The Spectator

Archived since 2 July 2005 Modern Archive Weekly
950 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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Owen Matthews: the Zelensky drone offensive. Ukraine’s most successful strategy to date has been its ingenious use of homemade, long-range drones, which it has used to strike military targets as well as oil refineries and petrol storage facilities in Russia. The strikes are working: since January, 15 of Russia’s 30 oil refineries have been hit, prompting the Kremlin to impose restrictions on gasoline exports this year after 10 to 14 per cent of the country’s refinery capacity was taken out. But, Owen Matthews asks, how much longer will the US tolerate strikes 750 miles into Russian territory? After all, Joe Biden’s administration has recently distanced itself from Kyiv over the attacks.
Cameron’s apology tour. David Cameron’s trip to the US is something of an apology tour, writes Katy Balls. He has dined with Donald Trump, a man he had previously denounced as ‘protectionist, xenophobic, misogynistic’. He also said during his audience with Antony Blinken that he had ‘no intention to lecture anybody or tell anybody what to do’. But not everyone has forgiven him. Mike Johnson failed to find time for a meeting. Many Tories have questioned Cameron’s judgment, describing him as a grifter seeking to set himself up for a lucrative post-election career, rather than an experienced statesman. If there is movement on the $60 billion Ukraine package held up on Capitol Hill, Cameron will claim he played a part in that outcome. But if the deal fails, and Cameron’s hectoring is seen as a factor, there will be more Tories who question whether he knows what he is doing.
The myth of ‘diverse’ boardrooms. Business leaders and academics keep telling us that increasing the diversity of your boardroom increases the success of your company. But is that true? The claim is made off the back of four studies pumped out by management consultants McKinsey & Company over the past decade. To date, McKinsey’s work has gone largely unchallenged – but Ross Clark explains why its claims don’t stack up.
Are the Olympics at risk from Putin? Macron has told his advisers that the Olympics in Paris this summer will be ‘the climax of his mandate’ and should place France ‘at the centre of the world’. But with that global attention come two serious risks, writes Gavin Mortimer. Firstly, the French intelligence services are particularly worried about the threat from Islamist terror groups. Secondly, there is a risk of what Russia might do in Ukraine during the Olympics. Vladimir Putin is known for timing his acts of aggression around the Games. Macron wants a ceasefire in Ukraine for the duration of the Olympics as a ‘message of peace’. This idea seems, at best, fanciful.
Rachel Johnson: women-only clubs don’t work. The main problem with the argument for men-only clubs, writes Rachel Johnson, is the supposed alternative: women-only clubs. ‘Women-only clubs are all marketed as networking hubs, while men-only clubs are effortlessly social and superior. They’re not glorified WeWork spaces… “Women want to be where men are, and men want to be where women aren’t,” says my husband (Pratt’s, Beefsteak), sounding pleased with himself. “And you can quote me.”’

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  • First Issue: 2 July 2005
  • Latest Issue: 13 April 2024
  • Issue Count: 950
  • Published: Weekly
  • ISSN: 2059-6499