Cheap alcohol leads to violent crime, say ‘experts’. Where’s the evidence?

29 April 2015 14:10

Stanley Cohen, the legendary criminologist and author of Folk Devils and Moral Panics, once commented on ‘the unique dilemma of…

(FILES) A file picture taken on December

When did it become OK for the police to electrocute children?

25 February 2015 11:23

Hard as it may be to imagine, dear reader, once upon a time the police managed to fulfil their obligations to…

Evans playing for Sheffield Utd in 2012. Image: Getty

Letting Ched Evans play football would give young offenders a much-needed role model

23 December 2014 18:06

On Sunday, Hartlepool FC quashed rumours that they would be signing Ched Evans, the former Sheffield United forward and convicted…


Did Adnan Syed do it?

12 December 2014 16:21

I doubt most people would have been familiar with the relatively unremarkable murder of a Baltimore high school student by…


The idiot economy – behind the ‘dark web’ cyber-crime busts

10 November 2014 18:59

Spectator Money is out, with ideas on how to make it, spend it and even how to be seen spending it. Freddy Gray looks…

George Cruikshank's  bank note of 1819 (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

‘Hang ’em high!’ – leftists for the death penalty, re Pistorius et al

23 October 2014 13:32

O, the fury of my Sisters over the risible punishment (I’ve seen longer sentences in Ulysses) handed out to Oscar…

Ched Evans playing for Sheffield United in March 2012 (Photo:  Stu Forster, Getty Images Sport)

Even rapist footballer Ched Evans deserves a second chance

16 October 2014 11:21

There has been a rumbling row for a while about Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans. He was found guilty of…


Of course marijuana isn’t ‘safe’ – but should it be illegal?

13 October 2014 9:26

Sometimes I read things that really get on my wick, and last week was one of those times. A new,…

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In praise and reproval of the elderly: slow, itinerant, violent – and revolutionary

7 September 2014 18:51

It’s been a good week for old people. On Friday, the Chilean poet Nicanor Parra celebrated his 100th birthday, and…

Ecstasy Seisure In Los Angeles

The government’s drugs strategy is miles behind today’s drug dealers

4 August 2014 16:58

New powers to tackle the huge growth in ‘legal’ highs are set to be introduced. Dame Sally Davies, the chief…

Prime Minister David Cameron Visits Wormwood Scrubs Prison And Makes A Speech On Criminal Justice

Labour should stop whipping up fears about our prisons. They created Britain’s only recent prison crisis

1 August 2014 17:56

Sadiq Khan, the Shadow Justice Secretary, took to these pages earlier to claim that ‘This Government’s disastrous prisons policy is…

New data suggests that UK prisons are in crisis. (Image: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

This government’s disastrous prisons policy is putting the public at risk

1 August 2014 12:03

Data released yesterday lays bare the true scale of the growing crisis in our prisons. Suicides up 69 per cent…

John Liu, scourge of car alarms in New York City.

Car alarms are anti-social and should be banned

20 June 2014 9:12

4.06 am, that’s what it was when I was woken up. Last time this week I think it was a bit…


What’s the difference between German and Romanian immigrants?

19 May 2014 16:30

Nigel Farage is in the papers again today – unbelievably! – this time with a full-page advert in the Telegraph…

MP Nigel Evans Is Found Not Guilty Of Sex Offence Charges

British justice the envy of the world? Tell that to Nigel Evans

14 April 2014 11:32

I am utterly delighted that Nigel Evans has been acquitted of serious allegations of sexual assault. He is a good,…

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

We need to know the truth about Gerry Adams’s alleged involvement in the ‘disappearance’ of Jean McConville

3 April 2014 11:44

Readers will know that I am interested in the subject of post-Good Friday agreement ‘justice’ in Northern Ireland. Having been…

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

FGM is a shaming indictment of multiculturalism and mass-immigration

25 March 2014 15:05

A number of interesting things have happened recently: The Law Society has provided legal guidance to ensure that Muslims in…

The inimitable General Boles produced this mock-up of crime-fighter Carswell.

Douglas Carswell, crime fighter

24 January 2014 13:42

Mr S has long admired Essex Tory MP Douglas Carswell. Not only does the rebel with a cause bring a…

The claims surrounding the alleged dalliance between President Hollande and the actress Julie Gayet become more fantastic by the day. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

The President, his mistress and the Mob

13 January 2014 15:03

There was a moment when it looked like French Closer had done President Hollande a favour. His poll ratings have…

Caught Smoking

Ten things that went badly right in Britain in 2013

20 December 2013 14:59

This was supposed to be the year of strife, strikes, misery and more. Instead, to the surprise of Britain’s politicians,…


Old England died in 1963

21 November 2013 12:55

There is no better measure of the pivotal importance of 1963 than to recall what Britain was like in the…


Chris Grayling gets a relatively easy ride over reoffending rates

10 November 2013 12:19

Theresa May accepted her Spectator Politician of the Year award with the quip: ‘It used to be a joke that…


What will history make of Britain’s treatment of Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin?

8 November 2013 17:49

‘A historic catastrophe’ is how Martin Bright describes it. He is referring to the policy by which successive governments in…

Argentina's President Kirchner is not afraid to play on the global stage by her own rules. Britain should stop her. (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Argentina’s G-20 membership should be revoked

12 August 2013 17:07

When Argentina appears in British public discourse, it is normally in relation to one of the two ‘f’s – football…

City Types

A book you must read: Berlin Noir, the Bernie Gunther saga

7 August 2013 15:32

One of the givens in detective fiction these days is that the sleuth should be deeply flawed. You almost expect,…