Sympathy for the devils: Reggie and Ronnie Kray in northeast London, 1964

I was Reggie Kray's penpal

Harry Mount once idolised the Kray twins. He’s since seen the error of his ways

Just how tough a sentence was 14 years for Libor-rigging?

Rogue traders Former UBS trader Tom Hayes was jailed for 14 years for rigging the Libor market. How long could…


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

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


A crime novel so incompetent it might have been written by a child

First, a quote from the novel under review. The context: it is a flashback scene of the behaviour of a…

Spectator letters: The case for saying ‘Daesh’, a political shibboleth, and Ireland’s greatest distinction

The case for Daesh Sir: For once the admirable Rod Liddle has got it completely wrong (‘You can’t take the…

Labour’s austerity tradition

The spirit of 1945 No one would have been more surprised at the sight of 100,000 people marching in London…

Future President? (Photo: Getty)

Take it from Taki — Hillary Clinton will be the next US president

The last week in Gotham was exceptional fun. I saw a Broadway play, Finding Neverland, compliments of the producer, my…

Poirot won’t be drawn

The sad demise of the amateur sleuth: it’s all the fault of better policing

‘The crime novel,’ said Bertolt Brecht, ‘like the world itself, is ruled by the English.’ He was thinking of the…


Here’s everything Islamophobic that I have to say, all at once

A couple of weeks back I wrote an article headed: ‘Call me insane, but I’m voting Labour.’ Among the many…

How (not) to poison a dog

Deadly to dogs An Irish setter was allegedly poisoned at Crufts, using beef containing slug pellets. Some other substances with which dog-show rivals…


When did we become a nation of police informers?

There’s a danger that in what follows your columnist may seem to be recommending an attitude. Please don’t think that.…


The Krays, Dennis Nilsen – and Chris Grayling: a conversation with Sir Ivan Lawrence QC

Sir Ivan Lawrence QC on the Krays, Dennis Nilsen – and Chris Grayling

You can still book your flight to Mars

Space to dream Richard Branson’s dream of commercial space flights has suffered a setback after a prototype craft crashed. But…


How did Britain ever have unarmed criminals?

Once, both police and criminals in Britain routinely did without guns. How did that happen? And why did it change?

Shrien Dewani Murder Trial Begins

At least South Africa has the world’s best murder trials

South Africa’s spectacular murder trials – first Oscar Pistorius, now Shrien Dewani – help take minds off other difficulties

The rape of the Sabine women, by Pietro da Cortona

‘Rape is rape’ serves no one well, least of all rape victims

When Mary Jane Mowat remarked recently that rape conviction statistics would not improve ‘until women stop getting so drunk,’ the…


The biggest civil liberties outrage you've never heard of

‘Bubble matches’ sound like something quaint. In fact,they’re an outrage against civil liberties

The bits of Magna Carta that David Cameron won’t want taught in schools

The not-so-great charter David Cameron wants every child to be taught about Magna Carta. Some bits he might want to…


Don’t blame the Guardian if criminals are getting better at hiding online. Blame iTunes and Netflix

I wouldn’t wish to deny that all drug dealers and crime lords read the Guardian. Indeed, check the circulation figures,…


The internet is broken – and we can no longer do without it

‘The internet is broken,’ a corporate chieftain told me last week. It was an arresting remark, but he did not…

Daily Life In Kiev Ahead Of The Ukrainian Presidential Election

Viktor Yanukovych’s palace is full of tasteless treasures – and London auction-house tags

Quite a few of the former president Yanukovych’s ‘treasures’ seem to carry tags from London auctioneers

Police from Romania and Poland work in London alongside Metropolitan police officers in the fight against offenders from abroad Photo: Getty

I’d rather have a German next door too — and I have the figures to show why

Should we be worried about the vast numbers of German-born people living covertly in the United Kingdom? The Office for…

Spectator letters: On wind turbines, Churchill's only exam success, and the red-trousered mayor of Bristol

When the wind blows Sir: Clare Oxford’s piece (‘Gone with the wind turbines’, 12 April) is both timely and sad.…

Spectator letters: Interpreting Islam, and Spectator-reading thieves

Chapter and verse on Islam Sir: Irshad Manji’s generally very sensible article on ‘Reclaiming Islam’ (29 March) suggests using the…

Spectator letters: Interpreting Islam, and Spectator-reading thieves

Chapter and verse on Islam Sir: Irshad Manji’s generally very sensible article on ‘Reclaiming Islam’ (29 March) suggests using the…