Politics

The silliness of ‘serious’ leaders

15 June 2019 9:00 am

You would think it would be unarguable that ‘Serious times demand a serious leader’. This, with small verbal variations, is…

Backing Mrs Thatcher

27 April 2019 9:00 am

From ‘Be brave’, 28 April 1979: We can think of a number of reasons why voters might feel reluctant to…

Was there no end to John Buchan’s talents?

20 April 2019 9:00 am

John Buchan was a novelist, historian, poet, biographer and journalist (assistant editor of The Spectator indeed); a barrister and publisher;…

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It’s vital to keep good relations with our EU allies – and we need a leader who’s up to the challenge

13 April 2019 9:00 am

The European Union’s official goal — an ever-closer union of people — remains its single most attractive feature. Our continent…

Art or propaganda? Wolfgang Tillmans’ pro-EU poster for the 2016 referendum

For many artists being propagandists has become their raison d’être

9 March 2019 9:00 am

If you want to lose friends and alienate people in the art world, try telling them you support Britain leaving…

The unbearable pointlessness of Parliament

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Christmas books pages usually invite columnists to nominate their publishing event of the year. Well, here’s a corker: The Ties…

In defence of Nick Clegg

27 October 2018 9:00 am

As I write, the sneering at Nick Clegg has started. The first cuckoo I’ve heard in this chorus is calling…

The riddle of Melania

Melania Trump elegantly rises above the media muck

20 October 2018 9:00 am

I am not sure that Melania Trump had the introduction of Henry IV Part 2 in mind when she sat…

Jeremy Corbyn’s economic policies might sound daft – but he radiates rebellion. Photo: Getty

Corbyn dares to be different – why don’t other MPs?

22 September 2018 9:00 am

One of the better plays at the National Theatre in recent weeks has been about a 21st-century banker, Judy, who…

Rory Bremner: Why comedians are getting political

25 August 2018 9:00 am

The brilliant Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell describes doing stand-up at the Edinburgh Fringe as ‘exams for clowns’, and even though…

Obsessed with politics? Then your life is going seriously wrong

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Timeless in its wisdom, the book Parkinson’s Law is of course famous for Parkinson’s law itself: that ‘work expands to…

Brazil: a country fizzing with excitement

11 August 2018 9:00 am

As the great Bossa Nova musician Tom Jobim liked to say, Brazil is not for beginners. This tends to be…

Channel 4 doesn’t do ‘news’ in any meaningful sense of the word – it’s pure propaganda

21 July 2018 9:00 am

When President Trump refused to take a question from a CNN reporter at the Chequers press conference last week, I…

Had 533 people voted differently, the Tories would have a full majority

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Nine years ago, before Cambridge Analytica existed, I caught wind of a research project at Cambridge involving the online measurement…

Welcome to the age of media feeding frenzies

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Tony Blair once remarked, during one of the periodic feeding frenzies that engulf British politics, that public life was becoming…

The Tories’ fate is in their own hands

2 December 2017 9:00 am

How will the Tory party remember 2017? Will it be the year it lost its majority, alienated key sections of…

Perishable goods

14 October 2017 9:00 am

  Labour of Love is the new play by James Graham, the poet laureate of politics. We’re in a derelict…

Portraits of Pakistan

30 September 2017 9:00 am

By his own admission, Isambard Wilkinson’s memoir of his experiences in Pakistan a decade ago as a foreign correspondent has…

Alice Waters shows the Prince of Wales around her ‘Edible Schoolyard’ garden in California

Alice’s restaurant

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Though Alice Waters is not a household name here, that is precisely what she is in America — the best-known…

Low life

26 August 2017 9:00 am

My mother has various chronic illnesses and finds it almost impossible to remain both immobile and awake during the day.…

Chris Patten (image: Getty)

We need ideology in politics

5 August 2017 9:00 am

‘Studying history at Balliol,’ writes Chris Patten, ‘I knew that the one thing which made me uneasy was a grand…

We need ideology in politics

3 August 2017 1:00 pm

‘Studying history at Balliol,’ writes Chris Patten, ‘I knew that the one thing which made me uneasy was a grand…

By Patten or design?

22 July 2017 9:00 am

My old friend Richard Ingrams was said always to write The Spectator’s television reviews sitting in the next-door room to…

The turf

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Having spent three quarters of my life covering politics and the other quarter following racing, I am often asked what…

In this EU referendum, every vote will be a leap in the dark

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Complaining about the EU referendum campaign has become an integral part of the referendum; even Delia Smith has got in…