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Camelot was Israel’s biggest fan

How the left have abandoned their heroes of the past

Features Australia

Cancel culture is now Labor policy

The real agenda behind the eSafety Commissioner’s litigation against Musk

Features Australia


Dr Jim 2.0’s magic lamp

Features Australia

Trump’s travails

Can New York deliver even one or two unbiased jurors?

Features Australia

Sergeant Albo Schultz

He sees nothing, knows nothing, so there's nothing to worry about, right?



Anti-Semitism has returned to French politics

New Caledonia is an archipelago in the South Pacific not far from Australia. James Cook discovered it in 1774, but,…


Why is the government making it harder to get an au pair?

You will have heard, I am sure, of the Conservatives’ recent largesse towards working parents, as their ‘free’ childcare policy…


How to quit like the Japanese

Tokyo For many, the idea of quitting a job they hate, of walking into their boss’s office and telling him…


The deluge: Rishi Sunak’s election gamble

‘Only a Conservative government, led by me, will not put our hard-earned economic stability at risk,’ said Rishi Sunak as…


What happened to the electric car revolution?

China is often characterised as a copycat when it comes to industry and technology but in one way it has…


In Kharkiv, culture is a form of defence

Kharkiv It was a strange feeling to walk alone through eerie corridors in the basement of the Kharkiv Opera Theatre…


South Africa’s migrant crisis

Johannesburg It’s called the ‘Reverse Jive’, retracing your steps to where your journey began, and you’ll hear it talked about…

Notes on...

The unbeatable glory of a doner kebab

Ionce shared a bed with a doner kebab. I’d hungrily joined a 3 a.m. queue for much needed post-pub sustenance,…

The Week

Ancient and modern

Olive oil was the key to Roman excellence

Owing to a rise in temperature in southern Europe and a reduction in rainfall, the production of olive oil this…


How dangerous is it to fly by helicopter?

Crime without borders How many nations are signed up to the International Criminal Court? – 124 signed the Rome Statute…


Letters: save our churches!

Free the C of E Sir: Patrick Kidd’s article on the shortcomings of today’s Church of England maintains the importance of the…


Who has the worst voice in parliament?

For the first time in more than two decades we are dog-less, and the house feels horribly empty. Our Patterdale…

Portrait of the week

Portrait of the Week: Infected blood apologies, falling inflation and XL bully attacks

Home Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister, said: ‘I want to make a wholehearted and unequivocal apology’ for a ‘decades-long moral…

Leading article

A summer election is suicide for the Tories

As soon as Rishi Sunak told the House of Commons that ‘there is going to be a general election in…


Any other business

The need for greed

I suspect I’ve had a lot more fun writing about the annual Sunday Times Rich List over the years than…


My message for Columbia’s protesting students

There are several frustrating things about American college campuses, just one of which is the sheer volume of column inches…


What will Europe look like in the future?

This year, several articles in mainstream papers have sounded the alarm that the global human fertility rate will soon cross…


Inside Labour’s fight with the unions

By the end of the year, Britain may be one of the few countries in the democratic world where the…

The Spectator's Notes

Cyclists are the Jeremy Corbyns of the road

Three years ago next month, the journalist Andy Webb put in a Freedom of Information request to the BBC. He…


Obesity isn’t an ‘illness’

About 20 years ago, Burger King stopped selling its magnificent Double Mushroom Swiss burger, an act of corporate vandalism matched…


Are ultra-processed foods really so bad?

Last week saw a flurry of media reports, of whose headlines one of the worst preceded one of the best…


Lead book review

What’s really behind the Tories’ present woes?

Geoffrey Wheatcroft identifies two root causes: the disastrous revision of the leadership election procedure, and David Cameron’s turn to the referendum as a device to govern

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How Margaret Thatcher could have saved London’s skyline

If, like Prince Albert, the then Prince Charles had been appointed head of the Royal Fine Art Commission, we might have been spared many architectural outrages

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Was the flapper style of the 1920s so liberating?

Women certainly found the bob a welcome change – but with shorter skirts came agonising over diets, depilatories, make-up and dangerous cosmetic surgery

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A walled garden in Suffolk yields up its secrets

When Olivia Laing began restoring the former property of a garden designer, she had no idea of the beauty that lay hidden by rampant weeds

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Abba’s genius was never to write a happy love song

Benny and Björn may have composed some of the catchiest tunes ever, but even their bounciest melodies are ballasted with melancholy

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A haunting mystery: Enlightenment, by Sarah Perry, reviewed

The story of the disappearance from an Essex manor house of a Romanian astronomer named Maria Vaduva starts to obsess a local journalist a century later

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Western economies are failing – but capitalism isn’t the problem

Left-wing polemicists accuse neoliberals, inspired by Friedrich Hayek, of secretly running the world – but if so, they’re not concealing the whole sinister project very well

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From Cleopatra to Elizabeth Taylor, women have found jewels irresistible

Helen Molesworth has produced a magnificent history of gemstones – their symbolism, provenance, and the legends surrounding the best ones

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A middle-aged man in crisis: How to Make a Bomb, by Rupert Thomson, reviewed

Travelling home from an academic conference, Philip Notman suddenly feels sick and disorientated. But it will take a long time for him to identify the cause, and possible cure

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Learning the art lingo: the people, periods and -isms

An aspiring artist turned journalist, Bianca Bosker wheedles her way into the New York art scene – of gallerists, collectors, glamour and gossip


Australian Arts

This distorting mirror of cruelty

Every so often a bit of streamer television comes along and makes you grateful for what the form can achieve…


The jaw-dropping story of the British Museum thefts

It’s August 2023 when news breaks that artefacts have gone missing, presumed stolen, from the British Museum. I’m about an…


BBC1’s new Rebus is the kind of TV detective they just don’t make any more

Imagine a new series of Morse in which the real-ale-quaffing, jag-driving opera buff is turned into a speed-snorting mod on…


The weird, hypnotic world of Willie Nelson

Many years ago, I wrote a book about Willie Nelson. At its conclusion, I reached for an elegiac, valedictory tone.…


Bristol’s new concert hall is extremely fine

Bristol has a new concert hall, and it’s rather good. The transformation of the old Colston Hall into the Bristol…


The new Mad Max film is a betrayal of everything that made Fury Road so good

Action films are boring. This isn’t really an opinion, it’s just demonstrably true. Try it for yourself: put on any…

Arts feature

The unstoppable rise of country music

When a major artist releases a new album, the first thing to follow is the onslaught of think pieces. And…


Headed for the canon: Withnail and I, at the Birmingham Rep, reviewed

After nearly 40 years, Withnail has arrived on stage. Sean Foley directs Bruce Robinson’s adaptation, which starts with a live…


Aussie Life

Aussie life

It is a point of principle for the residents of the smarter parts of Manhattan not to notice – and…

Aussie Life


The word ‘colonialism’ has become (at least for some people) a ‘snarl word’ – something that is always bad, and…


The best bottle to come from the Gigondas

One needs wine more than ever, yet when imbibing, it can be hard to concentrate. So much is going on.…

No life

Admit it – Italian food is rubbish

Every year I’m summoned to a gathering which I strive to avoid. My first cousin, who loves a boozy party,…

Real life

Why are doctors blaming my birth for my mother’s tumour?

A curious letter has been sent to my mother blaming the tumour in her neck on my birth. An NHS…

No sacred cows

The real reason Ofcom has gone after GB News

I don’t envy the people who run Ofcom. On the one hand, they’re under enormous political pressure to sanction GB…

The Wiki Man

Harris Tweed, the miracle fabric

To understand the development of technology, you may be better off studying evolutionary biology rather than, say, computer science. A…


Spectator Competition: Beg to differ

In Comp. 3350 you were invited to write a refutation of a well-known line from literature. Ian Jack once imagined…

Mind your language

The myth of the global majority

‘You make the cotton easy to pick, Mame,’ sang my husband with execrable delivery. ‘No,’ I said, ‘You can’t sing…

Dear Mary

Dear Mary: how do I stop our cousins’ dog peeing on the curtains?

Q. I have a friend whom I see quite often who keeps asking me if I will ‘get her invited’ for…