The Week

An emperor’s inauguration

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Given that Donald Trump is not the most popular president the USA has ever seen, even among his own party,…

Barometer

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Starting cold Why is US Presidential Inauguration Day always on 20 January? — The date was moved from 4 March…

CHINA-G20-SUMMIT

Diary

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump was gushing about one European leader in his Times interview this week. But it was the wrong one.…

German Fleet

Who commands the sea?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

From ‘Raiders, submarines and some naval problems’, The Spectator, 20 January 1917: At the moment the enemy’s fleet is compelled to…

Australian letters

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Rubbish in, rubbish out These are days of momentous, world-shaking, events. But none can match the global impact of the…

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Portrait of the week

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Home Britain will leave the single market on leaving the European Union, Theresa May, the Prime Minister, said in a…

Theresa May Gives First Domestic Policy Speech

The right way to do Brexit: positive – but tough

21 January 2017 9:00 am

From the start of the European Union referendum campaign, competing visions of Brexit have been advocated. To Nigel Farage, the…

Letters

19 January 2017 3:00 pm

Particle of faith Sir: Fraser Nelson draws our attention to the most worrying aspect of economists getting it wrong, which…

Barometer

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Black background A Morris dancing troupe with blacked-up faces had to abandon its performance in a Birmingham shopping centre after…

beautiful student reading book

Diary

14 January 2017 9:00 am

In December I was in a group of writers on a British Council visit to Moscow, where the UK was…

Helping The Wounded

Bonds of friendship

14 January 2017 9:00 am

From ‘The Rome conference and bonds of alliance’, The Spectator, 13 January 1917: There may be the greatest possible good,…

Letters

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Defund Palestinians Sir: Former prime minister Tony Abbott is clearly on the money when he argues that the Australian taxpayer…

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Portrait of the week

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Home Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour party, proposed a limit on incomes: ‘I would like to see some kind…

President Obama Delivers Farewell Address In Chicago

No, he didn’t

14 January 2017 9:00 am

The irony of Barack Obama’s presidency is that while it began at a time when it seemed America’s fortunes could……

Letters

12 January 2017 3:00 pm

Freudian slap Sir: In his Notes (7 January), Charles Moore explores the uncharacteristic reaction of Matthew Parris to the referendum…

From Socrates to Osborne

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Ex-chancellor George Osborne is planning a book to be titled The Age of Unreason. He says that ‘it will be…

Barometer

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Village people The government announced plans for 14 ‘garden villages’. The concept of a garden city or village is attributed…

Guillemot with Chick, Isle of May, Scotland

Diary

7 January 2017 9:00 am

On New Year’s Day I went for a swim off Broad Haven beach in Pembrokeshire. The water was 10.3ºC: pretty…

Rasputin

A killing to celebrate

7 January 2017 9:00 am

From ‘News of the Week’, The Spectator, 6 January 1917: The war has been crowded with romantic adventures by sea…

BELGIUM-EU-SUMMIT

Sir Ivan’s exit

7 January 2017 9:00 am

The wonder about Sir Ivan Rogers’s resignation as Britain’s ambassador to the EU is that he was still in the…

Letters

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Meatloaf monarchy Sir: I realize that sending pro-republic letters to the Spectator Australia is akin to sending meatloaf recipes to…

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Portrait of the week

7 January 2017 9:00 am

Home Sir Ivan Rogers, Britain’s ambassador to the EU, resigned; he had been expected to play an important part in…

Letters

5 January 2017 3:00 pm

Yet another kind of snob Sir: May I offer another definition of a ‘snob’ to the one described by Bryan…

Ovid’s post-truths

29 December 2016 3:00 pm

We are told we live in a ‘post-truth’ world. This appears to mean that everyone believes everything they are told…

Barometer

29 December 2016 3:00 pm

Supremely exciting The nation awaits with bated breath the decision of the Supreme Court on whether the government can exercise…