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Letters: Banning Russia’s culture only benefits Putin

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Don’t ban Russia’s culture Sir: It is uncouth, illiterate and actually beneficial to Putin when theatres, opera houses and other…

Portrait of the week: Inflation’s 40-year high, Tory MP’s rape arrest and monkeypox in Britain

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Home The annual rate of inflation, impelled by energy costs, rose to 9 per cent, its highest since 1982. Unemployment…

When did footballers’ wives become ‘WAGs’?

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Wagtime Footballers’ wives Rebekah Vardy and Coleen Rooney are locked in a libel trial dubbed ‘Wagatha Christie’. The term WAGs,…

2553: Island alien - solution

21 May 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights when arranged as 12, 11, 43, 5, 24, 1D, 1A form Chambers’definition of MULLET at 30D. First…

Sanction Gerhard Schröder

21 May 2022 9:00 am

From the start of the war in Ukraine, the democratic world has shown striking unity in the economic boycott of…

Letters: What happened to hymns in schools?

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Disarming by default Sir: Underpinning Rod Liddle’s amusing article on use of nuclear weapons last week is the reassurance provided…

Solution to 2552: 😀

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The emoticon which formed the title of the puzzle suggested George Smiley, Le Carré’s nemesis of MI6 moles, ordered as…

The problem with Macron’s vision for Europe

14 May 2022 9:00 am

The Ukraine crisis has transformed international affairs, forcing countries the world over to rethink their alliances and interests. New patterns…

Portrait of the week: The Queen’s Speech, Sinn Fein surge and an £184m lottery win

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Home The Prince of Wales delivered the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament sitting on a throne next…

How hard is it to see an NHS dentist?

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Biergate Sir Keir Starmer was facing the scandal of ‘beergate’. Biergate is a lane in the Lincolnshire village of Grainthorpe.…

Read: Vladimir Putin's victory day speech in full

9 May 2022 10:38 pm

The following is The Spectator’s translation of Putin’s speech for victory day 2022. Most respected citizens of Russia, dear veterans,…

Can anything save Boris Johnson?

7 May 2022 9:00 am

As Boris Johnson faced the possibility of a no-confidence motion earlier this year, a large number of Tory MPs decided…

Who’s heard of Lorraine Kelly?

7 May 2022 9:00 am

The right to buy The Prime Minister floated the idea of granting housing association tenants a blanket right to buy.…

Letters: an artist’s work shouldn’t be judged by how he leads his life

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Wrong is right Sir: Having spent most of my working life in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), I never pass up an…

Portrait of the Week: pornography, ‘sulky livers’ and abortion

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, announced £300 million more in military aid for Ukraine. Speaking by video to the…

2551: Madness - solution

7 May 2022 9:00 am

The four-letter word was BAND. Unclued lights suggest bandicoot (7A),bandh (11), banda (41), bandana (1D), bandoneon (3), bandook (7D), bandar…

Brexit’s potential is beginning to be realised

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The purpose of Brexit was to strengthen Britain’s ties with both the world beyond Europe and with Europe itself, but…

How controversial was Basic Instinct?

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Stone me Boris Johnson threatened to unleash the ‘terrors of the Earth’ on an unidentified Tory MP who claimed that…

Letters: Workshy Whitehall has its benefits

30 April 2022 9:00 am

In check Sir: Jade McGlynn (‘Conflict of opinion’, 23 April) has a point that there are many reasons for popular…

Portrait of the week: Twitter takeover, late nights for pubs and a row over leg-crossing

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, said Britain assessed that 15,000 Russians had been killed in the war against Ukraine…

2549: Obscurity – solution

23 April 2022 9:00 am

PALE FIRE is a novel by Vladimir NABOKOV (18). Synonyms of words in the novel’s title are 7, 15A, and…

Letters: The hard truth about soft power

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Soft ground Sir: We have heard much over the years from the overseas aid lobby about the value of soft…

Portrait of the week: Boris packs his bags, XR blocks bridges and Netflix viewers switch off

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, told the House of Commons that it did not occur to him that the…

Britain and the West must step up support to Ukraine

23 April 2022 9:00 am

The first few weeks of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine went so badly that it was tempting to see the withdrawal…

Which countries have the most expensive train tickets?

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Park the issue Gladstone Park in Brent may be renamed as a result of the former PM’s connections with slavery.…