Columnists

Let’s hear more of Parliament and less of pundits

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Although we all see rather too much of the present Mr Speaker, it was a good innovation that he and…

The Tories urgently need a boost from Philip Hammond’s Budget

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The Budget this Wednesday represents this government’s best, and perhaps its last, chance to regain the political initiative. Ever since…

Security overkill is terror’s real triumph

18 November 2017 9:00 am

The moment the news broke on Halloween that an Uzbek in a rental truck had just killed eight people on…

Why oh why didn’t I buy more Bitcoin?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Every time I write about Bitcoin you can probably take it as a major sell signal. The last time I…

Armageddon is coming – how real-life employers are preparing for life under Corbyn

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Numerous readers told me they liked my recent tale — offered as an antidote to ‘media sniping at corporate capitalism’…

If the Duchy of Lancaster has been so bad, why didn’t Labour notice before?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Let us assume — which we shouldn’t — that it is automatically wrong for the Queen to benefit financially from…

Why can’t Theresa May get a grip on Westminster scandals?

11 November 2017 9:00 am

How much longer can things go on like this? That is the question on the lips of Tory ministers and…

The Westminster sex scandal is what psychologists call ‘displacement activity’

11 November 2017 9:00 am

There are three reasons why Britain’s political and media world finds itself in the present ludicrous uproar over sexual misbehaviour…

When the liberal media omit a crucial fact, it’s always worth dwelling on

11 November 2017 9:00 am

News programmes are as interesting, these days, for what they don’t tell you as for what they do. So, the…

The iciness behind the heart of the #metoo movement

11 November 2017 9:00 am

On rolls the Harvey Weinstein horror show with no finale in sight. The next episode looks likely to star Uma…

Yes, Jay Powell is the compromise candidate for the Federal Reserve – but not a bad one at that

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Perhaps we should be relieved that Donald Trump has made a dull appointment to succeed Janet Yellen as chairman of…

Women used to forgive men their defects, but the quality of mercy is under strain

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Poor Gordon Brown. He embodies the problem traditionally associated with being male, which is that our sex finds it difficult…

What to do about the returning jihadis

4 November 2017 9:00 am

In normal times, the reported return of 400 Isis fighters to Britain would be the biggest story out there. But…

It’s not victim shaming to suggest there might be two sides to every story

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Somewhere towards the end of the 1980s I was suddenly promoted three grades upwards in my job at the BBC;…

When did fiction become so dangerous?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The assignment of books for review has always been haphazard. Fellow fiction writers can be tempted either to undermine the…

Ignore the Twitter cry-bully brigade – on social media, you reap what you sow

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The nastiest person on Twitter has quit Twitter. Because I’m so generous I shan’t mention his name. All I’ll say…

The City needs to make new friends but is becoming pals with Putin a step too far?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

In connection with the receding possibility of a London Stock Exchange listing for Saudi Aramco, I wrote that the City…

The Spectator’s notes

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Theresa May’s style of negotiating with the European Union is coming spookily to resemble David Cameron’s. She is in the…

Up the Zambezi: why Rio Tinto’s colossal coal cock-up is going to court

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Another week, another blue-chip in the dock. The US Securities and Exchange Commission has brought fraud charges against London-based mining…

George Eliot, photographed in 1858

Hammond can build his way out of trouble

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Sometimes in life the biggest risk you can take is to play it safe. This is the predicament of Philip…

What I learned going naked on the green mountain

28 October 2017 9:00 am

The Japanese take a near-obsessive delight in washing, particularly in natural thermal baths

Brexit can strengthen the Union

21 October 2017 9:00 am

There will be no chance of the United Kingdom making a success of Brexit if Scotland votes to break up…

The young oppress their future selves

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Matt Ridley’s fine recent Times column was hardly the first to raise the alarm about the pseudo-Soviet intolerance of the…

Are we really half a trillion poorer? No, but we’re not pulling in investors like we used to

21 October 2017 9:00 am

How did we mislay half a trillion pounds? Revised data from the Office for National Statistics has just reduced the…

The Spectator’s Notes

21 October 2017 9:00 am

‘Persecuted and Forgotten?’ is the name of the latest report by Aid to the Church in Need. Unfortunately, there is…