The Spectator’s Notes

Putin’s argument is blood

23 April 2022 9:00 am

My friend, the novelist Alan Judd, emails with the right quotation for those who argue that Putin should be given…

The case against a European army

16 April 2022 9:00 am

The end of the Cold War was used by the victors to unite Germany. To balance this, Europhiles created a…

Spies shouldn’t be political

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Now that events in Ukraine are restoring a sense of proportion about the difference between aggressive autocracies and free countries,…

What would have happened in the Falklands if Thatcher had been a man?

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands 40 years ago. I had joined the Daily Telegraph as a reporter in 1979 and…

The West needs to spread doubt and fear

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Zakhar Prilepin is a well-known novelist in Russia and an ultra-nationalist warrior in Donbas. Once a member of the National…

Is Putin really losing?

19 March 2022 9:00 am

I remember my father telling me about Imre Nagy’s final broadcast before the Hungarian leader was taken by the Russians…

Putin is bad, not mad

12 March 2022 9:00 am

I wish people would not say Vladimir Putin is mad. One understands him much better if one says he is…

The true meaning of 'emergency'

5 March 2022 9:00 am

Much attention has been paid to how Vladimir Putin has learnt from western weakness over his earlier invasions, including into…

What Putin has in common with Hitler

26 February 2022 9:00 am

We are always cautioned against comparing a modern political event with those that led up to the second world war.…

What would Thatcher have made of Putin?

19 February 2022 9:00 am

When Sir Tony Brenton writes a letter to the Times, as he frequently does, it always says at the bottom…

Why Falklanders should fear China

12 February 2022 9:00 am

In a lecture I recently gave to mark the approaching 40th anniversary of the Falklands War, one of the questions…

Downing Street’s growing problem

5 February 2022 9:00 am

In answers to questions following his statement in the Commons on Monday, Boris Johnson let drop an interesting statistic. He…

Is Putin the reason my house is so cold?

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Justin Webb is normally one of the least self-righteous BBC presenters, but he was out-Maitlising rivals on the Today programme…

The curious case of Barry Gardiner

22 January 2022 9:00 am

In May 2020, in the wake of the Barnard Castle story, Emily Maitlis delivered her famous Newsnight address to the…

My new nickname for Putin

15 January 2022 9:00 am

According to the new Chief of the Defence Staff, Admiral Sir Tony Radakin, the Russians wish to ‘put at risk…

Why is Microsoft offended by ‘Mrs Thatcher’?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The interregnum between incumbents is a well-known and often elongated process in the Church of England. I have recently witnessed…

Lockdown has made poachers bolder – and more dangerous

11 December 2021 9:00 am

One midnight last month, Jon Wiltshire, who lives in a cottage just outside our Sussex village, was woken by a…

Who will be the Democrats’ Gorbachev?

4 December 2021 9:00 am

As this paper has argued since the time of the Tiananmen Square massacres, this country should offer Hong Kong people…

Peppa Pig’s conservative values

27 November 2021 9:00 am

I like to think that Boris Johnson’s rambling performance at the CBI this week was a satire against the organisation…

National Trust members fight back

6 November 2021 9:00 am

At the National Trust’s annual general meeting last week, the voting was much more unusual than the public will have…

The cold hard truth about heat pumps

30 October 2021 9:00 am

When I went to Poland not long before Covid, I found a country more bitterly divided by a culture war…

Why the baby doomers are wrong

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Rarely does a piece of journalism bring a tear to my normally cynical eye, but I did find this happening…

In defence of Angela Rayner

2 October 2021 9:00 am

On the one occasion when I spent any time with Angela Rayner, she was funny, direct and friendly. We were…

The legacy of Stephen Toope

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, has begun this academic year by announcing it will be his last in the…

Is the world we value falling apart?

4 September 2021 9:00 am

From time to time, people get worried and ask one another: ‘Is the world falling apart?’ I imagine this is…