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
Electric shock: the great EV bust. Ross Clark runs through all the issues facing electric cars today – from China flooding the market with discounted EVs to Rishi Sunak dropping the unrealistic target of banning new petrol car sales by 2030. ‘Could the outlook suddenly improve for British EVs?’ asks Ross. ‘It’s hard to see how.’ Already, car-makers from Aston Martin to Fiat are delaying or scaling back their EV plans.
 
Kharkiv’s artistic defiance. Ukraine’s second largest city is braced for what lies ahead as the Russian offensive advances. Maria Avdeeva says that Kharkiv remains resilient: a Kyiv-based drama group has even come to the city to raise locals’ spirits. Residents tell Maria that they know what to prepare for and what the Russian offensive can bring. ‘Most,’ she writes, ‘are determined to stay.’
 
The shadow fleet helping Russia evade sanctions. Since the start of the Ukraine war, the Kremlin has defied more than 16,000 sanctions imposed by the US and the EU. The secret of this remarkable resilience? A shadow fleet of oil tankers registered outside the G7, which has allowed it to maintain an uninterrupted stream of oil exports, writes Owen Matthews. Russian oil continues to head to European forecourts after being refined in India and China. Worse still, this operation ‘is vast and expanding’.
 
Labour’s green bind. Should Keir Starmer win a majority, the fiercest critics of his green ambitions won’t come from the opposition, but from his own side: the unions. Unite is campaigning for Labour to ditch Ed Miliband’s plan to block new oil and gas licences in the North Sea. The union has played its favourite trick of withdrawing funding, but since Labour takes much more from private donors, this is not quite the slam dunk that it would have been a few years ago, writes Katy Balls. ‘Relations between Keir and Sharon [Graham, the head of Unite] are frosty,’ says a party figure. ‘But he also needs her less.’
 
The Spectator: a July election would be madness for the Tories. The Spectator’s leader this week makes the case that a November election would be the least bad option for the Tories. There are credible grounds for believing that things will seem better by then. Net migration will start falling fast as the tighter visa regime kicks in; the NHS waiting list is expected to fall below six million by the end of this year; and, with inflation fast heading back to the 2 per cent target, the average salary is rising faster than the CPI index. To call a summer election before he has anything to substantiate any claim of having ‘delivered’ would be a concession of defeat. 

Subjects: Culture, News, News And Politics

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  • First Issue: 2 July 2005
  • Latest Issue: 25 May 2024
  • Issue Count: 956
  • Published: Weekly
  • ISSN: 2059-6499