The Spectator

Archived since 2 July 2005 Modern Archive Weekly
951 issues
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’

The Spectator’s regular arts coverage includes books, theatre, opera, cinema and exhibitions.

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The usual targets. Trump is on trial again – and America is bored rather than scandalised. This is his 91st criminal charge and his supporters see this as politicised prosecution. As an American, Kate Andrews has seen how the law can be used as a political weapon – so why, she asks, is Britain importing the same system? In less than 18 months, the police have been sent to investigate Rishi Sunak for his seat-belt, Nicola Sturgeon for campaign funds, and Angela Rayner over her electoral registry: each time, the complainant is political and the process is the punishment. Countries work best when the law is above politics, she argues. Britain should keep it that way.
Revolutionaries on ketamine: Max Jeffery infiltrates ‘Youth Demand’. Our reporter gatecrashed a party of this Extinction Rebellion youth offshoot, whose stunts have included targeting MPs’ houses and dousing the Ministry of Defence in red ink. ‘I’m so ketty!’ one of the partygoers told him (referring to the drugs she was on). ‘They wrote ideas on big sheets of paper and left them lying at the back of the bar while they celebrated. “Rishi Sunak pool/pond – dyeing it red – pool party?” someone wrote. “CEOs’ houses”; “water (Thames)”; “Planes/private jets”; “Eton”; “Transgressive stuff”.’
Confessions of a defecting Starmtrooper. Katy Balls speaks to Jamie Driscoll, the former Labour North of Tyne mayor, who failed Keir Starmer’s selection process to be mayor of the soon-to-be-created North East metro mayoralty. He’s now running as an independent, backed by Andy Burnham, while half of the Labour council groups are refusing to endorse the official Labour candidate. ‘I know people who have left the Labour party who describe it as leaving an abusive relationship,’ he says.
The new Arab-Israeli alliance. The Jordanian Air Force flew to defend a Jewish state last weekend: the resumption of an Arab-Israeli rapprochement that had even the Saudis on the brink of normalising relations – to Iranian horror. ‘The Iranian regime manufactured a conflict with Israel and is attempting to use that conflict to consolidate control in several key countries in the Arab world,’ Joel Rayburn, the former head of Iran policy at the US National Security Council, tells Paul Wood. ‘They’re threatened by a common enemy to the Israelis. That’s the basis of this coalition, it’s a defensive coalition.’
The West saved Israel from drones. Why not Ukraine? ‘To witness Israel being given so much backup was painful,’ Svitlana Morenets writes. Her country is under daily attack from Iranian drones, but ammunition is so low that Ukraine struggles to down half of them: a far cry from the 99 per cent elimination rate that the RAF and the US helped Israel attain over the weekend. It’s a reminder, she says, that Ukraine is being given enough ammo to fight – but not enough to win.

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  • First Issue: 2 July 2005
  • Latest Issue: 20 April 2024
  • Issue Count: 951
  • Published: Weekly
  • ISSN: 2059-6499