Columnists

Why we should all start hoarding cash and loo rolls

16 October 2021 9:00 am

If there’s anyone in Britain who knows how to keep grocery shelves stacked, it’s former Tesco chief executive Sir Dave…

The pandemic has made cynics of us all

16 October 2021 9:00 am

A report by MPs into the spread of the coronavirus has concluded that the government’s approach constituted one of this…

Israel has been spared Sally Rooney

16 October 2021 9:00 am

I have not watched the BBC’s new period drama Ridley Road because I knew it would be impossible for the…

Blame it all on the middle-class drug users

9 October 2021 9:00 am

We can suffer a lethal pandemic with lockdowns, petrol shortages and supermarket shelves almost entirely denuded of sausages. But when…

E-everything is heading your way

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Trends in New York City tend to foretell trends in London, whose fashions in turn set the pace for smaller…

Why stamp duty doesn’t add up

9 October 2021 9:00 am

‘Blame it all on business’ was the Tory strategists’ answer to petrol queues and the risk of a no-turkey Christmas…

Boris’s hostage to fortune

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Most prime ministers would be worried about supply chain shortages. But as became increasingly clear at the Tory party conference…

We should never have been in Afghanistan

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Two important studies have been published this autumn on the apparent failure of our almost 20-year war in Afghanistan. In…

Why scrapping business rates is a bright idea

2 October 2021 9:00 am

A worthwhile policy proposal amid the Labour conference dogfight? Now there’s a surprise. But shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves’s scheme to…

Labour has gone back to 1983

2 October 2021 9:00 am

One day quite soon someone at a petrol pump is going to get a tyre iron wrapped around their head.…

The tactics of victimhood

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Late last week the Labour deputy leader was the subject of a glowing profile in the Times. The piece described…

In defence of Angela Rayner

2 October 2021 9:00 am

On the one occasion when I spent any time with Angela Rayner, she was funny, direct and friendly. We were…

How would making misogyny a hate crime have helped Sabina Nessa?

2 October 2021 9:00 am

I’m not sure very many of our politicians, the London Mayor or even the Met can really be said to…

Is government preparing to shake the magic money tree again?

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Will my bath water still be hot by Christmas? That’s not a question I’d normally feel a need to share…

Will this be Keir Starmer’s Kinnock moment?

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Next week, when Keir Starmer appears on stage at Labour conference in Brighton, it will be the first time he…

The legacy of Stephen Toope

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, has begun this academic year by announcing it will be his last in the…

The war against intelligence

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Two weeks have passed and somehow James Conway is still in a job. He is the director of the English…

The life of an ambassador’s wife

25 September 2021 9:00 am

‘One day,’ she writes, ‘we had the Minister for Northern Ireland for the night. He arrived wearing a kilt, which…

The Covid pantomime at my father’s memorial

25 September 2021 9:00 am

This last weekend I attended the memorial service for my father, who died in July. This isn’t a bid for…

The government should be helping, not hindering, start-ups

18 September 2021 9:00 am

I’m hugely enjoying meeting the finalists for The Spectator’s Economic Innovator of the Year Awards. This year’s bumper entry was…

Where has the truth gone?

18 September 2021 9:00 am

There were two remarkable things about Emma Raducanu’s wonderful win at the US open last week. The first was the…

The Tories need a new purpose

18 September 2021 9:00 am

One of the things that distinguishes Boris Johnson from the last three Tory prime ministers is that he has a…

Is it cruel to crush your child’s dreams?

18 September 2021 9:00 am

I think it’s for the best if we ban all children’s books containing the word ‘dream’. Dream big, little dreamer,…

In defence of Jess Brammar

18 September 2021 9:00 am

I noticed with interest that Gigalum island — off the Kintyre peninsula in Argyll — was up for sale for…

What tea with the WI taught me about responsible investment

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Late-breaking exam results: many of the City’s top fund managers have failed a vital test of ‘stewardship’ — defined for…