Referendum

Denying the Catalans a vote may well do more harm than good

28 May 2018 13:34

Barcelona’s Barri Gotic is ablaze with banners. Virtually every balcony in the gothic quarter seems to be adorned with some…

Will the next Italian elections be a referendum on democracy?

28 May 2018 12:13

Is Italy descending into political chaos? Some may shrug their shoulders and say well, it is Italy. Yes, Italy has…

For the first time in my life, I feel ashamed to be British

29 December 2016 12:00

We’re closing 2016 by republishing our ten most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 3: Matthew Parris’s article from July,…

Out – and into the world: Why The Spectator backed Brexit

26 December 2016 12:00

We’re closing 2016 by republishing our ten most-read articles of the year. Here’s No. 6: Our leader article from June,…

Daft celebrity mourners have made 2016 the year of the ‘Tearleader’

19 December 2016 15:27

Despite my ‘difficult’ reputation, I am a cheery cove in real life, all the more so as I get older.…

The inside story of how the Brexit vote was won

2 September 2016 15:29

In the months before the referendum, the ‘Leave’ campaign’s press operation had been in control of the campaign. But in…

Mark Carney’s referendum ‘uncertainty spike’ exposed as bluster

26 August 2016 12:02

In the runup to the referendum, we heard repeated warnings that, whatever the outcome of the actual vote, the damage…

Brexit won’t finish the EU, insist Merkel, Hollande and Renzi

23 August 2016 8:15

It’s no surprise that Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi chose to host a press conference with Angela Merkel and Francois…

The Cincinnati zoo backlash shows how democracy is just a step away from mob rule

2 June 2016 20:48

Here’s a really heart warming story, about a young criminal and all-round bad guy who became a dad and turned…

Investors and savers are nervous about a Brexit vote

31 May 2016 10:40

Is anyone else bored to tears of the mud-slinging and vitriol which has come to characterise the Remain and Leave…

Angela Merkel and David Cameron fail to work out who’s in the driving seat

30 May 2016 11:00

At times in David Cameron’s EU renegotiations, it’s seemed as though the Prime Minister struggled to be in the driver’s…

Sturgeon tries to calm nerves about another referendum

15 October 2015 12:50

One of the key aims of this SNP conference in Aberdeen is for the party to reach out to those who…

The government is already getting the EU Referendum Bill wrong

9 June 2015 17:44

The EU Referendum Bill has been accompanied by almost unprecedented flip-flopping and ‘reverse ferreting’. I think we have to accept that…

Eurosceptics fear the ‘In’ campaign will get off to a head start

5 June 2015 16:05

As David Cameron predicted, we are hearing all sorts of ‘noises’ on whether or not his European renegotiation will succeed…

Even if it’s a No vote, the fall out will be very complicated

18 September 2014 18:49

The most startling development over the past few days has not only been the narrowing of the polls but the…

The public voices for Scotland's no? Expats. Tory. Establishment. Posh. Why?

17 September 2014 12:34

Journalistically speaking, it’s been a good year to be Scottish and Jewish. Had I been a Welsh Zoroastrian, say, I…

Did STV just come out in favour of the Union?

8 August 2014 18:20

STV were left red faced after the live streaming of the independence debate between Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling broke…

Ed Miliband adopts a rope-a-dope strategy on Europe

12 March 2014 13:05

Hopi Sen is not alone. There are many people in this country supremely indifferent to the whole and vexatious question…

Betting on the future of Scotland — Parris vs. Massie

12 February 2014 9:55

How would you bet on the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum? With Ladbrokes offering odds of 1/5 on a…

If you think the House of Lords is bad for democracy, try the Irish senate

4 October 2013 20:55

Waves of apathy, a tsunami of indifference, engulfed Ireland for today’s constitutional referendums. When I was over there last week,…