The Spectator’s Notes

The error of involving Gordon Brown

10 December 2022 9:00 am

Sir Keir Starmer says the House of Lords is ‘indefensible’. It is an odd thing to say about an institution…

It is harder to run a dictatorship than a democracy

3 December 2022 9:00 am

Things are currently so bad in the western democracies that we tend to ignore how much worse they are in…

MPs won’t ditch the House of Lords

26 November 2022 9:00 am

The Supreme Court decided rightly on Wednesday, rejecting the Scottish government’s claim that a second referendum on independence was not…

Cop and the League of Nations

12 November 2022 9:00 am

In order to understand why all Cops (Conference of the Parties), including the one which began this week, are so…

Greta’s right about Cop being useless

5 November 2022 9:00 am

Greta Thunberg said, in a newspaper interview, that Cop27 is a ‘scam’ for ‘greenwashing, lying and cheating’. Then she said…

The personal faith of PMs

29 October 2022 9:00 am

I have seen it suggested that because Rishi Sunak is a Hindu, it would be wrong for him to have…

Has a Conservative government got any power at all?

22 October 2022 9:00 am

In the House of Commons on Monday, someone accused Liz Truss’s government of being ‘in office but not in power’.…

Why should Tom Watson be given a peerage and not Paul Dacre?

15 October 2022 9:00 am

Much of this is not Liz Truss’s fault. The great big adjustment all over the West is that the era…

The trouble with Nick Robinson’s Thoughts for the Day

8 October 2022 9:00 am

Thought for the Day appears every morning on BBC Radio 4. This preachy slot is hallowed by longevity, if not…

The genius of Hilary Mantel

1 October 2022 9:00 am

Yes, but why did the IMF put out its Tuesday night statement? Even if all its criticisms of the government’s…

Should Queen Elizabeth II be made a saint?

24 September 2022 9:00 am

If this were a Catholic country, up would go the cry for canonisation. When Pope John Paul II died, the…

The night the Queen refused to read my book

17 September 2022 9:00 am

‘So it is come at last, the distinguished thing!’ exclaimed Henry James on his deathbed. Such a thought is reflected…

Why Liz Truss’s political journey matters

10 September 2022 9:00 am

As is now well known, Liz Truss has travelled politically. Her parents are left-wing, and there is a photograph of her…

Trimble may prove to be Unionism's last statesman

30 July 2022 9:00 am

David Trimble, who has just died, has rightly been praised for his courage. History may prove him to have been…

Who can read Penny Mordaunt?

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Whitehall is telling ministers that this is a ‘caretaker’ government and so, by convention, cannot take decisions. This is not…

The triumph of ethnic-minority Tories

16 July 2022 9:00 am

If you had said, even ten years ago, that there was no chance of a white male cabinet minister becoming…

Thatcher and Boris: the problems of downfall

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Few leaders could be as different in character as Margaret Thatcher and Boris Johnson, but one can compare their predicaments…

Who monitors the moralists?

25 June 2022 9:00 am

If anyone was suitable to be the Prime Minister’s adviser on ministerial interests, it was Lord Geidt. Self-effacing, professional, unself-righteous…

Why neither Andrew Neil nor I can be part of the Establishment

18 June 2022 9:00 am

Even before the ECHR injunction, the bishops had issued their anathema. All 25 of them in the House of Lords…

Boris’s cheerers will feel cheated if he goes

11 June 2022 9:00 am

It was reported gleefully that Boris Johnson was booed as he entered St Paul’s Cathedral for the Jubilee Thanksgiving service…

Monarchy is the guarantor of democracy

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Like many people who do not share his views, I have felt intermittent admiration for Peter Tatchell over the past…

The endless tiny errors of the NHS

28 May 2022 9:00 am

I wrote recently elsewhere about Jeremy Hunt’s good new book examining unnecessary deaths in the NHS. Someone should write a…

Why parliament should move to Stoke

21 May 2022 9:00 am

Justified relief that soldiers are now coming out of the Azovstal steelworks alive is accompanied by anxiety about what might…

Prince Charles and a living history lesson

14 May 2022 9:00 am

When I was a lobby journalist, I never went to the State Opening of Parliament. I much regret it, because…

The truth about Roe vs Wade

7 May 2022 9:00 am

As we get back into Roe vs Wade, prompted by the leak of what is said to be the US…