The Spectator

As the Tories rail against Corbyn’s past, they’re losing the fight for the future

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The news that Jeremy Corbyn met a Czechoslovakian agent three times during the 1980s, when the Cold War was still…

Portrait of the week: Jeremy Corbyn attacks the press over spy claims

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Home Someone called Jan Sarkocy said that, as a Czech Security Service agent in London under the name Jan Dymic,…

How to get the Winter Olympics experience at home

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The great indoors How to get the Winter Olympics experience without leaving England: — The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead: ‘London’s…

to 2344: I’m away

24 February 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights can be preceded by or followed by the unclued word DOCTOR, which explains why I (Doc) am…

Portrait of the Week: Oxfam faces losing funding as crisis grows over abuse claims

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Home The Charity Commission said it would hold a statutory inquiry into a scandal in which Oxfam staff paid for…

Trotsky’s audacity

17 February 2018 9:00 am

From ‘News of the week’, 16 February 1918: Last Sunday M. Trotsky announced at Brest-Litovsk that Russia would fight no…

Are these the coldest Winter Olympics ever?

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Museums of curiosity The former culture secretary Ed Vaizey suggested that there are quite enough museums in Britain, and that…

Letters: the militant suffragettes set back their own cause

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Suffragette setbacks Sir: Jane Ridley (‘Women on the warpath’, Books, 10 February) claims that Millicent Fawcett and her suffragists had ‘got nowhere’…

to 2343: Rats!

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The perimeter quote is by Nietzsche (taking the 1 in the top left corner as the first word). Other unclued lights…

Why we shouldn’t try the jihadi ‘Beatles’ in Britain

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The success of the military campaign against Isis in Syria and Iraq has left behind a diplomatic and legal problem:…

This crash is just a return to normality

10 February 2018 9:00 am

It is easy to mock the most strident critics of capitalism, like Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn. It’s harder to…

Civil partnerships for all and the Queen’s swans dying of bird flu

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Home Stagecoach and Virgin could only manage to run the East Coast rail franchise for a few more weeks, Chris…

Dire warnings of a Brexit university brain drain? They’re a myth

10 February 2018 9:00 am

How to sell snake oil Ex-cabinet secretary Lord O’Donnell accused Brexiteers of ‘selling snake oil’. How do you sell snake…

Letters: Leave Theresa May alone – she’s doing her best

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Stop knocking May Sir: I find this knocking of Theresa May increasingly depressing (‘Theresa’s choice’, 3 February). She has a terrible job…

to 2342: Decorative

10 February 2018 9:00 am

The key terms are ART NOUVEAU (12) and JUGENDSTIL (19). One indicates 24 and 28D, and the other can be…

Donald Trump has a genius for damaging his own reputation

3 February 2018 9:00 am

It’s easy to see why Donald Trump gets angry. He is presiding over a robust economy, growing at the fastest…

A Brexit transition period is ‘a new Norman Conquest’ says Jacob Rees-Mogg

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Home The EU published its negotiating position on Britain’s period of transition, from 30 March 2019 until 31 December 2020.…

Ikea’s founder was a billionaire skinflint – but others were even worse

3 February 2018 9:00 am

Tight money Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea, was worth an estimated £40 billion. Yet the eighth richest man in…

to 2341: Durum, durum

3 February 2018 9:00 am

The unclued lights are varieties of PASTA.  First prize J Cookson, Cheltenham, GloucestershireRunners-up Margaret Shiels, Edinburgh; D King, Leeds

Open goal: Britain must embrace all Brexit’s freedoms

27 January 2018 9:00 am

A decade ago, bankers were not merely the masters of Davos, but the ‘masters of the universe’. No one calls…

Boris Johnson slapped down after calling for more NHS funding

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson went on manoeuvres again. The media were briefed that, in a meeting of the cabinet, he would…

What did Ukip do in five years that took Sinn Fein 66?

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Redundant robots Fabio, a robot assistant in an Edinburgh grocery store, was retired after scaring customers. We worry about artificial…

We need a root-and-branch rethink on plastic packaging

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Reasons to use less plastic Sir: Yes, packaging from petrochemicals is bad, but what if we set out to use…

to 2340: Booboos

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Amongst the many ‘aphorisms’ of Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees baseball manager, were ‘The future ain’t what it used…

Jeremy Corbyn’s takeover is complete – and the Tories are terrified

20 January 2018 9:00 am

For Jeremy Corbyn and his allies, there has been no far-left takeover of the Labour party or its governing National…