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Does anyone really think HS2 will be good for the country?

15 February 2020 9:00 am

How depressed should one be about the HS2 go-ahead? The cost is stupefying. The offering to the north — considered…

Boris wants a 2024 election – and wants to start his building boom now

15 February 2020 9:00 am

‘The clock is ticking.’ It is surely only a matter of time before Michel Barnier returns to his notorious catchphrase…

The last working-class people in the Labour party

15 February 2020 9:00 am

A couple of people in the Hornsey and Wood Green Labour party have come up with a fascinating suggestion —…

Is Trump scared of Crazy Bernie Sanders?

15 February 2020 9:00 am

 Manchester, New Hampshire Democrats almost all agree that Donald Trump is ruining America and must be removed from the White…

Why I’ll never become an MP

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Every now and then someone asks me if I have ever thought of becoming an MP. My response tends to…

Never mind the numbers – the boardroom gender battle has barely begun

15 February 2020 9:00 am

It’s the way the world’s going, but still it looks quite impressive that the number of women directors of FTSE100…

The real reason Glasgow’s UN climate summit will be a nightmare

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Regardless of one’s views on climate change, one should welcome the fact that Boris Johnson removed Claire Perry O’Neill from…

Terror is the toughest issue facing the Tories

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

A prisoner is released early and just days later attacks people. It then emerges that he was known to still…

Wanting to kill us all is madness, not religion

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Sudesh Amman was singularly unsuccessful in his wish to kill kafirs, as he put it, and thereby find himself surrounded…

The concept of Evil is an evasion

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

A week of remembrance marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz last month had me thinking hard about…

I won’t read American Dirt – but not because the author has the wrong skin colour

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Readers of The Spectator who keep up with the latest literary hissy fits could have predicted (perhaps with a groan)…

Is it worse to be an environmental polluter or a moral one?

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

So farewell Bernie Ebbers, former chief executive of WorldCom, the long–distance phone operator that became America’s biggest-ever bankruptcy case in…

Philip Pullman is right about the Oxford comma

1 February 2020 9:00 am

It was with regret that I read that Albert, retired King of the Belgians, has finally had to admit, following…

What will the Tories fight about now?

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Now that Britain is out of the European Union, it will be very hard to go back in. In the…

Why I’m standing by my old enemy Selina Todd

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Most people won’t have heard of Selina Todd. The only reason I had was because some years ago the BBC…

Britain’s relationship with booze is beyond abusive

1 February 2020 9:00 am

I’m not one of these teetotallers who frowns on people who imbibe, like an angsty ex-smoker who petulantly swats away…

How to be a man

1 February 2020 9:00 am

  The river of death has brimmed his banks And England’s far and Honour’s a name But the voice of…

The most sinister thing about Huawei may be how clean it is

1 February 2020 9:00 am

I first wrote about the risks and rumours around Huawei — and made bad jokes about its name — in…

I won’t be applying to be director-general of the BBC

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Despite huge public pressure, I shall not be applying to be director-general of the BBC. It was kind of Tony…

Labour must change if it is to win

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

In the past 40 years, only two leaders of the opposition have gone on to become prime minister: Tony Blair…

A last chance to save the BBC

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Whoever becomes the next director-general of the BBC should take a close look at last week’s Question Time. It came…

Vegans are brave – and they have a point

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

It was a clear and icy night at home in Derbyshire last week. I love these times and, before bed,…

Is ‘Mini Mike’ a growing threat to Trump?

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Should Bernie Sanders become the Democratic presidential nominee, expect the media to overuse these sprightly English expressions: ‘between a rock…

HS2’s completion is as likely as King Harry’s coronation

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Seven years ago, when HS2 was still officially costed at £33 billion, I wrote that I was looking forward to…

Anyone for a Sussex Royal potato?

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Earlier this week, we accompanied our daughter-in-law, Hannah, to her British citizenship ceremony, she having passed the necessary tests. (Hannah…