Politics (UK)

Chris Patten (left), chairman of the BBC Trust, with Tony Hall, the new Director General of the BBC

Why does the BBC so love lefty journalists?

It is no surprise that the latest high-profile BBC recruit is from the Guardian

Mrs T’s unfinished business

Soon after Margaret Thatcher was elected leader of the Conservative party she came for lunch at The Spectator and our…

David Cameron Welcomes Lady Thatcher To Downing Street

The Tory modernisers are Margaret Thatcher's true heirs

Margaret Thatcher’s death has inevitably prompted intense reflection among Tories about what lessons the party should learn from her time…

Margaret Thatcher: faultless on the Falklands but a disaster at home

I’m afraid we have to use Nelson Mandela as an example once again. He is proving very useful in his…


Cecil Parkinson, Charles Powell, John Simpson and Steve Hilton remember Margaret Thatcher

Cecil Parkinson: Underestimated – but unbowed Even among Mrs Thatcher’s original shadow Cabinet, there were those who simply did not believe…

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died

Why are lefties so sycophantic to Margaret Thatcher?

Yes, a few drunken anarchists danced, but most of the left has marked Thatcher’s death with synchronised sycophancy

Campaign Trail

Clear choice for the Tories

25 January 1975: When Margaret Thatcher announced that she’d stand as Tory leader, only one national publication backed her

Thatcher Family
A file photo dated 29 March 1982 of Luxembourg's P

Mrs Thatcher goes to Brussels

24 March 1984: A leader unafraid to talk about money

Thatcher At Cadbury's

Trying to get the mad, broody chicken off her addled eggs

19 August 1989: Even if the poll tax is dropped, people will still feel Thatcher has lost her touch

Thatcher Cabinet

Working for Mrs Thatcher

1 December 1990: The myths of the former prime minister’s character

The empty Budget

Dangerous, unfair, verging on kleptomania: the bailout deal proposed by the EU at the weekend and rejected by Cyprus MPs…


For once, Osborne will be glad not to be the story

A few years ago George Osborne would have bristled at the idea that one of his budgets wouldn’t be the…


Westminster’s top amateur prize-fighter, Eric Joyce, may face assault charges after his latest unscheduled bout in the House of Commons.…


Why The Spectator won’t sign the Royal Charter

The Royal Charter gives politicians the power to decide what qualifies as acceptable journalism. They are the wrong people for the job

Manchester NHS protest

If David Cameron wants to save the NHS, he should sack David Nicholson

Twenty-five years ago, when he had left the Communist party and taken over as chief executive at Doncaster Royal Infirmary,…

William Whitelaw Photo: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Image

David Cameron needs Willie Whitelaw. He has Nick Clegg

David Cameron needs a Willie. So say the ministers who work most closely with No. 10. It is not a…

Bloomberg will buy the Financial Times — but only if it jettisons The Economist

How much would you stump up for the Economist? Most of us would draw the line at a fiver, but…

People belonging to the Roma community

Isn’t Germany’s attitude towards Romania a little at odds with the EU project?

‘Can you imagine anything worse,’ a Hungarian once said to me, ‘than a Slav who thinks he’s Latin?’ He was…

Europe’s cap on bankers’ pay is merely a harbinger of the Great Persecution to come

‘Possibly the most deluded measure to come from Europe since Diocletian tried to fix the price of groceries across the…


Budget 2013: How George Osborne ran out of ideas

George Osborne’s only plan is to pray for recovery


My husband made a little joke. ‘There’s no such thing as a free lurch,’ he said, looking up from his…

Little Britain

The foreign news pages read increasingly like some terrible satire on western military decline. Two years ago French and British…

Sky Pilot

Spending isn’t the answer. But how do we explain that?

One of the things I love about being a classical liberal is that I’m always on the right side of…

Stop shouting at Hilary Mantel – there are real outrages to address

It started the other week, when David Cameron was in India. Although it started like a bout of malaria starts,…