since the Iran-Contra affair – the scandal about the US government selling arms to Iran and…

From the archives: A nation ablaze

25 November 2011 17:58

A more recent gem from the archives than we would normally mine, but with the forthcoming government report into the…

From the archives: Fall of the Rock

18 November 2011 15:57

Yesterday, George Osborne announced the sale of Northern Rock to Virgin Money. Here, to mark the occasion, is the piece…

From the archives: A world at peace

11 November 2011 21:35

To mark last year’s Armistice Day, we republished The Spectator’s editorial reponse to the end of the first world war.…

From the archives: A nuclear Iran

4 November 2011 17:30

This week there were rumblings that war with Iran may be closer than most people thought. In a piece for…