Northern Ireland

The troubled ex-informers neglected by MI5

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Is MI5 neglecting its duty towards ex-informers?

Bond would be bored in today’s MI6, says Malcolm Rifkind

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Spying may be one of the two oldest professions, but unlike the other one it has changed quite a lot…

Charles Moore’s Notes: people who love making new laws like to present them as human rights

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Amnesty International and others have placed a large newspaper advertisement telling Michael Gove ‘Don’t Scrap Our Human Rights’. The ad…

The DUP’s Nigel Dodds may soon be propping up the Tories. What does he want?

25 April 2015 9:00 am

In a Tory-leaning hung parliament, the DUP’s Nigel Dodds may command the balance of power. So what does he want?

Another enemy within: Thatcher (and Wilson) vs the BBC

7 March 2015 9:00 am

In a ‘Dear Bill’ letter in Private Eye, an imaginary Denis Thatcher wrote off the BBC as a nest of…

I guarded Rudolf Hess

15 November 2014 9:00 am

I had the misfortune to meet Lord Richards on probably the darkest day of his 42 years in the military.…

Does Jonathan Powell really want to negotiate with the Islamic State?

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Jonathan Powell’s stance on negotiating with violent extremists is consistently inconsistent and slippery

One week to save Britain

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Next week, the most important vote in recent British history will be held. Indeed, it may well turn out to…

When the Welsh go it alone, blame me

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Oh dear. I think I may have inadvertently contributed to the dissolution of Great Britain. I’m not claiming sole responsibility.…

The Spectator's Notes: French presidents used to have a touch of the monarch. Not any more

18 January 2014 9:00 am

When I interviewed Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the former president of France, for my biography of Margaret Thatcher, I asked him…

Seamus Heaney's poems are for Protestants too

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Seamus Heaney’s poetry from the other side of Northern Ireland’s divide