The Spectator’s Notes

Emmanuel Macron’s vaccine muddle

6 March 2021 9:00 am

In 2000, this magazine dipped its toe in murky Irish water. Stephen Glover wrote three articles, one provocatively entitled ‘The…

Will social kisses survive Covid?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

There is a ‘pervasive presence of Chinese military-linked conglomerates and universities in the sponsorship of high-technology research centres in many…

The unintended consequences of the Macpherson report

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Sir William Macpherson of Cluny has died. His obituaries praise him for his 1998 inquiry into the Stephen Lawrence case.…

Where would politics be without fighting talk?

13 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Tencent Wykeham’ has a ring to it. It captures how easily British universities can be bought. It is the new…

Lockdowns can destroy the lives they’re intended to protect

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Some Leavers are perturbed that Lord Frost was suddenly stood down as the next National Security Adviser. This anxiety may…

Will Samuel Pepys be cancelled next?

30 January 2021 9:00 am

A seemingly obscure battle in an ecclesiastical court could threaten the security of every historic monument in the care of…

The truth about the vaccine ‘postcode lottery’

23 January 2021 9:00 am

‘Postcode lottery!’ people scream when one area feels less well treated than another in a public service — in this…

My memories of Sir David Barclay

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Even with its 27 amendments, the US Constitution is only 7,591 words. I keep it beside me, and find in…

Covid, like war, brings less obvious shocks

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Domenica Lawson, daughter of Rosa and Dominic, the former editor of this paper, has Down’s syndrome. She is classified as…

The Darvell marvel has brought joy to a Covid Christmas

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Many ingenious ways of evading Covid-19 have been devised to assist commerce, fewer to assist worship. In our next-door village,…

In defence of Eton’s headmaster

5 December 2020 9:00 am

My inbox is crowded with messages from Old Etonians attacking Simon Henderson, the headmaster of Eton. They are furious that…

China has a friend in Jesus

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Last week, I wrote about ‘Frost & Lewis’ (David and Oliver), leaders of our country’s team at the Brexit negotiations,…

Are our churches safe from Justin Welby?

21 November 2020 9:00 am

‘Frost & Lewis’. It sounds like a programme amalgamating two of the most famous TV detectives. The former diplomat, Lord…

The strangeness of voting in the Lords from my bed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Having only recently entered the House of Lords, I must tread with caution, but I had always understood that it…

Churches are more Covid-secure than trains or takeaways

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Monday night’s murderous gunman in Vienna is officially described as ‘Islamist’. Brahim Aioussaoi, the man accused of murdering worshippers in…

Did Panorama use tabloid methods to lure Diana?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

As time passes, there is — blessedly — ever less need to pay attention to ‘untold’ stories about Diana, Princess…

Trump tried to bribe my daughter-in-law

24 October 2020 9:00 am

You have to give it to Donald Trump: he never stops trying. In a letter dated 25 September, he wrote…

The BBC can’t resist speculating on the science

17 October 2020 9:00 am

In this column (26 September), I pointed out that the National Trust’s new ‘Gazetteer’ of its 93 properties linked with…

The National Trust’s shameful manifesto

26 September 2020 9:00 am

The National Trust has brought out its ‘Interim Report’, with the clumsy title ‘Addressing our histories of colonialism and historic…

How to beat cancel culture

19 September 2020 9:00 am

One of the most extraordinary features of the ‘cancel culture’ is how well it works. All decent people hate it,…

Are we seeing the last push against Brexit?

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Large parts of the senior civil service regard Brexit as almost illegal. Some of them regard loyalty to the EU…

In defence of Hans Sloane

29 August 2020 9:00 am

‘The British Museum stands in solidarity with the British Black community, with the African American community, with the Black community…

Should Gavin Williamson resign as a career move?

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Amid all the puzzlement and recrimination about why the government got into this mess about A-level and GCSE results, one…

Is Chris Packham finally facing facts on shooting?

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Chris Packham is widely seen as the most extreme of well-known animal rights activists. His obsessions against hunting and shooting…

Why poetry matters

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Juan Carlos, ex-King of Spain, behaved foolishly in relation to money and sex, and so his decision to leave Spain…