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Bet on Royal Mail, not Twitter

21 September 2013 9:00 am

Royal Mail delivers to 29 million UK addresses; last year it generated £9 billion of revenues, of which £324 million…

Nick Clegg should stick with the devil he knows

19 September 2013 1:00 pm

I write this in Glasgow, at the Lib Dem conference. Nick Clegg has invented a constitutional doctrine. The doctrine teaches…

Nick Clegg's secret reasons to be cheerful

14 September 2013 9:00 am

His party may be struggling to reach double digits in the polls, but Nick Clegg is entitled to feel smug…

Charles Moore's notes: The corruption of the BBC - and what was in my GQ goodie bag

14 September 2013 9:00 am

‘Corruption’ is a subtle word, because it describes a process rather than an event. It does not merely mean bad…

The reassuring stupidity of John Kerry

14 September 2013 9:00 am

The Syrian rebels who liberated the mountain village of Maaloula apparently immediately set about converting the predominantly Christian population to…

The RSPB is fighting for wind turbines. The birds can fend for themselves

14 September 2013 9:00 am

The RSPB has come out against fracking and urged the government to ‘rethink its shale gas policies’. And of course…

Boring politicians are a threat to democracy. That means you, Rachel Reeves

14 September 2013 9:00 am

I’ve never met the woman that the Newsnight editor Ian Katz this week accidentally described as ‘boring, snoring Rachel Reeves’,…

Welcome back, TSB: your founder’s spirit is alive and well and living in Airdrie

14 September 2013 9:00 am

A big hello to the revived Trustee Savings Bank — the spin-off of 631 Lloyds branches that were going to…

Boring politicians are a threat to democracy. That means you, Rachel Reeves

12 September 2013 1:00 pm

I’ve never met the woman that the Newsnight editor Ian Katz this week accidentally described as ‘boring, snoring Rachel Reeves’,…

The RSPB is fighting for wind turbines. The birds can fend for themselves

12 September 2013 1:00 pm

The RSPB has come out against fracking and urged the government to ‘rethink its shale gas policies’. And of course…

Syria vote? What Syria vote? David Cameron's strategy is to forget it ever happened

7 September 2013 9:00 am

The political conference season may be lacking in party activists nowadays, but it has lost none of its importance to…

The Spectator’s Notes

7 September 2013 9:00 am

David Cameron says that he will not come back to the House of Commons again about the question of Syria…

What are we supposed to say when a grooming ring comes to light?

7 September 2013 9:00 am

It is a tragedy that some of us are born in the wrong times. According to that increasingly gobby conduit…

You can’t demand democracy in Syria but ignore it at home

7 September 2013 9:00 am

After David Cameron’s decision to seek parliamentary approval for air strikes against Syria, two lobbies came charging in, banners aloft.…

What Vodafone should do with its huge windfall: invest it in the next Vodafone

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Vodafone, which has just collected an £84 billion windfall from the sale of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon…

The awkward truth about democracy in action

5 September 2013 1:00 pm

After David Cameron’s decision to seek parliamentary approval for air strikes against Syria, two lobbies came charging in, banners aloft.…

The PM is preparing for another coalition. His colleagues have other plans

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Conservatives have been returning to their Westminster offices this week to find the wind behind them. Something suddenly seems to…

Why must we worry about London’s success?

31 August 2013 9:00 am

For a long time my view of the Imperial Capital — as, like other Scots, I am still prone to…

The tao of Ayn Rand

31 August 2013 9:00 am

I’m now half way through Atlas Shrugged and I’m loving almost every moment. But Ayn Rand isn’t someone you read…

By all means wring your hands over Syria. Just don’t ask me to trust you

31 August 2013 9:00 am

They’re getting the rebuttals in early, have you noticed that? You might call them a pre-emptive strikes. Here’s William Hague,…

A windfall tax on monster basements could solve London’s housing problem

31 August 2013 9:00 am

The mega-rich are best housed behind high fences, on wooded estates patrolled by dogs; that way, they don’t have to…

By all means wring your hands over Syria. Just don’t ask me to trust you

29 August 2013 1:00 pm

They’re getting the rebuttals in early, have you noticed that? You might call them a pre-emptive strikes. Here’s William Hague,…

The tao of Ayn Rand

29 August 2013 1:00 pm

I’m now half way through Atlas Shrugged and I’m loving almost every moment. But Ayn Rand isn’t someone you read…

Conservative landslide in Australia: Tony Abbott will crush Kevin Rudd

24 August 2013 9:00 am

Sometimes only a cliché will do, especially when the subject is the Australian Labor party. Labor is holed beneath the…

I don’t think it’s over in the Balkans

24 August 2013 9:00 am

I returned last week from a short break in the Balkans; travelling by train in Serbia, walking from village to…