The Week

The Uber scandal highlights big tech’s big failure

16 July 2022 9:00 am

A few years ago the Conservatives were excited about the march of the tech giants. Uber was offering an alternative…

Portrait of the week: Mo Farah’s secret, hot weather warnings and hot competition for the Tory leadership

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Home The Conservatives began the process of finding a new leader, which involves balloting MPs and then sending two names…

Boris’s final days in No. 10

16 July 2022 9:00 am

‘So what did he say?’ I asked the ministerial friend who went to tell Boris last week he had to…

The Roman roots of ‘colony’

16 July 2022 9:00 am

The word ‘colony’ meets with a sharp intake of breath these days, but ‘province’ raises no eyebrows. How very odd.…

A Tory implosion

9 July 2022 9:00 am

What is the purpose of a Conservative government? It’s a reasonable question for voters to ask. In 2019 Boris Johnson…

Portrait of the week: Boris on the brink, petrol price protests and a £3,000 swear word

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Home Rishi Sunak resigned as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Sajid Javid as Health Secretary. (Nadhim Zahawi accepted the post…

Letters: What Sturgeon has got wrong

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Sturgeon’s single issue Sir: Nicola Sturgeon needs to be careful what she wishes for. Declaring that the next general election…

How has the Wimbledon prize money changed over time?

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Blooming huge Botanists discovered the largest species of giant water lily at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, with leaves more…

Boris, Sherwood and the politics of the past

9 July 2022 9:00 am

It feels like the end, but we’ve been here before. The past months of Boris Johnson’s teetering administration have felt…

What Starmer can learn from Scholz

2 July 2022 9:00 am

I made it through the airport crush to Berlin at the beginning of last week to see how Germany is…

Nicola Sturgeon's referendum stunt

2 July 2022 9:00 am

Nicola Sturgeon presents Scotland as a country outraged by Brexit and straining at the leash of the United Kingdom. She…

Portrait of the week: Scottish independence, striking lawyers and the end of Roe vs Wade

2 July 2022 9:00 am

Home Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, said that military spending had to increase. Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, reacted to…

The ancient Greek art of theatre criticism

2 July 2022 9:00 am

Last week Lloyd Evans was wondering whether it was about time audiences started booing dramatic productions of which they disapproved.…

Letters: Why do we bully PMs’ wives?

2 July 2022 9:00 am

Strong leaders Sir: Freddy Gray states that ‘voters seemed most enthusiastic about the leaders who removed their liberties’ (‘Leaderless’, 18…

Letters: How to face death

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Be prepared Sir: The advice of Jeremy Clarke’s Aunty Margaret that he ‘must “get right with the Lord” as a…

The ancient art of love spells

25 June 2022 9:00 am

An Oxford don has raised the prospect of producing a cocktail of hormone pills that would help you to fall…

Who’s still buying Russia’s fossil fuels?

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Striking differences This summer’s strikes are unlikely to erupt as badly as the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 in the…

Portrait of the week: Rail strikes, rates rise and a record-breaking stingray

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Home A rail strike on three alternate days, bringing the system to a standstill for a week, was organised by…

How McCartney and I helped put pop on the map

25 June 2022 9:00 am

In 1977, when I set up the South Bank Show for ITV, I wanted Paul McCartney to be on the…

Cutting the cost of government is the only solution to this crisis

25 June 2022 9:00 am

A little over a year ago, The Spectator printed a cover story about the risk of inflation. Britain, we argued,…

Portrait of the Week: Knighthoods, Northern Ireland and Mick Jagger

18 June 2022 9:00 am

Home The British economy contracted by 0.3 per cent in April after shrinking by 0.1 per cent in March, according…

Letters: Boris Johnson might be the leader we need

18 June 2022 9:00 am

The leader we need? Sir: Matthew Parris excoriates Boris Johnson for administrative incompetence, mendacity, personal immorality and utter lack of…

How the Romans dealt with mutineers

18 June 2022 9:00 am

The RMT union is threatening strikes to bring the country to a halt. Such activities have a long history in…

My advice for the Bank of England

18 June 2022 9:00 am

To Windsor for Garter Day, the first since 2019. With a strong voice and smiles for us all, the Queen…

Politicians caused the Rwanda deportation debacle

18 June 2022 9:00 am

The problem with the bishops in the upper chamber is not that they speak too much, but too little. The…