London

The false paradise of Metroland

29 August 2014 18:39

Gaily into Ruislip Gardens runs the red electric train… Near the end of the Metropolitan Line, where London dwindles into…

Will we learn to love our ugly houses?

29 August 2014 15:57

What are the root causes of Britain’s housing crisis? The Philosophers’ Mail – which has copied the format of MailOnline but…

Jihadi John – a very British export

20 August 2014 14:34

It is the now familiar nightmare image. A kneeling prisoner, and behind him a black-hooded man speaking to camera. The…

Ukip need not fear Boris Johnson

6 August 2014 16:41

So Boris Johnson is standing for parliament next year, triggering speculation about what would happen if David Cameron lost the…

The West has drifted away from Israel — and itself

16 July 2014 9:18

Is Israel drifting away from the West? That was Hugo Rifkind’s claim in his column in the magazine last week.…

Uxbridge set to be destination Boris?

11 July 2014 14:28

Mr S likes a flutter. His eyes were drawn to the latest speculation about Boris’s return to the Commons. Ladbrokes…

Video: London cabbies, Über alles

11 June 2014 18:45

What’s upsetting London cabbies? Is it really that Transport for London aren’t fairly implementing the special privileges awarded to Hackney…

Boris tribute tavern opens

10 June 2014 12:16

Mr S has oft remarked that you have only made it in life when someone has named a watering hole after…

Clement Attlee’s conversion

5 June 2014 15:28

In the early 1960s, The Spectator ran a series called ‘John Bull’s first job’ – reminiscences by various prominenti about…

London’s party-hungry Russians suffer Putin problem

3 June 2014 12:16

Word reaches Mr S of the plight of Mr Alexander Sucenko, organiser of next Saturday’s annual Russian Summer Ball. The ball…

I’ve had it with the insufferable London elite. Have you?

22 May 2014 23:25

‘I’ve had it with these people. They are so smug; they think they know everything and they know nothing. They…

Should London leave the union?

15 May 2014 16:07

We’re four months away from Scotland’s day of destiny, with the London-Scottish media fraternity becoming increasingly alarmed, and ironically (considering…

Wales, sleepwalking to independence?

14 May 2014 15:04

Independence is a fringe issue in Wales. Just 12 per cent of Welsh voters support it, and that figure has been…

State of the Union – not good

12 May 2014 12:12

Mr S attended the international rugby union 7s tournament at Twickenham on Saturday, which was graced by some 76,000 people –…

London as you’ve never seen it before

7 May 2014 12:40

The new Shangri-La hotel opened its doors to Mr S last night. Located on floor 35 of The Shard, the…

Why does the Tory party have a problem with ethnic minority voters? Because it deserves to.

6 May 2014 19:17

Why do the Tories have a problem with black and ethnic minority voters, daddy? It is, with all due respect…

Modern England: a triumph of immigration and integration.

6 May 2014 13:30

In a better, more sensible, world David Cameron would make a virtue of the opportunity UKIP has given him. He…

HS1 was a godsend. Bring on HS2

28 April 2014 18:48

It used to take one hour and forty five minutes to get by train from where I live in Canterbury…

Podcast: Buying your way into the establishment and Osborne’s 2014 budget

20 March 2014 10:20

How easy is it to buy your way into the British establishment? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Harry…

‘Almost a conservative’ – in praise of Bob Crow, 1961-2014

11 March 2014 10:28

Very sad to hear of Bob Crow’s death. Doubtless his erstwhile political opponents will be falling over themselves to say…

Say it loud, say it proud: UKIP are a party for reactionary xenophobes

3 March 2014 12:49

Sometimes what doesn’t occasion interest or drama or controversy is more interesting – or at least more telling – than…

What’s Lord Adonis up to?

19 February 2014 15:53

Lucky Lord Adonis has spent the last few days travelling around London by bus as part of his ‘London By…

Sorry RMT, there’s no proof the public support the Tube strikes

5 February 2014 8:19

Statistics can be used to prove anything, a wise man (Homer Simpson) once said. It looks like the RMT union…

Could we move all politicians to Manchester?

4 February 2014 14:32

The Ukip candidate for Wythenshawe and Sale East has come up with a rather interesting idea: he wants to move…

To fix the north-south divide, revive the Council of the North!

28 January 2014 15:32

These, ranked from first to tenth, are the urban areas in Britain with the highest average weekly earnings in 2012:…