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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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…

Margaret Thatcher was advised not to publicly support leaving the EU. Photo: CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images

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…


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…

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The police system for handling sex abuse accusations is absurd

21 January 2016 11:52

Many have rightly attacked the police for their handling of the demented accusations against Field Marshal Lord Bramall, now at…

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Survival advice for public sector workers

16 January 2016 9:00

There should be a short booklet with a list of points for those about to take up public sector appointments…

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Forget Corbyn’s shambolic reshuffle: the Labour leader is winning

15 January 2016 9:30

No amount of reports in the press that Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet-making is farcical and his party is divided should…

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If Britain votes to leave the EU, Scotland could vote to end Britain

10 January 2016 10:04

One of the things that worries me about a vote to leave the European Union (which I should like to…


Why it is wrong for Christians to eat their wives

6 December 2015 9:00

In his column last week, Rod Liddle suggested that an alleged fatwa by a Saudi Arabian cleric had said it…

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The Tory leadership aren’t to blame for the death of Elliott Johnson

5 December 2015 9:00

When someone commits suicide, those close to that person naturally reproach themselves. In politics, and similarly contested areas of life,…

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The Economist’s assisted dying film is as crazy as a jihadi video

26 November 2015 10:01

Because, it says, of its ‘liberal values and respect for human dignity’, the Economist has put out a film about…

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Robert Halfon is many things, but he is not a cabinet minister

25 November 2015 8:17

Robert Halfon, a Conservative MP, has been threatened with blackmail about some (hetero)sexual allegation. The press, reporting this story, described…

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Is it really ‘grossly irresponsible’ to be critical of Islam?

21 November 2015 9:00

Hours before the Paris atrocities, Al Arabiya news reported a speech by David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism…


Did the BBC really need to deploy Huw Edwards to Paris?

20 November 2015 9:00

On Saturday morning, I watched BBC rolling news about the Paris atrocities. Then I spent the day hunting and switched…

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Jeremy Corbyn is the political version of a creationist

19 November 2015 10:08

When Jeremy Corbyn says it is better to bring people to trial than to shoot them, he is right. So…


I’ve come up with the perfect way to deal with TV Licensing officers

12 November 2015 15:33

Faithful readers of this column will know that I do not have a television licence for my flat in London, because…

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The living have a duty to defend the reputation of the departed

9 November 2015 13:14

In this week’s issue of The Spectator, Peter Hitchens defends the once-famous, once-sainted Bishop Bell of Chichester from the Church…


Why it’s important to ignore ‘international law’

8 November 2015 13:26

Last week, I wrote about the controversy caused by the government’s revision of the ministerial code which guides ministers’ conduct.…

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The Imperial War Museum should consider accepting Margaret Thatcher’s wardrobe

4 November 2015 13:57

It is good to learn that the current management of the V&A want to reverse their predecessors’ lack of interest…

Matthew Macfadyen and Stephen Mangan as Jeeves and Wooster in 'Perfect Nonsense' at the Duke Of York's Theatre on November 05, 2013 in London, England.

I think I’ve found the perfect title for my Thatcher biographies

1 November 2015 14:43

One of the best of P.G. Wodehouse’s works is The Inimitable Jeeves, which I have recently re-read. In order to…


The rule of law is being usurped by the rule of lawyers

30 October 2015 10:24

There is a row because the new edition of the ministerial code has removed explicit mention of the duty of…

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Why my book is no longer a bestseller at Eton

23 October 2015 15:38

After my experiences promoting volume one of my biography of Mrs Thatcher, I had focused on boarding schools for sales…

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Tom Watson is in the same class as Titus Oates and Joe McCarthy

9 October 2015 14:51

With the help of the BBC’s Panorama this week, the full evil lunacy of the child abuse and murder conspiracy allegations relating…