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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It’s time for George Osborne to go – and go now

29 June 2016 16:38

This is an extract from Charles Moore’s Notes in the new issue of The Spectator, out tomorrow. George Osborne says…


In praise of referendums – this one in particular

23 June 2016 18:48

Commentators have complained about this referendum — its ‘lies’, bad manners, bitterness. Without exactly disagreeing, I would nevertheless argue that…


Sir Mike Rake is Brexit’s best weapon

16 June 2016 10:56

I keep telling myself that the polls showing Leave ahead are too good to be true. But then I see…


Revealed: Rodney Leach’s verdict on Brexit

8 June 2016 15:16

One of the most influential and learned figures in the British European debate is Rodney Leach. In the 1990s, he…

If it’s forbidden to call a baby Cyanide, should Chardonnay be allowed?

4 June 2016 14:45

According to a recent law report in the Times, the Court of Appeal has just forbidden a mother to name…

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Jeremy Thorpe’s acquittal was a triumph for the jury system

14 May 2016 8:30

John Preston has just published a gripping account of the Jeremy Thorpe case, A Very English Scandal (Penguin). Sometimes the…

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The anti-corruption lobby want to revive colonialism

12 May 2016 10:18

I am no tax expert, but when 300 economists, particularly if led by Jeffrey Sachs and Thomas Piketty, all agree…

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We didn’t have a real choice in the 1975 referendum. We do now

8 May 2016 8:00

The comparison between the referendum questions — that asked in 1975 and the one which we shall be asked on 23…

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Why the FT’s Martin Wolf is wrong about the EU

7 May 2016 8:15

Last week, I wrote about the fevered state of mind of the Financial Times as British voters threaten to throw…

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Sir Philip Green should not be stripped of his knighthood

5 May 2016 14:53

Possibly Sir Philip Green has behaved disgracefully in the matter of BHS. It does not follow that he should be…

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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…


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…


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…


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…


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…