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A Chinook helicopter prepares to drop sandbags onto the dam wall at the Toddbrook reservoir last week (Getty)

Dams, lives and statistics: the worst dam collapses in Britain

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Dams, lives and statistics The town of Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, was evacuated after heavy rainfall caused the partial collapse of…

Letters: Donkeys are the latest victims of China’s gross cruelty to animals

10 August 2019 9:00 am

We don’t cut God Sir: The Revd Dr Peter Mullen suggests (Letters, 3 August) that Boris Johnson told him my…

The UK’s best beaches – according to Spectator writers

10 August 2019 9:00 am

Tom HollandTrevone, Cornwall   Pretty much every summer, my family and my cousins head for a farm in north Cornwall,…

to 2417: Six nations

10 August 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are LAND OF (25A): MILK AND HONEY (11A), CAKES (12A), HOPE AND GLORY (39A), ENCHANTMENT (7D), MY…

If politicians are still in denial about Boris’s Brexit, the currency markets are not

3 August 2019 9:00 am

In his first week as Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has shocked those who had assumed that he is a joker…

Portrait of the week: Britain meets its new cabinet

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Home  The Conservatives’ poll ratings went up and the pound went down after a week of the prime ministership of…

The need for a poll of the people

3 August 2019 9:00 am

The Need For A Poll Of The People, 2 August 1919: ‘It is not to be wondered at that during…

Hot topic: How many of us own fans?

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Growing fanbase A photograph of the Queen meeting Boris Johnson revealed that she uses a Dyson electric fan. How many…

to 2416: Silence

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Each unclued light contains a SILENT letter (with 11 containing two). First prize P.L. Macdougall, London SW6Runners-up Sir Graeme Davies,…

If Boris achieves a deal with the EU, he will be unassailable

27 July 2019 9:00 am

It’s hard to think of a prime minister who has reached No. 10 with lower expectations. Boris Johnson has been…

Portrait of the week: The top job for Boris, gifts for Theresa and Carl Beech’s conviction

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson became Prime Minister after being elected the leader of the Conservative party by its members, with 92,153…

What kills more people in the UK: hot or cold weather?

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Losing confidence The government may soon face a vote of no confidence, the second this year. How often do these…

A way with words

27 July 2019 9:00 am

From ‘Low talk’ by John Daniel, 19 July 1963: Everybody has heard of Dr Johnson’s dictionary, which is now not…

Letters: why Rose Hudson-Wilkin is the right choice for Bishop of Dover

27 July 2019 9:00 am

Rose is the right choice Sir: Every Wednesday for the past nine years, it has been my privilege to attend…

to 2415: The Limit

27 July 2019 9:00 am

The word was ‘pale’, suggested by PEELIE-WALLY (1A) and the title, which, with changes to its FIRST VOWEL (7D/33), becomes…

It’s not just Scotland’s drugs shame – it’s Britain’s

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Twenty years ago, the Scottish parliament was reconvened after a lapse of almost three centuries. The logic for devolution was…

Portrait of the week: Theresa May’s new role, England’s cricket victory and the world’s steepest street

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Home In a televised debate between the rivals for election by members of the Conservative party as their new leader…

When will man make it to Mars?

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Mars missions When will there be a manned Mars mission? — As early as 1962, Nasa studied the practicalities of…

Letters: Melissa Kite saved my life – twice

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Leave we must Sir: It is interesting that as the Brexit process drags, people become more distanced from what was…

to 2414: Matchplay

20 July 2019 9:00 am

Conrad HILTON (2), Michael WILDING (37), Mike TODD (24), Eddie FISHER (3), Richard BURTON (30), John WARNER (31) and Larry…

The Tories can profit from Labour panic

13 July 2019 9:00 am

In some alternative universe the Labour party, as under Tony Blair in the mid 1990s, is busily preparing for government,…

Portrait of the week: A resignation in Washington, Labour departures and a plague of toxic caterpillars

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Home Sir Kim Darroch resigned as British ambassador to Washington after the Mail on Sunday published disobliging emails he had…

An absurd craze

13 July 2019 9:00 am

From ‘Keeping fat’ by Geoffrey Wheatcroft, 7 October 1978: The running craze is a symptom of our deplorable age, in…

Is women’s football really that popular?

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Ode to all sorts Brexit party MPs were likened to Nazis for turning their backs on a recital of ‘Ode to…

to 2413: Sign here please

13 July 2019 9:00 am

The unclued lights are EPISCOPAL SIGNATURES  First prize Jason James, CambridgeRunners-up K.M. Robb, Borrowstounness, West Lothian; McNeill, Belfast