The Spectator

Portrait of the week: Tory defections, local elections and a China defence hack

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Home The local elections proved dreadful for the Conservatives but not quite perfect for Labour. The Conservatives lost 474 of…

Tories for Starmer

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Nick Boles was once at the heart of a mission to renew Conservatism. He was one of a small number…

Letters: the Tory party has gone mad

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Right is wrong Sir: Katy Balls’s article ‘Survival Plan’ (4 May) starts from a false premise. The problem is not…

Letters: the joy of a male book club

4 May 2024 9:00 am

The state of our defence Sir: Your article on the etiolated state of European, including Britain’s, defence, is spot on (‘The…

Portrait of the Week: Yousaf resigns, Charles resumes duties and Poulter joins Labour

4 May 2024 9:00 am

Home Humza Yousaf resigned as the First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National party, posts he had…

How many people are attacked by sharks?

4 May 2024 9:00 am

Horse trials Five Household Cavalry horses bolted in central London, with two reaching Limehouse before being calmed down. It may…

Letters: the admirable strength of Ukrainians

27 April 2024 9:00 am

The bravery of Ukraine Sir: Few articles could resonate as strongly as that of Svitlana Morenets (‘Scrambled logic’, 20 April).…

Portrait of the Week: Huw Edwards resigns, Mark Menzies resigns and Frank Field dies

27 April 2024 9:00 am

Home Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister, said that within 12 weeks asylum-seekers could be flown to Rwanda. This followed the…

The cost of European peace

27 April 2024 9:00 am

After six months of delay, the US Senate has finally passed a $60 billion foreign-aid package which will send urgently…

Portrait of the Week: the war on smoking, Trump’s trial and O.J.’s death

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Home Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister, said that British fighter jets had shot down ‘a number of drones’ fired at…

A smoking ban is pointless and illiberal

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Why is Britain poised to ban cigarette smoking, when the habit is already dying out anyway? Smoking is seen by…

The Spectator’s letters page is hazardous

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Question time Sir: Your leading article ‘Sense prevails’ (13 April) is a valuable précis of the Cass Review into NHS…

Letters: the real problem with a Labour super-majority

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Good trade-off Sir: I applaud your excellent editorial (‘Trading in Falsehoods’, 6 April) – a succinct and insightful essay on…

Who uses Grindr?

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Meet market Who uses the gay dating app Grindr? – The site claims 27m users worldwide, 80.5% of whom identify…

Common sense prevails in the gender debate

13 April 2024 9:00 am

The publication this week of the Cass Review into gender-identity services for young people marks a welcome return to reason…

Portrait of the Week: Tory phishing, tension over Rafah and Cameron in America

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Home The review by Dr Hilary Cass of gender-identity services for people under 18 called for an end to prescribing…

Letters: screens in schools are not a problem

6 April 2024 9:00 am

Screen tests Sir: As somebody whose teaching career coincided with the digital revolution, I must take issue with Sophie Winkleman’s…