Why Ukip is a party of extremists

Last Saturday I wrote for my newspaper a column whose drift was that it was time for the sane majority…

Norman Lamont as seen by The Spectator's Peter Brooks during his reign as Chancellor.

Norman Lamont’s diary: Green shoots, George Osborne and Mark Carney

I was surprised to be told, by the editor of this magazine, that next week will mark the 20th anniversary…

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


The secret of David Cameron’s Europe strategy: he doesn’t have one

Calling for a referendum is not the same as having a strategy on Europe

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Nadine Dorries interview: why I want to run as a UKIP-Tory joint candidate

Nadine Dorries is back in the Conservative party fold – but will she be the first Tory/Ukip candidate?

First Cabinet Meeting Is Held Since The Recent Elections And Reshuffle

5 Days in May, by Andrew Adonis - review

Andrew Adonis enjoyed a week of glory in 2010. The former Lib Dem activist was asked to join Labour’s negotiating…

Nigel Farage reacts during a press confe

Why the Tories need their own Nigel Farage

There are two talking points in Westminster this week. One is about who is up and who is down following…

Why isn't Charles Moore part of the ruling elite? Photo: Getty

Why do journalists think they’re not part of the ruling elite?

Look, we’ve known each other a while, you and I, so I think it’s time for a confession. It’s a…


Britain can’t afford to surrender to the greens on shale gas

If we give in to the green lobby, Britain will drift into an energy crisis


The Queen’s speech can’t repeal the Law of Unintended Consequences

When will our legislators realise that they can’t repeal the Law of Unintended Consequences?

'Do you vote for the party of our leader, Adolf Hitler? Yes. No.’

The Hitler guide to rigging a referendum

In 1964 Harold Wilson was so afraid that a scheduled election-night broadcast of Steptoe & Son would cost him at…


In the days when we had bottles of milk delivered, some tits discovered how to peck through the foil tops…

The arts, the Ancient Greeks and Maria Miller

The Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, has said the arts world must make the case for public funding by focusing on…


Don’t believe the hype: the French still live better than Americans

In recent months I’ve read at least ten articles about French malaise — all of it apparently due to some…

Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography, by Charles Moore, and Not for Turning, by Robin Harris - review

It is a measure of Lady Thatcher’s standing that her death has been followed not only by the mealy-mouthed compliments…

Britain-Britain's Breakup?

Scotland is an ingenious country saddled with the most witless politicians in Europe. Why give them more power?

It would be all too easy this week to argue that the case for Scottish independence is falling apart. Alex…


A rare mood of unity descends on the Conservatives

The idea that ‘loyalty is the Conservative party’s secret weapon’ was always dubious. Benjamin Disraeli, for instance, made his name…


Why France's gay marriage debate has started to look like a revolution

The bitter battle over gay marriage is a symptom of a broken political system


My battle with Britain's mean, ineffective immigration system

‘Controlling immigration’ means being rude to foreigners — as I found out

Margaret H. Thatcher

The Falklands victory

19 June 1982: Defeating General Galtieri made Conservatism respectable again


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…


Lord Rennard, Mark Oaten and the Lib Dems’ embarrassing adolescence

Imagine if seven Tory Cabinet ministers had resigned since David Cameron became Prime Minister. Then think about another seven being…

The Spectator’s Notes

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

After the celebrations, a summer of discontent

The next few days will see David Cameron doing what he does best: looking the part. Whether it is the…

Politics: Don’t bet on Ed Miliband to win it for the Tories

In the past few difficult months, the Cameroons have taken comfort from their belief that Ed Miliband will never be…