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Charles Moore was editor of The Spectator 1984 – 1990. He continues to write a weekly column, The Spectator’s Notes. You can read extracts of his column here.


Ukip’s poster campaign misses the point about the job market

24 April 2014 12:23

‘Twenty-six million people in Europe are looking for work. And whose jobs are they after?’ asks the Ukip poster for the euro-elections, beside a Lord Kitchener-style pointing finger. Obviously, Ukip… Continue reading

Hugh Dalton circa 1945. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

When politicians were more than mere politicians

21 April 2014 14:00

A friend has sent me a copy of a memo sent by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury (William Glenvil Hall) to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Hugh Dalton) on… Continue reading

'It would be appalling lèse-majesté if aspersions were to be cast on Paul Dacre, the editor of the Daily Mail, who lives nearby. The guilty man is reported to be a hedge-fund manager.' Says Charles Moore.

Who is the Stonegate fare-dodger?

19 April 2014 14:00

Much speculation where we live about the identity of the Stonegate fare-dodger, one stop up our railway line. He recently paid £43,000 to Southeastern, the franchise holder, to escape criminal… Continue reading


Why Maria Miller should not have resigned

10 April 2014 12:39

Maria Miller’s forced resignation is a disgrace. No iniquity was proved against her. Over her expenses, I suspect her motive was innocent: she was trying to work out childcare with… Continue reading

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The EU is eroding Swiss exceptionalism

4 April 2014 15:49

Even in Switzerland, the elites are sold on the European Union, though it remains outside. It has a virtually irresistible draw in all European countries for the people that Mr… Continue reading

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Boris should call a referendum

27 March 2014 17:45

Everyone can see that the West has no idea what to do about Russian power in the Ukraine. Britain, in particular, is at the margins. It is time for the… Continue reading

Alexander Chancellor, inventor of the modern Spectator, on his last day in the job. A 27-year-old political columnist, Charles Moore, was next up.

How I became editor of The Spectator (aged 27)

23 March 2014 17:44

Thirty years ago this weekend, I became editor of The Spectator. In the same month, the miners’ strike began, Anthony Wedgwood Benn (as the right-wing press still insisted on calling… Continue reading

John Downey mistakenly received a so-called 'comfort letter' as part of the Good Friday Agreement. The police would not have blundered if the government hadn't been so craven.

Why are links with violence-justifying Republicans something to be proud of?

7 March 2014 8:34

Last week, John Downey, the former IRA man, avoided trial for the Hyde Park bombings of 1982. One who stood bail for him was Roy Greenslade, the media pundit of… Continue reading

Jury Finds Dave Lee Travis Not Guilty Of Twelve Counts Of Indecent Assault

The danger of victimhood

28 February 2014 8:34

It is 15 years since the publication of the Macpherson Report into the investigation of the death of Stephen Lawrence. The report may have done some good by making the… Continue reading

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Is there a difference between voting to get out of the UK and voting to get out of the EU?

20 February 2014 12:15

Those of us who want a referendum on the European Union need to be cautious in our approach to the Scottish one. What is sauce for Alex Salmond’s goose may… Continue reading

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How the media has it both ways over the ‘Jesus and Mo’ cartoons

14 February 2014 11:14

A reader sends me a card for sale in Scribblers in the King’s Road, Chelsea. It depicts two slices of cheese standing vertically on their thinner ends. On both, black… Continue reading

Will we still be a United Kingdom? (Photo: Getty)

If Scotland leaves, what name should we give to the remaining nation?

13 February 2014 11:40

Last week, David Cameron said that we have ‘seven months to save the most extraordinary country in history’. He meant the United Kingdom. It was a powerful speech, part of… Continue reading

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The Tories haven’t been installing their people in quangos – but they should have

6 February 2014 11:30

The accusation that the Tories have been installing their people in public appointments should evoke only a hollow laugh. They have been comatose on the subject. One of the greatest… Continue reading

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Medieval farmers could stop flooding – so why won’t the Environment Agency?

31 January 2014 11:48

Our neighbour Philip Merricks is a farmer on Romney Marsh, 90 per cent of whose land is below sea level. The marsh would not exist without the medieval ingenuity which… Continue reading


The top level of government isn’t riddled with personal hatred – thanks to Osborne

23 January 2014 9:48

Now that the economic statistics are looking better, people are beginning to rediscover the once-fashionable thought that George Osborne is a great strategist. Things are coming together before the 2015… Continue reading

Gordon Brown Holds Talks With The Finnish Prime Minster

Gordon Brown’s Chang Song-Thaek-style plot

12 January 2014 19:08

Before Chang Song-Thaek was executed in North Korea last month for being a ‘wicked political careerist, trickster and traitor for all ages’, he allegedly confessed to his crimes. ‘I didn’t… Continue reading

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How is Alex Salmond like Robert Mugabe?

9 January 2014 11:15

Who owns Scotland? The people who most commonly ask this question believe that the land has been wrested from ordinary Scots by evil lairds and rich foreigners (by which they… Continue reading


The Irish are fearful of Scottish independence

12 December 2013 12:24

In Dublin, where I am writing this, people are watching the Scottish referendum campaign more closely than in London. Despite the polls, they almost expect a Yes vote, but most… Continue reading

Pressure Increases For A Scottish Independence Referendum

If Scotland leaves, will we be left with FUK?

7 December 2013 18:09

In Whitehall, there is a phrase for the entity which would be left if Scotland were to vote Yes to independence next year. The acronym is rUK, which stands for… Continue reading


Boris’s stand on equality prepares him for leadership

6 December 2013 15:54

Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher Lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies attracted attention for its remarks about IQ, but the media ignored its central thesis. The speech is against equality,… Continue reading

Reverend Paul Flowers in front of the Treasury Select Committee. Image: Getty

The Paul Flowers scandal exposes the rotten heart of the Labour movement

20 November 2013 11:53

There has naturally been plenty of unfavorable comment on how the Revd Paul Flowers, the ‘crystal Methodist’, was allowed by the Financial Services Authority to become chairman of the Co-op… Continue reading

Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

The Tories should pledge to cut the BBC’s licence fee

13 November 2013 14:16

There has not been much good news out of Greece since the eurozone powers decided to crush the country, but it is heartening that the state broadcasting company, ERT, has been closed down. All such… Continue reading

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The Grangemouth scandal shows it’s time to keep an eye on the Reds. Again

5 November 2013 16:14

The most extraordinary thing about the scandal of Unite at Grangemouth and in Falkirk is how long it took the outside world to notice. Partly, this is an effect of… Continue reading

Jimmy Savile OBE, the BBC's licensed paedophile, in 1972. Image: Getty

In life, Jimmy Savile was excused everything. In death, he is indiscriminately condemned

1 November 2013 9:58

Jimmy Savile and I were both born on 31 October, though separated by 30 years. Sir James would be 87 this week. While he lived, I must admit, this fact… Continue reading


Why Labour is getting cold feet about HS2

31 October 2013 10:38

People express surprise that Labour, having invented HS2, is now getting cold feet about it. But, as with rising energy prices, it is precisely because it invented the policy that… Continue reading