Why Pete Buttigieg wasn’t ‘gay enough’ for the activist left

2 March 2020 15:29

As Pete Buttigieg ‘suspends’ (read: ends) his campaign for the Democrat nomination, a few words are in order about the…

In Congo, the Church is doing the government's business

1 March 2020 15:30

Once I am sure there’s nothing going on I step inside letting the door thud shut The opening lines of…

Beware the super-spreaders of coronavirus conspiracy theories

1 March 2020 15:28

When a new virus is discovered, conspiracy theories often spread faster than the disease. I’ve been following the debate in…

Will Johnson and Cummings be knocked off course by Rutnam’s resignation?

1 March 2020 14:07

There are a handful of big things to watch out for following Sir Philip Rutnam’s resignation as Home Office Permanent Secretary:…

Sunday shows round-up: Coronavirus vaccine ‘still many months off’

1 March 2020 12:58

John McDonnell – Priti Patel likely ‘on the way out’ The Shadow Chancellor joined Sophy Ridge, and the conversation quickly…

Joe Biden had to win in South Carolina

1 March 2020 11:32

Joe Biden desperately needed a win in South Carolina. His poor performances in Iowa and New Hampshire, and sub-par showing…

The right-wing case for the BBC

1 March 2020 8:30

A few weeks ago, I read on Coffee House that someone at Number 10 suggested that if the BBC appointed…

Will Labour ever have a female leader?

1 March 2020 7:00

Where are all the women in Labour’s leadership race? Jess Phillips pulled out of the contest in January. Emily Thornberry,…

Boris’s baby – Westminster’s worst kept secret

29 February 2020 19:42

There’s much speculation (and conspiracy theory) about why Boris Johnson chose today to announce that he’s becoming a father for…

Are women’s libraries still a safe space for women?

29 February 2020 18:17

When is a women’s library not a women’s library? When the wrong sort of women try to use it. That…

Could coronavirus really trigger the next crash?

29 February 2020 14:30

It’s a bloodbath in the markets, but by how much could the real, global economy be affected by the coronavirus…

What Sir Philip Rutnam’s departure means for Priti Patel

29 February 2020 11:59

The government’s battle with the civil service has escalated this morning with the departure of Sir Philip Rutnam as Home…

His response to the coronavirus could come to define Boris Johnson’s first year in office

29 February 2020 10:32

Premierships are often defined by unexpected events. When Tony Blair was re-elected in 2001, few thought that his time in…

Philip Rutnam: why I am taking the government to court

29 February 2020 10:24

I have this morning resigned as permanent secretary of the Home Office. I take this decision with great regret, after…

Spectator competition winners: ‘I love Big Brexit’ – Orwellian short stories

29 February 2020 9:30

To mark the 70th anniversary of George Orwell’s death, you were invited to submit a short story with an Orwellian…

Hunters is 2020’s most ridiculous series

29 February 2020 8:00

What a brilliant idea the concept of Hunters (Amazon Prime) must have sounded after the third or fourth Martini. “So,…

Labour’s dark secret is safe with Keir Starmer

29 February 2020 7:00

Keir Starmer knows. He’s not saying anything, not letting one word of criticism of the Corbyn regime escape his lips, but…

Tory MP on coronavirus: We have contingency plans for a Hyde Park morgue

28 February 2020 19:50

In recent days, the UK government has been criticised for not doing enough to update the public on the potential…

How Keir Starmer could capitalise on the No. 10 media boycott

28 February 2020 18:10

This week Labour members received their ballots to vote in the leadership contest. They have until 2 April to cast…

Meet the thug who was spared jail for being transgender

28 February 2020 17:50

In today’s episode of ‘You Couldn’t Make It up’, I bring you Leila Le Fey, also known as Layla Le…

The Edition podcast: are the Brexit talks doomed?

28 February 2020 16:38

Next week, the trade negotiations between the EU and the UK begin in earnest. But in the days ahead, the…

Boris Johnson’s submarine strategy is perfectly sensible

28 February 2020 14:23

There is chatter in the Westminster village about Boris Johnson’s low-profile. Why isn’t he visiting flooded towns? Why isn’t he…

Christian Science’s collapse should worry complacent mainstream churches

28 February 2020 14:20

In every big city in the United States and Britain there are buildings – often quite magnificent – that were…

Three ways to stop a coronavirus recession

28 February 2020 13:21

Supply chains are shutting down. Factories and offices are closing. Flights are being cancelled, conferences postponed and football and rugby…