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Hancock launches his quarantine crackdown

10 February 2021 1:34 am

The search for the right balance on border policy continues, as Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced this afternoon a host…

One year after Brexit, Britain is reaping the benefits of independence

1 February 2021 1:35 am

A year ago today Britain awoke to a rather muted celebration – which seemed to consist largely of a bubble…

The EU's vaccine opportunism will not be forgotten

30 January 2021 8:03 am

At first, it sounded like empty rage. The European Union had spent all week making wild statements about controlling vaccine…

The case Brexiteers should make for Brexit

19 December 2020 8:00 pm

Why are Brexiteers rubbish at making the economic case for Brexit? On a whole range of things from three pin…

The vaccine goalposts have shifted

8 September 2020 3:42 am

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock provided a vaccine update this morning London time, reporting that the chances of the Oxford…

Has France been naive in its handling of Huawei?

25 July 2020 6:00 pm

The controversy over the UK’s use of Huawei equipment in its 5G network has not abated, despite the government’s announcement…

It’s not all good news on Huawei

15 July 2020 2:49 am

As with any mobile phone deal, the devil is in the small print – and that perhaps is the case…

Coronavirus has exposed the EU’s greatest flaw

12 July 2020 4:00 pm

Politics begins and ends with sovereignty: the duty and right to make the legitimate final decision. We have seen this…

Does lockdown really decrease Covid deaths?

6 May 2020 9:41 pm

It has become clear that a hard lockdown does not protect old and frail people living in care homes –…

Did Australia's China-scepticism prepare it for Covid-19?

23 April 2020 9:48 pm

As Britain struggles through the eye of the coronavirus storm, it is difficult not to cast our eyes across the…

Divide and rule: how the EU used Ireland to take control of Brexit

20 October 2018 9:00 am

The story of Britain and Ireland’s relationship has, all too often, been one of mutual incomprehension: 1066 and All That…

This £50 billion EU ‘divorce bill’ is more like a ransom

2 December 2017 9:00 am

A  ‘bill’ is not commonly subject to negotiation. It arrives after a customer has contracted for the purchase of goods…

Letters

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Meeting halfway Sir: If our Brexit negotiator David Davis has not read Robert Tombs’s wonderful article ‘Lost in translation’ (21…

Spectator letters: the answers Amber Rudd didn’t have

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Amber warning Sir: James Forsyth’s interview with Amber Rudd (‘The Amber Express’, 19 March) was very revealing, but also slightly…

Why the Republican elite couldn’t stop Donald Trump

19 March 2016 9:00 am

The political climate that brought about his rise is in fact a worldwide phenomenon

An age of climate realism is upon us

5 December 2015 9:00 am

The age of climate realism is upon us

At last, Britain can have its shale gas revolution

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Over the past week, the government has finally made a decisive move to kickstart a fracking industry in Britain. Licences…

What Britain will lose if Scotland goes

5 July 2014 9:00 am

If Scotland votes for independence, Britain will be left weaker than anyone yet realises

Elliot Rodger and the Hollywood ending

31 May 2014 9:00 am

I’ve found myself strangely drawn to the videos made by the 22-year-old assassin Elliot Rodger just before he went on…

I’d rather have a German next door too — and I have the figures to show why

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Should we be worried about the vast numbers of German-born people living covertly in the United Kingdom? The Office for…

Sam Neill’s diary: Back in Blighty, remembering drinking binges of yore

3 May 2014 9:00 am

I am back in the UK for work. Great time to turn up — after the grim, grey grind of…

George Osborne is entitled to look smug

26 April 2014 9:00 am

The popular pastime for financial commentators this season is sticking pins in George Osborne. To those on the left who…

You, too, can be a shale profiteer

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Here’s how to get a slice of the fracking action

Should you invest in nuclear power companies? 

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Politics makes it hard to pick winners in the energy sector