The Spectator

Archived since 2 July 2005 Modern Archive Weekly
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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’

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

Latest issue
Keir’s reformation. Keir Starmer is now able to oversee the kind of structural reform that the Tories never dared to do for political reasons. But will he? So far, so good says Katy Balls. Wes Streeting has brought in Blair-era reformers Alan Milburn and Paul Corrigan. For planning, Reeves has brought back a firm housing target – the equivalent of 300,000 a year. Making James Timpson prisons minister suggests that Labour intends to implement radical reform – very much focused on employment and outcomes. Starmer is acting not from ideology but a fear of what will happen if he doesn’t deliver.
 
Svitlana Morenets: what I saw at the Okhmatdyt bomb site. Our correspondent Svitlana Morenets was nearby when a Russian missile struck the largest children’s hospital in her native Kyiv. She reports on what she saw: a traffic jam of locals rushing to the scene, not fleeing. They formed human chains, as if everyone knew what to do. In our leading article, we say that the strike looks deliberate – and escalatory.
 
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons: why radical change is needed. Men are spending 22 hours a day locked up with nothing to do, says Charlie Taylor. Half of all prisoners are functionally illiterate. Boredom creates demand for drugs, a trade which is booming in jails. Measures aimed at reducing prison numbers will not, on their own, make prisons fit for purpose.
 
Jacob Rees-Mogg’s Diary. ‘I wrote to my boarding school children when the election was called to warn them of the impending defeat,’ writes Jacob Rees-Mogg in this week’s Diary, ‘but unfortunately they cannot read my handwriting.’ He’s speaking at a Spectator event tomorrow about the future of the Tories (or lack thereof).
 
The long Tory war. Rishi Suank may be asked to hold on until after the party conference, says James Heale. The danger for the Tories is an obsession with the question of ‘who’, rather than ‘what’ the party stands for.

Subjects: Culture, News, News And Politics

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  • First Issue: 2 July 2005
  • Latest Issue: 13 July 2024
  • Issue Count: 963
  • Published: Weekly
  • ISSN: 2059-6499