Winston Churchill

Why was the British army so ill-prepared to fight the second world war?

13 January 2024 9:00 am

After 1918, the general staff ceased to focus on who they might have to fight next and how, leading to the abysmal performance of the army in Norway and France in 1940

In the dark early 1960s, at least we had the Beatles

9 December 2023 9:00 am

The first half of the decade saw towns bulldozed, the Beeching cuts, everyday racism, political scandal and the threat of Armageddon. But there was also Beatlemania…

Out of the shadows

14 October 2023 9:00 am

Unlike his attention-seeking brother David Stirling, Bill was a careful planner, responsible for many successful intelligence-gathering operations behind enemy lines

‘We cannot turn back’ from the League of Nations, said Woodrow Wilson – but did just that

29 July 2023 9:00 am

His fateful intransigence over the negotiations has been variously ascribed to a Christ-complex, an unhappy childhood and even latent homosexuality

Why I love Her Majesty

4 June 2022 9:00 am

I’ve often wondered whether Her Majesty the Queen glances through The Spectator from time to time. And if she does,…

Why men of a certain age love to get naked

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Why men of a certain age love to get naked

British horse racing’s debt to the Middle East

18 December 2021 9:00 am

A joyful Saturday at Ascot recently reminded me that when the old Hurst Park Racecourse (near Hampton Court Palace) closed…

Is Cambridge university ashamed of Winston Churchill?

26 October 2021 5:00 pm

When I first started at Churchill College, Cambridge, I was proud that I had joined an institution whose very existence…

All great fun: Mary Churchill dances through the war

11 September 2021 9:00 am

The famous photographic portrait by Karsh of Winston Churchill as wartime prime minster personifies heroic defiance and grim determination. His…

How Starmer can beat Boris

12 June 2021 3:30 pm

How should Keir Starmer deal with a problem like Boris Johnson? Despite the Prime Minister’s mistakes in the handling of…

The sweet smell of success: the story behind Chanel No 5’s popularity

29 May 2021 9:00 am

This is a curious book, by turns profound and whimsical. Karl Schlögel, a professor of Eastern European history at Frankfurt,…

Churchill’s enigma: the real riddle is why he cosied up to Stalin

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The real riddle is why he cosied up to Stalin

The campus Churchill delusion

27 February 2021 6:15 pm

Was Winston Churchill a racist? For students like me who attended Churchill College, Cambridge, it’s a question which barely even…

Why you can’t trust supermarket cheese

12 December 2020 9:00 am

We were celebrating the end of lockdown by talking about war and deer stalking — over a business lunch, naturally.…

Watch Andrew Marr stare at places where stuff happened: New Elizabethans reviewed

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Congratulations, everyone! It turns out we’re much better than those bigoted old Brits of the 1950s. After all, they were…

It’s time for Boris to channel Churchill

26 September 2020 9:00 am

How Boris can get Britain’s Covid fight back on track

Is Britain a nation in fear of safetyism?

7 September 2020 5:26 pm

It should come as no surprise that Britain’s city centres remain, in the words of CBI chief Carolyn Fairbairn, ‘ghost…

cold war

The Democrats want a Cold War, but will they get a civil war?

10 August 2020 1:18 am

With the Swamp lovingly tended under the Obama/Biden administration, the Democrats sense a chance to end President Trump and carry…

It was Bevin, not Bevan, who was the real national treasure

4 July 2020 9:00 am

Alan Johnson pays tribute to Ernest Bevin, a towering political figure too often forgotten

Toppling a statue isn’t erasing history – it’s writing it

13 June 2020 9:00 am

I couldn’t disagree more with Sir Keir Starmer (it was ‘completely wrong,’ ‘it shouldn’t have been done in that way’)…

Why is the Labour left so averse to Winston Churchill?

9 June 2020 2:29 am

It has become a ritual almost as traditional as the Changing of the Guard. During a weekend of mostly peaceful…

How to be a man

1 February 2020 9:00 am

  The river of death has brimmed his banks And England’s far and Honour’s a name But the voice of…

The vindication of Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy

19 October 2019 9:00 am

Before the referendum, David Davis thought that the Brexit process would be straightforward. ‘The first calling point of the UK’s…

Excessive gambling is dangerous – a flutter on the horses is not

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Sorry is allegedly the hardest word to say — so Carolyn Harris, chair of the all-party parliamentary group studying gambling-related…

Run, Boris, run: why middle-aged MPs have turned into fitness freaks

13 July 2019 9:00 am

Forget the cigar, the homburg and the V-for-victory sign. If Winston Churchill were around today, he’d be pounding the streets…