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A subscription through iTunes is only valid for The Spectator app and does not entitle you to additional digital content available on The Spectator website.

‘British magazines are awful (The Spectator excepted)’ – New York Observer

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4.8 out of 5
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John V M ,

Fantastic Weekly & Great Website

I stopped reading magazines many years ago when I got fed up with Men’s Health and FHM.

But back in late 2015 I started finding politics a lot more exciting when Trump and the Brexit Referendum started dominating the internet.

By 2016 I was reading the Spectator regularly and checking the website most days. Whilst I think the magazine is a tad expensive at £4.95 an issue, at least if you buy it every week, a monthly subscription fee of £9.99 for unlimited (online) access to the website and unlimited access to ALL back issues (going back as fat as 1800 and something) is a heck of a bargain.

Remember not all web articles feature in the magazine so the online subscription gives you everything. There is also a free podcast and daily email news updates, so instead of wading through a load of rubbish and adverts online each day I just rely on email updates each day to keep me up to date with what’s going on.

If you don’t want to buy the magazine each week or don’t have time to read it, go for the cheaper monthly digital subscription and have EVERY issue and article in your phone! Great value and highly recommended.

Oliveaddict ,

Brilliant broad church polemics and very amusing too!

I look forward to The Spectator magazine and read it from cover to cover. There are some writers I disagree with like Matthew Parrish, and others that are left wing. But it all adds up to a broad spectrum take on life in Great Britain and elsewhere, today. The writers are well informed and usually amusing and cover politics, economics, cookery, books and the arts, crosswords, cartoons and a myriad of varying topics every week. A great investment and you can also download the blogs and videos and enjoy them on your iPad etc.
The Spectator also champions freedom of the press, the basic tenet of a healthy democracy, and freedom of speech. So 10/10 as far as I’m concerned.

Clkcar ,

Spectator - a curate’s egg of a journal

There are some great columnists writing for the Spectator and these are to be found in the first third of the journal. There is an awful lot of padding in the Arts section which is more or less entirely London centric and provides irrelevant comment on shows to be seen that are completely unaffordable excursions for most people. Deborah Ross is the pick of the reviewers for cinema. The books reviewed are mostly dull tomes that few people other than the reviewers will read and even fewer people will buy. The latter pages of the Spectator make a stab at levity with the High and Low life columns which are readable. The chess and bridge sections are waste of space. I have no idea who would be entertained by Melissa Kite’s column and this I would junk along with the wine and turf pieces. More Rod Liddle and Lionel Shriver would be good.

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Age Rating
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humour
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
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  1. 1 month £9.99
  2. 1 year £99.99
  3. 2 July 2016, The Spectator Magazine £4.99


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