US politics

Trump talks tough on North Korea. Does he mean it?

3 April 2017 9:16

Donald Trump once said that he wanted to share a hamburger with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Now that he’s…

Is Trump leading America to war?

2 April 2017 13:00

Michael Howard (the good one, OM, CH, MC) is 94 and still razor-sharp, but depressed by echoes of the 1930s…

How good a businessman is Donald Trump?

2 April 2017 10:00

How good a businessman is Donald Trump? Maybe the answer doesn’t matter, since barring death or impeachment he’ll be the…

Watch: Jean-Claude Juncker threatens to promote the break-up of the USA

30 March 2017 18:35

He’s unstable. He’s an irrational hothead who is by some freak a president. And his inability to control his mouth…

The flight ban for laptops is a classic protectionist scheme

22 March 2017 11:32

First they came for your nail scissors, then your liquids, and now they’re after your electronics. The news this week…

Tintin is an EU hero - but is Captain Haddock on Britain's side?

21 March 2017 16:42

Blistering barnacles! Thundering typhoons! What dastardly double-dealing! To bolster their puny team of pen-pushing, quota-quoting civil servants, those fiendish Brussels…

Whatever happened to Trumpism?

18 March 2017 9:35

Well, that was quick. Along with President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget proposal, Trumpism as a radical new governing philosophy is…

Brexit, Ireland and the Trump question

17 March 2017 21:00

We all have our roles.  In the world order which we inhabit, Ireland has one chief international responsibility: each St…

On trade, and much else, Donald Trump and Angela Merkel are worlds apart

17 March 2017 19:42

Oh dear. Anybody who thought that, contrary to expectations, Angela Merkel and Donald Trump might get along seems to have…

How will Mummy Merkel deal with Toddler Trump?

13 March 2017 16:09

The irresistible force meets the immovable object in Washington tomorrow, as Donald Trump finally comes face to face with Angela…

The Left’s great Russian conspiracy theory

2 March 2017 17:33

The chattering classes have officially lost it. On both sides of the Atlantic. Of course they’d been teetering on the…

Where is the evidence that Donald Trump is an anti-Semite?

2 March 2017 11:49

Several months ago, after his election victory, I asked for any proof that Donald Trump is – as some of…

Trump’s charming and disciplined Congress speech defies his critics

1 March 2017 8:56

Am I the only one who was hoping Donald Trump would skip the State of the Union address? The annual…

Donald Trump finally delivers the ‘unity speech’ America has been waiting for

1 March 2017 7:16

Donald Trump’s first address to Congress last night was the best speech he has given since he won the election…

Trump has done what journalists should have done: boycotted the White House Correspondents’ dinner

26 February 2017 17:24

The most dangerous place in Washington DC, the old joke goes, is between a politician and a television camera. It’s…

Trump’s new ambassador is right: the UN is anti-Israel

23 February 2017 11:40

The most important statement from the new administration. Clear, concise, simply and devastatingly expressed. Exactly what many of us have…

A quick trade deal with the US after Brexit is less likely than we think

22 February 2017 10:02

It is many a Brexiteer’s fantasy: In 2019, shortly after the UK formally leaves the EU, Theresa May welcomes Donald…

The Stop Trump protesters have got their priorities all wrong

21 February 2017 20:03

There’s almost as much talk about ‘virtue-signalling’ these days as there is about ‘fake news’. But one thing that doesn’t…

This fake story made me feel sympathy for Donald Trump

21 February 2017 14:40

There was a great commotion in central London last night. A police helicopter hovered over The Spectator‘s office making a din,…

Five points from Donald Trump’s bizarre press conference

16 February 2017 21:38

For sheer entertainment value, you couldn’t beat it. Donald Trump’s sprawling – and first solo – press conference was a…

Syria is a world war without a solution

16 February 2017 14:17

The Afghans on the road in Serbia were wet from the rain. They were trying to hitch a ride into…

Is Donald Trump good for the Jews?

15 February 2017 21:42

Yakov Blotnik, world-weary custodian of the synagogue in Philip Roth’s short story ‘The Conversion of the Jews’, has a simple outlook on…

Are Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin fast becoming enemies?

14 February 2017 10:58

It’s been said a lot that, for all the supposed closeness between Russia and the new US administration, the Trump-Putin…

The Trump-fearing, Brexit-loathing set make even Piers Morgan look reasonable

13 February 2017 14:57

I can forgive many of the sins of the Trump-is-Hitler, Brexit-is-Beelzebub lobby. I mean, we all lose the plot occasionally.…

Spectator competition winners: protest songs for the Donald’s detractors

12 February 2017 10:30

You were invited to follow in the footsteps of Green Day and Moby and provide Donald Trump’s detractors with a…