The Spectator

The end of May: Theresa must go so the Tories can heal

25 May 2019 9:00 am

This week’s European election was always going to be pointless, at least from a British perspective. It is possible that…

Portrait of the week: European elections, milkshake attacks and British Steel buckles

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Home The country went to the polls to elect Members of the European Parliament and express its loathing for the…

What punishment can you expect for throwing a milkshake at a politician?

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Milkshakes and other missiles What can the man who threw a milkshake over Nigel Farage in Newcastle expect as a…

Letters: Nato’s broken promise

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Nigel’s nakedness Sir: Rod Liddle is right to be wary of the hubris that Nigel Farage, the Brexit party leader,…

to 2406: Heptad

25 May 2019 9:00 am

The group is ‘Les Nabis’ (anagram of ALBINESS (18)). Its members were VALLOTTON, DENIS, ROUSSEL, RANSON, SÉRUSIER, BONNARD and VUILLARD.…

The truth about British inequality? It has very little to do with income

18 May 2019 9:00 am

This week the Institute for Fiscal Studies announced a five-year study into inequality in Britain, to be led by the…

Portrait of the week: Brexit party surges in polls, WhatsApp is hacked and Doris Day dies

18 May 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said that the EU withdrawal bill would be introduced in the Commons in the…

Will more babies be called Archie now the royals have chosen it?

18 May 2019 9:00 am

Royal name games Will more children be called Archie following the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son?…

Letters: Why we deserve Corbyn

18 May 2019 9:00 am

Labour’s fence-sitting Sir: James Forsyth writes that Mrs May and Mr Corbyn are ‘not, in fact, that far apart’ (‘May’s…

to 2405: Satanic

18 May 2019 9:00 am

DEVILS at 33D (its ‘essence’ is ‘EVIL’) is linked with ‘Malevolence’ (13) and ‘Roguish’ (19) and Devil’s CANDLESTICK (1), ON…

A royal baby reminds us why the monarchy matters

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Strictly in terms of its implications for the succession, the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s son this…

Portrait of the week: Labour/Tory Brexit talks, Gavin Williamson’s innocence plea and Cyclone Fani

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Home John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, blamed Theresa May, the Prime Minister, for leaking details of talks between the government…

How to fight Bolshevism

11 May 2019 9:00 am

From 10 May 1919: The heart of the country is always for moderation. Nothing could show this more plainly than…

How long before Baby Sussex slips down the line of succession?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Endangered species The UN claimed a million species of plants and animals could become extinct. If they all died out,…

Letters: Stop with the propaganda – marijuana use is not trivial

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Scrutinising charities Sir: Toby Young was right to raise questions about War on Want’s links to the Stop Trump campaign…

to 2404: 1+2 = 3+4

11 May 2019 9:00 am

The first and second letters of the unclued lights are the same as the third and fourth ones. All the…

The Tories are giving a masterclass in how to lose elections

4 May 2019 9:00 am

When a political party is in trouble, we see infighting, leak inquiries, resignations, dismissals and botched attempts to depose the…

Portrait of the week: A shooting ban, security leaks and violence in Venezuela

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Home Of those who voted Conservative in 2017, 53 per cent intend to vote for the Brexit party in the…

Does fracking really cause earthquakes?

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Great shakes Shale gas commissioner Natascha Engel resigned in protest at what she called ‘absurd’ restrictions on fracking — in…

to 2403: Hexad

4 May 2019 9:00 am

The second and fourth letters of six unclued lights gave abbreviations of the states forming New England: ACATER (13) Connecticut, ERNIE…

How not to fight a war on terror

27 April 2019 9:00 am

It has become commonplace to describe terror attacks as ‘senseless’. The horrific Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, which cost…

Portrait of the week: A plot to oust May, terror in Sri Lanka and Ukraine’s comedy president

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, returned to parliament after the Easter recess to find backbenchers plotting to get rid…

How dangerous are barbecues?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Spires on fire Paris was lucky not to lose its medieval cathedral entirely, a fate which London suffered in 1666…

Backing Mrs Thatcher

27 April 2019 9:00 am

From ‘Be brave’, 28 April 1979: We can think of a number of reasons why voters might feel reluctant to…

Letters: Is marriage really that great?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Not an island Sir: I and those with whom I live and work are all within coughing distance of Sam…