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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.

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The Trojan Horse affair is about subversion, and only Gove understood this

23 July 2014 15:13

Peter Clarke’s powerful report on the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham schools is confirmation of the weakness of David Cameron in demoting Michael Gove. When Mr Gove appointed Mr Clarke to conduct the inquiry, there was… Continue reading

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Forget about Assisted Dying: what about Assisted Living?

18 July 2014 8:55

By the time most readers see this, the House of Lords will have formed a view about Assisted Dying. Some Anglican bishops have got wonderfully on-the-one-hand/on-the-other about it. They seem… Continue reading

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Geoffrey Howe - his sacking was the last time a Prime Minister got this reshuffle so wrong

Video: Charles Moore – we’ve just seen the worst reshuffle in 25 years

15 July 2014 19:00

This must be the worst reshuffle since Mrs Thatcher demoted Geoffrey Howe in 1989. Unlike that one, its errors are unforced. This year, David Cameron had established a surprisingly strong… Continue reading

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'We know, from his own account, that Russell Brand has slept with a great many women.' Image: Getty

Jailing old celebrities is not a challenge to our current culture

4 July 2014 8:45

‘A culture changes by example and a licentious old man being found guilty will help do that,’ says a leader in the Times. Perhaps, but I would be much more impressed if… Continue reading

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Radek Sikorski, one of the most dashing figures on the world stage, according to Charles Moore.

If I were Polish, I’d side with Radek Sikorski — not David Cameron

25 June 2014 11:00

In his Spectator Notes this week, Charles Moore discusses Radek Sikorski, the Polish foreign minister and former Spectator contributor, who made some disobliging comments about David Cameron this week. Here… Continue reading

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What’s the fuss about Juncker? Better a drunken, useless federalist than an effective, sober one

5 June 2014 17:17

David Cameron is surely right to think that Jean-Claude Juncker is not the man to relieve the European Union’s woes, but I wonder if it is worth a fight. It… Continue reading

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'The EU needs leadership from someone who understands power' (Photo: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty)

Does Tony Blair want to be President of the European Commission?

30 May 2014 16:37

Tony Blair appeared on the Today programme on Tuesday morning to talk about Europe. The televised version showed him against the backdrop of the Brandenburg Gate. He said somewhat predictable things about… Continue reading

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Main Political Parties Take Heavy Losses In UK Euro Vote

David Cameron’s plot to keep us in the EU (it’s working)

22 May 2014 19:11

I write this before the results of the European elections, making the not very original guess that Ukip will do well. Few have noticed that the rise of Ukip coincides… Continue reading

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Charles Moore’s tax avoidance tip

15 May 2014 9:55

Last week, volume one of my life of Margaret Thatcher won the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography. This made me feel greatly honoured, because I knew and loved Elizabeth… Continue reading

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The audience at the opening night performance of 'Little Catherine' at the Phoenix Theatre (Photo: Sasha/Getty Images)

One way to persuade me to vote Ukip

1 May 2014 12:45

So far, I am disinclined to vote for Ukip in the forthcoming Euro-elections. Our area has been represented for many years by the great Daniel Hannan, the leading practising Eurosceptic… Continue reading

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Max Clifford leaves Southwark Crown Court yesterday. Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Max Clifford’s conviction vindicates the jury system

29 April 2014 14:45

The conviction of Max Clifford for indecent assaults feels like a vindication of the jury system, as did the acquittal of the many other showbiz characters charged under Operation Yewtree.… Continue reading

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Was I abused by Jimmy Savile?

25 April 2014 17:36

Adverts go out inviting people who think they were sexually abused by the late Sir James Savile to claim compensation. On the BBC, Alison Millar, a lawyer at the firm… Continue reading

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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

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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

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'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

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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

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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

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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

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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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‘Maajid Nawaz, the brave and moderate Muslim Liberal Democrat candidate for Hampstead’ Image: Getty

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

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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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