Erdoğan Threatens Europe

BY ASGHAR KHAN There have been plenty of attempts in the past to take the mickey out of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The Spectator memorably ran a poetry competition under the literary supervision of Douglas Murray – The Spectator’s President Erdogan Offensive Poetry competition – which was won by Boris Johnson, no less, with the following, err, ode: There was a young fellow from Ankara Who … Continue reading Erdoğan Threatens Europe

Deutschland: Doubtland

BY MAX VELTEN The Volkswagen brand, along with the Germany Inc. brand, is worth a lot less than it was before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused the company of rigging the emissions data on almost half a million of its diesel-powered cars sold in the United States between 2009 and 2015. Volkswagen admitted that 11 million of its cars worldwide had been rigged to fool … Continue reading Deutschland: Doubtland

Metaphors For America

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, 83-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (pictured) was interviewed on BBC Newsnight in late February and declared, “The true symbol of the United States is not the bald eagle. It is the pendulum. And when the pendulum swings too far in one direction it will go back … we are not experiencing the best of times, … Continue reading Metaphors For America

Jammy Sessions

MOTHER The Democrats’ witch hunt against US Attorney General Jeff Sessions for what they describe as lying under oath about contact with Russians during last year’s Presidential campaign has reached fever pitch. However, unless there’s a bombshell between now and the end of the weekend, it would seem that Sessions is destined to survive. As far as political take-downs go, the Democrats’ latest one has … Continue reading Jammy Sessions

From Autoroute to Hell

BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN Nobody would have claimed it was Spring, but late February was pleasantly and unusually warm. A change of season, with all of its potential, was definitely in the air. Having taken breakfast at the harbour’s edge, I eased the car onto the motorway slip road. A thin layer of high cirrostratus filtered the climbing sun; it was perfect weather for the long … Continue reading From Autoroute to Hell

Monkey See Monkey Do

BY JON ALEXANDER Since Trump’s election the strangest thing has happened. The Left have suddenly found a new set of morals. It’s really quite astonishing. Actions and events they were happy to witness and even cheer on during the last decade now simply must be stopped. The Left have suddenly determined that a rich, white media mogul (George Soros) is a force for good when … Continue reading Monkey See Monkey Do

Goldfish Memory: The Left & Le Pen

BY SAM WHITE You can’t fail to have noticed a fair number of opinion pieces in the liberal media questioning why the left is in trouble, and how it is that right wing, populist movements are in the ascendant. Still lumbering creakily along in the wrong direction after the cultural upheavals of 2016, some cranky progressives remain blankly unable to recognise the staggeringly obvious. But French presidential candidate Marine Le … Continue reading Goldfish Memory: The Left & Le Pen

The Day I Met Goldfinger

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN In the late nineties, I rented a humble pied à terre in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canaries. The apartment had a balcony which hung over the edge of a deep volcanic gorge, known as the Barranco, which wound down through Santa Cruz town and into the Atlantic. From that vantage point, there was a fine view of the cruise ships, ferries … Continue reading The Day I Met Goldfinger