The path between herd immunity and lockdown

24 October 2020 4:00 pm

In four decades working as an engineer and scientist, I have rarely known a more polarised time within the scientific…


A historically accurate pollster puts the presidential race within the margin of error

24 October 2020 7:03 am

Election polling has been largely consistent since the pandemic hit the US: Joe Biden is the heavy favorite. But one…


Trump sealed the deal last night

24 October 2020 2:06 am

First, let me pay brief homage to Kristen Welker, moderator of Thursday night’s debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.…

Can dynastic restoration revive Lebanese fortunes?

23 October 2020 11:03 pm

Once more Lebanon is in crisis, and once more its leaders turn to what they most understand to solve things:…

Angela Merkel’s executive power-grab

23 October 2020 9:42 pm

Germany’s Social Democrats have remained quiet for months as their coalition partner, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, have tackled this pandemic.…

Spain’s politics is fraying

23 October 2020 6:03 pm

‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ Philosopher George Santayana’s dictum is starting to look more…

Scottish devolution has been tested to destruction

23 October 2020 5:55 pm

The Scottish Tories are decidedly unenthusiastic about suggestions Westminster devolve further powers to the Scottish Parliament. A proposal to stave…

Joe Biden’s court-packing alternatives 

23 October 2020 5:01 pm

After months of dodging questions from the press and his opponent, Joe Biden has finally announced his position on packing…

Joe Biden's one job in the presidential debate

23 October 2020 4:45 pm

Former Vice President Joe Biden had one job in tonight’s final presidential debate: tread water. Don’t get rattled. If President…

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The debate commission’s new rules were a gift to Trump

23 October 2020 2:36 pm

Donald Trump had arguably his best debate performance ever on Thursday night, and for that he owes a big ‘thank…


The final 2020 presidential debate — live blog

23 October 2020 11:37 am

8:30 p.m. ET — Matt McDonald: Hello and welcome to The Spectator’s live blog for the second and final debate between…


Will Trump refuse to leave?

23 October 2020 8:09 am

At a drinks party in Washington DC just after Donald Trump was elected, someone from the old regime told me: ‘This…


Crunch time in Carolina

23 October 2020 6:36 am

Raleigh, North Carolina North and South Carolina are home to some of the most important contests of this usually contentious…

Boris Johnson is fighting on too many fronts

22 October 2020 10:58 pm

When Boris ran to become leader of the Conservative party – and again when he campaigned in December’s general election…

We’ve become desensitised to terror

22 October 2020 8:05 pm

Samuel Paty, a teacher at a school in a sedate suburb of Paris, was beheaded in the street last Friday…

Why No. 10 thinks it has the negotiating edge on Brexit

22 October 2020 5:40 pm

The European Council conclusions issued last Thursday were a misstep by the European Union. It is positively Carthaginian to think…

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Rudy Giuliani’s twin bombshells

22 October 2020 9:22 am

In the last 24 hours Rudy Giuliani, 76 (and a man), managed to give birth to twins. Two healthy, weighty,…

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Chris Pratt is a role model for other celebrities

22 October 2020 8:33 am

Two weeks from The Most Important Election Of Our Lifetimes and nearly four years into the Trump Era, you could…

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Unanswered questions for Big Tech

22 October 2020 8:27 am

It’s been a full week since the New York Post published their first story about Hunter Biden’s laptop, which is…

The Burnham that could have been

22 October 2020 3:15 am

Watching anorak-clad Andy Burnham go toe-to-toe with Boris Johnson might leave Westminster-watchers of a certain vintage a bit bemused. How…


Pompeo: no reason to believe Hunter Biden story is Russian disinformation

22 October 2020 2:51 am

Mike Pompeo has ‘every reason to believe’ director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe’s assessment that the recent story about Hunter…

Devolutionary theory: How Westminster is killing the Union

21 October 2020 4:25 pm

Robert Conquest’s third law (which may not have been his third law) says that the behaviour of any bureaucratic organisation is…

The cruelty of the care home visit ban

21 October 2020 4:20 pm

The loneliest pandemic deaths are in ‘care’ homes. Old people with dementia and people of all ages with severe mental…

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Jeffrey Toobin’s stroke of misfortune

21 October 2020 7:53 am

Jeffrey Toobin is a man much wronged. On Monday, the New Yorker writer was suspended by the magazine for which…

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A very San Franciscan president

21 October 2020 6:56 am

The most under-appreciated fact of the 2020 presidential campaign is that Kamala Harris, the woman likely to soon replace the…