The Spectator’s Notes

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…

Jesus College’s China problem

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Although Stephen Toope, vice-chancellor of Cambridge University, is committed to openness, it is a struggle to get information out of…

The politics of email sign-offs

25 July 2020 9:00 am

I think Anne Applebaum is a friend of mine. I certainly hope so, since I have always admired her writing,…

Why did we not ban Huawei earlier?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

‘Just rejoice’, as Mrs Thatcher once said about something else. The government’s decision to debug our national security by getting…

Now Gladstone must fall?

11 July 2020 9:00 am

There are far more Chinese students in British universities than there are from the entire Commonwealth. Many universities have been…

Michelangelo’s David must fall

27 June 2020 9:00 am

‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ said the plane’s banner as it circled the club’s stadium just after the teams had ‘taken…

The grand names on Huawei’s payroll

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Why is it wrong, some ask, for senior British businessmen, former civil servants etc to work for Huawei UK? After…

What is Dominic Raab not telling us about Hong Kong?

13 June 2020 9:00 am

The government’s promised ‘pathway to citizenship’ to Hong Kong people is wonderful, but has the Foreign Office arranged a get-out…

The Spectator’s proud history of standing up for Hong Kong

6 June 2020 9:00 am

This week in 1989, the Chinese authorities massacred protestors in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. I was editing this paper. It struck…

The ferocious bias against Dominic Cummings

30 May 2020 9:00 am

At Dominic Cummings’s press conference on Monday, reporters tried two lines of attack. One was to behave like local detectives,…

Cambridge University is kowtowing to China

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Last month, writing elsewhere, I quoted the website of the China Centre at Jesus College, Cambridge: ‘Under the leadership of…

Mixed messaging is good for us

16 May 2020 9:00 am

A friend, a senior retired mandarin, emails. He complains that rural lockdown means that he and his wife have ‘got…

We have had enough warnings about China

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Mathias Döpfner is that still rare thing — an outspoken German. I have known him slightly for many years and…