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Will Spain learn from Scotland in the battle for Catalan separatism?

One of the unforeseen consequences of the reunification of Europe after the Cold War has been a resurgence of independence…

Robert Peston has got it all wrong about ties —viewers want broadcasters to look humbly respectful

When Robert Peston, the economics editor of the BBC, interviewed George Osborne on television in an open-necked shirt with collar…

Michael Mosley prepares for a cardiac scan (Photo: BBC)

Is medical screening bad for your health? Michael Mosley dons a pair of ‘dignity shorts’ to find out

When the link between tobacco and lung cancer was first established in the early 1950s, one obvious question arose: should…


Fraser Nelson’s Diary: Spotting the miscreants at Jeremy Clarke’s drunkenness-themed book launch

‘Hello. I’m lesbian threesome,’ the young lady tells Taki. ‘And I’m Mongolian rampage,’ says the young man beside her. We’re…

Grayson Perry's 'Walthamstow Tapestry' (2009)

Grayson Perry - heir to Lewis Caroll and William Blake

At the Turner Prize dinner of 2003, as the winner, Grayson Perry, took a photo call with his family wearing…

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Let Greece leave the eurozone

To listen to Greek government ministers addressing the outside world during their breaks from negotiations with eurozone leaders this week,…


An alternative map of Britain: caves, canals, megaliths and ley lines

Picture the map of Britain. Its strangely cadaverous shape, blobs of population and routes between them seem as familiar as…

When Islington MP Emily Thornberry passed this house when campaigning in Rochester, was she right to think it so remarkable as to tweet a picture of it as if in shock? 

Patriotism isn’t uncivilised - it’s what makes civilisation possible

Is it racist to be patriotic? Is patriotism, by definition, small-minded and exclusive? When you strip away the onion layers…


Why I’ve joined Lebanon’s exodus

The long shadow of the Islamic State means that many Christians are packing up and leaving Lebanon


One week to save Britain

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

A member of the London Home Guard demonstrates the use of old wallpaper as camouflage (1942)

The real Dad’s Army was no joke

Dad’s Army, the sitcom to end all sitcoms, portrayed the Home Guard as often doddery veterans. In one episode, Private…

Spectator letters: A surgeon writes on assisted dying, and an estate agent answers Harry Mount

Real help for those in pain Sir: The fickleness of existence is exemplified by the fact that being Tony Blair’s…

Brussels will treat Britain as Macedonia treated Sparta

The EU is a federation of states (Latin foedus, ‘treaty’, from the same root as fides, ‘trust, good faith’). But…


What Britain will lose if Scotland goes

If Scotland votes for independence, Britain will be left weaker than anyone yet realises

Jury Reaches Verdict In The Trial Of Publicist Max Clifford

The Spectator's Notes: Max Clifford's conviction vindicates juries. But so did the acquittals

The conviction of Max Clifford for indecent assaults feels like a vindication of the jury system, as did the acquittal…

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Putin is making the West's Cold Warriors look like fools

Russia is making the West look posturing, weak and divided


Why Britain’s economy will overtake Germany’s

Why the UK economy will one day overtake Germany

The People’s Songs, by Stuart Maconie - a review

For Stuart Maconie fans, this book might sound as if it’ll be his masterpiece. In his earlier memoirs and travelogues,…


The unfair sex - how feminism created a new class divide

The rise of working women has created a new – and far less equal – world

‘The Badminton Game’ 1972–3, by David Inshaw

David Inshaw: the great romantic

Andrew Lambirth talks to the painter David Inshaw, who is inspired by a love of the countryside


Who are the losers now?

The second world war was the most destructive conflict in human history, but the victors have fared worse than the vanquished, says Paul Johnson


Gunboat diplomacy

Philip Mansel on the brief period in British history when Mare Nostrum became our sea


Mutiny, mayhem and murder

Before the establishment of penal settlements in Australia, British convicts were transported to brutal slave garrisons on the West African coast. Sam Leith describes this disastrous experiment

Heroic long-suffering

English patriotism was still a force in 1914.


The empire strikes back

Britain recovered from the humiliating loss of her American colonies surprisingly swiftly. But a harsh fate awaited many of her loyalist supporters, according to John Preston