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Tech gurus don’t let their kids have smartphones. Here’s why

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Pupils are back in classrooms and parents can finally have a brief respite from worrying about their children’s excessive screen…

Amazon and Facebook: the twin evils of our age

11 August 2018 9:00 am

They used to say that the primary function of a boat was to be beautiful. I suppose that is why…

What’s bad for slick estate agents like Foxtons is good for working Londoners

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Those twice-weekly sales emails from Foxtons that the recent GDPR clean-up has failed to stop have lately been spattered with…

So farewell Toys ‘R’ Us, the predator that became the prey

31 March 2018 9:00 am

I remember the arrival of Toys ‘R’ Us in Britain, because as a young banker in 1984 I was tasked…

Big data is watching you – and it wants your vote

24 March 2018 9:00 am

From the outside it all looked haphazard and frenzied. A campaign that was skidding from scandal to crisis on its…

I’ve faked my own iPhone death

17 February 2018 9:00 am

After much thought, I am toying with the idea of faking my own death. I mean in a virtual sense,…

Despite everything, America is beautiful — especially at West Point

18 November 2017 9:00 am

What is left to say after the church shooting in the Home of the Depraved? Those killed in Texas included…

The new tycoons

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The giants of the internet have long said that they are not publishers but mere platforms — or couriers —…

High life

30 September 2017 9:00 am

I think this week marks my 40th anniversary as a Spectator columnist, but I’m not 100 per cent certain. All…

A tale of two Valleys

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Silicon Valley looks like a cross between Milton Keynes and the set of the Stepford Wives. Row after row of…

Deus ex machina

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook could be to its users what churches are to congregations: it could help them feel…

The vaping craze isn’t about nicotine. It’s about gadgets

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Probably you never visited the flats of middle-class student drug dealers in the 1990s, because crikey, neither did I, and…

The internet’s war on free speech

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The dream of internet freedom has died. What a dream it was. Twenty years ago, nerdy libertarians hailed the web…

Life gets faster — as the Earth slows down

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Modern life is too fast. Everyone is always in a hurry; people skim-read and don’t take the time to eat…

The sad decline of the teenage snog

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Sometimes I sit my nieces down and treat them to tales of dating in the dark ages, before iPhones arrived…

Long before Twitter, Wogan offered continuous conversation

6 February 2016 9:00 am

For once, the superlatives that have greeted Terry Wogan’s death from cancer have been entirely in keeping with the man.…

Will Iman give me a second chance before I die?

23 January 2016 9:00 am

The death of David Bowie — how is it that Stephen Glover always gets it right about our over-reaction and…

Any Other Business

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Last year was a bumper year for mergers and acquisitions. Recovering prospects and relatively low price-earnings ratios made the takeover…

Mark Zuckerberg should be applauded — whatever his motive

2 January 2016 9:00 am

The Egyptian driver of a London minicab said almost nothing during our journey but dropped me off at my destination…

Enjoy the food, not the Twitter feed

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Sriracha, for the uninitiated, is a chilli sauce, thicker and sweeter than Tabasco, with a garlicky tang. They eat it…

The most dangerous word in the digital world is 'send'

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it, tweeted Jon Ronson, a man I’d never heard of until…

The problem with Jeremy Corbyn’s populist media-loathing

19 September 2015 8:00 am

The new leader walks across a bridge, in the dark, while the journalist asks him questions. He’s not shouting, this…

Does anyone else have an upper house as undemocratic as the Lords?

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Peers’ peers Forty-five new peers were created. Are we alone in having an upper house of parliament made up of…

I found the future of privacy among the treasures of Venice

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Almost all of Venice’s greatest treasures are on public view. Anyone who visits can look across from the Doge’s Palace…

Lesbos: the tourist island where half Greece's migrants land

1 August 2015 9:00 am

 Lesbos A young woman in a headscarf stumbled over some rocks and onto the beach. She stood there, rigid, stunned,…