John Connolly

Red Wall Tories hit out at cost of net zero

5 October 2021 6:43 am

One of the government’s flagship priorities this parliament has been its pledge for Britain to reach ‘net zero’ carbon emissions…

The Manchester refugee charity representing the best of British

29 September 2021 12:22 am

In October The Spectator will be heading to Manchester for Conservative party conference for the first time in two years,…

Top floor: Minton tiles inspire a remarkable devotion

20 March 2021 9:00 am

It’s only since I moved to Staffordshire that I’ve come to appreciate that some of the finest works of public…

Boris Johnson: the second wave is coming in

19 September 2020 4:26 am

There has been growing speculation this week that Britain is heading back towards a second lockdown. Today, it was reported…

‘It’s my job to challenge the government’: Andy Burnham interviewed

11 April 2020 9:00 am

Andy Burnham on challenging the government, social distancing and how his city copes in a crisis

Has the UK ignored its own expert advice on facemasks?

9 April 2020 4:08 am

The use of facemasks in the fight against coronavirus has become a contentious topic in recent weeks, as different countries…

Could freeports help ‘level up’ the north?

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Could freeports help ‘level up’ the north?

Jo Swinson to Laura Pidcock: the seven biggest scalps from election night

13 December 2019 5:15 pm

It’s been a remarkable election night. The Tories have won a big majority in the House of Commons and stormed…

10 bellwether seats to watch on election night

12 December 2019 5:49 am

It’s easy to imagine prime ministers on election night, either nervously grinning or groaning in despair when the results for…

‘Boris bounce’ puts Farage in the shade

28 July 2019 8:48 pm

Boris Johnson has two big advantages: the ability to drive his opponents quite mad, and strikingly low expectations. Pick up…

The weird and wacky world of Goop

27 April 2019 9:00 am

The other day, as I walked with my partner through Notting Hill, we came across a shop which deserves to…

The first Booths — the north’s answer to Waitrose

In praise of Booths, the north’s answer to Waitrose

19 January 2019 9:00 am

If you mention the word ‘Booths’ anywhere south of Knutsford, you will usually be met with a blank expression, followed…