Spectator debate

Conrad Black joins The Spectator’s Trump vs Clinton debate

25 August 2016 17:22

A subscription to The Spectator buys you more than just full access to the world’s greatest magazine. It also means…

Leave wins the Spectator Brexit debate at the London Palladium

26 April 2016 18:47

It was the largest debate in The Spectator’s history: we sold out the 2,200-seat London Palladium for our debate on whether Britain should…

The first big EU referendum battle: Will Straw vs. Dominic Cummings

15 October 2015 17:47

The two major EU referendum campaigns have gone public over the last week: ‘Vote Leave, Take Control’ and ‘Britain Stronger In Europe’. Both camps have…

Should politicians leave the wealthy alone?

23 April 2015 16:36

Bashing the rich has become trendy. Last night, the Spectator hosted a debate at the Guildhall School of Drama on…

Watch live: Spectator wealth debate with Owen Jones, Jack Monroe, Toby Young and Fraser Nelson

22 April 2015 16:34

The Spectator will host a debate at 7.00pm this evening on whether ‘Politicians should leave the wealthy alone, because they already…

Iraq and Syria are lost causes: Western intervention can’t help – or can it?

24 October 2014 18:05

Iraq and Syria are lost causes: Western intervention can’t help. Well, at least that was the motion put forward on…

Listen: Could this George Galloway speech save the Union?

25 June 2014 15:49

Unionists frequently lament the lack of passionate figures on the Better Together campaign, able to take on Alex Salmond. Thankfully,…

Spectator debate: Independence is the greatest threat to Edinburgh

25 June 2014 12:51

Listen: listen to ‘Spectator debate: independence is the greatest threat to Edinburgh’ on Audioboo A kicking. A good, old-fashioned, brutal…

Fracking debate: ‘Let’s peek into this pandora’s box’

3 December 2013 14:50

At last night’s Spectator debate, the audience voted dramatically in favour of the motion Let’s Get Fracking! Despite impassioned speeches…

The way to build Tech UK: ‘Think big. Start small. Move fast’

29 November 2013 15:19

The panel discussion entitled ‘Can the UK produce the next Facebook?’ carried The Spectator audience on a stimulating journey from…

Damian Thompson: ‘Addiction is a messy and frightening reality’

22 November 2013 12:59

The motion ‘Addiction is not a Disease’ received overwhelming support from a lively crowd at last night’s Spectator debate. Despite moving speeches…

Is addiction a disease?

21 November 2013 16:15

Tonight, the Spectator will host a debate on the motion: ‘Addiction is not a disease’.  Damian Thompson, Theodore Dalrymple and…

The next Spectator Debate: Addiction is not a disease

4 November 2013 17:08

Does addiction actually exist? It’s an issue we’ve examined before at The Spectator and I’m delighted to announce it will…

Spectator Syria debate: Should the West intervene?

26 June 2013 12:48

Should the West intervene in Syria? This week’s Spectator debate on this topic saw an impressive swing of opinion in…

Spectator Syria intervention debate

25 June 2013 10:08

A terrific debate last night at the Spectator: ‘Assad is a war criminal – the West must intervene in Syria.’…

Will the EU’s rescinding of the Syrian arms embargo have any impact?

28 May 2013 13:37

The EU has said it will not renew an arms embargo on Syria which ends this Saturday. That should pave…

Spectator Debate: Britain’s future lies outside the EU (with audio)

14 March 2013 22:12

It was a clash of the Euro titans at our latest sell-out Spectator debate: “Britain’s future lies outside the EU”. Nigel…

The View from 22 — Leveson debate special

1 February 2013 13:15

The Spectator hosted a sell out debate on Thursday night on the motion ‘Leveson is a fundamental threat to the…

No ifs, no buts, we need a decision on Heathrow now

13 November 2012 17:30

The Prime Minister presumably believes we face a critical shortage of airport capacity in London. Why else would he signal…

Spectator debate: No ifs. No buts. Heathrow must have a third run way

8 November 2012 19:53

David Cameron knows that a third runway at Heathrow would be one of the most controversial and significant outcomes of…

The View from 22 – Battle of the Chancellors special

30 October 2012 14:26

The Spectator hosted a packed-out debate last night on the motion — ‘George Osborne isn’t working: we need a Plan B’ — and…

Alex Salmond’s wind farm delusion

21 September 2012 16:53

Last year, in an interview with the Today programme, the chief executive of National Grid told the show’s no doubt…

The Union is safe

28 June 2012 12:15

The Union is safe — at least if last night’s Spectator debate was anything to go by. The motion ‘It’s…

Spectator debate: It’s time to let Scotland go

25 May 2012 11:46

The campaign for an independent Scotland launches today — but the date to really keep in mind is the 27th…

Join The Spectator’s debate on immigration

1 March 2012 12:42

‘Immigration: enough is enough.’ That’s the motion for The Spectator’s next debate, and also a major concern for many disgruntled…