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A novel view of Brexit: Middle England, by Jonathan Coe, reviewed

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Jonathan Coe writes compelling, humane and funny novels, but you sometimes suspect he wants to write more audacious ones. He…

Gordon Brown’s memoirs show he is good at blowing his own trumpet – but nothing else

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Gordon Brown has pitched his memoirs as the honest confessions of a decent man. He failed to win the one…

Women used to forgive men their defects, but the quality of mercy is under strain

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Poor Gordon Brown. He embodies the problem traditionally associated with being male, which is that our sex finds it difficult…

The City needs to make new friends but is becoming pals with Putin a step too far?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

In connection with the receding possibility of a London Stock Exchange listing for Saudi Aramco, I wrote that the City…

Monarch was an airline from an earlier era – but were its owners to blame for its demise?

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Monarch Airlines was the ghost of an earlier age of holiday travel. When I used to see its planes lined…

The first real gaffe of the EU referendum? It’s from Charles Moore

4 June 2016 9:00 am

It was a famous American editor and columnist Michael Kinsley who once defined the political ‘gaffe’ as something that occurs…

Labour must stop feeling repulsed by the idea of Englishness

21 May 2016 9:00 am

In the window of a council house on a working-class estate in Exeter was a sticker bearing the cross of…

Portrait of the week

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Home Andrew Burnham described calls from Yvette Cooper, a rival candidate for the Labour leadership, for him to withdraw from…

Spectator letters: Housing associations fight back; and more world-wrecking British graduates

1 August 2015 9:00 am

What we’re building Sir: I was surprised and frustrated to read Ross Clark’s piece on housing associations in last week’s…

Next time, David Cameron should pretend to support Bournemouth

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Here’s an election-winning idea for Dave: forget about Aston Villa (or West Ham) and become a full-on Bournemouth fan. They…

Lord Freud: the man who saved the welfare system

28 March 2015 9:00 am

It was mid-October and Downing Street was in a panic. Lord Freud, the welfare minister, had been secretly recorded suggesting…

Channel 4's The Coalition reviewed: heroically free of cynicism

28 March 2015 9:00 am

In a late schedule change, Channel 4’s Coalition was shifted from Thursday to Saturday to make room for Jeremy Paxman…

Interview: Alex Salmond’s game plan for the Commons

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Alex Salmond is losing his voice but that’s not going to stop him from talking — I doubt that anything…

When the Welsh go it alone, blame me

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Oh dear. I think I may have inadvertently contributed to the dissolution of Great Britain. I’m not claiming sole responsibility.…

The truth about being a politician’s child

31 May 2014 9:00 am

It was a Friday morning in 1992, Britain had just had an election, and I was on an ice rink.…

Rod Liddle: Gordon Brown has vanished. Why?

14 December 2013 9:00 am

It may come as a grave surprise to you that, when it was offered as a prize in a charity…

Guido Fawkes to Damian McBride: Who's spinning now?

5 October 2013 9:00 am

When Gordon Brown eventually became aware that his Downing Street was about to be engulfed in the Smeargate scandal, he…

Rod Liddle: Under New Labour, it really was the loony left

28 September 2013 9:00 am

There is a little vignette in the first volume of Alastair Campbell’s diaries that makes it abundantly clear that, at…