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The Spectator

Australia

Leading article Australia

King Coal’s reign not over yet

When it comes to power generation, only two things matter. One, ensuring a sufficient and reliable supply of electricity to…

Diary Australia

Austro-Hungarian diary

One of the great pleasures of spending time in Budapest is admiring the city’s restoration. Despite war, communism and 1956,…

Australian Features

Features Australia

Where have all the engineers gone?

When the Chifley Government, in 1948, decided to implement a scheme to harness the waters of the Snowy Mountains and…

Features Australia

A golden century

Lord Carrington, who died last week in his hundredth year, witnessed and shaped much of the international politics of the…

Features Australia

Dancing to terror’s tune

If when you woke on the morning of Sunday 15 July, you made the error of watching the ABC television…

Features Australia

The Treaty of Spring Street

History in the old sense of events and names isn’t much taught in our schools any more, such history as…

Features Australia

The bully boys and girls have gone too far

On both sides of the Tasman, too many of our MPs haven’t listened to the brilliant black American academic, Thomas…

Features Australia

Global brand Julia

‘Trailing clouds of glory’ is so apt for Julia Gillard AC’s post-prime ministerial career. This month the apolitical.co blog for…

Features Australia

Paradiski lost

Once again, Western civilisation is under mortal threat. This time it comes from a deepening schism between the rank-and-file and…

Australian Columnists

Culture Buff

Cast members of An Ideal Husband

He was already skating on thin ice when Oscar Wilde opened his newest play at the Haymarket Theatre on 3…

Brown Study

Brown study

One of the more obvious features of left-leaning luvvies is that they are all stupid. They simply cannot think straight,…

Simon Collins

Simon Collins

Like most Australian men I am horrified by reports which attest to the ubiquity of violence against our womenfolk. But…

Features

Features

Assad is back for good in Syria – and with Trump’s blessing

Amid the confusion and the almost deafening cries of treachery and collusion over Donald Trump’s relations with Russia, few noticed…

Features

Jean-Claude drunker

The atmosphere in Brussels has become, of late, reminiscent of the late Brezhnev era. We have a political system run…

Colonel Claus Schenk Count von Stauffenberg

Features

Hitler’s would-be assassins were, themselves, Nazi war criminals. Why celebrate them?

On 20 July, Germany’s political elite recalls the day in 1944 when Colonel Claus Schenk Count von Stauffenberg exploded a…

Features

The EU is sending migrants home – into the hands of people smugglers

What to do about illegal migration from Africa into Europe? The EU’s repatriation programme seems at first like a great…

Features

Let funerals be sad

My wife died earlier this month. We knew it was coming. A lump in the breast begat bone tumours, begat…

Features

British men shouldn’t go topless in public. Ever

England didn’t just lose the World Cup. When it comes to male nudity, the country has also lost its sense…

Breaking the bank: The impregnable BoE

Notes on...

How easy is it to break into the Bank of England?

‘Safe as the Bank of England.’ So goes the old phrase. And yes, with walls 8ft thick, the Old Lady…

The Week

Leading article

May’s Brexit plan has failed. She needs a new one – and fast

Handling Brexit was never going to be easy for Theresa May, given that the Tories have been fighting a civil…

Portrait of the week

Portrait of the Week: Brexit votes and Trump’s double negatives

Home The administration of Theresa May, the Prime Minister, staggered on, as Conservative MPs exchanged angry words in the Commons,…

Diary

What Uber rides taught me about immigration

It was blessedly cool inside the Romanesque nave, its massive arches resisting the heat as they had done everything else…

Barometer

Why is the Trump balloon known as a ‘blimp’?

Blimpish beginnings Protesters flew a ‘blimp’ depicting President Trump as a baby in central London. Why are balloons known as…

Ancient and modern

Strangers and brothers

Everyone talks about the importance of ‘charisma’ in a politician. But while it may take one a long way with…

Letters

Australian letters

Russian meddling Sir: Please help me out here: just what, exactly, did the Russians do, and/or try to do to…

Columnists

The Spectator's Notes

The sense of betrayal feeds the demand for a no-deal Brexit. Watch this space

The collapse of Mrs May’s Chequers plan, followed by Tuesday’s failure of the Tory Remainers to defeat the government, creates…

Politics

May’s summer delusion: the recess won’t solve anything

The summer holidays couldn’t come soon enough for Theresa May. So desperate was she to get MPs away from Westminster…

Rod Liddle

Real football fans don’t care about race

It’s middle-class commentators – not supporters – who seem obsessed with the number of black players There were altogether too many darkies in England’s World Cup…

Matthew Parris

Brexit is in chaos. It’s time to delay it – then stop it

Omissions can be as instructive as inclusions. I noted a curious example in a column Nick Timothy wrote last month…

Lionel Shriver

In the end, the Remainers will win. The powerful always do

Before the referendum, I predicted behind closed doors that even if Leave improbably prevailed, Britain’s political establishment would ensure that…

Any other business

An amoral money world needs ethical campaigners more than ever

When I first visited Canary Wharf in the early 1990s, I was struck by a set of black-and-white posters in…

Books

Adam Smith circa 1775; medallion by Tassie

Lead book review

Adam Smith analysed human behaviour, not economics, says Simon Heffer

Jesse Norman is one of only three or four genuine intellectuals on the Tory benches in the House of Commons.…

Kyoto’s Yasaka Pagoda and Sannenzaka Street with cherry blossom in the morning

Books

Kyoto is all that is left of Japan – more’s the pity

‘Much of what I say may turn out not to be true.’ Hardly the ideal beginning to a guided tour.…

Books

Who needs a plot? asks Anne Tyler

Willa Drake’s second husband calls her ‘little one’, even though she is over 60 and the mother of two grown…

Books

‘T’ is for Trotskyite

Varlam Shalamov’s short stories of life in the Soviet Gulag leave an impression of ice-sharp precision, vividness and lucidity, as…

A man of many handles: Flann O’Brien in Dublin

Books

A melancholy talent with a genius for send-up – Flann O’Brien was his own worst enemy

It is tempting to compare two highly intelligent, learned and gifted young Dublin writers, suffering under the burdensome, Oedipal influence…

Books

Turn off and tune out

All good non-fiction writing shares certain characteristics: consistent economy, upbeat pace and digestible ideas that logically flow. Tech writers have…

Books

Can a paedophilic relationship ever be excused?

Sofka Zinovieff’s new novel, Putney, is an involving, beautifully written, and subtle account of an affair in the 1970s between…

‘Old Glory’ flowing through Natchez, Mississippi

Books

Travel literature

Jonathan Raban was largely responsible for changing the nature of travel writing. Back in the 1970s when he began, the…

Arts

Life is a cabaret: Barry Humphries and Meow Meow

Arts feature

Barry Humphries on Trump, transgender ‘rat-baggery’ and causing maximum offence

‘I’m an amateur,’ Barry Humphries tells me. The Australian polymath uses the word in its older sense of ‘enthusiast’ rather…

Television

Channel 4 doesn’t do ‘news’ in any meaningful sense of the word – it’s pure propaganda

When President Trump refused to take a question from a CNN reporter at the Chequers press conference last week, I…

Lee Bul’s ‘Monster: Pink’ (foreground) and ‘Crashing’ (background)

Exhibitions

If you like monstrosities, head to the Hayward Gallery

One area of life in which globalism certainly rules is that of contemporary art. Installation, performance, the doctrine of Marcel…

Radio

The marketisation of BBC radio is a recipe for creative disaster

There’s been a lot of fuss and many column inches written about levels of pay at the BBC, as revealed…

Family fortunes: Ben Miles, Adam Godley and Simon Russell Beale in The Lehman Trilogy

Theatre

Extraordinary power and simplicity: Lehman Trilogy reviewed

Stefano Massini’s play opens with a man in a frock-coat reaching New York after six weeks at sea. The year…

Pop

Paul Simon says farewell with a daring and inventive show that left some restless

Early in 1987, a middle-aged woman approached me on the record counter of the Slough branch of Boots. ‘What do…

Cinema

Dreary, familiar, empty watch – until Streep appears: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again reviewed

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again aims to do what it says on the can. That is, be Mamma Mia,…

Life

High life

Watch out, London: I might be moving back

New York I am seriously thinking of moving back to London. The family insists on it. New York, they say,…

Low life

Portrait of a seven-year-old state-run child

Saturday morning. Quarter to 12. Sit-down fish and chips at the Silver Grill: me, Oscar and Oscar’s cousin Atticus. Atticus…

Real life

It was either new carpets – or happy dogs

Instead of carpeting the upstairs of the house, I had grass fragments removed from the dogs’ ears. I can’t say…

The turf

The man who rode 2,300 winners

For Coleridge, ‘…the light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind…

Bridge

Bridge

Last Friday, merrily on my way to Young Chelsea (still the best IMPs duplicate in town), I couldn’t know that…

Chess

Mental sport

Sporting commentators frequently resort to chess metaphors to convey the flavour of a particular contest. In the case of football, chess tends…

Chess puzzle

no. 515

Black to play. This is from Carlsen-Polgar, Mexico 2012. Judit had been struggling in this game but when Carlsen slipped…

Competition

Net effect

In Competition No. 3057 you were invited to submit a short story entitled ‘The day the internet died’.   Phyllis…

Crossword

2368: Cobbled together

The unclued lights (two of two words, and the rest paired) are of a kind.   Across 1    Book with…

Crossword solution

to 2365: Beds

GARDEN (at 46 Across) reveals the theme. Paired solutions are ‘gardens’ in ‘countries’; 8/10, 32/1D, 33/28+29, 12/36, 37/34, 38/2, and…

No sacred cows

Teen Vogue and the rebirth of Radical Chic

Are we witnessing the rebirth of Radical Chic? That was the term coined by Tom Wolfe in his 1970 essay…

The Wiki Man

When it comes to new technology, we’re all Luddites at heart

When I saw my first jogger in Wales in the early 1970s, I assumed he was running away from the…

Dear Mary

Dear Mary: My friend always has food around his mouth. How can I help him?

Q. A dear friend of my husband, a shy bachelor, is an acquired taste. Once you acquire it you are…

Drink

Tradition and terroir: the new reign in Spain is producing great results

The Kingdom of Spain always sends outstanding ambassadors to the Court of St James, none more so than the appropriately…

Mind your language

‘Living with’ is now a thing – usually followed by something nasty like Alzheimer’s

I’m not at all sure about the formula a person living with, followed by something unwelcome, such as Alzheimer’s disease,…