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The diversity trap

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Britain seems to be following America down a dangerous path. There’s your politician David Lammy accusing Oxford and Cambridge of…

A reply to my critics: Don’t fight racism with racism

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Dear 2016 WriteNow mentees, Thanks so much for your open letter to me. It seems only good manners for me…

The #MeToo movement could be the saviour of sex

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Sexual intercourse, Philip Larkin famously wrote, began in 1963. And listening to contemporary commentators, you’d think that it came to…

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What does the British government know about Trump and Russia?

23 June 2018 9:00 am

 Washington, DC When the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu visited London in 1978, the British government did some serious sucking up.…

The bad science of cannabis oil

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Was there ever a more fatuous contribution to a political debate than Lord Hague following up the case of 12-year-old…

The joy of bird-listening

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Here’s a rum thing: you can tell the quality of a piece of land with your eyes closed. Your ears…

The real America: NJ’s clapboard houses

Big cities are all alike – it’s in New Jersey’s small towns that you feel like you’re really travelling

23 June 2018 9:00 am

When my American friends invited us to stay with them in New Jersey, my 13-year-old daughter was thrilled. She’d never…

Trump vs Nato: the trade war is becoming a security crisis

16 June 2018 9:00 am

For Theresa May, the most worrying part of Donald Trump’s talks with Kim Jong-un came two days before the two…

I rented out my home. The tenants turned it into a brothel

16 June 2018 9:00 am

I had been in Los Angeles for less than a month when I received the call from a concerned neighbour…

All hail Æthelflæd! The first Brexiteer

16 June 2018 9:00 am

This week, Prince Edward was paying tribute to a much-loved Queen. Not ‘Mummy’ — but Queen Æthelflæd, Alfred the Great’s…

Marxism didn’t die. It’s alive and well and living among us

16 June 2018 9:00 am

I remember the autumn day in 1990 when they came to cart away the large hammer and sickle outside my…

Becoming German has helped me understand Brexit

16 June 2018 9:00 am

In the end, after all the waiting, the document didn’t look like much — a sheet of A4 paper adorned…

I rely on soup kitchens for food and friends

16 June 2018 9:00 am

I was born in north London, at the Whittington Hospital in Archway, and at the age of 62, after many…

Going it alone: The Tibbets cottage on Lundy

No wi-fi, no TV and no neighbours – staying with the Landmark Trust is bliss

16 June 2018 9:00 am

About halfway across Lundy, if you’re trudging from the landing bay towards the north lighthouse, there’s a tiny holiday cottage…

Putin says he’s making Russia great again. In reality, it’s crumbling

9 June 2018 9:00 am

This is Putin’s time. Next week, the Fifa World Cup kicks off in Moscow, and the Kremlin has spared no…

Orban and Salvini are redefining democracy in Europe

9 June 2018 9:00 am

By 25 May the world was learning of the Italian populist parties’ plans to form a coalition government. This would…

Let’s get real. Kindness is not going to save you – or the world

9 June 2018 9:00 am

I originally thought of calling this piece: ‘Kindness is the New Rock ’n’ Roll’ — but only as a joke.…

Are Trump’s tariffs a good idea? The arguments for and against

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Yes Supporters of the global free-trade regime that has been built up over the past 25 years like to think…

The jihadi sisterhood: meet the new breed of Islamist fanatics

9 June 2018 9:00 am

‘Does the pin make me go ?’ Like most 16-year-old British schoolgirls, Safaa Boular was adept at using emojis. She…

The age of incivility: how social media amplifies our differences

9 June 2018 9:00 am

How long ago it now seems that the big political worry was apathy. Today, wherever you look — Brexit negotiations,…

The nuclear plant at Dounreay

Notes on… Nucleus, the shiny new slightly secret nuclear archive

9 June 2018 9:00 am

Doubtless Spectator readers based in Caithness will scoff when I say that the old fishing port of Wick (top right…

Europe has a democracy problem

2 June 2018 9:00 am

This week the EU revealed its true nature. Rather than hand power to a Eurosceptic, the Italian President Sergio Mattarella…

Trump has turned the Mueller investigation on its head  

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Donald Trump got bad reviews in the press — no surprise — when he announced that Rudy Giuliani, the former…

Twenty20 is making cricket great again

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Blame it on a marketing survey. In 2001, the England and Wales Cricket Board commissioned the biggest piece of market…

Pope Francis raises the white flag

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Just before Ireland voted overwhelmingly to end the country’s constitutional ban on abortion, Catholics in the fishing village of Clogherhead…