The Spectator

A paradise of postcards

19 October 2019 9:00 am

From The Spectator, 15 July 1922:   It is true that things so small as postcards cannot give one the…

Letters: Shoots should be about quality, not quantity

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Bad sport Sir: At last a respected member of the shooting community has popped his head above the parapet. Patrick…

to 2427: In other words

19 October 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are all constructed (as opposed to natural) languages, also known as conlangs.   First prize Magdalena Deptula,…

Boris needs to be explicit: it’s the UK’s offer or no deal

12 October 2019 9:00 am

The past few months have been characterised by weeks of high drama which, for all the excitement, have resolved nothing.…

Portrait of the week: Brexit approaches, Extinction Rebellion protests and Donald Trump tweets

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Home After a telephone conversation between Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, a Downing Street…

A slice of history: how did Britain’s pizza industry begin?

12 October 2019 9:00 am

A slice of history Pizza Express is to undergo financial restructuring, leading to fears that it could go under. How…

Letters: Remainers lost – and Richard Dawkins needs to accept that

12 October 2019 9:00 am

Deny Remainers oxygen Sir: Your correspondent Richard Dawkins seems to have a very tenuous grasp of logic for an academic…

to 2426: Her love

12 October 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights relate to SUPERMAN (6D), his alter ego CLARK KENT (26A), nickname (the) MAN OF STEEL (8), planet…

The Conservatives have become the true workers’ party

5 October 2019 9:00 am

The party conference season has showcased two very different visions of Britain. Jeremy Corbyn speaks of the country as one…

Portrait of the week: Tory conference, John Lewis cuts jobs and Duchess of Sussex sues

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, presented the EU with a proposed withdrawal agreement. It entailed Northern Ireland remaining for…

Are childhood vaccination rates dropping?

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Who speaks what The Chancellor, Sajid Javid, included a little Punjabi in his speech to the Tory conference. How many…

Letters: We need judges with practical experience

5 October 2019 9:00 am

Judges of experience Sir: In the midst of the furore about the Supreme Court judgment, many people are now questioning…

to 2425: Herein

5 October 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are regular contributors to the pages of The Spectator week by week. 5/35, 8/10, 12/28, 13, 21A/33 and…

Portrait of the week: A Supreme Court ruling, Labour’s messy conference and Donald Trump’s ‘impeachment’

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Home Eleven justices of the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that in advising the Queen to prorogue parliament ‘the Prime Minister’s…

How many people have swum the Channel?

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Journey’s end Holidaymakers are being flown home after travel company Thomas Cook failed. The idea might have horrified the company’s…

Letters: We must grasp the dangers of cannabis before it’s too late

28 September 2019 9:00 am

On judging the judges Sir: The spectacle of judges questioning essentially political decisions is not an edifying one. But we…

to 2424: Poem V

28 September 2019 9:00 am

The poem is La Belle Dame sans Merci by John Keats. ATONY (2), CORYZA (3), LOCKJAW (6), ENTERITIS (8) and…

The balance of power in our constitution has been lost

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Until recently, we used to comfort ourselves with the thought that the United Kingdom’s uncodified constitution was a great national…

Why would Britain want to be a member of a club like the EU?

21 September 2019 9:00 am

The past three years of agonising non-progress on Brexit have damaged Britain in many ways. Our political institutions have looked…

Portrait of the week: EU negotiations, genderless babies and Brexit in court

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Home ‘I will uphold the constitution, I will obey the law, but we will come out on 31 October,’ Boris…

How many Britons now vape?

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Talking Turkey David Cameron again accused the Leave campaign of ‘lying’ about the prospect of Turkey joining the EU. A…

Letters: parliament has a responsibility to stop Brexit

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Parliament’s responsibility Sir: I always enjoy reading the intelligent and outspoken Lionel Shriver. But her latest article (14 September) puts…

to 2423: Redheads

21 September 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights were all leaders of the USSR.  First prize Wendy Atkin, Sleaford, LincsRunners-up Robert Burgon, North Berwick, East…

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…