Scandal

A dangerous silence over Telford

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Whenever a Hollywood actress complains about some lecherous man, there’s blanket coverage. Even our MPs feel the need to tut.…

A nightmare scenario in the city of dreaming spires

17 March 2018 9:00 am

‘Dreaming spires’? Yes, but sometimes there are nightmares. Brian Martin, awarded the MBE for services to English literature, is at…

The end of brotherly love

19 August 2017 9:00 am

You can never completely leave a religious cult, as this strange and touching memoir demonstrates. Patterns of thinking, turns of…

Sex, lies, dominatrixes and tax returns - the sorry state of British scandal

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Call this a scandal? A few years ago, it wouldn’t have made the cut. If any reporter had taken the…

Novak Djokovic, the world number one, said that he turned down US$220,000 to throw a match. (Photo: Getty)

This could be the year that sport starts to die

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Like religion, sport can take any amount of passion in its stride. It’s indifference that’s the killer. Sport can be…

Archive: Motoring as a hobby should be discouraged

23 January 2016 9:00 am

From ‘The Conscription of Wealth’, The Spectator, 22 January 1916: At recent race meetings streams of motor-cars have proceeded from…

Perfectionism isn’t the same as integrity – as VW has shown

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Not that I was much of a boy racer, but the sexiest car I ever owned was a 1982 Volkswagen…

Just how hard is it to sack a lord?

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Safe house Lord Sewel is unique in leaving the House of Lords in disgrace. Until the House of Lords Reform…

Danny Alexander’s diary: Trying to put an undercover reporter at ease, and the unicorn poop question

21 March 2015 9:00 am

It’s dangerous, in my line of work, to promise you’ll be anywhere by 8 p.m. I made this mistake recently,…

Why Hillary Clinton always seems to have an inbox full of scandal

14 March 2015 9:00 am

   Washington DC To the trained eye something is up on the Clinton front. Of course, there are the stories,…

If you really love the NHS, you know it needs to change

7 March 2015 9:00 am

To adapt Aeschylus’s aphorism on war and truth, the first casualty in a general election campaign is objectivity. Over the…

Plutarch on smartphone addiction

26 July 2014 9:00 am

Adults, we are told, as much as children, become gibbering wrecks if deprived of their mobiles or iPhones for more…

Portrait of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, with his pet monkey, attributed to Jacob Huysmans

Thug, rapist, poetic visionary: the contradictory Earl of Rochester

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Despite being an earl, Rochester is very nearly a major poet. His poems and letters were torn up by a…

‘Jeanne arranged for a Marie Antoniette lookalike to linger coyly in the undergrowth in the park at Versailles’

The queen, the cardinal and the greatest con France ever saw

14 June 2014 8:00 am

You usually know where you are with a book that promises the story ‘would violate the laws of plausibility’ if…

William Astor: My father, his swimming pool and the Profumo scandal

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Christine Keeler and Jack Profumo might never have met in the swimming pool at Cliveden if it had not been…

What was the secret of Queen Victoria's rebel daughter?

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Princess Louise (1848–1939), Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter, was the prettiest and liveliest of the five princesses, and the only one…

The Revd Paul Flowers ticked all the right 'progressive' boxes — that's why he could get away with anything

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Listen to Melanie Phillips and Jesse Norman discuss Paul Flowers: [audioboo url=”https://audioboo.fm/boos/1746120-melanie-phillips-vs-jesse-norman-on-revd-paul-flowers”/] Yet again, one particular question has formed on…

Can virgins have babies?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Mrs Christabel Russell, the heroine of Bevis Hillier’s sparkling book, was a very modern young woman. She had short blonde…