Freddy Gray

Freddy Gray is deputy editor of The Spectator. He was formerly literary editor of The American Conservative.


Inside Camp Lebedev

Is Evgeny Lebedev the saviour of print journalism, asks Freddy Gray — or just a socialite let loose with daddy’s chequebook?


How the NHS silenced a whistleblowing doctor

Pity the healthcare professionals who dare to speak out about NHS problems


How I joined the gym cult

When Freddy Gray was signed up for ‘the best workout in the world’, he was sure he wouldn’t be impressed. So what happened?

Big Issue seller Steven jokes as he sell

Britain’s demographic timebomb (and how to profit from it)

Demography is destiny, they say, and if that’s the case then Britain’s future looks wrinkled and grey. Today, one in…

Sweden v England - Group D: UEFA EURO 2012

Meet Alex Salmond’s secret weapon: the England football team

Nothing makes Scots feel more Scottish than England playing in a World Cup

England's national soccer team captain Bobby Moore

How to win the World Cup (in the betting shop)

Summer is a difficult time for serious investments — it’s hard to be rational when hot — so why not…


Welcome to crypto-currency land

These online crypto-currencies have made the financial world more fun. It’s all so gloriously bonkers. First there was Bitcoin, the…

Rotterdam 6 Day Cycling

Sir Chris Hoy declines to discuss Scottish independence

Sir Chris Hoy talks bikes, cars, thighs and books — but he’s keeping quiet about Scottish independence

How to beat a robot bookie

What does it mean these days to beat the bookie? Many of us like to imagine that winning a bet…

Betting machines

A FOBT ban could be terminal for high-street bookies – and great for a Labour donor

Hands up: who knows what a FOBT is? It stands for fixed odds betting terminal. No? Well, you should, because…

Bear-faced exploitation

Valentine’s Day

One of the many things I love about my wife is that she doesn’t make me do anything for Valentine’s…


The Frogs of war

How France became the neocons’ favourite nation


A sartorial service for hopeless men

A web-powered personal shopping service promises to transform men’s style. But have they met their match in me?


How we beat the Boche — at sidecar racing

There’s courage, there’s fearlessness, and then there’s the sort of sublime audacity you need to do something like sidecar racing.…


The Speculator: Why I get so excited at goalless football matches

A successful gambler once told me: ‘Never bet on football, never bet on multipliers, and never ever bet on football…

U.K. Chancellor George Osborne Launches National Loan Guarantee Scheme

The Speculator: Put a tenner on Osborne as next Tory leader

When you hear the words ‘economic recovery’, do you think: ‘Great! Britain is on the mend’? Or ‘Damn! I should…

At once exhuberant and understated: Rome

Notes on…Rome

Leave Florence and Sienna to the aesthetes. Let the in-crowd do Naples and Palermo. For the amateur Italophile, Rome is…


Boris’s Paris match: an interview with Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet

Can Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet follow in the London mayor’s footsteps?


Investment special: Confessions of a stock picker

I always seek the best advice – then do the opposite


Diarmaid MacCulloch: Am I anti-Catholic?

Historian Diarmaid MacCullochon trying to find what our ancestors didn’t tell us

Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Tarcisi

Sex, lies and the next Pope

The present crop of rumours at the Vatican could furnish a dozen Dan Brown novels