The Week

Portrait of the week

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Home Six months of talks in Northern Ireland, chaired by Dr Richard Haass, a retired American diplomat, ended without resolving…

James Bartholomew's diary: Give up the Today programme - you'll feel better

4 January 2014 9:00 am

It’s amusing to see serious journalists and authors struggling to use Twitter under instruction from their newspapers and publishers. They…

The first world war in numbers

4 January 2014 9:00 am

Centuries of conflict 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the war which was supposed to end all wars. Has the…

Why does the year start in January?

4 January 2014 9:00 am

The ancients were an inquisitive lot, a characteristic shown to best effect in works like Aristotle’s Problems (‘Why do sex-maniacs’…

Spectator letters: Defending super-heads, and how to drink your yak's milk

4 January 2014 9:00 am

In defence of super-heads Sir: I would like to defend head teachers all over the country from the assertions made…

Joy to the world

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Pessimism sells. It shifts books and newspapers, sends ratings soaring. It fills lecture halls, wins research grants, makes political careers.…

Portrait of the year

What happened in 2013, from Depardieu's hug to Sachin's last bow

14 December 2013 9:00 am

January David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said he wanted to ‘negotiate a new settlement with our European partners’, and that…

Sebastian Faulks's diary: Inside the official first world war commemorations

14 December 2013 9:00 am

A year or so ago I was asked to sit on a committee that advises the government on how to…

Barometer

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Whose year is it anyway? Some things which 2014 has been declared to be the year of: — Year of…

While shepherds watched, civilisation was born

14 December 2013 9:00 am

‘And lo, there were shepherds in the fields, watching over their flocks by night…’   Reading recently that it was…

Letters: Jeff Jarvis defends internet companies, Royal Society fellows defend Lord Lawson

14 December 2013 9:00 am

A net gain Sir: Jamie Bartlett tries to balance plus and minus, and ends with zero (‘Little Brothers are watching…

Christmas past in Spectator letters

14 December 2013 9:00 am

This is a selection of seasonal letters from The Spectator’s 185-year archive, now online at archive.spectator.co.uk. The emblem to the…

George Osborne has seen the light on tax cuts. Now he needs to implement some more

7 December 2013 9:00 am

George Osborne has not been a complete disappointment as Chancellor. He has, it is depressing to note, ended up giving…

Portrait of the week

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Home George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said that average energy bills would be brought £50 lower through government…

Steve Punt's diary: Britain is now living in a middle-class parody of itself 

7 December 2013 9:00 am

One of the most dispiriting experiences currently available is any commercial break during a televised football match. In a Champions…

Master charlatans at work

7 December 2013 9:00 am

To watch the Revd Paul Flowers being grilled by the Treasury Select Committee on his role in the demise of…

Barometer: Who snorts more cocaine — the rich or the poor? 

7 December 2013 9:00 am

The darkest day Several people were injured on ‘Black Friday’, a day of retail discounting imported from the US, where…

Letters

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Climate scientists write… Sir: Lord Lawson has written in his diary (30 November) under the online summary headline ‘my secret…

Our enemy is not global warming. In Britain, people are dying of the cold

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Fanciful predictions of all the deaths that will result from climate change, decades into the future, are regularly thrown into…

The Co-op Bank has taken on board a new chairman. He assures us that he has never taken ketamine, cannabis, crystal meth or GHB, that he has no idea what a rent boy is, and that he has never met Ed Balls.

Portrait of the week

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Home Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland, outlined Scottish National Party plans for independence, which included keeping the pound…

Nigel Lawson's diary: My secret showdown with the Royal Society over global warming

30 November 2013 9:00 am

The long-discussed meeting between a group of climate scientists and Fellows of the Royal Society on the one side, and…

Barometer

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Third-class thinking A report by the Institute of Economic Affairs recommended standing-room-only third-class carriages as an alternative to longer trains…

Barometer: How the new 'third class' would be worse than the Victorian version

30 November 2013 9:00 am

The grim tales of ‘modern slavery’ that are currently emerging across the UK make one wonder whether ancient Roman slavery…

Alex Salmond's economic policies would drive an independent Scotland into the ground

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Within the white paper on economic policy in an independent Scotland that was published by Alex Salmond’s government this week…

Portrait of the week

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Home The government announced proposals for the National Health Service, including a law to criminalise wilful neglect by doctors and…