EU referendum

Trying to smear Europhiles just makes me more pro-EU

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Forgive me if I feel a little depressed at the moment. There are a lot of contributory factors — among…

Who is the Tories’ ‘Stop Boris’ candidate?

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Most MPs greet the parliamentary recess with a sense of relief. But Conservatives are welcoming this Easter break like the…

The Lahore attacks reflected hatred of Christians. Why must we deny it?

2 April 2016 9:00 am

You might expect that the murder of Christians would excite particular horror in countries of Christian heritage. Yet almost the…

Referendum rage: a warning from Scotland

2 April 2016 9:00 am

In Scotland’s grittier pubs, a simple rule has long applied: no football colours and no talking about politics. With enough…

The Tories' Easter rising: inside the great Conservative crack-up

26 March 2016 9:00 am

No one does political violence quite like the Tories. The fall of Margaret Thatcher in 1990 unleashed a cycle of…

The EU is a feminist issue. I’m voting to leave

26 March 2016 9:00 am

For decades — even before it had its name, which sounds thrilling, as words with an X in them tend…

Always obey your satnav? Then you can vote rationally on the EU

26 March 2016 9:00 am

In many ways a satnav is a miraculous device. A network of US military satellites more than 10,000 miles above…

Portrait of the week

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Home In the Budget, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, kept talking of the ‘next generation’. He outlined cuts…

Osborne’s Budget brings politics home again

19 March 2016 9:00 am

George Osborne used to tell his aides to prepare every budget as if it were their last: to throw in…

Why leaving the EU wouldn’t make Britain any more free

19 March 2016 9:00 am

One of the most appealing arguments for Brexit is that it will make British citizens freer than they are now.…

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd on windmill-slaying, North Sea oil and the EU

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Amber Rudd isn’t a flashy politician; her office at the Department for Energy and Climate Change has almost no personal…

Jean-Claude Juncker speaks to Britain like a Roman emperor

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the EU Commission, made a typically brilliant intervention in the EU referendum debate by arguing that…

George Osborne can still see off Boris Johnson. Here's how

12 March 2016 9:00 am

When George Osborne last stood up to deliver a budget, he had reached his post-election apotheosis. His economic (and political)…

To believe in Brexit, you have to be an oik like me or Michael Gove

12 March 2016 9:00 am

If you need to know how properly posh you are there’s a very simple test: are you pro- or anti-Brexit?…

Don’t believe the recession hype – or this commodities boom

12 March 2016 9:00 am

All in all, this is an odd moment for an outburst of high spirits: not from me — I’m as…

Obama’s wrong. Americans should back Brexit – and so should you

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Because Americans love Britain, and because we are a presumptuous lot, we often advise the United Kingdom on its foreign…

What Pericles knew that David Cameron doesn’t

5 March 2016 9:00 am

It does seem extraordinary that the increasingly puce-faced Mr Cameron offered us an ‘in-out’ referendum and is now telling us…

Spectator letters: What might have been for young Boris and Dave

5 March 2016 9:00 am

What might have been Sir: Harry Mount points out that Boris Johnson is two years older than David Cameron (Diary,…

Will David Cameron pull his pro-EU punches to help the Tories reunite?

5 March 2016 9:00 am

If Downing Street’s calculations are correct, next week will see politics begin to return to normal. We’ll all move on…

Of course the old Tory hatreds are back. That’s referendums for you

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Of course it’s vicious. It was always going to be. Sure, they’ve spent decades living peacefully side by side, but…

A conservative case for voting 'in'

5 March 2016 9:00 am

I open a dusty binder and look at my yellowing Spectator articles from Poland, Germany and Russia in the dramatic…

The murky origins of David Cameron’s new favourite phrase

5 March 2016 9:00 am

‘They all laughed at Christopher Columbus,’ sang my husband flatly, ‘when he said the world was round.’ I wasn’t going…

Boris and Dave’s schoolboy rivalry is journalistic wishful thinking

27 February 2016 9:00 am

The Prime Minister is pretty angry with Boris. But the idea that they’ve competed with each other since school is…

No second EU referendum? Tell that to the Danes and the Irish

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Vote no, vote often David Cameron scorned Boris Johnson’s idea that voting to leave the EU might result in further…

Jeremy Corbyn is the ‘out’ campaign’s secret weapon

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Europe has opened up an unbridgeable chasm in the Conservative party. Labour remains, near as dammit, united. On the EU…