Northern Ireland

Romanticising Northern Ireland’s history is a deadly mistake

4 May 2019 9:00 am

For those of us who grew up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, there is a pungent but negative sense…

George Orwell’s legacy has been monopolised by the left

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Mrs May says she is taking her stand on the issue of Northern Ireland and the integrity of the United…

The result of the Irish referendum is a triumph of light over darkness. For others it is the other way round

It’s not for Westminster to decide Northern Ireland’s abortion law

2 June 2018 9:00 am

Predictably enough, there have been no calls this week for the Irish referendum on abortion to be re-run, no complaint…

Ainsley Harriott is still unaccountably amused by almost everything: Costa Del Celebrity reviewed

27 January 2018 9:00 am

These days, when it comes to people who used to be on the telly, the answer to the classic newspaper…

The DUP is quite likely to cave in over ‘regulatory alignment’. Here’s why they should not

9 December 2017 9:00 am

I’m afraid I have a deep faith in the Democratic Unionist Party’s capacity to cede an issue of principle in…

A clash of creeds

12 August 2017 9:00 am

This is a very modern novel. Terrorist atrocity sits side by side with the familiar and the mundane. Where better…

Fudging Ireland’s border issue can only mean Troubles ahead

3 August 2017 1:00 pm

The question of what kind of border after Brexit will exist between Northern Ireland and the Republic will, I predict,…

Letters

13 July 2017 1:00 pm

Technical education Sir: I am grateful to Robert Tombs for highlighting the baleful use of ‘declinism’ as part of the…

Put out the fires

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Few events have appalled London liberals so publicly as the surprise emergence of the ten MPs of the Democratic Unionist…

Les Blancs at the Olivier is good-ish, but it won't be a classic

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Les Blancs had a troubled birth. In 1965 several unfinished drafts of the play were entrusted by its dying author,…

Irish Citizen Army soldiers on rooftops in Dublin before the Easter Rising of 1916

The holy relics of the Easter Rising: from hallowed flags to rebel biscuits

19 March 2016 9:00 am

This is the first exhibition I’ve been to where the Prime Minister joined the hacks at the press view. A…

The micro-businesses that give me hope for Belfast

21 November 2015 9:00 am

At Stormont on Saturday, we observed a minute’s silence for the dead of Paris. Our conference group of Brits and…

The troubled ex-informers neglected by MI5

15 August 2015 9:00 am

When a terrorist group is active in the UK — as Islamist extremists and dissident republicans are at the moment…

Bond would be bored in today’s MI6, says Malcolm Rifkind

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Spying may be one of the two oldest professions, but unlike the other one it has changed quite a lot…

Charles Moore’s Notes: people who love making new laws like to present them as human rights

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Amnesty International and others have placed a large newspaper advertisement telling Michael Gove ‘Don’t Scrap Our Human Rights’. The ad…

The DUP’s Nigel Dodds may soon be propping up the Tories. What does he want?

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Nigel Dodds, the Democratic Unionist Party leader at Westminster, is reflecting drolly on his party’s recent popularity: ‘I certainly think…

Another enemy within: Thatcher (and Wilson) vs the BBC

7 March 2015 9:00 am

In a ‘Dear Bill’ letter in Private Eye, an imaginary Denis Thatcher wrote off the BBC as a nest of…

I guarded Rudolf Hess

15 November 2014 9:00 am

I had the misfortune to meet Lord Richards on probably the darkest day of his 42 years in the military.…

Does Jonathan Powell really want to negotiate with the Islamic State?

18 October 2014 9:00 am

I think I’ve finally worked out the time-honoured Jonathan Powell formula for promoting a new book: take which-ever group constitutes…

One week to save Britain

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Next week, the most important vote in recent British history will be held. Indeed, it may well turn out to…

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 Spectator's Notes: French presidents used to have a touch of the monarch. Not any more

18 January 2014 9:00 am

When I interviewed Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the former president of France, for my biography of Margaret Thatcher, I asked him…

Seamus Heaney's poems are for Protestants too

7 September 2013 9:00 am

The one and only time I met Seamus Heaney, in 2007, he was making tea in the kitchen of his…