Drugs

Justin Trudeau and four more hereditary prime ministers

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Family business Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre Trudeau, was elected to his father’s old job as Prime Minister of Canada.…

The truth about me, David Cameron, drugs and Supertramp

26 September 2015 8:00 am

This week I woke up shocked to find myself on the front page of the Daily Mail. Apparently I’m the…

Life in Rio’s most infamous favela — where you have to pay the cops to arrest criminals

19 September 2015 8:00 am

When Stefan Zweig first arrived in Rio de Janeiro in 1936, he was overwhelmed not only by the city’s magnificent…

When flower power turned sour

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Aldous Huxley reported his first psychedelic experience in The Doors of Perception (1954), a bewitching little volume that soon became…

Look beyond the Sewel video: the House of Lords still works

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The shaming of Lord Sewel was a classic tabloid exposé. The fact that a peer of the realm (albeit one…

Just how hard is it to sack a lord?

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Safe house Lord Sewel is unique in leaving the House of Lords in disgrace. Until the House of Lords Reform…

You can do anything (but you shouldn’t): the brave new world of internet morality

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Going online does not make you invisible – as the adulterers who used the hacked site Ashley Madison are discovering

Drugs, whipping, decomposing bodies and fighting in toilets: so that’s what Spectator readers get up to

27 June 2015 9:00 am

Ninety-two readers (thank you!) sent accounts of their worst debacles on drink or drugs. I printed out each one and…

Glastonbury Festival, where the absence of authority results in order, not anarchy

Steve Hilton's model for policy reform: Glastonbury (yes, really)

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Glastonbury is a model for radical policy reform, says Steve Hilton

Spirited, indomitable and proud: matriarch Julie Young

Benefits Street reviewed: if anyone’s being exploited, it’s the taxpayers, says James Delingpole

16 May 2015 9:00 am

My favourite scene in the first episode of the new series of Benefits Street (Mondays, Channel 4) — now relocated…

Skunk has changed me. But art has changed me, too

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Two recent preoccupations have led me to the same reflection. The first is a Channel 4 programme on the effects…

How ‘data’ became like ‘butter’

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Someone on Radio 4 said she had heard about the sexism of Grand Theft Auto on ‘Women’s Hour’. It is…

The recruitment company to go to if you've got no arms or legs

6 December 2014 9:00 am

When to launch? For impresarios, this is the eternal dilemma. Autumn is so crowded with press nights that producers are…

A visit to a drugs den above a fishmongers with Miss South America

27 September 2014 8:00 am

‘Stand outside the fishmongers in 20 minutes and call this number,’ she said, ‘and I can arrange it.’ On Saturday…

Fear and libertarianism in Las Vegas

19 July 2014 9:00 am

Great God, Vegas is an awful place. I realised this the moment I arrived. My cab driver — who’d been…

I may not know much about khat, but I know banning it is crazy

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Khat is a leafy stimulant chewed mainly, I gather, by Somalis. This week the government banned its possession and sale.…

Portrait of Jeanne Duval by Edouard Manet

The breasts that launched Les Fleurs du Mal

21 June 2014 8:00 am

This novel is based on the life of Charles Baudelaire and the relationship he enjoyed — or endured — with…

My drug-addict friend needs medical help, not a prison sentence

22 February 2014 9:00 am

 Gstaad ‘On ne touche pas une femme, même avec une fleur,’ says an old French dictum, one not always adhered…

William S. Burroughs was a writer – not a painter, prophet, philosopher

8 February 2014 9:00 am

William S. Burroughs lived his life in the grand transgressive tradition of Lord Byron and Oscar Wilde and, like all…

Can Lance Armstrong squirm? We don't know because The Armstrong Lie doesn't make him

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lies is fascinating as far as it goes but it may not go as far as…

Fists of cash, hookers and a candle in your bum palls after a while

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street will set the cat among the pigeons as a number of films do.…

Letters: Jeff Jarvis defends internet companies, Royal Society fellows defend Lord Lawson

14 December 2013 9:00 am

A net gain Sir: Jamie Bartlett tries to balance plus and minus, and ends with zero (‘Little Brothers are watching…

The Revd Paul Flowers ticked all the right 'progressive' boxes — that's why he could get away with anything

23 November 2013 9:00 am

The Paul Flowers scandal says much about social and political priorities of modern Britain