HS2

Let’s appoint a Ministry of Scandalous Ideas

3 January 2015 9:00 am

My children have a phrase called ‘fomo’ — which stands for ‘fear of missing out’. It is a constant, mildly…

Here’s what I’ve learned in 2014

13 December 2014 9:00 am

The countryside is all very well so long as you know you can leave it. Funnily enough, exactly the same…

How HS2 has blighted my parents’ lives

6 December 2014 9:00 am

Whether the high-speed rail line is built or not, it is destroying the retirements of people like my parents

Rochester’s special qualities, and the price of Ebola.com

1 November 2014 9:00 am

What’s special about Rochester What is special about Rochester and Strood? — Rochester has the second oldest cathedral and school…

Shinkansen: one of the most powerful symbols of modern Japan

My addiction to the bullet train

16 August 2014 9:00 am

Stephen Bayley explains why he has become addicted to Japan’s Shinkansen

Sorry, but trains can’t really replace welfare lines

9 August 2014 9:00 am

George Osborne proposed an attractive idea this week: that spending on state benefits should be diverted into new infrastructure in…

Adam Smith is the father of more than one sort of economics

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Gandhi would test his resolve by sleeping between two naked virgins, an avenue not really open to me, as my…

George Osborne’s cynical grab for northern votes (and why I’m for it)

28 June 2014 9:00 am

When John Prescott used to wax garrulous about a ‘superhighway’ from Hull to Liverpool, everyone assumed it was a wheeze…

Spectator letters: The trouble with religion, alternatives to HS2, and whisky-drinking dogs

14 June 2014 9:00 am

Old cabby’s tale Stephen Rommei’s London cabby story (Diary, 7 June) reminded me of catching a cab one cold night…

Portrait of the week

3 May 2014 9:00 am

Home The British economy grew by 0.8 per cent in the first quarter of 2014, disappointing hotheads who’d expected 1 per cent. It…

Portrait of the week

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Home In the Budget, George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said that the economy was working but the job…

HS2’s boss is right – it’s push on or be rubbed out

22 March 2014 9:00 am

I’m sure HS2 chairman Sir David Higgins is right to argue that if we’re serious about building a new north-south…

David Cameron is sending me begging letters

8 March 2014 9:00 am

A letter arrives from David Cameron, asking me to vote by post in the European elections. Presumably he means vote…

Melissa Kite: I don't mean to make the transport secretary run across the Savoy ballroom, really I don't

16 November 2013 9:00 am

‘Do you know…?’ said the Tory MP I was sitting next to, as he tried to introduce me to the…

High-speed fail

2 November 2013 9:00 am

A year ago the electoral strategies of the two main parties seemed set. The Conservatives would stand as the party…

Charles Moore's notes: It's great there's a World Islamic Economic Forum — now can we have a Jewish one?

2 November 2013 9:00 am

As I write, the World Islamic Economic Forum is opening in London, the first time it has been held in…

My £30k alternative to HS2

26 October 2013 9:00 am

Someone in New York told me this story. I admit that I didn’t believe it when I first heard it.…

Nobody takes a flight from London to Manchester. So why would we take HS2?

28 September 2013 9:00 am

From Edinburgh airport there are more than 45 flights a day to London. And, I imagine, the same number back.…

As high speed rail is being dropped in California and France, it's time for Britain to take the hint

24 August 2013 9:00 am

The government’s high-speed rail plans will never be implemented

With one cunningly placed number, Boris may have killed HS2

13 July 2013 9:00 am

‘Does anyone seriously doubt that this amazing scheme is actually going to go ahead?’ boomed Boris Johnson last week. ‘No…