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Taking back control: parliament’s plan for Brexit

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Straight after the government’s epic defeat in the House of Commons on Tuesday night, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, the Business…

Nick Boles’s plan is certainly crazy. But it just might work

19 January 2019 9:00 am

At first, it seems fanciful. A backbench MP, Nick Boles, proposes to take power away from the government and place…

The truth about Trump’s shutdown? It’s not as bad as people make out

19 January 2019 9:00 am

 Washington, DC Washington is supposed to be recession-proof: when times are bad, the government just hires more. But the city…

The dangers of ‘neurodiversity’: why do people want to stop a cure for autism being found?

19 January 2019 9:00 am

I’m an American man affected by the disability autism. As a child, I went to special education schools for eight…

If you’ve got taste, you don’t look at Instagram to decorate your home

19 January 2019 9:00 am

You can tell something about national character from the way a country clears its cupboards. In the States they have…

Pirates of the Caribbean: How Venezuela’s near collapse is causing a crisis on the seas

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Brian Austin, a fisherman from the small village of Cedros in Trinidad, is struggling to describe the men who robbed…

People who don’t live in council houses can’t see the appeal. Let me explain

19 January 2019 9:00 am

On turning 50, I realised I’d never own my own home. What bank would agree to give a mortgage to…

The first Booths — the north’s answer to Waitrose

In praise of Booths, the north’s answer to Waitrose

19 January 2019 9:00 am

If you mention the word ‘Booths’ anywhere south of Knutsford, you will usually be met with a blank expression, followed…

Project Fact: how scared should we really be of a no deal?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Food shortages, diabetics going without insulin, outbreaks of salmonella and swine flu: a no-deal Brexit has become a dystopia of…

How Eddie Davenport rebranded middle-class swingers parties as ‘posh’ orgies

12 January 2019 9:00 am

The English love a story of posh people behaving badly, especially one that involves sex, drugs or drink — preferably…

Who poses a greater threat to the West: China or Russia?

12 January 2019 9:00 am

At the height of the Cold War, as the West faced off against Red China and the Soviet Union, people…

The middle-class cats that are ditching meat

12 January 2019 9:00 am

As I write, my cats and a visitor from the next street are hammering into their food, at nearly £5…

How Britain became the world’s largest expert in medical marijuana

12 January 2019 9:00 am

If you were looking for an international drugs empire, Downham Market would not be the first place you’d think of.…

The strange love-in between Michel Houellebecq and Emmanuel Macron

12 January 2019 9:00 am

France’s literary event of the year took place this week with the publication of Michel Houellebecq’s new novel, Serotonin. Named…

There were far fewer terror attacks last year. Here’s why

12 January 2019 9:00 am

They don’t like to use the ‘Q’ word in counter-terrorism. It’s a bit like blurting out the name of the…

A cure for homesickness: Shakespeare & Co

The homesick Brit’s guide to Paris

12 January 2019 9:00 am

‘Yes, it’s here!’ says the sign above the English épicerie in Paris. ‘Yes, at last,’ thinks the starved expat wandering…

A populist surge in the May 2019 elections could change the face of the EU forever

5 January 2019 9:00 am

There is a strange pre-revolutionary atmosphere in Brussels. At the various receptions and dinners before we broke up for Christmas,…

Europe is a continent in crisis – where lo-vis people now wear high-vis jackets

5 January 2019 9:00 am

The ‘yellow vest’ protests against President Emmanuel Macron that swept through Paris and other French cities last month have evoked…

Iran’s boat people — and why they’re coming to Britain

5 January 2019 9:00 am

When the migrant crisis started, about three years ago, it was seen as a mainly Syrian affair. Caught in the…

Can men call women ‘girls’?

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Talking to someone in her mid-twenties recently, I mentioned someone else of the same age. ‘She’s a really talented girl,’…

The memorial on Lewis marking the Iolaire tragedy

The Iolaire was packed with island men who could have sailed her home with ease

5 January 2019 9:00 am

The centenaries of the Great War came to a close in November with commemorations of the 1918 Armistice. But one…

‘Brexit unleased something monstrous’: James Graham interviewed

5 January 2019 9:00 am

‘I try to interpret the most generous version of somebody’s actions,’ says the dramatist James Graham. This rare ability to…

Long life: Alexander Chancellor

Booze, cigarettes and Auberon Waugh: Remembering The Spectator’s 1970s revival

5 January 2019 9:00 am

‘The Spectator, having quite recently been a very bad magazine, is at present a very good one.’ Those gratifying words…

The Linz skyline

Tuning up to Linz

5 January 2019 9:00 am

You never know who you might meet on a river cruise. It was my 89-year-old father-in-law, Noel, who first recognised…

The Church of Sant’Antonio Nuovo at the end of the Grand Canal

Beautiful untamed Trieste, aka the Capital of Nowhere

5 January 2019 9:00 am

‘Welcome to the free territory of Trieste,’ reads the sign in the shop window. ‘US and UK come back!’ For…