The Spectator

How to fight Bolshevism

11 May 2019 9:00 am

From 10 May 1919: The heart of the country is always for moderation. Nothing could show this more plainly than…

How long before Baby Sussex slips down the line of succession?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Endangered species The UN claimed a million species of plants and animals could become extinct. If they all died out,…

Letters: Stop with the propaganda – marijuana use is not trivial

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Scrutinising charities Sir: Toby Young was right to raise questions about War on Want’s links to the Stop Trump campaign…

to 2404: 1+2 = 3+4

11 May 2019 9:00 am

The first and second letters of the unclued lights are the same as the third and fourth ones. All the…

The Tories are giving a masterclass in how to lose elections

4 May 2019 9:00 am

When a political party is in trouble, we see infighting, leak inquiries, resignations, dismissals and botched attempts to depose the…

Portrait of the week: A shooting ban, security leaks and violence in Venezuela

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Home Of those who voted Conservative in 2017, 53 per cent intend to vote for the Brexit party in the…

Does fracking really cause earthquakes?

4 May 2019 9:00 am

Great shakes Shale gas commissioner Natascha Engel resigned in protest at what she called ‘absurd’ restrictions on fracking — in…

to 2403: Hexad

4 May 2019 9:00 am

The second and fourth letters of six unclued lights gave abbreviations of the states forming New England: ACATER (13) Connecticut, ERNIE…

How not to fight a war on terror

27 April 2019 9:00 am

It has become commonplace to describe terror attacks as ‘senseless’. The horrific Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, which cost…

Portrait of the week: A plot to oust May, terror in Sri Lanka and Ukraine’s comedy president

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, returned to parliament after the Easter recess to find backbenchers plotting to get rid…

How dangerous are barbecues?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Spires on fire Paris was lucky not to lose its medieval cathedral entirely, a fate which London suffered in 1666…

Backing Mrs Thatcher

27 April 2019 9:00 am

From ‘Be brave’, 28 April 1979: We can think of a number of reasons why voters might feel reluctant to…

Letters: Is marriage really that great?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

Not an island Sir: I and those with whom I live and work are all within coughing distance of Sam…

Solution to 2402: Test Pilots

27 April 2019 9:00 am

BOYCOTT (24), GOWER (25), MAY (40), GRACE (2), STRAUSS (23), HAMMOND (27), CLOSE (34), and ROOT (36) have all held…

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Hope will rise out of the ashes of Notre Dame

20 April 2019 9:00 am

‘Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of centuries,’ wrote Victor Hugo in Notre-Dame de Paris. ‘The man, the…

Portrait of the week: Brexit party launches, Assange is arrested – and Notre Dame burns

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Home Although the latest date for Brexit had been postponed by the European Council until Halloween, 31 October, the government…

Israel and the UN

20 April 2019 9:00 am

From ‘Israel’s Candidature’, The Spectator, 22 April 1949: Israel’s application for UN membership received a chillier reception than had been…

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Who has hidden in an embassy for longer than Julian Assange?

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Embassy endurance Julian Assange was thrown out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, seven years after seeking sanctuary from extradition…

David Cameron campaigning on the day before the June 2016 referendum (Getty)

Letters: Britain needs HS2

20 April 2019 9:00 am

Moaning minnie MPs Sir: I was recently quoted in the Sun newspaper in a story about how MPs were reacting…

to 2401: sign here please

20 April 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are ACCENTS or DIACRITICAL SIGNS and any appearing on letters in the grid had to be ignored.  First…

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It’s vital to keep good relations with our EU allies – and we need a leader who’s up to the challenge

13 April 2019 9:00 am

The European Union’s official goal — an ever-closer union of people — remains its single most attractive feature. Our continent…

Portrait of the week: Brexit flextension, the demise of Debenhams and a real shower in the Commons

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Prime Minister, wrote to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, asking for an extension…

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Eight things claimed to be worse than smoking

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Flextensions Some organisations which may have benefited from Donald Tusk’s offer of a ‘flextension’ to Article 50: — Adidas, which…

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Letters: Of course Brexit is David Cameron’s fault

13 April 2019 9:00 am

All Cameron’s fault Sir: In this time of febrile political speculation, there can have been few more arresting subject headings…

to 2400: Unclued

13 April 2019 9:00 am

The preamble suggests that unclued entries are partial anagrams of UNCLUED. The ‘repeated cryptic clue (= anagram of CLUE)’ ‘fixes…