The Week

Mishal Husain's diary: Sachin, women secret agents, shipbuilding .. and telling the time.

23 November 2013 9:00 am

I’ve worked for the BBC for years and have been listening to the Today programme all my adult life, but…

Barometer: How many of today's Ukippers voted Tory in 2010? 

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Brave new words ‘Selfie’ was declared to be Oxford Dictionaries’ ‘word of the year’. It hasn’t, however, yet been added…

The age of consent according to Aristotle

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Prime Minister Cameron has rejected the proposal that the age of sexual consent be reduced from 16 to 15, arguing…

Letters

23 November 2013 9:00 am

No middle way Sir: Ask not whether Iran wants to negotiate with us; ask whether we want to negotiate with…

Vive la France! Everyone else, led by Obama, is capitulating to Iran

16 November 2013 9:00 am

President Obama’s flagship foreign policy of ‘leading from behind’ has had some surprising consequences. Not least among them is that…

Portrait of the week

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Home EDF Energy said it would put up prices by 3.9 per cent. BT Sport spent £897 million on the rights…

Celia Walden's diary: Have I finally caught my husband in an affair?

16 November 2013 9:00 am

For a minute I just stood there with my back against the wall, staring at the credit card receipt. Then…

Barometer: David Dimbleby is not alone (unfortunately)

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Whose tattoos? David Dimbleby, 75, has had a scorpion tattooed on his right shoulder. Some more tattoo-wearers who perhaps ought…

Letters: Cyclists reply to Rod Liddle, and an MP replies to Hugo Rifkind

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Rod rage Sir: Like most cyclists, who also own a car and pay road tax, I enjoy a pedal along…

We are not 'tired of war'. We are tired of lack of leadership to win one

9 November 2013 9:00 am

One remarkable fact of recent years is that even as the veterans of the first world war have died and…

Portrait of the week

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Home Three Police Federation representatives accused of giving misleading accounts of a meeting with Andrew Mitchell over the Plebgate scandal…

Gyles Brandeth's diary: The pub where the Queen came in by the fire escape

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Hard on the heels of the 90th birthday of Nicholas Parsons (10 October) comes the 65th birthday of the Prince…

What are you doing for 'Live like a Stoic' week?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

On 21 November The Spectator is hosting a discussion about addiction — disease or choice? — and how we should…

Barometer: Who eats dogs?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Dog’s dinner A Canadian hiker rescued in Quebec was reported to have killed and eaten his German shepherd dog in…

Australian Letters

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Pilfering politicians Sir: On first reading the article ‘Put the expenses “scandal” in perspective’ (2 November) I was in sleeping-dog-disturbing…

High-speed fail

2 November 2013 9:00 am

A year ago the electoral strategies of the two main parties seemed set. The Conservatives would stand as the party…

Now that US spy satellites have been routed, it’s back to basics when it comes to getting secrets

Portrait of the week

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Home A storm passed over England, with plenty of warning. The strongest gust, of 99mph, was recorded at Needles Old…

Alexander Waugh's diary: Shakespeare was a nom de plume — get over it

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Researching a new book on Shakespeare’s sonnets, I stumbled upon an astonishing piece of hitherto unnoticed evidence in a 16th-century…

Which NHS staff have enjoyed the biggest salary increases? 

2 November 2013 9:00 am

What can they do? Saudi women took to the wheel in defiance of laws preventing them from driving. Some recent…

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…