The Spectator

Treating oil companies as pariahs will kill off any green revolution

18 January 2020 9:00 am

When fossil fuel divestment was merely a gesture by universities, the Church of England and the Prince of Wales it…

Portrait of the week: Harry and Meghan quit, America avoids war and the Labour leadership race begins

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Home The Queen agreed to ‘a period of transition’ during which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would spend time…

How can Harry and Meghan cash in?

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Royal flush The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have registered the trademark ‘Sussex Royal’ as part of their plan to…

Letters: I was once on Prince Harry’s side. Not any more

18 January 2020 9:00 am

On child care Sir: Your recent editorial deplores, among other things, the cost of child care, to which you attribute…

‘A perfect knight’: Remembering Roger Scruton

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Daniel Hannan Roger Scruton changed the course of my life. He addressed my school’s philosophy society when I was 16,…

There will never be a better time for Tory radicalism. Is Boris ready?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

What is the point of a Conservative majority? The answer might once have been to implement Conservative policies. But now…

Portrait of the week: Crisis in Iran, fires in Australia and Manchester rapist jailed

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Home Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, who had not been told in advance of America’s killing in Iraq of Qassem…

Is a double-barrelled surname still posh?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Lock, stock and double barrels In Rebecca Long Bailey, who sometimes hyphenates her name and sometimes doesn’t, the Labour party…

to 2437: Sketchy

11 January 2020 9:00 am

The unclued lights are PAINTING terms.  First prize Martina Fabian, Bourne End, BucksRunners-up Phillip Wickens, Faygate, West Sussex; A.H. Harker,…

Twelve things we’ve learned from the 2019 election

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Britain’s parliamentary democracy is easily mocked: the medievalisms, the men in tights, the ayes to the right. But it has…

Portrait of the year: From May to a December election

21 December 2019 9:00 am

January ‘If parliament backs a deal, Britain can turn a corner,’ Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said. The Commons defeated…

What did psychics predict was going to happen in 2019?

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Bah humbug Some of the things reported to have been banned this Christmas: — Mulled wine banned from being sold…

A coalowner on coal

21 December 2019 9:00 am

From 16 June 1866: Mr Stanley Jevons, Mr Mill, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer are all agreed that there is…

Letters: Should conservatives be worried that high-spending Boris has a majority?

21 December 2019 9:00 am

My father’s imprisonment Sir: Harald Maass’s piece on the plight of Uyghurs in China (‘A cultural genocide’, December 14) captures…

What have you changed your mind about? A Spectator Christmas survey

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Grayson Perry In 1992 I created a graphic novel called Cycle of Violence. Reading it now, the initially striking thing…

Eggs and hard liquor: Spectator writers on their favourite examples of meals in literature

21 December 2019 9:00 am

P.J. O’Rourke I love poems but hate poetasters, love wine but detest oenophiles, love food but can’t stand foodies. Therefore…

to 2436: The Devil’s Own

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are all words derived from names in the work of Charles Dickens.  First prize David Brewis, Windsor,…

Christmas quiz – the answers

21 December 2019 9:00 am

They said it 1. Greta Thunberg (to the UN) 2. The Duke of York 3. Dawn Butler, as the shadow secretary…

Politics has fractured along new fault lines – those elected must repair the cracks

14 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s easy to see why the Labour party tried so hard to avoid this general election. They looked certain to…

Portrait of the week: Trains stop, a volcano erupts and the nation goes to the polls

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Home The nation went to the polls. Engineering works compounded the misery of passengers on the South Western Railway where…

How common are volcanic eruptions?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Volcanic eruptions At least six people were killed when White Island, a volcano off New Zealand’s North Island, erupted. How…

Letters: Why have the Conservatives decided Chesterfield is a lost cause?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Given up on Chesterfield? Sir: Matthew Parris makes some interesting and accurate points about growing Tory support in the north…

to 2435: A Little Puzzle

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Unclued lights are DWARFS.  First prize Bill Stewart, LeicesterRunners-up Mark Roberts, Luxembourg;John Bartlett, Solihull

‘Victory for Boris’: Today’s front pages react to the Tory landslide

13 December 2019 6:54 pm

The nation’s newspapers reflect what is the largest political revolution in a generation. Boris Johnson has been able to turn…

‘A huge great stonking mandate’: Boris’s Tory HQ victory speech

13 December 2019 5:58 pm

Boris Johnson has just addressed Tory HQ following the Tories’s huge election win. Here is the full text of what…