The Spectator

Brexiteers’ faith in parliament is now being put to the test

19 January 2019 9:00 am

An unexpected outcome of the tortuous process of Brexit negotiations has been the enhancement of Britain’s reputation as a parliamentary…

Portrait of the week: May’s historic loss, Brexit chaos and the US shutdown

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Home Brexit threw politics into unpredictable chaos. The government was defeated by an unparalleled majority of 230 — 432 to…

Where does the expression ‘deep state’ come from?

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Turkey and the deep state Boris Johnson said that if Brexit was blocked, the public would blame it on the…

Political discourse in the UK is broken – here’s how we fix it

12 January 2019 9:00 am

For several weeks now, a group of anti-Brexit protesters have found a way of regularly appearing on television news. They…

Portrait of the week: a government defeat, the harassment of Anna Soubry and Trump’s wall crisis

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Home The government drifted towards a vote by the Commons, which it had cancelled in December, on its withdrawal agreement…

Letters: Europe is changing – so do we really need to leave?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

The changing EU Sir: If, as Frederik Erixon writes, ‘there is a strange pre-revolutionary atmosphere in Brussels’ and ‘power will be…

to 2388: Sea rocket

12 January 2019 9:00 am

The quotation was ‘IN MY BEGINNING IS MY END’ (12/15) from East Coker (an anagram of the title), second poem…

A dozen migrants in Kent is not a crisis. But government panic could turn it into one

5 January 2019 9:00 am

It has been a messy start to the new year for Sajid Javid. For months now, migrants using small boats…

Portrait of the week: A migrant ‘crisis’, Gatwick drone awards and Donald Trump to withdraw troops from Syria

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Home The number of would-be migrants known to have reached England in small boats from France in the last two…

A model president

5 January 2019 9:00 am

From The Spectator, 4 January 1919: President Wilson arrived in London on Thursday week, and was greeted with full expression…

How Spanish was the Spanish flu?

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Paths of infection 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the height of the Spanish flu pandemic which is believed to…

Letters: Is this a solution to the post-Brexit world?

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Lords reform Sir: How astonishing that the historian Robert Tombs (‘Beyond Brexit’, 15 December) should think that the Lords might…

2387: On the Spot

5 January 2019 9:00 am

The HISPANIOLA was the ship that brought the other unclued answers to TREASURE ISLAND in the novel by R L…

Britain is on the cusp of a great political and economic renewal. Will the Tories blow it?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Last Christmas, The Spectator set up an appeal — not for money to be given to charity, but for our…

Portrait of the year: from the collapse of Carillion to the sacking of John Kelly

15 December 2018 9:00 am

January Four young men were stabbed to death in London as the New Year began. The Crown Prosecution Service was…

The many political crises that have interrupted Christmas

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Crisis at Christmas MPs were warned that they might have to give up part of their holidays to deal with…

From the archive: the Spectator’s original verdicts on literary classics

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë,  reviewed 18 December 1847 An attempt to give novelty and interest to fiction, by resorting…

Letters: perhaps Brussels sprouts are ripe for a name change?

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Life in the borderlands Sir:  The Irish border question has grabbed political headlines this year, but spare a thought for…

‘A Portrait Group’ by James Cowie [National Galleries of Scotland/Bridgeman Images]

Pick a painting

15 December 2018 9:00 am

  Alexander McCall Smith   There is a painting in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art that I find…

to 2386: Outside what we know

15 December 2018 9:00 am

ROUND THE HORNE (32/40/37) starred 6/37, 6/23, 1A, 14 and 8/13. The title suggested their other comedy show, Beyond Our Ken.…

Answers to Spot the Shakespearean Character quiz

15 December 2018 9:00 am

1. Oberon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) 2. Hamlet (Hamlet) 3. Cordelia (King Lear) 4. Dogberry (Much Ado About Nothing) 5.…

Christmas quiz – the answers

15 December 2018 9:00 am

You don’t say 1. President Donald Trump, in a tweet 2. Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, in…

If May goes, the Tories have just one chance to replace her

8 December 2018 9:00 am

On Tuesday, MPs will face something rare: a Commons motion which really does deserve to be described as momentous. It…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May’s double defeat on Brexit

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Home Political hobbyists speculated on the future of Brexit if the government fell, if a new Conservative leader was chosen,…

Could the vote on the Brexit deal set a record for a government defeat in the Commons?

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Big defeats Could the vote on the Brexit deal set a record for a government defeat in the Commons? Aside…