Trust is fraying – a circuit break would save it

18 October 2020 5:01 pm

Nearly a month ago I called for an urgent 24-day full national lockdown, arguing that the restrictions were unlikely to make a significant…

Portrait of the week: new alerts, birthday honours and fires on Kilimanjaro

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Home ‘The weeks and months ahead will continue to be difficult and will test the mettle of this country,’ Boris…

Angry Burnham takes on No. 10

16 October 2020 6:42 am

Keir Starmer has made life difficult for Boris Johnson this week with his demand for a circuit-breaker lockdown. But the…

How new Covid restrictions are stalling the economy

15 October 2020 12:03 am

The theory behind a V-shaped recovery relied on the assumption that the economy would open up almost as quickly as…

East Anglia is the place for birds

10 October 2020 9:00 am

I first visited Orford in 1970, at peak Cold War when this stretch of the East Anglian coast was one…

All these lockdown puppies come at a price

10 October 2020 9:00 am

The hidden costs of the lockdown puppy boom

What happens when a US president dies?

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Vice squad Donald Trump catching Covid-19 has concentrated minds on what happens if a US president dies in office. Normally,…

Divided nation: will Covid rules tear the country apart?

10 October 2020 9:00 am

The Covid divide is triggering political tensions

Inside the anti-lockdown rally

28 September 2020 2:30 am

The anti-lockdown rally at Trafalgar Square was organised by Save Our Rights UK. This embryonic organisation is so new that…

Should a Good Citizen snitch on neighbours?

26 September 2020 9:00 am

If neighbours break whatever new Covid rules might soon emerge, it has been suggested that the Good Citizen might snitch…

The true cost of coronavirus on our economy

26 September 2020 9:00 am

The economic scars of Covid will define the decade

The Covid trap: will society ever open up again?

5 September 2020 9:00 am

Will we ever go back to how we were?

The best leader we never had

5 September 2020 9:00 am

I spent Monday afternoon with The Wake Up Call, a new book by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge that lambasts…

The chilling treatment of Piers Corbyn

4 September 2020 6:34 pm

If you were looking for the archetype of a crank it would be Piers Corbyn. Rather like his long forgotten…

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Nancy Pelosi’s bad hair day

4 September 2020 12:21 pm

Does Nancy Pelosi’s unfortunate trip to a hair salon have any news value? Or is it much a hairdo about…

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Make America Normal Again

26 August 2020 2:13 am

To win in November, Trump should seek inspiration from President Alexander Lukashenko, the 65-year-old autocrat who has ruled Belarus since…

Inflated exam grades let the government ignore its own failures

15 August 2020 9:00 am

It was obvious that closing schools would hit the poorest hardest, inflicting permanent damage and deepening inequality. While many private…

I’ve started a dating site for lockdown sceptics

15 August 2020 9:00 am

I started a dating site last Sunday. Not words I ever thought I’d write, but I’ve become a kind of…

In the race to recovery, Britain is losing

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Britain is losing the race to recovery

What we can learn from Sweden

8 August 2020 9:00 am

It is a particular pleasure to be returning to the columns of The Spectator, more than half a century after…

Economies run on confidence – the government mustn’t undermine it

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Throughout the past few months the government has appeared to face an unenviable choice between saving lives and saving livelihoods.…

Never has a virus been so oversold

8 August 2020 9:00 am

There’s nothing unprecedented about Covid-19 itself. The equally novel, equally infectious Asian flu of 1957 had commensurate fatalities in Britain:…

Is our test-and-trace system ready to stop a second spike?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Is our test-and-trace system ready?

If the office is ‘too dangerous’, why is everyone jetting off on holiday?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

The whole of Surrey and south-west London seem to have gone abroad on holiday so I’ve got my sanity back.…

Why should anyone be forced to shield?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

The best way (and with politicians sometimes the only way) to know whether people are aware they’ve made a mistake…