The Spectator

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The Spectator was established in 1828, and is the oldest continuously published magazine in the English language. The Spectator’s taste for controversy, however, remains undiminished. There is no party line to which The Spectator’s writers are bound - originality of thought and elegance of expression are the sole editorial constraints.

The trial issue contains a “Thought Crime Special” with articles from Melanie Phillips, “I think, therefore I’m guilty”; Christopher Booker writes about “Scientists in hiding; the demonisation of academics who question the consensus”; Alan Rusbridger explores “How to stifle the press” and how England’s libel laws make it easy.

UK politics come under scrutiny from James Forsyth, Brendan O’Neill ponders if teenagers could ever be “Drunk and orderly”; while Tom Hollander writes his diary and James Delingpole says eat local organic food if you like, but don’t kid yourself that it’s ‘green’

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Bulletproof Trump. The failed assassination attempt on Donald Trump means that his supporters, more than ever, view him as America’s Chosen One. Joe Biden’s candidacy has been falling apart since his disastrous performance in the first presidential debate last month. Trump is now ahead in the polls in all the battleground states. The whispers in Washington are that the Democrats are already giving up on stopping a second Trump term – and eyeing up the presidential election of 2028 instead.
Why Trump forgave J.D. Vance. ‘The Trump-Vance ticket is Donald Trump’s way of showing off his unprecedented level of power over the Republican party,’ says Kate Andrews. ‘In 2016, he chose Mike Pence as his VP to reassure its traditional wing. That’s a concession he doesn’t need to make any more. With Vance’s nomination, the MAGA takeover of the Republican party is complete.’
Svitlana Morenets: what I saw on Putin’s second front at Kharkiv. Putin has opened up a second front of the war at Kharkiv to stretch Ukraine’s resources. Ukraine’s elite units have been redeployed to the north, away from Donbas in the east, so his plan has worked – but at a cost. Svitlana speaks to the commanders of drone and mortar units who are fending off the new offensive. One chief marine sergeant says it’s a miracle the front line has held: ‘Our golden elite, those wonderful men who could have defeated the enemy, are now dead... While the weapons kept being delayed, we are paying with the blood of our soldiers.’
Labour’s new divide. The debate about the two-child policy exposed the first sight of tension in Labour. The most bothersome divide to party management could simply come down to those who can and can’t cope with making these kinds of decisions. ‘The planning policy will be unpopular,’ says one new MP. ‘I’m not sure which of my colleagues will be able to handle the backlash. That will be the new Labour divide.’
Meeting the mega MAGA fans. James Heale reports from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the Republican National Convention is under way. ‘Brash, flash and full of flair,’ reports James, as he meets Donald Trump supporters who are, he says, wearing their MAGA politics with pride. Border control is a common complaint, while other Trumpists hope his near-death experience will see him embrace his faith. 

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  • First Issue: 2 July 2005
  • Latest Issue: 20 July 2024
  • Issue Count: 964
  • Published: Weekly
  • ISSN: 2059-6499