Salisbury Cathedral's Magna Carta Granted World Heritage Status

In praise of charming but pointless laws – like the Magna Carta

15 June 2015 13:36

If you peer deep into the statute book, you will see that it is still an offence to enter parliament…


Chris Grayling is an advertisement for a Labour government

3 October 2014 13:39

Thank heavens for Ed Miliband, eh? The leader of the opposition remains the single most compelling reason to hope the…

Boris Johnson Speech on Europe

Boris Johnson is not fit to be leader of the Tory party, never mind Prime Minister

25 August 2014 10:10

Awkward, especially here, I know, but there you have it. But, look, if any other high-profile politician were suggesting the…

General View Of The Old Bailey

The law’s an ass, obviously

23 July 2014 17:17

‘The award of Queen’s Counsel is for excellence in advocacy in the higher courts,’ says the QC appointments page. ‘It…


Britain has very little to fear from the ECHR. So why are so many Tories so afraid of it?

22 July 2014 15:36

On matters domestic (England and Wales division) I was sad to see Dominic Grieve turfed-out of the cabinet in last…

Baroness Butler-Sloss. Image: Getty

Lady Butler-Sloss should not lead the child abuse inquiry

10 July 2014 12:56

Last week, Nick Cohen suggested that Lady Butler-Sloss was not the correct person to lead the child abuse enquiry. She…

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

How should we describe ‘assisted dying’?

7 July 2014 15:40

There is, I realise, no perfect, neutral way of describing ‘assisted dying’, the substance of Lord Falconer’s bill which comes…

Clement Attlee ventures into the East End... Cartoon by Michael Heath. (1963)

Clement Attlee’s conversion

5 June 2014 15:28

In the early 1960s, The Spectator ran a series called ‘John Bull’s first job’ – reminiscences by various prominenti about…

Soham Trial Nears Conclusion

Who judges the judges?

18 March 2014 12:53

I like Jonathan Calvert and Heidi Blake of the Sunday Times. I will not pretend they are anything like close…


A prenup undermines a marriage before it has even begun

25 February 2014 13:00

A friend of mine, quite a distinguished lawyer, takes the view that marriage ceased to make sense after no-fault divorces…

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How legal aid reforms are clogging up the courts

20 February 2014 18:27

Litigants in person – individuals representing themselves, rather than relying on a lawyer – have always been a feature in…

Lord Rennard (Photo: PA)

Will the women apologise to Rennard?

21 January 2014 9:28

Well done Lord Rennard for not saying sorry. I thought at first that he should, just to get the whole…

Palmer Murder Trial

Courtroom drama in 1828 – courtesy of The Spectator

20 January 2014 13:19

It’s a real pleasure looking through the first few editions of the Spectator from 1828, where the police reports and…

David Cameron on a visit to Wormwood Scrubs prison earlier this week. The Prime Minister today confirmed he will oppose attempts to give prisoners the vote. Picture: Getty

If we don’t want prisoners to have the vote, then we’re going to have to leave the European Court of Human Rights

13 December 2013 19:18

David Cameron’s declaration that prisoners “damn well shouldn’t” have the right to vote is a reminder that this issue hasn’t…

What would Rosa Parks have made of this shameful hypocrisy over segregation?

The segregation of women and the appeasement of bigotry at Britain’s universities (part two)

11 December 2013 13:04

On the Today programme this morning Justin Webb covered the decision by Universities UK to allow fundamentalist speakers to segregate…

Members Of The New Coalition Cabinet Arrive For Their First Cabinet Meeting

Are Parliament’s select committees working? – I say no

5 November 2013 18:57

Our parliamentary select committees need to be taken seriously. Yet, for them to be so, we need to clarify their…

Women are banned from driving in Saudi Arabia. Ed West suggests that, given the appalling road safety standards in Saudi, men ought to be banned too. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Should Saudi men be allowed to drive?

5 November 2013 15:47

It’s important that newspapers make themselves sounding boards for unpopular opinions, especially in an age when identity is sacred and…


Is Sunny Hundal the best person to lecture on journalism?

25 October 2013 17:02

Farewell then Sunny Hundal. The libellous blogger and tweeter has announced that he is no longer going to keep up…

Judges Procession To Westminster Abbey To Mark The Start Of The Legal Year

Sir Brian’s PR offensive continues

22 October 2013 17:24

Sir Brian Leveson, who has ascended from his inquiry podium to President of the Queen’s Bench Division and Chairman of…

An Alternative View Of The Liberal Democrats Annual Party Conference

Real feminists stand up for women

18 October 2013 12:42

As Edmund Burke wrote: ‘Manners are of more importance than laws. Upon them, in a great measure, the laws depend.’…

Our abortion laws are wholly absurd. (PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

Britain’s abortion laws are inherently absurd

8 October 2013 10:04

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, yesterday declared that it was right not to prosecute doctors who authorised abortions…

Equality legislation alone is not going to stop soldiers being threatened in their own land. (ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)

Ed Miliband ducks the question. If squaddies are victims, who or what is threatening them?

27 September 2013 12:28

A country’s laws say much about its people’s character, though not in the way its lawmakers intend. Perhaps the oldest…

Judges Attend The Annual Service At Westminster Abbey To Mark The Start Of The UK Legal Year

We must revisit the Equality Act to stop vexatious court cases

8 August 2013 18:04

What have the Churchill £5 note, the Home Office ‘racist vans’ and the ‘Bedroom Tax’ got in common? All were…

Bikers for Britain has launched today, to get a better deal from the EU for motorcyclists.

Why bikers need a better deal from the EU

8 August 2013 13:25

Since I was elected to Parliament in 2010, I have taken every opportunity to push back against the EU’s move…

The House of Lords  (ALASTAIR GRANT/AFP/GettyImages)

When is corruption not corrupt? When the establishment says it isn’t

5 August 2013 17:54

Mr Justice Tugendhat delivered a ferocious verdict last week. Undercover reporters from the Sunday Times claimed they had found Peter…