The Week

Portrait of the week: A Covid Budget, a Cotswold meteor and Angelina Jolie sells Churchill’s painting

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Home First-dose coronavirus vaccinations totalled more than 20 million. A study suggested that in the over-eighties, a single dose of…

Which countries still haven’t had a single case of Covid?

6 March 2021 9:00 am

French lessons France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy was sentenced to three years in jail, with two of them suspended, for…

Letters: The key to Scotland’s future

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The key to the Union Sir: ‘Love-bombing’ the Scottish electorate with supplemental spending in devolved areas (‘The break-up’, 27 February)…

Cicero knew that we should study the past, not cancel it

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Modern historians, excoriating the past evils of e.g. slavery and imperialism are taking the understanding of history back to its…

The Sturgeon case exposes the fatal flaw in Scottish devolution

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The campaign for a Scottish parliament was rooted in the notion of a ‘democratic deficit’. Scotland kept voting Labour but…

Hollywood can’t believe Harry’s dissed Queen Oprah

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Santa Monica is a soothing place to be locked down. I moved here from New York for four months in…

The creeping criminalisation of causing offence

27 February 2021 9:00 am

At a time when resources are scarce, the Merseyside Constabulary must have thought long and hard about its recent advertising…

Letters: Immunity passports are nothing to fear

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Nothing to fear Sir: Many of us await the day when we can travel abroad for much-anticipated holidays — but…

Which Covid vaccine is really the most effective?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

State of the art Graffiti on Edvard Munch’s first version of ‘The Scream’ was revealed to be the work of…

The Egyptians knew the value of accidental discoveries

27 February 2021 9:00 am

The government has plans to fund a new research agency to back ‘cutting-edge science’. Ptolemaios (Ptolemy) I (367-282 bc), the…

George Osborne: Why I’m going into banking

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Spring in Somerset — again. If someone had told me last February that I’d spend seven of the next 12…

Portrait of the week: A lockdown exit plan, Duke of Edinburgh in hospital and Texas in deep freeze

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Home The much-anticipated decriminalisation of two consenting people meeting over coffee on a park bench was declared for 8 March…

Salmond, Sturgeon and why The Spectator went to court

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Did Nicola Sturgeon lie to the Scottish parliament? A Holyrood committee into the now infamous Alex Salmond affair has been…

Letters: Immunity passports are nothing new

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Too many bishops Sir: As a former Anglican clergyman, I have been following your articles about the current state of…

Do gender studies departments have a gender problem?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Target practice The government hit its target of giving a first Covid vaccine to 15 million of the most vulnerable…

How a Roman emperor would handle Navalny

20 February 2021 9:00 am

A Roman emperor would consider the tyrant Putin’s treatment of Alexei Navalny’s supporters as foolish but, looking at Russia as…

Portrait of the week: Hotel quarantine starts, Ribblehead Viaduct cracks and a royal guest for Oprah

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Home The target was achieved of vaccinating, by the middle of February, about 15 million people of 70 or over,…

Vaccines are working – so why isn’t society reopening?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

When the Prime Minister sets out his ‘roadmap’ for easing Covid restrictions on Monday, it will be against a backdrop…

Universal Credit and the future of the welfare state

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Amid the many failures of public policy during the Covid crisis, one success has gone largely unnoticed. The Universal Credit…

How often do tempers flare at parish meetings?

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Temper, temper A Zoom video of a disruptive parish council meeting in Handforth, Cheshire, went viral. It is not the…

Portrait of the week: A royal baby, Boohoo buyouts and France legalises lunch al desko

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Home On Sunday 7 February, as the week began, 11,465,210 people in the United Kingdom had received a first vaccination…

Letters: How to repair the Church of England

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Save on bishops Sir: The Church of England is once again missing the point if its financial crisis will result…

What Pliny the Elder and David Attenborough have in common

13 February 2021 9:00 am

When it comes to natural history, Sir David Attenborough rules the airwaves. Pliny the Elder (d. ad 79) who, as…

Trump is being defended by Foghorn Leghorn

13 February 2021 9:00 am

We weren’t long into Bruce Castor’s opening speech defending Donald Trump in his impeachment trial before we knew it was…

What were the GameStop investors actually buying?

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Best before The government plans to introduce labels on domestic appliances informing consumers how long they are likely to last.…