2 July 2005
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
For months, there have been whispers of a new British political party. This week, eight Labour MPs started one: the Independent Group. Three Tory MPs then joined them. It’s easier to get a party started than it once was, says James Forsyth, but the challenge is to define what the Independent Group stands for. Is it Remain United? An anti-Corbyn alliance? New New Labour? Rod Liddle isn’t convinced: ‘New party, same old views,’ he says.
There’s another way to solve the Brexit drama, says Sir Paul Collier: revoke Article 50 and start again. Laura Freeman writes about the hell of hen parties: she’s getting married later this year and isn’t having one. Peter Oborne looks at Narendra Modi’s efforts to undermine Imran Khan, ahead of India’s spring elections. Richard Madeley discusses what it’s like to interview naked guests, Kate Womersley explores the wisdom of wolves and Tanya Gold reveals David Cameron’s favourite supermarket. I hope you enjoy.