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Here’s who should be Mrs May’s cabinet supremo to tackle the housing shortage

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Who should be housing supremo in what we all assume will be Mrs May’s new administration? Brandon Lewis and Gavin…

Big money, big data and the dead cat strategy

20 May 2017 9:00 am

In his new book Move Fast and Break Things, the American academic Jonathan Taplin makes a decent case that, democratically…

We owe it to hunt staff to repeal the ban

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Though I don’t think much of Theresa May’s paternalistic soft-left politics, I do like her no-nonsense style. That Q&A she…

Corbyn is the real heir to Blair

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Alastair Campbell once famously punched the Guardian’s Michael White in the face. A commendable thing to do, undoubtedly, as Mr…

The Spectator’s Notes

20 May 2017 9:00 am

‘Exclusive invitation: I want to hear from you, Charles’, it said in my inbox. Theresa May wanted me to take…

The economy isn’t all roses, but that’s no reason not to vote for Mrs May

13 May 2017 9:00 am

As the election campaign goes into full swing, we hear surprisingly little about the state of the UK economy —…

Why it’s obvious that morality precedes religion

13 May 2017 9:00 am

At a beautiful church service recently I encountered again a Gospel parable that left me, again, torn between sympathy and…

Twelve months of May

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Normally, the first anniversary of a prime minister taking office is the occasion for a lot of opinion polls and…

The cops should have said: it’s just Stephen Fry, what did you expect?

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Coming to a workplace near you, perhaps — masturbation breaks. The policy was first recommended by a psychologist at Nottingham…

The Spectator’s Notes

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn wants to put up income tax only for people who earn more than £80,000 a year, he says.…

Why binding shareholder votes on pay should be a manifesto promise

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Will executive pay pop up in Theresa May’s manifesto? An objective of her snap election is to secure a larger…

Labour’s election strategy – vote for us and watch us lose

6 May 2017 9:00 am

The crapness of Corbyn’s Labour is a phenomenon. It fascinates me. Frankly, it does my head in. For there is…

Thanks, Jamie Oliver – you’ve stolen my childhood

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Whenever I want to travel back in time to my 1970s childhood, all I need is a glass of Lucozade.…

Never mind the election – Corbynism isn’t going away

6 May 2017 9:00 am

General elections are meant to produce a government and an opposition — ideally, a decent version of both. It is…

Diane’s grey matter and Labour’s sticky votes

6 May 2017 9:00 am

I awoke the other morning to hear Diane Abbott’s brains leaking out of her ears and all over the carpet…

The Spectator’s Notes

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s main Brexit negotiator, tweeted on Monday: ‘Any #Brexit deal requires a strong & stable understanding…

Capping prices to win votes is no substitute for a serious energy strategy

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Is capping domestic energy prices an equitable way to help the ‘just about managing’, or an electoral gimmick with a…

What would Darwin make of trainspotters?

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Why are men so much more likely to be interested in trains than women? I believe this to be a…

Why Tories are talking up Labour

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Considering that their party is expected to win by a landslide, the Tory spin doctors sound unusually panicked. They are…

Tim’s a Christian, so he’s not allowed an opinion

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Maybe I’m wrong about this, but I don’t remember the BBC running a documentary 100 days into Barack Obama’s first…

The Spectator’s Notes

29 April 2017 9:00 am

With Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen through to the final in France, people of a conservative disposition might feel…

What can May say to the Tory Remainers?

22 April 2017 9:00 am

I don’t see it. I do not see the anatomy of how it all pans out. Theresa May will be…

Is Trump’s revolution already over?

22 April 2017 9:00 am

There were three reasons why I so badly wanted Donald Trump to win the US presidential election. One was that…

Disaster versus chaos for France’s economy? My village neighbours don’t seem bothered

22 April 2017 9:00 am

The lovely Dordogne village of St Pompon that is my holiday hide-away has only 350 voters, but is a perfect…

What I expect from this pointless election

22 April 2017 9:00 am

A general election is called and in a matter of hours a neutral and unbiased BBC presenter has likened our…