Charles Moore

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.

Saying sorry to Liverpool is a politician’s rite of passage

26 February 2017 9:00

As Paul Nuttall, the Ukip leader, has recently discovered, there usually comes a point in a British political career when…

George Osborne is to blame for the business rates fiasco

21 February 2017 17:05

It is almost always unwise to postpone the introduction of a big, scheduled tax change, but often tempting at the…

The obsession with diversity in theatre risks spoiling Shakespeare

19 February 2017 10:00

Twelfth Night launched at the National Theatre this week, with Malvolio turned into Malvolia. ‘We’ve definitely upped the gender-bendedness of…

What does Putin’s fascination with Eton tell us about him?

18 February 2017 11:00

How does Vladimir Putin think about the world? It becomes dangerously important to know. I still have not seen a…

It’s no surprise that many Brexiteers are feeling anxious

12 February 2017 9:00

Although I started it, I apologise for prolonging an intercolumnar argument. Matthew Parris (4 February) is surely right that many…

John Bercow’s Trump intervention was out of order

11 February 2017 10:00

As we have been reminded this week, the most famous words (apart from ‘Order, order’) ever uttered by a Speaker…

The green policies that kill what they’re supposed to protect

29 January 2017 11:00

The politics of climate change will eventually turn, partly because the policies are often so un-Green in their effects. Wood-burning…

Why Northern Ireland’s boiler scandal overheated

28 January 2017 11:00

Visiting Northern Ireland last autumn, I met a very prosperous man who enthused to me about the Renewable Heat Incentive…

In praise of the Supreme Court’s dissenting judges

24 January 2017 18:56

The English tradition of dissenting judgments in the important cases of the civil law is a good one. They are…

Theresa May’s Twelve Steps for EU recovery

18 January 2017 14:01

The earliest members of Alcoholics Anonymous offered their famous Twelve Steps, which the drunkard must take in order to recover,…

What happened after I ‘voted’ twice in the EU referendum?

14 January 2017 9:30

Kind readers sometimes ask what has happened to the case against me for electoral fraud. In these Notes on 20…

Meryl Streep won an Oscar for imitating the afflicted

11 January 2017 14:07

At the Golden Globes ceremony, Meryl Streep attacked Donald Trump because he ‘imitated a disabled reporter’. ‘When the powerful use…

There’s life after Brexit for Cambridge University

8 January 2017 8:00

As a former student of English at Cambridge, I am sent the faculty magazine, 9 West Road. Its latest issue…

I’m a part of the elite. So why am I cheering for the populist right?

11 December 2016 10:00

‘Are you Charles Moore of The Spectator?’ I answered to that description. ‘Well,’ said my questioner, ‘I am worried that you’re…

The day I got Rod Liddle sacked

4 December 2016 14:00

On the few occasions when something I have written has directly affected a person, I have usually regretted it. During…

Supreme Court judges want it both ways

4 December 2016 8:30

The Article 50 case has at last woken people up to the power of the Supreme Court. On Monday, at…

The reality of Cuba’s health service

3 December 2016 11:00

In all the arguments surging about Fidel Castro, I have noticed the lack of simple, even tourist-level observation, of what…

François Fillon’s Thatcherism is both respectable and brave

3 December 2016 8:30

It seems perplexing that François Fillon, now the Republican candidate for the French presidency, should be a declared admirer of…

How Sir Norman Bettison suffered over Hillsborough

27 November 2016 9:15

An independence problem afflicts the aftermath of the Hillsborough inquiry. I have just read a new book by Norman Bettison,…

The trouble with ‘independent’ inquiries

26 November 2016 9:15

‘Independent’ is becoming an excuse-word in government. The inquiry into historical child abuse is called the Independent Inquiry into Child…

JFK picked his own British ambassador. Why shouldn’t Trump?

24 November 2016 15:18

It is not self-evidently ridiculous that Nigel Farage should be the next British ambassador to the United States. The wishes…

Why Conrad Black was right about the genius of Trump

20 November 2016 10:00

At least two former Spectator figures understood things about the recent American contest which eluded most commentators. The first is…

Why is this church offering diva pics and videos?

19 November 2016 8:30

In Northern Ireland recently, I sought out the Mass times of the local Church of the Immaculate Conception. Its website…

Will Trump produce merchandise for his ‘basket of deplorables’?

17 November 2016 8:43

When, in September, Mrs Clinton consigned ‘half’ of Mr Trump’s supporters to what she called the ‘basket of deplorables’, I…

Gillon Aitken: A great literary agent we all looked up to

6 November 2016 9:00

Gillon Aitken, the great literary agent, who has just died, was a reserved man. It is an admirable and brave…