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Close of play

23 September 2017 9:00 am

This retiring is a hectic business. When I said in June that it was going to be my last year…

School of thought: the site of the first college in Bishopsgate

Gresham College

23 September 2017 9:00 am

How many people need to gather together before it becomes more likely than not that at least two of them…

Can we be friends?

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Have you heard the one about the new Labour MP who refuses to be friends with Tories? When Laura Pidcock…

Brexit wars

23 September 2017 9:00 am

The time for choosing is fast approaching for Theresa May. Soon she must make a decision that will define her…

A court’s contempt

23 September 2017 9:00 am

The issue of sovereignty has mysteriously disappeared from the debate over Brexit. Some business-focused commentators even like to assert that…

Crime and prejudice

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Beware of jumping to conclusions about Brexit-induced violence

Ukraine’s last best hope

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Georgia’s former president may be a reckless narcissist, but he could change everything

Theresa May’s phoney war

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Next month, Theresa May is expected to launch her long-awaited audit into racial disparities in public services. We are being…

Our browbeaten universities

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Are university vice-chancellors paid too much? The government clearly thinks so, and is planning to fine universities that can’t justify…

Decision breakers

16 September 2017 9:00 am

‘The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision,’ said Maimonides. How right he was. Today,…

The straight dope

16 September 2017 9:00 am

It’s not easy to get hold of Ángel Hernández, the legendary Mexican chemist who for a decade provided illicit performance-enhancing…

Watergate

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Enough has been written about a Conservative government that knows its electoral success depends on Britain remaining a property-owning democracy,…

Ya Allah!

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Last month Luigi Brugnaro, the mayor of Venice, warned that anyone who yelled Allahu Akbar (‘God is the greatest’) in…

Star attraction: A detail from Banksy’s mural

Dover

16 September 2017 9:00 am

When people come to Dover, it’s usually to pass through. The magnificent castle on the cliffs may be a tourist…

Woven thread: a 19th-century Arthurian tapestry

Tapestries

9 September 2017 9:00 am

It is rare nowadays to see someone pull out a half-finished tapestry from their handbag and get on with their…

Starting again at 48

9 September 2017 9:00 am

My name is Katherine and I’m an intern at The Spectator. What does that say about me? If you had…

The Merkel supremacy

9 September 2017 9:00 am

 Berlin ‘Capitalism is armed robbery,’ reads the graffiti on the subway wall, but here in Berlin, German capitalists are doing…

The fat tax fallacy

9 September 2017 9:00 am

James Cracknell, the athlete turned anti-obesity campaigner, was the subject of sniggering and derision in April when he said that…

Love rats

9 September 2017 9:00 am

 Paris A rat’s not called a rat for nothing, and — as we are repeatedly told — we are never…

The lure of the abyss

9 September 2017 9:00 am

I received a sad letter this week: Steve is back in prison. Each day the mail comes down to the…

The green giant

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Environmentalism has gone too far; renewable energy is a disaster; scares about pesticides and chemicals are horribly overdone; no, the…

Fat Britannia: what can be done about our expanding waistlines?

9 September 2017 9:00 am

The good news is that Theresa May has dropped the threat to withdraw universal free school meals. Thank God (and…

Our big fat problem

7 September 2017 1:00 pm

The good news is that Theresa May has dropped the threat to withdraw universal free school meals. Thank God (and…

Oxford’s spires mark a new beginning

Greater Oxbridge

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Oxbridge is an ivory-tower state of mind, perhaps, or at least two ancient rival universities, but how about this: in…

Heath

Why is the National Trust hounding hunters?

2 September 2017 9:00 am

For the sound of his horn brought me from my bed/ And the cry of his hounds which he oft…