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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…

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

23 January 2014 3:00 pm

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

Cameron’s mission for 2014: stay out of third place

18 January 2014 9:00 am

European elections are normally an afterthought in British politics. As even David Cameron admits, most of us struggle to remember…

The Spectator's Notes: French presidents used to have a touch of the monarch. Not any more

18 January 2014 9:00 am

When I interviewed Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the former president of France, for my biography of Margaret Thatcher, I asked him…

Christians – and Muslims – still behave better than the rest of us

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Two years ago this week the philosopher Alain de Botton unveiled his proposals for a giant gilded tower in central…

By the book: The NSA is behaving like a villain in a 1950s novel

18 January 2014 9:00 am

The continuing drip-feed of stories about governments and friendly-seeming internet giants sifting through our data has left some citizens feeling…

The one man who makes me hope for peace in Syria

18 January 2014 9:00 am

As Syria’s second peace conference looms, and we prepare ourselves for a lot of hot air drifting over from Geneva,…

When trolling pressure groups cause real harm

18 January 2014 9:00 am

My grandmother, Nanny Nancy, is 99 and going strong. But it can’t be denied that while she’s all there mentally,…

Any other business: Oh dear... perhaps Standard Chartered isn't as dull as it looks

18 January 2014 9:00 am

The cautionary tale of the Co-operative Bank, its black hole and its naughty chairman has recently taught us that if…

When scaremongering stops being funny

16 January 2014 3:00 pm

My grandmother, Nanny Nancy, is 99 and going strong. But it can’t be denied that while she’s all there mentally,…

Father Paolo’s personal peace process

16 January 2014 3:00 pm

As Syria’s second peace conference looms, and we prepare ourselves for a lot of hot air drifting over from Geneva,…

By the book – The perils of snooping

16 January 2014 3:00 pm

The continuing drip-feed of stories about governments and friendly-seeming internet giants sifting through our data has left some citizens feeling…

By the book – The perils of snooping

16 January 2014 3:00 pm

The continuing drip-feed of stories about governments and friendly-seeming internet giants sifting through our data has left some citizens feeling…

Ed Miliband's immigration nightmare

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Victor Spirescu came to Britain last week looking for work washing cars, but seems to have landed himself with a…

Mugabe envy in Scotland

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Who owns Scotland? The people who most commonly ask this question believe that the land has been wrested from ordinary…

Why should Nigel Farage have to fight the ghost of Enoch Powell?

11 January 2014 9:00 am

One of the genuine seasonal pleasures to be enjoyed as 2013 slipped around the U-bend was Enoch Powell making his…

Hedonistic? No, today's gay men are civic-minded - and conservative

11 January 2014 9:00 am

A gay friend phones over the New Year break. A lovely chap (let us call him Richard) and long retired,…

The only way to end the war on drugs is to stop fighting it

11 January 2014 9:00 am

It’s surprisingly boring, legalising weed. In Colorado, where recreational doobie has been utterly without censure for, ooh, about a week…

Martin Vander Weyer: Why I’d rather run M&S than Tesco

11 January 2014 9:00 am

This first working week of January is apparently the time when we’re most likely to think about a change of…

The only way to end the war on drugs is to stop fighting it

9 January 2014 3:00 pm

It’s surprisingly boring, legalising weed. In Colorado, where recreational doobie has been utterly without censure for, ooh, about a week…