UKIP

Nigel Farage’s class war

4 October 2014 9:00 am

I initially thought Nigel Farage had made a mistake in unveiling Mark Reckless on the final day of his party…

Cameron must reunite the Tories or lose the next election

27 September 2014 9:00 am

No one goes to Birmingham to revive a marriage. But that is what David Cameron and the Conservative party must…

The Spectator's Notes: this is the worst reshuffle since 1989

19 July 2014 9:00 am

This must be the worst reshuffle since Mrs Thatcher demoted Geoffrey Howe in 1989. Unlike that one, its errors are…

Once Scotland votes, it's England's turn for a constitutional crisis

14 June 2014 8:00 am

Before David Cameron heads off for his summer holiday, he’ll be presented with a first draft of the Tory manifesto…

What Julius Caesar would have done about Nigel Farage

7 June 2014 9:00 am

Our politicians are desperately keen to turn the toast of the people, Nigel Farage, into toast himself. But is that…

Nigel Farage is becoming a moderniser

7 June 2014 9:00 am

There are many words that you might associate with Nigel Farage, but moderniser probably isn’t one. Yet the Ukip leader…

Does Ukip believe in anything any more?

7 June 2014 9:00 am

I’m worried about Ukip. It’s possible that my concerns are entirely misplaced but let me give you some examples of…

Portrait of the week

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Home David Cameron, the Prime Minister, responded to the triumph of the UK Independence Party in the European elections (which…

Peter Mandelson’s diary: The accomplishments of George Osborne – and Vladimir Putin

31 May 2014 9:00 am

My trips to meet Russians in Russia these days are a little less controversial than my encounter with them in…

If Alex Salmond is cutting bureaucracy, why does he have so many quangos?

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Escape committees An LSE/Institute for Government report estimated the cost of Scottish independence at £2.7 billion, a sum arrived at…

Labour has proved that it speaks for London – and nowhere else

31 May 2014 9:00 am

So, now almost all the votes have been counted — except for those in the Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets, where…

Portrait of the week

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Home Demand for housing posed ‘the biggest risk to financial stability’ according to Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank…

David Cameron's plot to keep us in the EU (it's working)

24 May 2014 9:00 am

I write this before the results of the European elections, making the not very original guess that Ukip will do…

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…

The most shocking thing about young Ukip supporters: they’re normal

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Close your eyes and imagine a young Ukip voter. Let me guess: mustard trousers, swivel eyes and foaming mouth, ranting…

When Virginia Woolf's husband ruled Sri Lanka's jungles

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Tucked away in the schedules, just before midday, just after midweek (on Thursday), just four lines in the Radio Times,…

Spectator letters: How schools fail boys, Jonathan Croall answers Keith Baxter, and why atheists should love the C of E

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Why girls do better Sir: Isabel Hardman notes that girls now outperform boys at every level in education (‘The descent…

Portrait of the week

3 May 2014 9:00 am

Home The British economy grew by 0.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2014, disappointing hotheads who’d expected 1 per cent. It…

The Spectator's Notes: Max Clifford's conviction vindicates juries. But so did the acquittals

3 May 2014 9:00 am

The conviction of Max Clifford for indecent assaults feels like a vindication of the jury system, as did the acquittal…

Ukip isn’t a national party. It’s a Tory sickness

3 May 2014 9:00 am

It can happen that something ought to feel wrong yet somehow doesn’t; and you wonder whether this means that in…

David Cameron must tackle the optimism deficit

26 April 2014 9:00 am

There is an optimism deficit in British politics. Politicians seem incapable of making a positive argument for anything, including the…

Was I abused by Jimmy Savile?

26 April 2014 9:00 am

‘Twenty-six million people in Europe are looking for work. And whose jobs are they after?’ asks the Ukip poster for…

Nigel Farage’s diary: Comfort for Cameron, and the wonders of German traffic

5 April 2014 9:00 am

What a week! I was thrilled to have a chance to confront Nick Clegg but my excitement was tempered with…

White, blue-collar, grey-haired rebels

5 April 2014 9:00 am

In the 2010 general election, Ukip gained nearly a million votes — over 3 per cent — three times as…

Has Ed Miliband's luck finally run out?

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Ask anyone in Westminster about the obstacles to a Tory victory in next year’s election and you’ll hear a well-rehearsed…