The Spectator

Britain’s jobs miracle proves there is no reason to fear technology

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Another week, another set of economic figures that suggest the country is showing remarkable resilience while politics implodes. Rather than…

Portrait of the week: The Speaker resigns, BA pilots strike and Mugabe dies

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Home A bill sponsored by Hilary Benn and supported by Alistair Burt and other dissident Tories was passed — becoming…

Does the outcome of the Ashes dictate who wins a general election?

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Party speak Should the next Speaker of the House of Commons be a Labour MP on the basis that John…

Letters: There is more to village life than shutters, benches and paint

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Shambles at sea Sir: On 19 July Iranian Republican Guard forces captured the UK flagged tanker Stena Impero, as described…

to 2422: 40 furlongs

14 September 2019 9:00 am

The unclued Across lights are words abbreviated by F which includes ‘40’ and the unclued Down lights are abbreviated by f…

The next election will be a referendum – on Corbynism

7 September 2019 9:00 am

The next general election will have been precipitated by, and will inevitably be fought over, Brexit. Yet it will also…

Portrait of the week: Brexit gets complicated

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Home The government was defeated by 328 to 301 on a motion to take over the business of the House,…

How often has a general election been held on a Monday?

7 September 2019 9:00 am

A Monday poll? The government was considering a general election on 14 October — a Monday. This raised eyebrows because…

Letters: History has not done justice to Neville Chamberlain

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Helping the homeless Sir: The number of rough sleepers in one of the richest countries on the planet is surely…

to 2421: Tina

7 September 2019 9:00 am

Fats WALLER (5), who has been called ‘THE BLACK HOROWITZ’ (40/37/1A), was born in NEW YORK (28) and died in…

The G7’s doomed effort to preserve the hegemony of white power

31 August 2019 9:00 am

When the G7 was first convened in 1976 it made sense for those countries to gather. In a world divided…

Portrait of the week: Prorogation fury, cricketing glory and the PM’s pork pie

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Home The government sought to prorogue parliament on 10 September and have the Queen’s Speech opening the new session of…

Is Trump’s suggestion to bomb hurricanes really that stupid?

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Blowing against the wind President Trump was ridiculed for suggesting that hurricanes could be impeded on their passage across the…

Letters: Prince Harry has been searching for purpose since he left the army

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Harry’s army career Sir: I believe Jan Moir has misread the situation over Harry and Meghan (‘By royal disappointment’, 24 August).…

to 2420: Crafty

31 August 2019 9:00 am

1, 4, 23 and 30 are livery companies (33/22). They are found in The 21 and 2 (the singular of…

To get a deal Boris needs to show (or fake) some humility

24 August 2019 9:00 am

There were many Brexiteers who were urging Boris Johnson to travel to Washington before he went anywhere else, to underline…

Portrait of the week: back to the backstop, PC Harper’s death and the wrong kind of lightning

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, wrote to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, saying: ‘The backstop cannot…

How did Richard Braine become Dick Braine?

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Name calling Richard Braine was appointed leader of Ukip, leading to jokes about the party being led by a ‘Dick…

Letters: civil servants have ruined our trains

24 August 2019 9:00 am

Travelling in discomfort Sir: I don’t agree with much of what Matthew Parris says these days, but he was spot…

to 2419: Figures in place

24 August 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are English place names which include a number in their spelling. These words appeared as figures in the…

Where’s Boris?

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Before Boris Johnson became Prime Minister there was widespread expectation that his government would be chaotic. It was thought that…

Portrait of the week: All-women cabinets, employment growth and more Hong Kong protests

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, proposed an extra 10,000 prison places and the expansion of stop-and-search powers. PC Stuart…

Which country locks up the most people?

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Girls only Polish village Miejsce Odrzanskie was reported not to have had a single boy born in the past decade,…

to 2418: Sweet

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Unclued lights are all sweet wines. WESTERNISED, an anagram of DESSERT WINE, was to be highlighted. &nbspFirst prize Erin Barrack,…

A US trade deal is good news for Britain

13 August 2019 5:58 pm

Now that America is offering a trade deal – or as John Boulton says, a series of mini deals – can…