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.

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Charles de Gaulle knew it: Britain does not belong in the EU

1 May 2016 7:19

‘England in effect is insular, she is maritime, she is linked through her interactions, her markets and her supply lines…

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The FT has become the Daily Mail of the Europhile elite

27 April 2016 21:52

An enjoyable aspect of the EU referendum campaign is the nervous condition of the Financial Times. Unable to maintain its…

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As Matt Ridley discovered, public appointments go to ‘green’ candidates

24 April 2016 8:10

In last Saturday’s Daily Telegraph, I mentioned how outside candidates for civil service and public appointments feel ill-used by the…

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Simon Danczuk’s ‘dark place’ excuse should be used more widely

20 April 2016 16:49

If you are caught doing something bad nowadays, what you are supposed to say (the latest exponent is Simon Danczuk…

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Why are we ignoring David Furnish?

15 April 2016 15:18

For some reason, possibly homophobic, the media just now is refusing to give any coverage to David Furnish, the spouse…

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The EU has become a victim of Obama’s Middle East policy

15 April 2016 10:12

A Middle Eastern friend put to me the other day a point so big that I felt silly for not…

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Justin Welby could teach David Cameron a thing or two about PR

13 April 2016 16:24

I don’t think there is a Royal College of Public Relations, but if there were, it should teach a course…

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Most people try to avoid tax – the rich are just better at it

10 April 2016 12:08

However wicked tax evasion is and however distasteful some tax avoidance may be, people should imagine a world without tax…

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The crusade against FGM shows that a hierarchy of virtue still exists

7 April 2016 17:13

Although you might not think so, female genital mutilation is a welcome subject to many on the left, because it…

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Secularism does little to protect us from Islamic extremism

30 March 2016 12:23

You might expect that the murder of Christians would excite particular horror in countries of Christian heritage. Yet almost the…

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Viva Obama! Viva Fidel! Viva Jean-Claude Juncker!

24 March 2016 12:04

In Cuba, they are shouting: ‘¡Viva Obama! Viva Fidel!’ What a slogan. The FT headline ignorantly described this as a…

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There are no easy answers to the EU question

11 March 2016 12:02

People — nice people, members of the public, concerned voters — keep coming up to me saying, ‘We want to…

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The Simpsons predicted Donald Trump’s rise years ago

5 March 2016 9:00

As so often, The Simpsons were years in advance of actual political facts. In the programme about ten years ago,…

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Trade comes before trade agreements (but the ‘in’ campaign don’t think so)

2 March 2016 16:50

The government, or at least David Cameron’s bit of it, seems to think that trade is something that takes place…

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Donald Trump’s secret is his Boris-style hair

2 March 2016 6:30

It is recognised that the era of television has made it well-nigh impossible in Britain and the United States for…

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Donald Trump’s secret weapon? Boris-style hair

28 February 2016 14:55

It is recognised that the era of television has made it well-nigh impossible in Britain and the United States for…

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Why will no one in the cabinet admit to being a Europhile?

27 February 2016 8:00

One of the oddest features of the cabinet majority for staying in the EU is that almost no one in…

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Who will watch for BBC bias in the EU referendum campaign?

26 February 2016 7:00

It is wearisome work, but I hope the ‘leave’ campaign is carefully monitoring the BBC’s coverage of the referendum. On Monday,…

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David Cameron has dropped his references to a ‘reformed’ EU. Will ‘safer’ be next?

24 February 2016 11:39

Obviously the 198 business leaders who signed a letter to the Times yesterday explaining why Britain should remain in the EU…

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The next Tory leader will probably come from the Leave camp

13 February 2016 8:30

Here is a thought for all those Tory MPs calculating their personal advantage in the forthcoming EU referendum: unless the…

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Charles Moore: Sorry, but Margaret Thatcher would not have voted to stay in the EU

7 February 2016 9:37

Margaret Thatcher would have voted to stay in the European Union, her former foreign policy adviser Lord Powell writes in…

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Marco Rubio is the only candidate who understands America’s global role

6 February 2016 10:00

Last week, I was in the United States, where the media are even more subject to groupthink than their British…

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Is it Islamophobic to record ‘Christianophobic’ hate crimes?

5 February 2016 18:03

A freedom-of-information request by Sikhs has turned up some curious statistics from the Metropolitan Police. They show that of the…

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It’s depressing to see David Cameron engage in a culture war

3 February 2016 12:20

In 2000, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, accused Magdalen College, Oxford, of class bias in failing to…

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Cecil Parkinson: A man to remember

25 January 2016 15:58

Lord Cecil Parkinson, former Conservative Party chairman under Margaret Thatcher, has died at the age of 84. Parkinson was one…