From the archives

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…

From the archives: Cut off in Brussels

28 October 2011 18:14

Let’s end the working week how it began: with talk of a European referendum. The talk, in this case, is…

Happy Birthday, Mrs T

13 October 2011 19:19

It is, you may have heard, Margaret Thatcher’s 86th Birthday today. By way of a congratulatory toast to the Iron…

From the archives: Plan B for Boris

30 September 2011 18:13

The great pastime of Tory MPs is leadership speculation. Who’s up? Who’s down? Who’s in? Who’s out? Who succeeds Cameron?…

From the archives: On liberal wars

23 September 2011 18:04

David Cameron’s speech to the United Nations yesterday was, among other things, a defence of liberal intervention. It reminded numerous…

From the archives: Ridley was right

22 September 2011 18:12

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From the archives: The doomed euro

16 September 2011 18:44

It was doomed from the start; that’s the prognosis of those who think that the single currency’s crisis is near…

From the archives: Is that you, Johann Hari?

15 September 2011 10:44

Today, Johann Hari admitted to vandalising his enemies’ Wikipedia entries using the psydonym David Rose. One of his victims, the writer…

From the archives: "New York’s loss is also the world’s"

11 September 2011 18:55

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. Here is the article Matthew Bishop wrote…

From the archives: 9/11

9 September 2011 17:37

This Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 11 September 2001. Here is the article Stephen Glover…

From the archives: “The bugger’s bugle”

2 September 2011 18:52

Today marks 50 years since the release of Victim, a ground-breaking film about homosexuality that was granted an X-certificate. Writing…