Will Heaven

How the Tories can 'level up' without annoying Nimbys

6 October 2021 12:48 am

Have the Conservatives lost their nerve on planning reform? Not quite, but a couple of small interventions at the Conservative…

Downside’s downfall: the dissolution of a monastery

5 September 2020 9:00 am

The dissolution of a monastery

Shades of the prison house: the ghosts of suicides fill our prisons

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

As an inmate, Chris Atkins discovered just how violent and chaotic prison life is. His diaries highlight a national scandal – and the dangerous incompetence of the Ministry of Justice, says Will Heaven

Revealed: the press regulator’s leaked guidelines on Islamophobia

7 September 2019 9:00 am

If truthful reporting risks increasing tension between communities, should it still be published? Do journalists have a social duty to…

The people have not forgotten me: the exiled Empress of Iran interviewed

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Somewhere in the bowels of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art is a portrait from a lost world. Its subject…

Our jails crisis is even worse than we’ve been told

25 August 2018 9:00 am

You need a strong stomach to be Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons, as a letter from Peter Clarke —…

Pupils at Ampleforth in 1952 [Getty]

The sorry demise of Benedictine education

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Twenty years ago, Douai, a monastic boarding school in West Berkshire, shocked parents with an announcement that it was ‘no…

Going it alone: The Tibbets cottage on Lundy

No wi-fi, no TV and no neighbours – staying with the Landmark Trust is bliss

16 June 2018 9:00 am

About halfway across Lundy, if you’re trudging from the landing bay towards the north lighthouse, there’s a tiny holiday cottage…

Red London: Labour is poised to take the capital

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Ever since last year’s general election, when Jeremy Corbyn inspired the strongest Labour surge since 1945, the Conservatives have been…

‘I like making things’

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Sir James Dyson would make a good therapist for anxious Brexiteers. Everything about him is comfortingly precise — his manner…

Must Colston fall?

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Edward Colston, mega-rich philanthropist around the year 1700, is the nearest thing Bristol has to a patron saint. The largest…

To catch a jihadi

10 June 2017 9:00 am

My taxi was about 90 seconds behind the murderers who struck on London Bridge last week. My wife and I…

Party time... blossoms at Himeji Castle in Japan

Cherry blossom

25 March 2017 9:00 am

In what I like to think of as The Spectator’s back garden — most people call it St James’s Park…

There may never be a better (or cheaper) time to visit South Africa

6 February 2016 9:00 am

There are plenty of places to fly to for winter sun, but only one place that offers five-star hotels for…

South Africa

4 February 2016 3:00 pm

There are plenty of places to fly to for winter sun, but only one place that offers five-star hotels for…