Yorkshire

Hepworth Wakefield’s latest show is grossly irresponsible – the museum doesn’t deserve any sort of prize

4 July 2017 12:39

Last week the exhibition Painting India by the late Howard Hodgkin opened at the Hepworth Wakefield. Hodgkin started collecting Indian…

Another glorious year of County Championship cricket; another glorious failure for Somerset

23 September 2016 19:39

Nearly fifty years ago, CR Poole published a short work entitled ‘The Customs, Superstitions, and Legends of the County of Somerset’.…

Denis Healey was one of the most entertaining lunch guests I’ve ever had

6 October 2015 19:55

Denis Healey and my father Deryk Vander Weyer — a big cheese at Barclays and spokesman for the high-street banks…

How Cameron’s jobs miracle ate his immigration target

26 February 2015 13:06

The embarrassing truth is that David Cameron did not think carefully about this pledge to take net immigration into the…

The Spectator at war: Coastal retreats

15 December 2014 8:30

From News of the Week, The Spectator, 19 December 1914: A SMALL squadron of German cruisers made an attack on…

Carpet-bagging MP confuses Yorkshire and Durham

16 June 2014 15:33

Helen Goodman, the Labour MP for Bishop Auckland in Durham, was born in Nottinghamshire and brought up in Derbyshire, so…

A small town in Yorkshire turns racist

16 June 2014 13:39

A small Yorkshire town has been hugely enriched this year by the arrival of 500 Roma people. The village of…

One Yorkshireman’s commendable bid for freedom

13 February 2014 9:14

Richard Milburn, a burglar, broke out of Kirkham Prison near Preston because he was sick to the back teeth of…

Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

20 September 2013 17:16

Yorkshire, says William Cook, is the sculpture capital of Britain. It was the birthplace of ‘Britain’s greatest sculptors, Barbara Hepworth…

What’s Happened to Free Speech in Britain?

14 March 2012 17:31

It’s not just Scotland, however. Speech-restricting madness exists across the United Kingdom. Here’s an extraordinary tale from West Yorkshire where…