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2012, the best year ever: Coffee House highlights

31 December 2012 17:27

2012 has been a superb year: Spectator readers already know that after reading our leading article which detailed the evidence…

Ed Miliband welcomed François Hollande with open arms when he visited London in February. Picture: Getty

François Hollande: Ed Miliband’s embarrassing friend

31 December 2012 16:34

Time was when Ed Miliband had plenty to say about François Hollande. When the new French President celebrated his victory…

Jacques Delors has been one of the advocates of offering Britain a looser union with Europe. Picture: Getty

A new EU membership for Britain: second-class or sensible?

31 December 2012 11:09

Becoming a ‘second-class’ member of the European Union doesn’t sound awfully appealing on first glance at today’s Times story. But…

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The Spectator’s books of 2012, pt 3

31 December 2012 11:00

2012 is done. Here is the final selection (published in the magazine last month)  of the Spectator’s best books of…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

The formidable female politicians of the year

30 December 2012 16:54

Audits of the last year are a blessing to journalists: a postmortem of the gainers and losers of 2012 are…

2013 may well have fewer opportunities to cheer, but Cameron's new year message tells voters to hold their nerve. Picture: Getty

Realism and optimism: David Cameron’s New Year message

30 December 2012 12:24

David Cameron’s New Year message is a rather sober one, but it’s not downbeat. The theme is ‘realism and optimism’…

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Gordon Wilson, a hero for our times

30 December 2012 10:32

If there was any justice in the world, Yorkshire pensioner Gordon Wilson would feature in the New Year’s Honours list…

Houses of Parliament

Why should MPs stay put in the Palace of Westminster?

29 December 2012 17:11

Tristram Hunt paints a bleak picture of the state the Palace of Westminster is in for Spectator readers this week…

William Rees-Mogg, editor of the Times 1967-1981 passed away today. Photo: Getty Images.

The genius of William Rees-Mogg

29 December 2012 15:01

At my first-ever Tory party conference, I saw William Rees-Mogg leave a reception and chased him down the corridor like…

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The RSPCA’s private prosecutions, and the cost to the public purse

29 December 2012 13:18

In this week’s Spectator, Melissa Kite spends the day with the Heythrop Hunt – David Cameron’s local hunt, and a hunt that…

Files released under the 30 year rule show that Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet discussed a pruning back of the welfare state in 1982. Photo: Getty Images.

When will we able to have a mature conversation about the health service?

28 December 2012 16:53

Nigel Lawson described the NHS as the closest thing to a national religion that this country has. The NHS is…

Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg

Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg make their new year pitch to voters

28 December 2012 14:20

According to a spuriously scientific study, today is the day when festive excess gets the better of us, with one…

The 'Get Carter' car park is demolished in Gateshead: but will the regeneration provide a long term future? Photo: Craig Allan/Flickr

Austerity hits home in the North East of England

28 December 2012 14:07

Have you personally suffered from George Osborne’s spending cuts? Your answer depends largely on where you live. I’ve witnessed both…


Hunting with the Heythrop

28 December 2012 11:45

In this week’s issue of The Spectator, Melissa Kite joins David Cameron’s local hunt, the Heythrop, to find out what…

The Spectator’s books of 2012, pt 2

28 December 2012 11:00

2012 is very nearly finished. Here is a selection (published in the magazine last month) of the Spectator’s best books…

Michael Gove

Gove to Treasury: let schools borrow!

28 December 2012 10:51

For all the good intention of Michael Gove’s school reforms, there have been only a few dozen new schools so…

Nick Hurd said he would 'congratulate' pensioners who donated their winter fuel payment to charity. Picture: Getty

The winter fuel payment silliness continues

27 December 2012 16:22

On the subject of welfare, while the Lords debates whether a disabled person who can walk further than the length…

The Queen attends a Motability event in Westminster Hall. Peers may revolt over changes in eligibility rules for Motability cars. Picture: Getty

Government could face another welfare rebellion in the Lords

27 December 2012 13:01

Remember those rebellions in the Lords on welfare earlier this year? Well, the fight hasn’t disappeared entirely from the Upper…

David Cameron and Angela Merkel at the most recent EU summit. The German Chancellor has said she can't imagine the EU without the UK. Picture: Getty

David Cameron needn’t fear renegotiating Britain’s relationship with the EU

27 December 2012 11:50

Nick Clegg has made a not-so-startling intervention in the debate about Britain’s relationship with Europe today, warning that Britain must…


The Spectator’s books of 2012, pt 1

27 December 2012 11:00

2012 is drawing to a close. Here is a selection (published in the magazine last month)  of the Spectator’s best…

In today's Guardian, George Monbiot, former anarchist and man of the people, describes his conversion to the bourgeoisie. Image: Getty

George Monbiot joins the bourgeoisie

26 December 2012 18:42

They always manage to pull something special out of the hat at Christmas, over at the Guardian. Last year it…

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‘One Pound Fish’ singer deported

26 December 2012 16:07

Everything you need to know about the fallen state of our political and cultural capital is captured by the story…

David Cameron speaks at a Downing Street reception on gay marriage. Picture: Getty

High Court judge: Gay marriage is ‘wrong policy’

26 December 2012 13:41

Sir Paul Coleridge’s intervention in today’s Times (£) on gay marriage has ensured the debate won’t go quiet after various…


Washing up is therapeutic and dishwashers are socialist

26 December 2012 10:00

It’s Boxing Day. Your kitchen worktops are groaning under piles of plates, roasting dishes, pans and champagne glasses. If you’re…


Michael Gove: why I won’t allow profit-seeking schools (yet).

26 December 2012 9:09

Why aren’t there more free schools? Halfway through this coalition government and we have just 72; we’d need 400 opening…