The Week

Borrow-and-spend Boris risks repeating Gordon Brown’s mistakes

15 February 2020 9:00 am

The nature of the Johnson government is still not clear, but has become more so with the announcement this week…

Portrait of the week: Britain rules on coronavirus, HS2 is approved and Bernie Sanders powers ahead

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Home The Department of Health classified the novel coronavirus (named by the World Health Organization Covid-19) as a ‘serious and imminent…

Susan Hill: The brilliance of the NHS cancer service

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Exactly 50 years ago I drove, for the first visit of many, across country to Aldeburgh in Suffolk, following the…

The brands regretting calling themselves ‘Corona’

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Going viral A few of the businesses which chose ‘Corona’ as a brand name and now have a bit of…

Ancient Athens would have been horrified by Trump’s impeachment

15 February 2020 9:00 am

An impeachment trial is overseen by Congress and Senate, who both make the law and (in this case) sit in…

Letters: Britain can be zero carbon – but only by becoming poorer

15 February 2020 9:00 am

A green and poor land? Sir: Your editorial (8 February) is a timely warning about what the government’s headlong drive…

Boris must have the courage to spell out the true cost of ‘net zero’

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

After being sacked as the chairman of the COP26, the UN climate conference which is to take place in Glasgow…

Portrait of the week: Britain leaves the EU, coronavirus evacuations and a great day for Trump

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Home The United Kingdom quietly left the European Union at 11 p.m. GMT on 31 January. Boris Johnson, the Prime…

Sarah Sands: I never wanted to climb the BBC career ladder

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

After I took the editor’s job at Today on Radio 4 nearly three years ago I had to answer to…

Is the Wuhan coronavirus really that deadly?

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Mumbo jumbo The Prime Minister called opposition to imports of US-produced food ‘mumbo jumbo’. The expression was introduced to the…

The ancients would have thought Boris was deluded

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

The gloom that envelopes the Labour party stands in strong contrast to the confidence and hope that the Prime Minister…

Objects of desire

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

‘Homosexuality without the cant’, by Simon Raven, 14 June 1968: ‘All virile societies,’ writes Mary McCarthy à propos the Florentines,…

Letters: Innovation has been stifled in Britain for too long

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

The chance to fail Sir: Matt Ridley’s article ‘Risky business’ (1 February) offers a variety of reasons why innovation has been…

Britain is taking on a new role – as the European Union’s strongest ally

1 February 2020 9:00 am

The moment of Britain’s departure from the EU was always likely to be an anticlimax, both for those who expect…

Portrait of the week: Withdrawal Agreement signed, Huawei allowed in – and coronavirus spreads

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Home Using a Parker fountain pen (a brand now made in Nantes), Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, signed the EU…

Rory Stewart: How will Brexit be remembered when my son gets to my age?

1 February 2020 9:00 am

I still live in the same house, in London, in which I lived as a baby. I walk my five-year-old…

Who leads the global 5G market?

1 February 2020 9:00 am

In the beginning How did Britain mark its entry into the European Economic Community on 1 January 1973? There were no…

Lord Heseltine could launch a Farage-style fight-back

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Lord Heseltine’s electrifying hair once whipped the party faithful into paroxysms of euphoria. But since today he sees his hopes…

Letters: Cats are clearly right-wing

1 February 2020 9:00 am

Enemies on the left Sir: James Forsyth’s article ‘Labour must change to win’ (25 January) describes how little appetite the…

Britain’s misguided approach to asylum is threatening lives

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

The news this week could easily have led with the deaths of 14 Afghan and Iraqi migrants in the English…

Portrait of the week: Prince Harry leaves, Jess Phillips drops out and Trump goes on trial

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Home The Duke of Sussex left England to join his wife, Meghan, in Canada. This followed an agreement that stripped…

Andrew Doyle: I may have to kill off Titania McGrath

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

I start the week by going through my iPhone to delete the numbers of former friends. It sounds depressing, but…

How much public income does the royal family receive?

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Parliamentary motions The government floated the idea of moving the House of Lords permanently to York.    Until it was found…

What would the ancient Greeks have made of Megxit?

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

There are as many explanations for Harry and Meghan’s problems with the royal family as there are commentators. May as…

Mr Pooter goes to Europe

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

By Leo McKinstry, The Spectator, 17 August 2002: The modern MEP is a titan of tedium, a figure whose every…