Portrait of the week

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Home Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister, proposed reaching net zero in 2050 ‘in a better, more proportionate way’ such as by…


23 September 2023 9:00 am

Within limits Do 20mph speed limits save lives? – A 2018 report by Atkins/AECOM/UCL found that 51% of motorists conformed…

Politicians can’t win on illegal migration

23 September 2023 9:00 am

It is eight years now since The Spectator sent me to Lampedusa to see the boats coming in. That was…

Portrait of the week

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Portrait of the Week

12 August 2023 9:00 am

Why do the Tories force asylum seekers to live on welfare?

12 August 2023 9:00 am

Over decades of service as a floating hotel, the Bibby Stockholm has accommodated all manner of people. It has housed…

Why not house refugees on barges?

7 August 2023 4:15 pm

‘By the light of the torches, we saw the black Hulk lying out a little way from the mud of…

The myths around immigration

20 May 2023 9:00 am

After the media bigged up the expiration of America’s Covid-era Title 42, which enabled the US to block entries into…

Liz Truss is a liberal. So how will she approach immigration?

27 September 2022 12:01 am

Should Tories already be feeling buyer’s remorse over their new leader? It has been only 20 days since Boris Johnson,…

The conflict at the heart of the migrant question

18 December 2021 9:00 am

A friend, a Cambridge professor, passing my old college last week, was startled to encounter a young lady standing outside…

What happens to Afghan migrants when they reach the UK?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

What happens to Afghan migrants when they reach the UK?

Boris must act to prevent a repeat of the Channel migrant tragedy

25 November 2021 9:38 pm

The tragic drowning of more than two dozen people in the English Channel yesterday should remind us that closing down…

Is Boris brave enough to solve the Channel migrant crisis?

19 November 2021 1:58 am

The sheer number of useless interventions that have been touted as offering a solution to the cross-Channel migrants crisis is…

Poland’s Belarusian border conflict is becoming violent

10 November 2021 1:59 am

The EU’s conflict with Belarus is heating up. The simmering migrant crisis on the Polish border with Belarus exploded into…

Why did neo-Nazis patrol the German border?

30 October 2021 11:00 am

Just after midnight last Sunday, around 50 vigilantes gathered in east Germany to ‘patrol’ the country’s border with Poland. They…

Priti Patel strikes a bullish tone

6 October 2021 1:45 am

The theme of Priti Patel’s party conference speech this afternoon was very much ‘large and in charge’. She devoted much…

Letters: The problem with the ‘alpha migrants’

7 August 2021 9:00 am

Here illegally Sir: Unfortunately, Charlotte Eagar misses the point (‘The alpha migrants’, 31 July). The Channel migrants may be ‘bright…

Portrait of the week: Channel crossings, chain-gangs for criminals and Tesco Bank shuts up shop

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Home The daily number of coronavirus cases detected by tests fell from 54,674 on 17 July to 23,511 by 27…

Turning the tide: how to deal with Britain’s new migrant crisis

31 July 2021 9:00 am

How Britain can stem the stream of illegal arrivals

Immigration is Joe Biden’s Achilles heel

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Having indulged an unhealthy interest in human migration for decades, I’ve been intrigued by how the number of illegal immigrants…

The UK’s immigration figures are a fantasy

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Journalists filing to deadline are apt to dig only so deep when googling for statistics, which in themselves are sometimes…

Priti Patel is running out of excuses for the Channel migrant crisis

9 June 2021 4:50 pm

When immigration minister Chris Philp announced last summer that he was in the process of agreeing a ‘new operational plan’ with…

The plight of the migrant: Crossed Lines, by Marie Darrieussecq, reviewed

5 December 2020 9:00 am

‘We should be living in a brave country and on a brave planet that bravely distributes its occupants,’ thinks Rose…

The trouble with ‘taking back control’

5 September 2020 9:00 am

I sympathised with Leave voters who yearned to ‘take back control’ of British borders. After all, if being a country…

Portrait of the week: Employment falls, exam failures and a roundabout rigmarole

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Home In fine weather with calm seas, 565 migrants in four days crossed the Channel in small craft. French officials…