The Week

How to cure what ails the NHS

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Wrong cure Sir: In referring to the UK as the highest-spending European nation in healthcare proportionate to GDP (‘Hospital pass’,…

Was Penelope really a 'silenced' woman?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

Problems about the misuse of history, especially on subjects such as race and colonialism, have been running for a long…

My snogging spat with Boris

18 December 2021 9:00 am

I have not given up on my Build Back Boris campaign, which is the most pressing concern facing the UK.…

It's not too late for Boris Johnson

18 December 2021 9:00 am

It is two years since Boris Johnson achieved one of the most remarkable election victories in modern history. The large…

Lockdown, protests, parties and Matt Hancock’s kiss

18 December 2021 9:00 am

January The United Kingdom found itself in possession of a trade agreement with the EU. Coronavirus restrictions were tightened. The…

Boris’s Covid rules are coming back to bite him

11 December 2021 9:00 am

In normal circumstances, no one would care if staff in No. 10 held a Christmas party. But last year, Boris…

Sheffield, our great underappreciated city

11 December 2021 9:00 am

I was born and raised in Sheffield, a proud steel-making city which drew much of its energy from a sense…

It’s time to settle the Great Omicron Question

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Time to settle the Great Omicron Question. First, there is no word omikron (and no c) in ancient Greek. Second,…

Letters: the army should be used as an emergency service

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Flood relief Sir: In my lifetime there have been at least two major flood emergencies when the armed forces have…

Portrait of the week: No. 10 parties, a ten-year drugs strategy and Burmese arrest

11 December 2021 9:00 am

Home Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, said that the Omicron variant of coronavirus was spreading by community transmission in ‘multiple…

A new Covid variant, a Labour reshuffle and a Twitter resignation

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Home In a nervous response to the entry into Britain of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 — B.1.1.529 — the…

Is Latin worth learning?

4 December 2021 9:00 am

A teacher wanting to teach Latin has enquired whether it is worth doing because the subject has ‘such a bad…

What effect did a year of lockdowns have on gun crime?

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Thirsty work Sixty-one pub-goers on a night out in the Tan Hill Inn, 1,500 feet up in the Pennines in…

The birth of the culture wars

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The last time I wrote for The Spectator’s diary slot, over the summer, theatres were tentatively beginning to turn their…

The army can’t be deployed for every crisis

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Last week, the government published its blueprint for how it intends to remodel the army. According to the plan, it…

How accurate is the ‘Waitrose test’?

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The Waitrose test Sir: Like Rod Liddle, I live in the north-east of England — a little further north and…

Europe’s unvaccinated don’t take kindly to being turned into second-class citizens

27 November 2021 9:00 am

  Amsterdam These are dangerous times in the Netherlands. Anti-lockdown mobs have torched cars, thrown rocks and attacked the police.…

The true cost of Boris

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Earlier this week, the Conservative party sent an appeal to its registered supporters asking them to become members. ‘We’re delivering…

The ancients would have approved of Durham’s prostitute plans

27 November 2021 9:00 am

The ‘globally outstanding’ University of Durham has plans to help its undergraduates who pay their way by prostituting themselves. Three…

Has Peppa Pig changed political sides?

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Red Peppa? In a rambling speech to the CBI, Boris Johnson praised Peppa Pig. Has she changed political sides? Peppa…

Letters: Europe’s contribution to peace

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Peace project Sir: It was heartening to read your editorial on the peace which has reigned in Europe since 1945,…

Portrait of the week: Boris’s shambolic CBI speech, more Covid protests and Kyle Rittenhouse is cleared

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, praised Peppa Pig in a speech to the Confederation of British Industry: ‘Who would’ve…

Emad Al Swealmeen should not have been in Britain

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Emad Al Swealmeen, who blew himself up in a taxi outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital, is not believed to have…

Greta and the gap between words and actions

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Greta Thunberg and her supporters were loud in protest at COP26, but one wonders to what end. They demanded deeds,…

Does Leeds need trains – or trams?

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Shell out Royal Dutch Shell announced that it is to move its HQ to London and become a fully British…