Politics (UK)


Sorry, but Parliament is full of sex pests

2 March 2013 9:00 am

In Westminster, ‘inappropriate behaviour’ is a way of life – and the Lib Dems are the worst offenders


Why aren’t more people unemployed?

2 March 2013 9:00 am

The economy seems to be flatlining, but more people are working. How could that happen?

Nick Robinson’s Battle for the Airwaves

2 March 2013 9:00 am

Deep within the BBC’s inquiry into the Newsnight and Jimmy Savile affair is a comment by Jeremy Paxman so inflammatory…

The Spectator’s Notes

1 December 2012 9:00 am

There is excitement that a foreigner could have been made Governor of the Bank of England. But the truth is…

They’re all in it together

5 May 2012 12:00 pm

Ferdinand Mount is right to be shocked by the inequalities of modern British society; but his remedies are not brutal enough, says Polly Toynbee


Bookends: … and the inner tube

28 April 2012 10:00 am

In the early 1990s, when Boris Johnson was making his name as the Daily Telegraph’s Brussels correspondent, Sonia Purnell was…

In Blair’s shadow

21 April 2012 11:00 am

An ebook arrives! The future of publishing on my hard-drive. All the big profits are in cyber-publishing these days, as…

A safe pair of hands

7 April 2012 11:00 am

Michael Spicer is too honourable to be a brilliant diarist. As he himself says, ‘I eschew tittle-tattle or small talk.’…


Agreeing to differ

17 March 2012 10:00 am

‘Frankie and Johnny were sweethearts; Lordie, how they could love.’ The ballad has many variant versions but the denouement is…

The frontiers of freedom

28 January 2012 10:00 am

The problem with Nick Cohen’s very readable You Can’t Read This Book is the way that you can, glaringly, read…


Funny old world

17 December 2011 9:00 pm

The most remarkable thing about this book is that it should have been published at all. No one could have…

Opening salvos …

26 November 2011 10:00 am

When a man is tired of Johnson, he’s liable to vote for Livingstone. Boris has decided to head Londoners off…


The Conservatives: A History by Robin Harris

12 November 2011 10:00 am

If David Cameron and his friends wish to know why they and their policies are so despised by some Conservatives…

The biography of a nobody

2 July 2011 12:00 am

A biography of Ed Miliband has to try hard not to be the sort of thing one buys as a present for someone one avidly dislikes.

The problems of PR

11 June 2011 12:00 am

Two centuries ago, Edmund Burke famously mocked the intellectuals of revolutionary France for trying to devise a perfectly rational constitution for their country.


Slippery Jack

16 April 2011 12:00 am

A mad, muscular Sally Bercow cavorts on the Commons chair, diminutive husband on her knee, his features impish.

Palace intrigue

29 January 2011 12:00 am

Plunging into the second volume of Alastair Campbell’s diaries is like opening a Samuel Richardson novel.


Yesterday’s heroes

15 January 2011 12:00 am

The Labour peer and historian Kenneth Morgan is perhaps best known for his accounts of the Attlee government, Labour in Power, and the Lloyd George coalition, Consensus and Disunity, a work of considerable relevance for anyone seeking to understand the Cameron government.

What’s the big idea?

8 January 2011 12:00 am

If you’re not quite sure what the Prime Minister means when he talks about the big society, you’re not alone.


Politics: From Red Ed to Steady Eddie

8 January 2011 12:00 am

Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband are locked in a political duel, and only one of them can survive.

Politics: Get ready for a year of upheavals

1 January 2011 12:00 am

This will be the year of the political identity crisis.

The making of the coalition

4 December 2010 12:00 am

David Cameron was despondent on the evening of 10 May.

Built on columns

27 November 2010 12:00 am

The timing was obviously important: there’s a guaranteed post-election market for books about the campaign, usually made up of people who followed the real thing slightly too closely.

The other Prince of Darkness

6 November 2010 12:00 am

This is a clever publishing idea, a light academic-historical cloak for another set of political memoirs.

Not good enough

23 October 2010 12:00 am

Tony Blair gave his record in government ten out of ten, though an ungrateful electorate scored rather less well and his Cabinet colleagues performed even worse.