Margaret Thatcher

Did Mrs Thatcher ‘do’ God? Denis thought so, and he should know, says Charles Moore

11 April 2015 10:00

As I swink in the field of Thatcher studies, this book brings refreshment. It is a welcome and rare. Far…

Wanted: Nigel Farage lookalike

18 March 2015 10:00

As the election approaches, politicians will find their diaries packed with various events. It’s an equally busy time for those…

House of Cards creator reveals rift with BBC over ‘insensitive’ Margaret Thatcher plot

25 February 2015 8:30

The third series of the American adaptation of House of Cards, which stars Kevin Spacey, will see the programme go…

The Spectator on Thatcher’s election as party leader, 15 Feb 1975

15 February 2015 23:19

It seems hard to believe now, but only The Spectator supported Margaret Thatcher in the first leadership ballot.  She had…

A bold idea that might just help the Tories win a majority

12 February 2015 12:11

Iain Duncan Smith has come up with a bold idea that might just enable the Tories to break out of…

Don’t believe in tribal politics? Take a look at how people respond to Downing Street’s cats

4 November 2014 12:55

One important staffing decision David Cameron took early in his premiership was to fill the post of Chief Mouser, which…

How Maggie’s ‘swamped’ comment crushed the National Front

29 October 2014 9:38

The brilliant Matthew Parris writes in his Times column today about Margaret Thatcher using the word ‘swamped’ in relation to…

David Cameron has no choice but to defy Brussels

26 October 2014 11:59

If the European Commission had come to Britain demanding another £90 million because this country’s economy had performed better than…

Margaret Thatcher would expect the Tories to retake control of Britain’s borders

18 October 2014 10:53

In a 1978 interview to mark her third year as leader of the Conservative Party, Margaret Thatcher addressed public concerns…

Can the Tory party locate its secret weapon?

4 September 2014 21:32

It used to be said that loyalty was the Tory party’s secret weapon. But this supposed strength hasn’t been very…

We are all numbers in Labour’s computer now

9 July 2014 14:56

In 1975 Margaret Thatcher said in her ‘Free Society’ speech to the Conservative Party Conference: ‘Some Socialists seem to believe…

Petraeus: America can’t serve as an air force for a Shi’ite militia

18 June 2014 17:16

If conservatives had an answer to Woodstock, it would resemble the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Liberty held today by the…

Charles Moore’s tax avoidance tip

15 May 2014 9:55

Last week, volume one of my life of Margaret Thatcher won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography. This made…

Michael Dobbs shuffles Cards in the House of Lords

14 May 2014 12:26

Filming of season three of Netflix’s House of Cards will begin in four weeks’ time in Maryland, creator Michael Dobbs…

Evangelically wishy-washy

18 April 2014 17:31

David Cameron has said Christians should be more evangelical “about a faith that compels us to get out there and…

Handbagged: if this is what luvvies think being ‘fair’ to Thatcher is, I’d like to see their idea of ‘unfair’

12 April 2014 11:19

Why do the Left love the Queen? Sure, most of us agree she’s done an excellent job in a difficult…

Tony Benn – feminist

14 March 2014 12:05

You may not have agreed with the late Tony Benn’s politics, but as Mary Wakefield points out in her interview…

Imagine the uproar if a Tory minister proposed a “do-it-yourself” NHS?

3 February 2014 9:25

Consider these two stories. In the first the government approves new proposals to overhaul hospital outpatient care. For once there…

PMQs sketch: Cameron kick-starts a Miliband recovery

29 January 2014 17:21

Cunning work from Milband at PMQs. He played Syria like a fixed-odds betting machine and came away with a minor…

When Arthur Scargill tried to buy his council flat, he bought Thatcherism

15 January 2014 20:55

There’s a case for saying that the Thatcher government’s sale of council houses was the biggest redistribution of wealth this…