November 26, 2012
No ifs. No buts. Heathrow must have a third runway
Almost everyone agrees that London and the South East need more airport capacity – especially more runways. London's airports are already overflowing, while passenger numbers grow steadily year on year. We desperately need new runways – but where and how?
January 17, 2013
An evening with Kofi Annan
Renowned writer and broadcaster William Shawcross lead the discussion of Annan’s new book, Interventions: A Life in War and Peace, and a career devoted to international politics.
January 30, 2013
Leveson is a fundamental threat to the free press
The Leveson Inquiry has provoked the most heated debate about journalism in British history. His call for new statutory regulation of print media has left a stand-off between politicians and the press.
March 20, 2013
Budget 2013: What happened to the recovery?
Sharing their insight on the 2013 Budget, hours after Osborne delivered it. Highlighting what matters and what it means for Britain’s economic future.
April 16, 2013
Britain's future lies outside the EU
The nation’s top Eurocrats, politicians and media figures debated this most contentious of topics: whether Britain should stay in the EU, or go it alone.
April 18, 2013
Has the schools' revolution stalled?
In May 2010 Michael Gove was appointed Secretary of State for Education. Three years later we have seen a massive expansion in the number of academies, the introduction of free schools and a complete overhaul of the examination system. It's obvious the English education system has changed - quite possibly forever.
May 2, 2013
Skilling Britain for the twenty first century
Do we have the skills to thrive in the 21st century?
May 7, 2013
An evening with Charles Moore
On 7th May 2013, The Spectator hosted an evening with Moore, who shared his insights into this towering political figure of our times.
June 24, 2013
Assad is a war criminal- the West must intervene in Syria
After finding evidence of the Assad regime using chemical weapons President Obama has announced the US will provide assistance to the Syrian rebels, while David Cameron and colleagues are yet to commit to doing the same.
September 17, 2013
An evening with Simon Schama
The Spectator is proud to have hosted a special evening with Professor Simon Schama, celebrating the launch of his new book, Story of the Jews: Finding the Words (1000 BCE – 1492).
October 16, 2013
Looking to the future
On 16th October, Andrew Neil, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth gave an evening discussion of the latest trends and gossip from Westminster.
October 24, 2013
Labour has failed the North East
The North East of England is Labour’s heartland, where their vote is still wheel barrowed, not carried in on election day. There are only four non-Labour MPs in the region, yet the area remains in terminal economic decline. Many areas have failed to recover from the loss of traditional manufacturing industries. Who is blame, Labour for not reversing the trend or others for causing it in the first place?
October 31, 2013
The government is pressing ahead with an ambitious High Speed Rail service to better connect our largest cities.
November 19, 2013
Cigar smoker of the year 2013
Bringing together cigar aficionados and celebrity cigar smokers from around the world, The Spectator Cigar Smoker of the Year Dinner, founded by Boisdale, was held in the lavish surroundings of Boisdale Canary Wharf on 19th November 2013.
November 21, 2013
Addiction is not a disease
Is addiction really a disease, or is it simply a behaviour that we need to find a way of modifying? Some argue that addiction has a biological basis; others are convinced that fighting addiction is just a matter of sheer willpower.
November 28, 2013
Can the UK produce the next Facebook?
Has the UK fallen behind in the technological revolution? Is there a place for Britain in cyber space?
December 2, 2013
How do we stop the lights going out
Britain is in the middle of an energy crisis.
December 2, 2013
Let's get fracking
Is fracking the answer to the UK’s energy supply problems? Or will it permanently damage Britain’s attempts to become a cleaner greener land?
December 5, 2013
Autumn Statement 2013: briefing
Analysing what the 2013 Autumn Statement means.
December 11, 2013
The Spectator Christmas Carol Service 2013
The annual Spectator Christmas Carol Service at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street EC4 took place on Wednesday 11th December 2013.
March 4, 2014
An Arts Degree is a Waste of Time and Money
What good are the arts really? In a world in which a degree is no longer a guarantee of employment, is it not more sensible for students to undertake vocational study?
March 19, 2014
Budget Briefing 2014
Analysing what the Budget 2014 meant.
March 27, 2014
Tech Talk: The 'Always On' Generation
How technology is changing childhood
April 3, 2014
A league of our own: How British schools can lead the world
Education policy continues to be top of the political agenda, particularly after the latest PISA report ranked Britain 26th in maths, 23rd for reading and 21st for science. What exactly does the survey illustrate and where do we go from here?
May 27, 2014
An Evening with P.J. O'Rourke
The Baby Boom: How it got that way...and it wasn't my fault...and I'll never do it again
June 16, 2014
Giving Britain the skills it needs
The government believes that much of the blame must be laid at the door of an education system that has been ‘divorced from the reality of real work’ for far too long. The introduction of a more careers-focused curriculum into schools may help to avoid such a crisis, but what is the best way to implement it?
June 17, 2014
Stop whining young people, you've never had it so good!
The media is full of stories that young people in Britain today are the unluckiest generation in recent history. Is it really true or do the millenials just need to stop whining?
June 18, 2014
Will Artificial Intelligence Put My Job At Risk?
Artificial Intelligence is no longer science fiction – it is a reality. Today, from speech recognition to concept communication and robotics, the evolution of computing power is showing no signs of slowing down.
June 24, 2014
Independence is the greatest threat to Edinburgh
If the Scots vote YES to independence on 18 September, Great Britain will soon be finished.But what would independence mean for Edinburgh?
July 7, 2014
Beyond the Ropes: A Closer Look at National Trust Collections
The National Trust looks after some 200 individual collections, with more than a million objects in its care. Together, they include nearly 14,000 paintings – the single largest collection in the UK.
July 27, 2014
Exporting for Growth
Britain is one of the world’s major exporters, a global leader in professional services, aerospace, defence equipment, education and creative industries. But there is much more that can be done to promote British brands to the world and spread our products and services throughout the globe.
September 11, 2014
Purdey at Home
Richard Purdey and The Spectator invited guests to celebrate 200 years of gun and rifle making at Purdey’s flagship store in Mayfair for champagne and canapés. The party was held in the historic Long Room, which has been visited by many of the greatest shots of the past two centuries.
September 20, 2014
Competition in transport is the obvious way to deliver growth
The grounding of Boris Island in the Thames estuary has narrowed the options for expanding the UK’s airport capacity. Which will be cleared for take-off?
October 7, 2014
Wine and Dates
The Spectator joined forces with LoveBeginsAt.com to bring an exclusive wine tasting event held at Spectator headquarters next to St James’s Park. LoveBeginsAt is a new dating service dedicated to singles over 45. Wine lovers and Spectator readers joined together for a very special and unique evening in London.
October 22, 2014
Iraq and Syria are lost causes: western intervention can't help
Barack Obama says that the so-called Islamic State is a ‘cancer’. He may have started air strikes but he still doesn’t have a clear plan. Having bungled our last invasion of Iraq, many argue that America and Britain have a moral duty to save the region from the religious fanatics now taking over. Since hundreds of British jihadists are now fighting for the new caliphate, the success of Isis presents a domestic terror threat, too.
October 23, 2014
An Evening with Michael Sandel
The Spectator, in association with How to: Academy hosted an unmissable opportunity to hear Michael Sandel, the world famous philosopher, discuss his best-selling book, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets and within this context address the question ‘How do we want to live together?’
November 4, 2014
The Churchill Factor: An Evening with Boris Johnson
The Spectator was proud to host a special evening with Boris Johnson in conversation with Andrew Neil, to celebrate the launch of his new book The Churchill Factor. This was an evening not just for anyone with an interest in history: it is essential for anyone who wants to know what makes a great leader.
November 5, 2014
The British economy in the run up to the election - and after
From the latest terror threats to the UK to the repercussions of the Scottish referendum and the upcoming general election, Andrew Neil, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth shared insider tips and gave their predictions for the year ahead.
November 10, 2014
Germany: Memories of a Nation with Neil MacGregor
In this major talk looking back from the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, Neil MacGregor gave a talk on his new book Germany: Memories of a Nation, which explored 600 years of the country's history using objects, art, historical texts, landmarks and literature to explore Germany's rich cultural history and try to understand how its past has shaped modern Europe.
November 16, 2014
The Spectator Cigar Awards Dinner 2014
Bringing together cigar aficionados and celebrity cigar smokers from around the world, The Spectator Cigar Awards Dinner, founded by Boisdale, was held in the lavish surroundings of Boisdale Canary Wharf on Sunday 16th November.
December 1, 2014
Power Struggle: The Geopolitics of Energy
How vulnerable are we to supply shocks – and where are the biggest threats? How long will it take before unconventional energy production replaces traditional supplies? How can we make sense of the global energy geopolitics?
December 1, 2014
The UK Domestic Energy Landscape: Fixing Britain's Energy Market
What would be the optimum energy mix for the UK? What role should we allocate in this scenario to unconventional gas supplies? Should we rely more on smart technology to effectively manage the interfaces between supply and demand?
December 3, 2014
Autumn Statement 2014: Briefing
Analysing what the 2014 Autumn Statement means.
December 10, 2014
The Spectator Christmas Carol Service 2014
Join us for The Spectator Christmas Carol Service at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street EC4 on Wednesday 10th December 2014.
March 4, 2015
How will the election affect the British economy?
As politicians move into election campaign mode, we invite you to an evening discussion considering the likely effects of the election on the British economy ̶ and your investments.
March 17, 2015
Can anyone save the NHS?
From thousands of cancelled operations to 12-hour waiting times in A&E – does any political party have the ability to fix the NHS?
March 18, 2015
Budget Briefing March 2015
Join Andrew Neil, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth to discuss George Osborne's last Budget before the general election.
March 23, 2015
The era of stable government is over
In an age of anti-politics, can either of the two main political parties command clear majorities? In a hung parliament, who would be kingmaker?
March 25, 2015
Cognac tasting with Maurice Hennessy
Hennessy Cognac celebrates 250 years of an exceptional adventure that has lasted seven generations and spanned five continents. To toast this remarkable birthday, The Spectator invites readers to an evening hosted by Maurice Hennessy, the eighth generation of his family to work in the company.
April 22, 2015
Politicians should leave the wealthy alone- they already contribute more than their fair share
While the rich get even richer, low and middle income households are feeling the pinch. Are wealth taxes - such as the 'mansion tax' or the 50p tax - the answer?
May 1, 2015
Election Discussion: It's time to adopt the brace position
James Forsyth and Fraser Nelson discussed the campaign, and what to expect on election day.
June 1, 2015
The Election Aftermath
On 1st June, The Spectator’s Andrew Neil, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth dissected the election aftermath and looked ahead to the first 100 days of the new all-Conservative government.
June 11, 2015
An evening with Jonathan Sacks
On 11 June, global religious leader, philosopher and author, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks gave a talk in conversation with Andrew Neil at Milton Court in London.
June 17, 2015
Is home rule the only realistic alternative to independence for Scotland?
Is home rule the answer for Scotland?
June 25, 2015
An evening with David Starkey
To mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, renowned historian David Starkey discussed his new book, Magna Carta, exploring the charter and its influence on Britain today.
July 8, 2015
Budget Briefing July 2015
September 9, 2015
The Spectator Wine School 2015
The Spectator wine courses are a unique opportunity to learn about wine with each of The Spectator’s Wine Club partners. Each merchant will give one class on their specialist region.
September 22, 2015
The Future of Europe: An Investor's Guide
Join us for a brunch briefing on The Future of Europe: An Investor's Guide, chaired by The Spectator's Business Editor Martin Vander Weyer.
October 6, 2015
Moore on Thatcher at Conservative Party Conference
At this year’s Conservative Party Conference Charles Moore, in conversation with Andrew Neil, discussed the long awaited second volume of his biography on Margaret Thatcher.
October 14, 2015
An Evening with Melvyn Bragg
Acclaimed author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg discussed his latest novel Now is the Time, a rich and compelling tale set in the heart of the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381.
October 19, 2015
The Power of Manufacturing
The Power of Manufacturing brought together leading executives from the manufacturing industry to discuss the successes, failures and opportunities of British manufacturing today.
October 20, 2015
Is the EU bad for business?
David Cameron is set to hold the in-or-out referendum on Britain’s future membership of the European Union as early as June next year, but what will it mean for British business?
October 20, 2015
Central Otago First IV Wine Tasting
The Spectator Wine Club invited Spectator readers to a very special tasting of New Zealand wines hosted by Central Otago Pinot Noir.
October 21, 2015
An evening with Charles Moore 2015
Charles Moore, editor of The Spectator from 1984 to 1990, had exclusive access to Margaret Thatcher and her private papers to write her official biography.
October 27, 2015
An evening with Ben Bernanke on a crisis and its aftermath
On 27 October, The Spectator and How to Academy hosted an evening with Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, in conversation with Andrew Neil on the 2008 crisis and its aftermath.
October 28, 2015
How will the Chinese economic downturn affect the UK?
As China’s equity markets cool down and its currency is devalued, The Spectator hosted an evening discussion considering how recent developments in China will affect the outlook for Western economies and investors.
November 13, 2015
WInemaker's Lunch with Domaine Jean Teiller
On Friday 13 November, The Spectator hosted a winemaker lunch with Patricia Teiller from family-owned Domaine Jean Teiller, producers of exquisite red, white and rose Menetou-Salon in the Loire.
November 18, 2015
Is the BBC really a national treasure?
As the broadcaster approaches its royal charter renewal in 2016, is there a place for the BBC in its current form or does it need cutting down to size?
November 26, 2015
Autumn Statement Briefing 2015
On 26 November, Andrew Neil, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth analysed George Osborne's Autumn Statement and the effects of the government's spending plans.
December 3, 2015
Festive Wine Club Lunch 2015
Join our drinks editor, Jonathan Ray, and our business editor, Martin Vander Weyer, for an informal Christmas lunch in the Spectator boardroom.
December 3, 2015
Come and join our drinks editor, Jonathan Ray, for an evening of port and other fortified wines at The Spectator offices on Thursday 3 December.
December 9, 2015
The Spectator Christmas Carol Service 2015
Join us for the annual Spectator Christmas Carol Service at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street on Wednesday 9 December 2015.
February 9, 2016
Can we trust health advice?
On 9 February 2016, an expert panel of speakers, chaired by Andrew Neil, discussed 'Can we trust health advice?' at The Spectator's annual health debate.
February 25, 2016
Winemaker's Lunch with Herbert Hall Winery
Join Nicholas Hall, owner/winemaker at Herbert Hall Winery in Kent, for lunch in the Spectator boardroom.
March 1, 2016
Spring Wine School 2016
The Spectator Spring Wine School is an eight-week course for beginners and wine enthusiasts who’d like to learn more.
March 9, 2016
The Spectator Breakfast Club: Making the most of Europe
Guests attended The Spectator Breakfast Club on 9 March 2016 at the Ham Yard Hotel for a discussion over breakfast.
March 16, 2016
Winemaker's lunch with Chivite Family Estates.
Join us for the Spectator Winemaker's lunch with Julian Chivite of Chivite Family Estates.
March 16, 2016
Budget Briefing 2016
Join Andrew Neil, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth to discuss the Budget.
April 12, 2016
Winemaker's Lunch with Beltrán Domecq
Join us for the Spectator Winemaker's lunch with Beltrán Domecq.
April 23, 2016
St George's Day tour and lunch at Chapel Down
Join us for an intimate and exclusive Spectator trip to Chapel Down.
April 26, 2016
Should Britain leave the EU?
Join us for the biggest debate in The Spectator’s history. Hear from speakers Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage, Daniel Hannan, Kate Hoey, Liz Kendall and Chuka Umunna.
April 28, 2016
The Spectator Breakfast Club: Selling Scotland to Europe
The Spectator Breakfast Club hosted an event, 'Selling Scotland to Europe - opportunities ahead'.
May 12, 2016
Winemaker's Lunch with Massaya
Join us in the Spectator boardroom for another in our series of Spectator Winemaker lunches with Sami Ghosn of Massaya, the celebrated Lebanese winery and arak distillery.
May 18, 2016
An evening with Michael Heath
A subscriber-only evening with legendary cartoon editor Michael Heath.
May 20, 2016
London: the great European city?
The Spectator Breakfast Club presents: London: the great European city?
May 26, 2016
Winemaker's Lunch with Domaine Zind-Humbrecht
Join us in the Spectator boardroom for the next in this year’s series of Spectator Winemaker lunches with Oliver Humbrecht MW of leading Alsace producer, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht.
June 8, 2016
Winemaker’s Lunch with Francois Lurton
Join us in the Spectator boardroom for the next in this year’s series of SpectatorWinemaker’s lunches with Francois Lurton, the fifth generation of his celebrated family to make wine.
June 13, 2016
An Evening with Rod Liddle 2016
Join us for an evening with Rod Liddle in conversation with Fraser Nelson, another in our series of subscriber-only events.
June 14, 2016
Should Britain leave the EU?
Due to unprecedented demand, The Spectator returns with a second Brexit debate chaired by Andrew Neil.
June 20, 2016
Brexit: is it happening? And what’s next?
Join The Spectator for an evening at The Royal Institution.
June 28, 2016
Emerging technologies: The future of British innovation
Join The Spectator for breakfast and a panel discussion to discuss the latest technology and innovation.
July 13, 2016
Is party politics broken?
Join The Spectator for a lively political discussion with an expert guest panel.
July 15, 2016
Winemaker's Lunch with Pol Roger 2016
Join us in the Spectator boardroom for a very special Pol Roger lunch, hosted by the ebullient James Simpson MW, managing director of Pol Roger Portfolio.
September 2, 2016
Wine Lunch at Gravetye Manor
Join us for a special four-course Spectator lunch, English sparkling wine tasting and tour of the world-famous gardens at Gravetye Manor in West Sussex.
September 14, 2016
How does the new political landscape affect the UK economy?
Join Andrew Neil and a special guest panel to address the big questions and discuss how the new political landscape affects the UK economy.
September 21, 2016
The Spectator Wine School 2016
The Spectator Wine School is a chance to be tutored by the best in the wine business. It is aimed at enthusiastic beginners and anyone who wants to know more about the main wine regions.
September 22, 2016
Winemaker’s lunch with Domaine Chanson
Join us in the Spectator boardroom for our rescheduled Winemaker’s lunch with Matthieu Barrère from Domaine Chanson, producer of exceptional, handcrafted Burgundies for over 250 years.
September 28, 2016
Winemaker’s lunch with Vega Sicilia
Join us in the newly refurbished Spectator boardroom for a Winemaker’s lunch with Vega Sicilia.
October 3, 2016
The Conservative Party Conference Fringe Events 2016
The Spectator will be hosting three fringe events at the Conservative Party Conference 2016 in Birmingham on Monday 3 October and Tuesday 4 October.
October 10, 2016
An evening with Charles Moore
Spectator subscribers are invited to an evening with Charles Moore in conversation with editor of The Spectator, Fraser Nelson.