The Week

Tim Rice’s diary: From Eternity to here

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Last October, in these very pages, I wrote with what is now annoying prescience, ‘Like almost everyone else in the…

What Socrates and Harriet Harman have in common

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Since apologising has recently been all the rage, refusing to apologise, as Harriet Harman has done over the NCCL’s connection…

Letters

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Long Labor Sir: The insightfully worded editorial ‘The Sins of Craig Thomson’ (22 February) has historical echoes. The original ‘Blind…

Stop bribing Ukraine – and start helping

1 March 2014 9:00 am

The last time Viktor Yanukovych was removed from power in Ukraine, following a corrupt election nearly a decade ago, it…

Portrait of the week

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Home Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo detainee who won substantial compensation after suing the British government, was arrested in Birmingham…

Niall Ferguson’s diary: Brazil is overtaking us – but it no longer feels like that

1 March 2014 9:00 am

 São Paolo It was back in 2001 that my good friend Jim O’Neill of Goldman Sachs coined the acronym ‘Bric’,…

A looter's guide to presidential palaces

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Palace coups The people of Ukraine enjoyed a peek inside President Yanukovych’s palace, complete with petting zoo and collection of…

From Caligula to Yanukovych

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Tyrants never learn, do they? From Caligula through Gadaffi to the ex-Ukrainian prime minister Viktor Yanukovych, they rule not to…

Letters

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Oh, the horror! Sir: I think the enthusiasm of Dean Bertram for genre horror and sci-fi films (‘Terror Australis,’ 15…

Why America's ivory ban won't help elephants

22 February 2014 9:00 am

The Duke of Cambridge deserves credit for bringing his influence to bear on the growing tragedy of the elephant, whose…

Portrait of the week

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Home It would be ‘extremely difficult, if not impossible’ for an independent Scotland to join the European Union, José Manuel…

Penelope Lively’s diary: My old-age MOT

22 February 2014 9:00 am

My surgery has been calling in all those over 75 for a special session with their doctor — a sort…

Hadrian on the Somerset levels

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Since the Somerset Levels are a flood plain, nature will flood it. Romans had no problems with that. Much of…

Spectator letters: Wind and bias, and the Scots at war

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Caution over wind Sir: While the broadcast media have assailed their audiences with simplistic yet blanket coverage of the floods…

Britain needs small government, not weak government. That means strong flood defences

15 February 2014 9:00 am

There is nothing inevitable about the by now familiar sight of residents being towed away from flooded homes, of shops…

Portrait of the week: as the waters continue to rise

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Home Floods grew worse in the West Country. The village of Moorland, Somerset, was abandoned. Then the Thames flooded, from…

White Dee's diary: From Benefits Street to Downing Street?

15 February 2014 9:00 am

There’s no reason why you should have heard of me. No reason why you would have watched a Channel 4…

Barometer: The kamikaze pilot who retired after three missions

15 February 2014 9:00 am

A kamikaze pilot at 80 The Japanese city of Minami-Kyushu was attacked for wanting to add the letters of 1,036…

Ancient Rome’s fraudulent foreign students

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Foreign students getting on to courses under false pretences, overstaying their welcome and so on are nothing new. Ask the Romans.…

Australian letters

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Keep the Lord’s Prayer Sir: Chris Ashton has outlined three reasons why recitation of the Lord’s Prayer should be removed…

Floods of incompetence - why Chris Smith should resign from the Environment Agency

8 February 2014 9:00 am

When Prince Charles arrived in Somerset to meet some of those caught up in the disaster which in five weeks…

Portrait of the week: water, water, everywhere

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Home The Somerset Levels continued to wallow in floods. The Environment Agency was widely blamed for not having dredged channels,…

Alexander McCall Smith’s diary: Meeting Babar’s creator

8 February 2014 9:00 am

As any author will tell you, literary festivals differ widely. If you are invited to Willy Dalrymple’s Jaipur Festival, with…

Barometer: When Britain was good at the Winter Olympics

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Our first winter Hopes will not be high for a big haul of British medals in Sochi, but we have…

Spectator letters: Bernard Jenkin and the cabbies fight back, rising school fees, Nigel Lawson on aid

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Private pain Sir: A line in Alec Marsh’s article (‘Britain’s one-child policy’, 1 February) caught my eye; that school fees…