The Spectator

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UK magazine supportive of the Conservative Party

The Spectator is a weekly British magazine on politics, culture, and current affairs.[1] It was first published in July 1828, thus making it the oldest weekly magazine in the world.[2]

It is owned by David and Frederick Barclay, who also own The Daily Telegraph newspaper, via Press Holdings. Its principal subject areas are politics and culture. Its editorial outlook is generally supportive of the Conservative Party.

Editorship of The Spectator has often been a step on the ladder to high office in the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom. Past editors include Boris Johnson (1999–2005) and other former cabinet members Ian Gilmour (1954–1959), Iain Macleod (1963–1965), and Nigel Lawson (1966–1970).

Political ideology and policy positions

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The Spectator is politically conservative and supports the Conservative Party. In the past it had liberal leanings: over the course of its first century it supported the Radical wing of the Whigs, the Liberal Party, and the Liberal Unionists, who eventually merged with the Conservatives. As with its sister publication The Daily Telegraph, The Spectator is generally Atlanticist and Eurosceptic in outlook,[3] favouring close ties with the United States rather than with the European Union, and tends to be supportive of Israel.[4] It also strongly opposes Scottish independence.


A Document by The Spectator

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Jeremy Corbyn’s Chatham House speechArticle12 May 2017Chatham House
Jeremy Corbyn
Nuclear weapon
Victory in Europe Day
Trident nuclear programme
"Weapons supplied to Saudi Arabia, when the evidence of grave breaches of humanitarian law in Yemen is overwhelming, must be halted immediately."


Employee on Wikispooks

Dominic LawsonEditor19901995Exposed as a MI6 spook


Documents sourced from The Spectator

TitleTypeSubject(s)Publication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:It’s Nato that’s empire-building, not PutinarticleNATO
European Union
7 March 2015Peter HitchensRare honesty, peppered with obligatory obeisances to western official narratives, about Nato empire-building since 1990 from a western mainsteam media journalist.
Document:My 2019Review201921 December 2019Roger ScrutonA review of the author's year. Notable for his retrospective on the scurrilous misrepresentations of his views on immigration, Islam, China and other contentious topics, by The New Statesman which cost him his unpaid government advisory job before it was exposed as a thoroughly dishonest hit piece and an apology issued.
Document:The Scruton tapesarticleNew Statesman
Roger Scruton
George Eaton
27 April 2019Douglas MurrayDeconstruction of a hit piece by The New Statesman which cost Scruton his unpaid goverment adisor position. It was based on egregious manipulation and misrepresentation of an interview with the paper's George Eaton
Document:The politics of EurovisionArticlePolitics
Eurovision Song Contest
European Broadcasting Union
21 May 2021Caroline FrostDoes music transcend partisan politics? The politicisation of the Eurovision Song Contest has been going on for many decades.
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