Why I spoilt my ballot paper

15 May 2021 9:00 am

The headline ‘Government to allow people to hug’ one might have expected to hear on early evening news bulletins in…

How to get a police record (without committing a crime)

24 April 2021 9:00 am

I couldn’t quite believe it when first I read the newspaper subscriber’s letter. Columnists for the Times and Spectator do…

How ‘ACAB’ links David Bowie and BLM

17 April 2021 9:00 am

A favourite piece of graffiti to spray on the Cenotaph or the plinth of Churchill’s nearby statue is ACAB. It…

Why we should apply common sense to Covid regulations

4 April 2021 7:05 pm

Footage of a police officer interrupting the Good Friday liturgy to disperse and send home the congregation of a Polish…

The Bristol riots show the danger of ignoring anti-police extremism

23 March 2021 2:49 am

The ugly scenes in Bristol last night make it plain to see that Britain can no longer turn a blind eye…

The virus is in retreat. Isn’t it time the public is trusted to decide how to behave?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Since the start of this year, cases of Covid-19 have been in decline. Hospital admissions have fallen 80 per cent…

Why are London police telling women to stay at home?

11 March 2021 4:28 am

The disappearance of Sarah Everard in south London has once again led to women being advised by police to stay…

A tighter lockdown risks being a less effective one

16 January 2021 9:00 am

When lockdown was first proposed in March, one of the many arguments against it was that people would tolerate being…

Why I can no longer police the coronavirus restrictions

28 November 2020 6:32 pm

Earlier this month I resigned as a Special Constable, after serving for ten years as a volunteer officer in three…

The strange case of the ‘alleged bonfire’

21 November 2020 9:00 am

The council has told me that what I saw was an ‘alleged bonfire’. When I described flames towering into the…

Bas Javid: Why I joined the police

3 October 2020 9:00 am

There’s no such thing as a typical week in policing and this last one was no different. It started on…

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The mob are turning into Trump’s useful idiots

24 August 2020 10:51 pm

Protesters have been setting fire to yet another American city today to tell us that black lives matter. This latest…

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Does Seattle deserve better than Carmen Best?

13 August 2020 11:00 am

Seattle So the revolution devours its children. On Tuesday, Seattle’s police chief Carmen Best announced her retirement just hours after…

Letters: We must sing again

18 July 2020 9:00 am

Growing pains Sir: James Forsyth (‘Rewiring the state’, 4 July) shocked this loyal Spectator reader with the following: ‘Even before…

Letters: Why Hugh Dowding deserves a statue

11 July 2020 9:00 am

Police relations Sir: As a former Met Police officer, with a similar background to Kevin Hurley, I was surprised how…

Culture is going underground: meet the rebel army

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Leaf Arbuthnot and Igor Toronyi-Lalic on the new cultural rebels

Letters: Police must focus on deterring crime, not responding to it

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Deterring crime Sir: Rod Liddle is right to highlight the politicisation of the police as a source of their inadequacies,…

The police have become too politicised to function

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Forces have become too politicised to function

To save black lives, police top brass must face reality

27 June 2020 9:00 am

To save black lives, top brass must face reality


Black Lives Matter is a state-backed religion

26 June 2020 5:15 am

‘Protest’ often feels inadequate as a characterization for the public exhibitions that have erupted nationwide over the past several weeks.…

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The rule of law is collapsing

24 June 2020 11:12 pm

It is the law that makes us ‘the best of animals.’ So saying, Aristotle had a very specific conception of…


Marching against racism is too easy

21 June 2020 12:46 am

When I first saw the footage of George Floyd being asphyxiated by a policeman’s knee on his throat, my reaction…


Don’t defund the police: reform them

20 June 2020 2:39 am

‘Nothing works if public space is unsafe,’ says the respected urban sociologist Patrick Sharkey. The ‘Defund the Police’ initiative demands…


Defend the police

16 June 2020 8:02 pm

President Trump is signing an executive order today on police reform. The order, while relatively toothless, does one important thing:…


The truth about America’s police culture

11 June 2020 1:31 pm

America can often look, to outsiders, like a country of two warring tribes: the Trumpish anti-PC brigade vs the woke…