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Why do powerful men love to be spanked?

17 May 2018 6:39 pm

Spanking is back in the news. Le vice anglais was meant to be a dying art — a vestige of…

Is prejudice against conservatives similar to racism? Kind of…

17 May 2018 5:51 pm

Political ideology appears to function in the same way as race when it comes to marginalisation.

Could John Bolton cost Trump his Nobel Peace Prize?

16 May 2018 2:38 pm

My, my, my. North Korea is in a snit over National Security Adviser John Bolton who urged it to follow…

Why I’ll miss my friend Tom Wolfe

16 May 2018 12:58 pm

To some, Tom Wolfe’s death might seem a greater loss for readers on the right wing of American culture and…

Why Christopher Steele should spill the beans

15 May 2018 4:36 pm

Lawyers representing the ex-spook-turned-private-investigator Christopher Steele were in action yesterday at London’s High Court. In a rather convoluted turn of…

Meghan’s embarrassing relatives means she will fit in with the Windsors

15 May 2018 1:03 pm

You don’t get to choose your parents or your siblings. You do, however, get to choose whether you speak to…

Will Trump end the Mueller inquiry or will the Mueller inquiry end Trump?

15 May 2018 8:10 am

May 17, 2017 started out as any other day in Donald Trump’s Washington. Men and women in suits with briefcases…

Does Mike Pompeo really think he can cut a good deal with North Korea?

14 May 2018 9:12 pm

The new secretary of state has already blundered during his short tenure.

Israel is losing the war of images but winning the battle of reality

14 May 2018 3:56 pm

The killing of dozens of Gazans in today’s assault on the Gaza-Israel border was not a surprise, but a strategy—certainly…

Is Trump preparing to sell out South Korea?

14 May 2018 3:19 pm

Maybe President Trump has finally given up on his cherished dream of Vladimir Putin as his new best friend. It…

How my lame joke saw me fall foul of the campus zealots

14 May 2018 3:02 pm

The International Studies Association (ISA) meeting in San Francisco is a chance for academics the world over to come together.…

Is it any wonder children can’t express themselves when all they have is emojis?

11 May 2018 5:49 pm

Smiley face. Sad face. Smoochy face. Sick face. Edvard Munch ‘Scream’ face. How are you feeling today? Any of the…

Ben Shapiro, the child prodigy gone right

11 May 2018 3:24 pm

A day with the host of the fastest growing conservative podcast, as he addresses his biggest ever student crowd.

America is in the middle of a Russian influence campaign – not at the end

10 May 2018 10:15 pm

We need only look to London for lessons in how oligarchs apply pressure.

Thanks to Donald Trump, night is falling in Iran again

10 May 2018 12:47 pm

In the White House on Tuesday, with the world just where he wanted it — eyes on the TV, transfixed…

Putin shows off his ‘dagger’ on Victory Day

10 May 2018 8:44 am

Then there’s the bravado that goes with it too. International Women’s Day is widely and actively observed in Russia, and though there is an official…

Peace in our time: If Katy Perry and Taylor Swift can do it, why not the Middle East?

9 May 2018 5:01 pm

Cynically timed to minimise news coverage, Katy Perry’s decision to bury the hatchet with Taylor Swift just as things are…

Is Piers Morgan the only Catholic offended by the Met Gala?

9 May 2018 12:24 pm

It will come as no surprise that something in the news has Piers Morgan deeply troubled. For the past two…

America goes rogue

9 May 2018 1:11 am

How the abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal could mark the start of a Saudi-American-Israeli axis.

Britain and France will have to learn to live with America’s new position on Iran

8 May 2018 11:01 pm

Now that the President has made his decision, it is Boris Johnson and his counterparts who are going to have to work out what they want to save and what they want to do.

Can Trump now build a better Iran deal for everyone?

8 May 2018 10:38 pm

The president can go back to the drawing board with Britain, France and Germany - all while imposing harsh sanctions.

Donald Trump pulls out of the Iran deal. Is anyone surprised?

8 May 2018 7:33 pm

Next stop, regime change, and watch how quickly the Iran hawks start pushing for it.

The truth about London knife crime – and the prejudice with which the world listens to Trump

6 May 2018 5:45 pm

I would love to undertake a behavioural experiment in which a cohort of the public were asked to watch Donald…

A storm’s a coming for Trump over the ‘dirty ops’ allegations

6 May 2018 5:37 pm

So aides to Donald Trump, the Observer reports, retained an Israeli intelligence organization to launch a ‘dirty ops’ campaign against…

Peace in Korea doesn’t make war with Iran more likely

1 May 2018 4:05 pm

Readers of Spectator’s USA’s mothership, the venerable yet sprightly London Spectator, will know that one of the secrets of the…

Trump’s Korea pact could make a new war in the Middle East more likely

30 April 2018 3:01 pm

The Trump administration may be heading into an infinity war. Europe is gearing up to retaliate against American on the…

Are Macron and Merkel playing good cop, bad cop with Trump?

27 April 2018 4:54 pm

For France and Germany, the contrast could scarcely be starker. For three days Emmanuel Macron was wooed and fêted by…

The 10 graphs that explain Vladimir Putin’s Russia

27 April 2018 12:09 pm

This is an edited version of a presentation given by Owen Matthews at The Spectator’s What does Russia want? event.…

Interview: Meet Mariana Mazzucato, big-state capitalism’s new champion

26 April 2018 8:29 pm

‘It was Plato who said storytellers rule the world,’ observes Mariana Mazzucato, her powerful voice tempered with a beaming smile,…

Hooray for Meghan Markle, a very modern adventuress

26 April 2018 7:49 pm

I’m keen on all sorts of my fellow females — broads, gold-diggers, career girls — but the best is the…