Students protest against Marine Le Pen's attendance at an Oxford Union debate. Image: Getty

What does the Tim Hunt saga tell us about the future of democracy?

21 June 2015 10:45

A friend of mine, who attends a top UK University, recently attended a generic debate on feminism and sexual violence.…


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…


In the court of King Dave, can Cameron phone home?

5 November 2014 9:40

An absolute gem in the Telegraph’s morning memo today by Stephen Bush, who claims that the Prime Minister has more…

Will Self publicising his latest novel Shark

Will Self is wrong (again): online reading isn’t negligent reading

8 October 2014 12:39

Dim the lights, half-muffle the bells, replace your Hatchard’s bookmark with a strip of black crepe: the novel is dead.…

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…


Why is The Daily Dot, smooth and sassy website of ‘the internet community’, publishing racist nonsense?

23 July 2014 19:14

The Daily Dot, founded less than two years ago, is best read while sipping the flattest of flat white coffees.…

Equality campaigners have stormed the Bastille. It would be tragic if they built new Bastilles in its place.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Mozilla controversy suggests that the sexual revolution is getting ugly

4 April 2014 11:04

If you’re reading this on Firefox, you can rest assured that your custom is not going towards any hateful, disgusting,…


We should mourn the passing of Nuts magazine. Yes, seriously

1 April 2014 12:41

If I had a fourteen-year-old son, I’d be pretty disturbed by the news that Nuts magazine might fold. Fortunately, I…

The Spectator magazine through the ages, how has the website changed since it launched in 1998?

The Spectator website through the ages

14 March 2014 18:14

How has The Spectator weathered the first 25 years of the web? In Simon Courtauld’s excellent history of this magazine…

Tim Berners-Lee at the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. His message 'This is for everyone'

Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web. What comes next?

12 March 2014 12:42

On this day in 1989, the World Wide Web was born. Tim Berners-Lee, a contractor at CERN, published a paper…

BBC Three is to be closed as on-air channel, but does it matter? Photo: BBC.

An announcement for Tony Hall: BBC3 was already dead

5 March 2014 17:55

Two words tell you everything you need to know about today’s announcement that BBC3 is to become an online-only channel:…

Qingdao Hosts Beer Festival

What shall we do about Neknominate?

20 February 2014 17:57

I wonder if we should start our own Spectator Blog NekNominations? Open to bloggers and readers. I nominate Daniel Maris…

The state is regulating how sex is consumed online. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

State sanctioned sex

22 December 2013 18:39

After bullying from the government, our major internet providers are now ‘filtering’ pornographic websites, so that children don’t get to…


David Cameron’s crackdown on child porn is not over yet

18 November 2013 8:37

Parliament returns from a three day break today, but the headlines this morning are dominated by the international crackdown on…


Has anything in the recent past had a bigger effect on writers and writing than Twitter?

12 September 2013 9:30

I’ve been trying to think of something – anything – in recent years that has had a bigger effect on…


If you’re on your summer holiday, why are you reading this?

8 August 2013 9:37

I’m in two minds about blogging this post. On the one hand, I’d really rather be on a sunny beach…


The Tories bag Jim Messina

3 August 2013 11:19

It’s a good time to be a Tory in Westminster at present. Labour is under pressure. The backbench dissenters have…


What GOV.UK doesn’t want you to know

26 July 2013 14:53

At last. They’ve done it. The government has unified every snippet of data about itself on a single website. GOV.UK is…

Current Head of Communications for Briti

PM’s porn crackdown replicates Tory EU campaign success

22 July 2013 15:27

Further evidence of Number 10 finding a hard-headed campaigning zeal reaches this blog, in the form of a campaigning website…

The expansion of legislation prohibiting pornographic images gives more powers to police and prosecutors.

Can we trust the state to censor porn?

22 July 2013 13:31

The most sweeping censorship is always the most objectionable. In principle, however, there is nothing wrong with David Cameron’s sweeping…

Cameron And Theresa May Visit Hertfordshire After Results Show A Reduction In Crime In The UK

David Cameron’s porn announcement shows unusual media aggression

22 July 2013 10:11

If it was front page warmth and approval he was looking for, the Prime Minister’s sudden crackdown on internet firms…


Of course spooks snoop. More power to them

9 June 2013 9:28

Can I just share with you my satisfaction that the CIA has access to my emails and all the social…

The British Library has been given the right to archive the digital world from today. An estimated billion pages a year will be available for researchers to access through the new archive.

The British Library goes digital

11 April 2013 9:09

If you go down to the British Library today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Because as of last weekend,…

The new poison pen. Image: Getty

The Leather Case

16 February 2013 15:44

Last year I wrote an unpatriotic column for the Observer. I said that while American literary and journalistic frauds tended…


It’s still you, Professor Beard

4 February 2013 16:01

It’s time to panic. I read at the weekend that sophisticated hackers have burrowed their way into no less than…