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For the sake of the constitution, please shut up

18 February 2017 9:00 am

One of the striking features of Britain’s unwritten constitution is how it relies on various people keeping their opinions to…

The Spectator’s Notes

18 February 2017 9:00 am

How does Vladimir Putin think about the world? It becomes dangerously important to know. I still have not seen a…

My survey of bank closures suggests a new purpose for the tarnished Co-op

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Many thanks to the stampede of readers who sent news of bank branch closures. There’s certainly a national pattern, and…

I went to Florida to see Disney World. What I found looked like a dying country

18 February 2017 9:00 am

I’ve always sensed a whiff of sadness in Florida, perhaps because so many people go there to die. Although not…

In (conditional) defence of John Bercow

18 February 2017 9:00 am

James Duddridge is not wrong. The Tory MP for Rochford and Southend East, who has put down a ‘no confidence’…

Theresa May’s racing certainty

11 February 2017 9:00 am

There are few things more predictable than people talking about the unpredictability of politics. We live in an age, we…

The dishonouring of David Beckham

11 February 2017 9:00 am

How will we remember him, do you suppose? If you’re a committed football fan, possibly for that exquisite chip from…

The Spectator’s Notes

11 February 2017 9:00 am

As we have been reminded this week, the most famous words (apart from ‘Order, order’) ever uttered by a Speaker…

In this digital age, should we worry about bank branch closures? Yes we should

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Almost a decade after the financial crisis loomed, our high streets and town centres are full of life again: who…

My poor Boy. He’s going to end up just like me

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Boy is planning his gap year. Every few hours he rings from school to give me a progress report. ‘I’m…

Why wouldn’t our NHS saints help a dying man?

11 February 2017 9:00 am

We all think pretty highly of ourselves these days, free from old-fashioned ideas about sin. We’re good people. And yet……

Brexiteers need ladders to climb down

4 February 2017 9:00 am

I am worried about the mental state of many Brexiteers. The author of The Spectator’s weekly Notes, Charles Moore, always…

No. 10 is learning how to deal with the Donald

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Imagine if Donald Trump declared that Islam had ‘no place’ in his country, or proposed banning the burqa ‘wherever legally…

Protest all you like. I won’t listen until you burn

4 February 2017 9:00 am

I think on balance I would prefer people to demonstrate their opposition to political developments — Brexit, the forthcoming state…

The Spectator’s Notes

4 February 2017 9:00 am

As he left the editorship of The Spectator in March 1984, Alexander Chancellor wrote in this space: ‘When I joined…

Will Trump halt the hounding of UK and European banks? Don’t bet on it

4 February 2017 9:00 am

President Donald Trump is demolishing his predecessor’s legacy as fast as he can sign executive orders, but one thing for…

This is not a strong government – so why isn’t the opposition opposing it?

4 February 2017 9:00 am

‘For heaven’s sake, man, go!’ A week after the Brexit referendum, and that was David Cameron at the despatch box,…

A wake-up call for Parliament

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Parliament is the cockpit of the nation, but MPs have been on autopilot rather a lot in the past 40-odd…

Brexit’s biggest political victims: Ukip

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Perversity is a much undervalued British trait, much more redolent of our real psyche than queuing, drinking tea or being…

The Spectator’s Notes

28 January 2017 9:00 am

The English tradition of dissenting judgments in important civil cases is a good one. They are often better than the…

Is Mrs May’s industrial strategy just another misguided missile?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

The Prime Minister’s heralded ‘industrial strategy’ was robbed of headlines by the story of the misguided Trident missile. But it…

A Berlin Wall moment for political correctness

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Because we’re all so obsessed with what it was that made the Nazis tick, we tend to overlook the bigger…

As the rich get richer and Trump takes power, Davos Man should be very afraid

21 January 2017 9:00 am

I’ve objected before to the fact that supporters of Oxfam shops are unknowingly funding not only an aid charity but…

Piers Morgan is a shameless brown-noser. But maybe he’s on the right track

21 January 2017 9:00 am

A few weeks ago I was having an argument with Piers Morgan on Twitter. Oh God, is that really how…

What really drives us in the big game of life?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

When were you last in a game reserve? Perhaps most Spectator readers will be familiar with the experience and if…