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The martyrdom of Mark Steyn

13 February 2014 3:00 pm

When I first read, many months ago, that the notorious US climate scientist Michael Mann was suing the notorious right-wing…

Why was my homeless friend deported?

13 February 2014 3:00 pm

I’ve heard some excellent things about our Home Secretary, Theresa May. People who work in her department say she’s bright…

Ed's finally reforming Labour. So why are the unions happy?

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Ed Miliband has his legacy. Or, at least, what he hopes will be the first part of it. He has…

The Spectator's Notes: Quangos - a world of perfect hypocrisy

8 February 2014 9:00 am

The accusation that the Tories have been installing their people in public appointments should evoke only a hollow laugh. They…

I've invented a new game. It's called 'Six Degrees of Shami Chakrabarti'

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Can someone please explain to me why the BBC newsreaders were not wearing black armbands last weekend when reporting the…

How Alex Salmond could lose his referendum and still wreck the United Kingdom

8 February 2014 9:00 am

From a kind of torpor about this year’s Scottish referendum, Lord Lang of Monkton has roused me. You may remember…

If Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn’t happy, what hope is there for us?

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Celebrity deaths have no decorum. From Elvis on his toilet to Whitney face down in her bathtub, their last moments…

Any other business: The £1 bet that built a 1,000-strong company

8 February 2014 9:00 am

At a charity lunch in Manchester, I meet a cheerful ‘engagement manager’ from AO.com, formerly Appliances Online, a fast-growing internet…

If Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn’t happy, what hope is there for the rest of us?

6 February 2014 3:00 pm

Celebrity deaths have no decorum. From Elvis on his toilet to Whitney face down in her bathtub, their last moments…

Warning: ‘no’ won’t be Scotland’s final answer

6 February 2014 3:00 pm

Listen http://traffic.libsyn.com/spectator/TheViewFrom22_6_February_2014_v4.mp3 From a kind of torpor about this year’s Scottish referendum, Lord Lang of Monkton has roused me. You…

The coalition is now an open marriage

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Without any fanfare or formal announcement, the government has moved into a new phase. ‘We’re not in a coalition now.…

What medieval farmers knew – and the Environment Agency doesn't

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Our neighbour Philip Merricks is a farmer on Romney Marsh, 90 per cent of whose land is below sea level.…

Why I'm on board for the homophobic bus

1 February 2014 9:00 am

London has long since lost its allure for me — altogether too many cars, foreigners, cyclists, middle-class liberals and people…

Hearts - the next stage of the 3D printing revolution

1 February 2014 9:00 am

I have seen the future — your future if you’re rich enough or brave enough to embrace it — and…

How the MPs' expenses scandal proved the wisdom of Alain de Botton

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Whenever I’m tempted to pretend to be nicer so that fewer people hate me, I remember my old friend Alain…

Ed Balls's secret: he doesn't care whether his tax plan makes sense

1 February 2014 9:00 am

There were a million people who voted Labour in the 2005 general election but not in 2010, when the party…

How the MPs’ expenses scandal proves the wisdom of Alain de Botton

30 January 2014 3:00 pm

Whenever I’m tempted to pretend to be nicer so that fewer people hate me, I remember my old friend Alain…

Unravelling the mysteries of the printed heart

30 January 2014 3:00 pm

I have seen the future — your future if you’re rich enough or brave enough to embrace it — and…

What the NHS owes the Tories

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Pinned to the wall of Jeremy Hunt’s office in the Department of Health is an A1 piece of paper detailing…

The Spectator's Notes: George Osborne's personal recovery

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Now that the economic statistics are looking better, people are beginning to rediscover the once-fashionable thought that George Osborne is…

Why didn't Bridget Harris just slap Lord Rennard?

25 January 2014 9:00 am

When I was promoted to being editor of a programme at the BBC, back in the late 1990s, my line…

Is a new art form being born on Woman's Hour?

25 January 2014 9:00 am

In a comic-strip cartoon, beads of water apparently radiating outward from the head of one of the characters indicate embarrassment.…

Being assaulted nearly put me on trial

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Way back in the late 1990s, I spent a lot of time in court. What happened, see, was that in…

Any other business: How François Hollande let France miss the global recovery train

25 January 2014 9:00 am

I’ve always respected stationmasters, but that sentiment is not universally shared. A distinguished friend of mine across the Channel described…

How being assaulted nearly put me on trial

23 January 2014 3:00 pm

Way back in the late 1990s, I spent a lot of time in court. What happened, see, was that in…