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Letters: The BBC licence fee is a protection racket

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Russia’s star Sir: Wolfgang Münchau is surely right to highlight the risk posed to European peace and stability by Germany’s…

What Boris must do now to survive

29 January 2022 9:00 am

When Omicron struck, Britain was already the most boosted country in Europe. Our programme was so advanced that 80 per…

Who survived the sinking of the Titanic?

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Prime numbers As of 29 January Boris Johnson will have been Prime Minister for two years and 190 days. Currently…

Portrait of the week: Unease in Ukraine, tensions in No. 10 and hamsters escape Hong Kong

29 January 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, told the Commons that Britain was prepared to send troops to protect Nato allies…

2537: My Lord! - solution

29 January 2022 9:00 am

The exchange that gave rise to the expression CURATE’s (19 Down) Egg was ‘I’m afraid you’ve got a bad egg,…

Portrait of the week: Saving Big Dog, scrapping the licence fee and tsunami hits Tonga

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Home Sue Gray, Second Permanent Secretary at the Cabinet Office, having been asked by Boris Johnson to look into accusations…

After Omicron: there’s no longer a case for restrictions on liberty

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Covid-19 is in decline in Britain, with Omicron cases now falling as fast as they rose. The booster programme —…

Are tsunamis becoming more deadly?

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Stumped again Were England always so hopeless playing Australia at cricket? Since the first match in 1877 there have been…

Letters: Our broken civil service

22 January 2022 9:00 am

Beyond the party Sir: Rod Liddle is spot-on in arguing that the attitudes revealed by ‘partygate’ extend to senior civil…

2536: At rest - solution

15 January 2022 9:00 am

The unclued lights (3 composers, 3 artists and 3 writers) are all buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery. The name should…

Now Boris must make another admission: lockdown was a mistake

15 January 2022 9:00 am

On 20 May 2020, the Metropolitan Police issued a statement on social media which summed up the conditions in the…

Letters: Unfair care costs will turn the red wall blue

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Take care Sir: Your editorial (‘Counting the costs’, 8 January) makes valid points regarding the funding of social care. The…

Portrait of the week: No. 10’s garden party, Djokovic’s visa row and France’s vaccine protests

15 January 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson admitted to attending evening drinks for about 40 staff in the garden of 10 Downing Street on…

When did the anti-vaxx movement begin?

15 January 2022 9:00 am

No vax There is nothing new about the anti-vax crowds supporting Novak Djokovic. Organised protest in Britain began with the…

Counting the costs

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Two and a half years into his premiership, Boris Johnson has enjoyed no more than a month of that time…

Barometer

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Waiting for the gong Tony Blair was knighted, 14 years after leaving Downing Street. How long have other ex-PMs had…

Letters

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Welcome changes Sir: Lloyd Evans’s sympathetic piece on the fate of Afghans once they arrive in the UK made for…

Portrait of the week

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Home The warmest New Year’s Day on record saw a temperature of 16.3˚C (61.3˚F) in St James’s Park, London. A…

Solution to 2535: Triplets

8 January 2022 9:00 am

Each unclued lights include one letter three times. The wording of the preamble precludes ALLYLS (2D which would be the…

Did the psychics’ predictions for 2021 come true?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Centenaries 2022 will see the 100th anniversary of: the BBC; Reader’s Digest; Ulysses by James Joyce; insulin treatment for diabetes;…

The best children’s books: a Spectator Christmas survey

18 December 2021 9:00 am

J.K. Rowling Poignant, funny and genuinely scary, The Hundred and One Dalmatians was one of my favourite books as a…

How to cure what ails the NHS

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Wrong cure Sir: In referring to the UK as the highest-spending European nation in healthcare proportionate to GDP (‘Hospital pass’,…

2534: Off-pitch - solution

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The unclued lights are cricket fielding positions. The clues contain the names of 12 present and former England cricketers: Old,…

It's not too late for Boris Johnson

18 December 2021 9:00 am

It is two years since Boris Johnson achieved one of the most remarkable election victories in modern history. The large…

Lockdown, protests, parties and Matt Hancock’s kiss

18 December 2021 9:00 am

January The United Kingdom found itself in possession of a trade agreement with the EU. Coronavirus restrictions were tightened. The…