Immigration

Jonathan Dimbleby is right: we need to rise up and defend the BBC

6 July 2019 9:00 am

There’s been a Dimbleby on air since before I was born but last Friday saw the end of that era…

democrat debate

Where is the Democrat who can take on Trump?

4 July 2019 1:03 am

I have plenty of shamefaced company in having rashly predicted, as pundits are warned never to do, that Donald Trump…

Leah Harvey as Hortense and C.J. Beckford as Michael Roberts in Small Island at the National Theatre Credit: Brinkhoff-Moegenburg

A magnificent work of art (but don’t worry if you miss the first half-hour): Small Island reviewed

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Small Island, based on Andrea Levy’s novel about Jamaican migrants in Britain, feels like the world’s longest book review. We…

How Ireland became a back door to Britain

27 April 2019 9:00 am

I was working in Johannesburg when I first got wind of the fact that Ireland has become an illegal back…

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Demography has become the biggest story on the planet

2 February 2019 9:00 am

One of my vanities is that all my novels are different. Yet one astute journalist identified a universal thread: ‘Too…

The march of the migrants poses a dilemma for America

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Trump has hinted that Democrats may have been secretly funding the ‘caravan’ of more than 7,000 Honduran immigrants trooping towards…

Who was the first suicide bomber?

15 September 2018 9:00 am

The first suicide bomber Boris Johnson was criticised for likening Theresa May’s Chequers deal to a ‘suicide vest’ around the…

Macron vs Salvini: the ideological battle for Europe’s future

8 September 2018 9:00 am

The first sign that Matteo Salvini was destined to do battle with Emmanuel Macron came in June, a few days…

Mass immigration has destroyed hopes of a borderless society

30 June 2018 9:00 am

What kind of a president would build a wall to keep out families dreaming of a better life? It’s a…

Turning back boats may be the most humane response to the migrant crisis

23 June 2018 9:00 am

The photographs of children in cages at US migration centres, apparently separated from the parents with whom they illegally entered…

The Empire Windrush arriving from Jamaica, 1948, at Tilbury docks. Photo: Daily Herald Archive / SSPL / Getty Images

The excitement of emigrating on your own as a child

23 June 2018 9:00 am

There was one of those moments late on Sunday night when a voice is so arresting (either through tone, timbre,…

What kills migrants on boats? The left’s good intentions

16 June 2018 9:00 am

I have been scouring the internet trying to find a right-wing festival to take the family to this summer. I…

The Windrush debacle is not as straightforward as it seems

5 May 2018 9:00 am

The idea that left vs right has been replaced by open vs closed is one of the most self-serving conceits…

The Home Office nearly deported my husband

28 April 2018 9:00 am

What I remember about preparing to leave for my husband’s appointment with the Home Office in Croydon in 2007 is…

Portrait of the Week: Allied air strikes on Syria and the Windrush scandal

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Home Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, apologised in Parliament for the treatment of immigrants from the Commonwealth from before 1971,…

How mass immigration drives the housing crisis

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Ever since Theresa May’s clarion address of the UK’s housing shortage (and how many successive PMs have embarked on the…

A monument of blithering stupidity: Zoë Wanamaker works wonders with Meg in The Birthday Party

Unlike most Pinter plays, this one doesn’t bore or baffle: The Birthday Party reviewed

27 January 2018 9:00 am

The Birthday Party is among Pinter’s earliest and strangest works. It deconstructs the conventions of a repertory thriller but doesn’t…

Where did it all go wrong for Angela Merkel?

25 November 2017 9:00 am

 Trier, Rhineland Was it really just a few months ago that Angela Merkel was being hailed as the leader of…

The EU must be reformed through sovereignty and democracy. Here’s how I plan to do it

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The European Union has languished and become enfeebled — and we are all to blame. There is a noticeable paucity…

Goodbye London, Reykjavik here I come

4 November 2017 9:00 am

I have a message for the London mayor, Sadiq Khan: you and your policies stink! While the fuzz are busy…

Racism is a grey area

28 October 2017 9:00 am

This book is an exercise in crying wolf that utterly fails to prove its main thesis: that Europe is abandoning…

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…

The Merkel supremacy

9 September 2017 9:00 am

 Berlin ‘Capitalism is armed robbery,’ reads the graffiti on the subway wall, but here in Berlin, German capitalists are doing…

Passage from India

26 August 2017 9:00 am

It is not fashionable to feel sympathy for the men and women who lived and served in the British colonies…

The new Home Affairs Department should be welcomed

18 July 2017 11:42 am

The Prime Minister has today unveiled a national security ‘mega-department’, to be called, as guessed by the commentariat, the Department…