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It’s time to revisit the Northern Ireland protocol

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Britain has already seen two ‘Brexit days’ — when it formally left the EU on 31 January 2020 and the…

Covid is losing its sting. It’s time to repair our society and our economy

5 June 2021 9:00 am

It seems all but impossible to convince government scientists of the wisdom of proceeding with the final lifting of Covid…

The lesson from Dominic Cummings – avoid groupthink

29 May 2021 9:00 am

It is hard to deny the importance of the issues raised this week by Dominic Cummings. His decision to identify…

Why Britain must unlock on 21 June

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The scare over the Indian variant of coronavirus this week is a taste of what to expect over the next…

What Europe could learn from Britain’s new migration system

15 May 2021 9:00 am

While the EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has no formal role in devising the bloc’s immigration policy, his…

Data, not dates: there is no reason to delay a return to normal life

8 May 2021 9:00 am

A slogan can come back to haunt you. For Boris Johnson, the words ‘data not dates’ sounded powerful at a…

A vote for the SNP would mean another wasted decade in Scotland

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Sometimes, Westminster unwittingly makes quite a good case for Scottish independence. Britain’s Covid emergency has ended, but the damage of…

The public has kept its side of the lockdown bargain. Now it’s the government’s turn

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Over the past week, the country has started to spring back to life. Trains and buses are no longer running…

Should we fear for the future of the monarchy?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Fourteen prime ministers; 18 general elections; seven changes of government. Even in a stable country like Britain it is remarkable…

It’s time Boris Johnson lets science restore our liberty

10 April 2021 9:00 am

‘The government would love to put issues such as these beyond the bounds of debate by creating an air of…

The false narrative of white vs BAME

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Almost 20 years ago, Michael Howard spoke about the ‘British dream’: that immigrant families like his could come to this…

Britain must help Europe fight a third wave

27 March 2021 9:00 am

During the referendum campaign five years ago, the pro-Brexit side argued that by freeing ourselves from the EU’s native protectionism…

The Crown Office, The Spectator and a fight for a free press

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The power wielded by Nicola Sturgeon and her Scottish government means it’s hard to hold her to account for basic…

The virus is in retreat. Isn’t it time the public is trusted to decide how to behave?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Since the start of this year, cases of Covid-19 have been in decline. Hospital admissions have fallen 80 per cent…

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…

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…

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…

Sturgeon and the impunity of the SNP

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Scottish politics tends to go through long bouts of single-party dominance. In the 19th century, the Liberals were in charge.…

Quarantine and the freedom paradox

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Who would have thought, this time last year, that the British government would be planning to detain British nationals at…

To reopen schools, we need to vaccinate teachers

23 January 2021 9:00 am

At the start of the Covid-19 crisis, Chris Whitty often made the point that a pandemic kills in two ways:…

A tighter lockdown risks being a less effective one

16 January 2021 9:00 am

When lockdown was first proposed in March, one of the many arguments against it was that people would tolerate being…

Sir David Barclay, 1934-2021

16 January 2021 9:00 am

When Sir David Barclay, along with his twin brother Sir Frederick, bought The Spectator in 2004, the magazine came as…

What have we learnt from this pandemic?

9 January 2021 9:00 am

So great have been the government’s failures over Covid that it would be easy to forget to give credit where…

Ring out, wild bells: 2021 will be a year of renewal

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Save for those old enough to have lived through the second world war and its immediate austere aftermath, it would…