Government

Judgment day: the danger of courts taking over politics

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Who runs Britain? When Boris Johnson’s lawyers made their case in front of the Supreme Court this week, defending his…

Why austerity is coming to an end

28 July 2018 9:00 am

The last day of the parliamentary term is usually an occasion for the government to get a whole bunch of…

£350 million for the NHS: How the Brexit bus pledge is coming true

26 May 2018 9:00 am

A fortnight before Philip Hammond delivered his last Budget, the chief executive of the NHS gave a speech making the…

17 reasons why we should love Brexit

10 February 2018 9:00 am

‘But what are you going to do with the powers?’ the minister asked, while I negotiated devolution of powers to…

Crunch time

5 August 2017 9:00 am

For anyone considering a career in economic forecasting, the Bank of England’s inflation report for August 2007 ought to be…

Let’s make assisted dying legal for Brightonians

7 May 2016 9:00 am

I am having terrible trouble with my hair at the moment. It is lank, flat and lifeless. There are split…

The slow death of environmentalism

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Would you describe yourself as an ‘environmentalist’? I would, mainly to annoy greenies, but also because it’s true. If your…

Why the Spanish may be better off without a government

30 April 2016 9:00 am

On 26 October last year, the Spanish government shut up shop in preparation for a general election. This duly took…

What the people-smugglers of Istanbul make of the EU’s deal with Turkey

19 March 2016 9:00 am

 Istanbul Shops in a rundown neighbourhood sell fake life jackets to refugees planning to brave the Aegean Sea. Last year,…

Any deal with the junior doctors should cut both ways

13 February 2016 9:00 am

A few months ago, paramedics were on the brink of industrial action. They had legitimate grievances. Ambulance services were being…

Charles Moore’s Notes: The demented accusations against Field Marshal Lord Bramall have at last been dropped

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Many have rightly attacked the police for their handling of the demented accusations against Field Marshal Lord Bramall, now at…

Like southern France — with added kangaroos

The lovely Clare Valley, like southern France with added kangaroos

23 January 2016 9:00 am

It is a century and a half since The Spectator noted the exceptional qualities of South Australia, a colony of…

The best things in the world have always sprung up by accident. Take the internet, for instance

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Since no one has bothered to ask what my must-read book of last year was I’m going to tell you…

Where’s all the joy gone?

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Have you seen Spectre, the latest Bond film? If not, the opening sequence is terrific. Lots of action and excitement.…

Tony Blair: What I got right – and Labour now is getting wrong

12 December 2015 9:00 am

All wings of the Labour party which support the notion of Labour as a party aspiring to govern — rather…

We trust our spies. But we shouldn’t trust this bill

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Were David Cameron in any way adept at spin, it would be tempting to think that the publication of the…

Why won’t the Met speak out on Tom Watson’s biggest claim?

17 October 2015 9:00 am

Almost exactly three years ago, Tom Watson stood up in parliament and demanded the Metropolitan police investigate ‘clear intelligence suggesting…

Charles Moore’s Notes: the Tories’ adoption of the Living Wage is entirely bogus

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Was there ever a more unilluminating political idea — for voters rather than practitioners — than triangulation? For those readers so…

Britain needs to get fracking

4 July 2015 9:00 am

That democracy is a superior form of government to any other goes without saying. But in order to function, it…

Glastonbury Festival, where the absence of authority results in order, not anarchy

Steve Hilton's model for policy reform: Glastonbury (yes, really)

20 June 2015 9:00 am

There is a phrase that has been fashionable for years in wonkland — places like the upper echelons of the…

Like every referendum ever, this EU vote will solve nothing

30 May 2015 9:00 am

I suppose, if you could look deep into the mind of somebody who was passionately keen that Britain should leave…

Letter from Kathmandu: China's beating India in the aid wars

23 May 2015 9:00 am

After the first earthquake we were told that the chance of another one was 200 to 1. A fortnight later,…

After Miliband’s ‘tablet of stone’ stunt, I may just spend election day in the pub

9 May 2015 9:00 am

You have the advantage over me. You know the result of the general election, whereas I do not — a…

A clear-eyed account of socialism: Paul Higgins and Stella Gonet in ‘Hope’ at the Royal Court

If you thought politics was boring, you should check out today’s political theatre

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Writers and producers have shown little appetite for putting the coalition on stage. Several reasons suggest themselves. In 2010 wise…