The Week

Grayson Perry thinks democracy has bad taste. Is that why he sells luxury goods to the rich? 

2 November 2013 9:00 am

‘Democracy has bad taste’, declared potter Grayson Perry in his Reith Lectures on the BBC about art. Tell that to…

Letters

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Not fair on cops Sir: Nick Cohen (‘PCs gone mad’, 26 October) claims that the police are deliberately attacking the press…

How the Spectator helped blow the whistle on health tourism

26 October 2013 9:00 am

In February, an NHS surgeon came to The Spectator’s offices to discuss a piece he felt it was time to…

The Great British Rip Off

Portrait of the week

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Home The government agreed a guaranteed price for electricity that persuaded a consortium led by the French-owned EDF Energy and…

Jonathan Aitken's diary: My life as a Christian outreach speaker

26 October 2013 9:00 am

The last time I wrote for The Spectator I was sitting in a prison cell. I sent the then editor…

Letters to the Editor

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Ridley’s wrong Sir: In last week’s issue the former Northern Rock chairman rejoiced in the ‘good news’ that climate change…

Why did Athenians resort to arbitration by hedgehog? 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Since trial by jury is so expensive, government is keen to cut costs on legal aid by ‘alternative dispute resolutions’…

Barometer: How is the National Theatre like Tesco? 

26 October 2013 9:00 am

National statistics Some lesser-known facts about the National Theatre: — 26 per cent of its income comes from box office…

Global race? Lack of air routes means we're already on the slow boat to China

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Trade missions are almost comically pointless nowadays, as George Osborne’s visit demonstrated this week in Beijing. He is right that…

The week: Property price record; Lampedusa drownings; 'basically' banned

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Home Shares in Royal Mail, floated on the stock market at 330p, began trading at 475p. SSE, the energy supplier,…

Tristram Hunt's diary: Why has Gove allowed a school that makes women wear the hijab?

19 October 2013 9:00 am

ONE OF THE MINOR sociological treats of being appointed shadow education secretary is a frontbench view of David Cameron’s crimson…

Should 'Union Jack' just be used at sea?

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Union dispute Pedants suffered a blow as the chief vexillologist of the Flag Institute declared that the Union Jack and…

Gaddafi and the greatest sex tyrants in classical history

19 October 2013 9:00 am

A new book about Colonel Gaddafi goes into shocking detail about his monstrous sexual appetites. He used rape as a…

Letters

19 October 2013 9:00 am

A fat lot of good Sir: Max Pemberton is right that obesity is a terrible problem in western society (‘The…

George Osborne is blowing bubbles

12 October 2013 9:00 am

In opposition, George Osborne said that you cannot borrow your way out of a debt crisis. In government, he has…

The week: Royal Mail shares; American shutdown; Afghan cricket

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Home An issue of shares in Royal Mail was oversubscribed, pushing valuation well above initial forecasts of £3.3 billion. The…

Billy Bragg's diary: The right does not own freedom

12 October 2013 9:00 am

A great night to be in Pittsburgh. The local baseball team, the Pirates, were attempting to reach their first play-offs…

Livy on Ed Miliband

12 October 2013 9:00 am

What should we make of Ed’s support for his father Ralph against the Daily Mail? Livy’s life of Torquatus suggests…

Barometer: How many ghost towns are there in Britain?

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Lost property The second-to-last surviving resident of St Kilda — a small archipelago 40 miles off the Outer Hebrides which…

Letters: Nurses reply to Mary Dejevsky, and Iggy Pop’s sherry habit

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Nursing standards Sir: I share Mary Dejevsky’s concern regarding the impact of tired, overworked nurses on the quality of patient…

Miliband's la-la lurch to the left has revived the right

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Every opposition leader sometimes needs to act as a saboteur. Ed Miliband showed his wrecking skills this week, picking a…

The week: 'Land of opportunity'; Obama phones Iran; glow-in-the-dark robber

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Home Shares in Royal Mail are to be sold by the middle of this month, before postmen can go on…

David Hare's diary: Actresses are smarter than journalists

5 October 2013 9:00 am

So mysterious, the Conservative party. In every poll, our five most admired institutions are the NHS, the BBC, the Royal…

Aristotle on winning the centre ground

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Party conferences always provide the most agreeable spectacle of politicians desperately trying to appeal to both the diehards among the…

Barometer: How many loaves must the PM make before his breadmaker starts saving money?

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Does workfare work? George Osborne announced a ‘work for benefits’ scheme. ‘Workfare’ schemes have been attacked by the left. Do…