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The strange new liberal attraction to the feds

27 January 2020 4:44 am

In a political era defined by abnormalities, few developments are as bizarre as the newfound liberal admiration for federal law…

TikTok is the world’s fastest-growing – and goofiest – digital platform, but should we fear it?

18 January 2020 9:00 am

In November last year, an internet video made by a 17-year-old American went viral. The video was less than a…

How to catch a thief

18 January 2020 9:00 am

My tech guy Andy appeared on the doorstep in a puff of smoke. I had just texted him to ask…

How capitalism killed sleep

7 December 2019 9:00 am

What can you make a joke about these days? All the old butts of humour are off limits. No wonder…

In China’s new surveillance state, everyone will be watched, reviewed and rated

17 November 2018 9:00 am

The bullet train from Beijing to Shanghai is the fastest in the world. It takes just over four hours to…

A Girl in Exile: Ismail Kadare’s novel is full of absence

26 March 2016 9:00 am

My last review for The Spectator was of Julian Barnes’s biographical novel about Shostakovitch. A Girl in Exile also depicts…

The watchers and the watched: Patrick Flanery's I Am No One

27 February 2016 9:00 am

‘First and last I was, and always would be, an American,’ Jeremy O’Keefe, the professor narrator of Patrick Flanery’s new…

All washed up: Birmingham after the apocalypse

20 February 2016 9:00 am

The dystopian novel in which a Ballardian deluge or viral illness transforms planet Earth has become something of a sub-genre,…

By the book: The NSA is behaving like a villain in a 1950s novel

18 January 2014 9:00 am

The continuing drip-feed of stories about governments and friendly-seeming internet giants sifting through our data has left some citizens feeling…

Ten reasons why conservatives should take Edward Snowden seriously

18 January 2014 9:00 am

So why are British conservatives determined to ignore his revelations?

Dear Mary: How can I escape my neighbour’s spy cameras?

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Q. I have a problem with what might be called location blindness. I live in Balham, but when I arrange…