The Week

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…

Barometer | 18 June 2022

18 June 2022 9:00 am

He really is appalled Prince Charles was reported to have described the government’s plan to send asylum-seekers for processing in…

The true birth of communism

11 June 2022 9:00 am

Nostalgia wars are all the rage at the moment, but an extraordinary example appears to have been missed: a hammer…

Portrait of the week: A no-confidence vote, a marginal win and the Queen’s Jubilee

11 June 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson won a vote of confidence in him as prime minister among Conservative MPs by 211 votes to…

Letters: Becoming a GP is not an ‘easier’ option

11 June 2022 9:00 am

Saving general practice Sir: Regarding J. Meirion Thomas’s article (‘Medical emergency’, 4 June), traditional general practice continues to thrive in…

Airlines must accept the blame for the travel chaos

11 June 2022 9:00 am

If you have a flight booked in the next few months, it’s time to worry. A new era of air…

Don’t write off Piers Morgan yet

11 June 2022 9:00 am

I wish I could persuade certain cabinet ministers to put their money where their mouths are. Several times last month…

How much do the royals like curry?

11 June 2022 9:00 am

Curry in favour The BBC apologised after one of its guests for the Jubilee coverage, Len Goodman, revealed that his…

Which monarchs have had the longest reigns?

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Long to reign over us The Queen is the world’s current longest-serving monarch, but two in history have had longer…

God save the Queen: the monarchy has become more valuable than ever

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Rarely has a public figure taken a promise so seriously as the vow that Her Majesty the Queen made on…

I hope my son will inherit the Queen’s kindness

4 June 2022 9:00 am

When I was asked by an old friend to write this diary, I did my usual thing of: ‘Yeah I’d…

30,000 gallons of wine, 2,000 golden bulls and a three-month party: how the ancients celebrated

4 June 2022 9:00 am

The ancients certainly knew how to put on a celebration. Let us hope the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee comes up to…

Portrait of the week: Jubilee celebrations, energy bill discounts and a trade deal with Indiana

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Home The Jubilee for the Queen’s 70 years on the throne was marked by two days of public holiday, 16,000…

Letters: Who’s responsible for Putin’s rise if not Russians?

4 June 2022 9:00 am

Russian misrule Sir: Your editorial (‘Sanction Schroder’, 21 May) laments that western sanctions may be harming ordinary Russians, given that…

How profitable are Britain’s biggest oil companies?

28 May 2022 9:00 am

A slip of the tongue George W. Bush condemned a political system where one man could wage a ‘brutal and…

Boris Johnson’s guilt

28 May 2022 9:00 am

An ability to survive narrow scrapes has been one of Boris Johnson’s defining qualities. The pictures of Downing Street’s lockdown…

Putin is repeating Emperor Vitellius’s mistakes

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Given Putin’s less than triumphant operation in Chechnya, where the Russian army suffered catastrophic losses, it is hardly surprising that…

I’ve written the perfect book

28 May 2022 9:00 am

I met a Canadian couple for lunch in Edinburgh. They were from Vancouver – he a judge, she an opera…

Letters: The true state of Oxbridge admissions

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Applying myself Sir: It was interesting to read David Abulafia’s rather damning critique of the Oxbridge admissions process (‘Who’s out’,…

Portrait of the week: Sue Gray reports, ScotRail slashes trains and monkeypox spreads

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Home Sue Gray starched and ironed her report for publication after the Metropolitan Police wound up its own enquiries into…