The Spectator

What the UK can learn from the US midterms

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Donald Trump can, at the very least, claim to have killed off political apathy. Americans this week voted in greater…

Portrait of the week: The US midterms, Theresa May’s Brexit plan and London’s murder rate

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, set off for St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, from which she was to…

How many restaurants have actually gone bust?

10 November 2018 9:00 am

It is cricket The use of a baseball expression, backstop, for possible arrangements over the Irish border could upset some…

Giving thanks

10 November 2018 9:00 am

From ‘Thanks be to God’, 16 November 1918: The thought that filled the mind of the nation on Monday, and…

Tony Abbott is wholly misplaced about WTO Brexit

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Hubris and nemesis Sir: Douglas Murray’s assessment of Angela Merkel’s decision to stand down as German Chancellor (‘Europe’s empty throne’,…

Books of the year – part one

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Andrew Motion Short stories seem to fare better in the US than the UK, and among this year’s rich crop,…

to 2381: Step changes

10 November 2018 9:00 am

The word ladder connecting UNITED and STATES goes: UNITES (1D), URITES (18), WRITES (7D), WHITES (34), WHILES (30A), WHALES (7A),…

The NHS must reform – or it will become obsolete

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Since the Budget, economists have pointed out that Britain is turning into a health service with a government attached. The…

Portrait of the week: Hammond ‘ends austerity’, Angela Merkel resigns and Leicester City’s owner killed in helicopter crash

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Home Austerity was ‘finally coming to an end’, Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said in the Budget. He…

Does using social media affect children’s mental health?

3 November 2018 9:00 am

On the wagon A ‘caravan’ of several thousand Central American migrants was reported to be travelling through Mexico towards the…

Letters: American vitriol, chess politics, Desert Island Discs, rude horse names

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Political vitriol Sir: Vitriol and incivility seem to be everywhere in politics just now. In the last issue (27 October)…

to 2380: Dedover

3 November 2018 9:00 am

The unclued Across lights are US state capitals and the unclued Down ones are the states. The title refers to…

What is the point of Philip Hammond?

27 October 2018 9:00 am

What is the point of Philip Hammond? Most chancellors have an agenda, but it’s hard to discern any purpose or…

Portrait of the Week: the Brexit march, Nick Clegg’s new job and the murder of Jamal Khashoggi

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, found herself in another crisis over Brexit. Backbenchers whispered that 48 letters were being…

Letters: The Irish problem (again), Desert Island narcissists, and the smoking French

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Irish problem Sir: What James Forsyth calls ‘the EU plan’ to keep Northern Ireland in the customs union after Brexit…

to 2379: Shocking

27 October 2018 9:00 am

The word is ‘pink’. Definitions of the eight headwords are: CARNATION (9), STAB (43), CHAFFINCH (22D), SMALL SAILING SHIP (41/1A/13),…

Modern family: how Meghan and Harry helped firm up the monarchy

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Whether it was intended so or not, the decision by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to choose Australia as…

Portrait of the week: Crisis talks and pizza in Andrea Leadsom’s office

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Home Brexit was in crisis as the European Council (of heads of state or government) met. Theresa May, the Prime…

Mazes; royal babies; carbon data; FTSE falls

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Twists and turns Jeremy Hunt, taking a group of EU foreign ministers around the maze at Chevening House in Kent,…

Letters: the Irish and Brexit; the Archbishop’s witness; meat not wheat

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Ireland’s day of reckoning Sir: John Waters is more right than he knows when he talks about the Irish attitude…

to 2378: Boundary

20 October 2018 9:00 am

LIMES (22), a term for a boundary of the ROMAN EMPIRE (7 30), is a DEFINITION (19) of five items…

Director’s cut: why do our taxes pay for loss-making films?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

‘The role of government is not to pick favourites and subsidise them or protect them.’ So says the government’s industrial…

Portrait of the Week: EU mandarins are suspiciously cheerful about Brexit

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Home EU officials were suspiciously cheerful over the prospects of Brexit negotiations running up to the next summit on 18…

Who hires the most stretch limos?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Global warnings How much time do we have to save the world from catastrophic climate change? 5 years         (according to…

to 2377: Service book

13 October 2018 9:00 am

The twelve unclued lights can be arranged into the sequence yielding phrases from ‘First’ to ‘Twelfth’. First 21, Second 24,…