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.

Martin McGuinness changed his ways – but he never changed his mind

22 March 2017 13:41

We keep being incited to find it heartwarming that Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley were known as the Chuckle Brothers.…

Too many Hoggs spoil it for Charlotte

18 March 2017 10:00

Charlotte Hogg forgot to tell the Bank of England, of which she had been appointed deputy governor, that her brother…

Sturgeon’s great trick has been to convince us the SNP represent all Scots

16 March 2017 12:02

The great achievement of the Scottish Nationalists is to persuade people outside the borders of their own nation — including…

Remembering Tristan Voorspuy, who was recently killed in Kenya

11 March 2017 11:00

After he left the Blues and Royals in 1981, the young Tristan Voorspuy drove a motorbike from London to Cape…

In defence of Lord Heseltine

5 March 2017 9:00

Lord Heseltine has been denounced because he says he will vote against the government over Brexit in the House of…

Excusing a huge group of paedophiles isn’t the answer to tackling child abuse

4 March 2017 9:30

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, who heads Operation Hydrant, the police investigation of ‘non-recent’ child abuse cases, now says that paedophiles…

There’s a simple way of dealing with the BBC’s TV licence bullies

2 March 2017 16:26

Congratulations to the Daily Mail for exposing the unpleasant methods by which TV Licensing’s staff make people pay their television…

Is Michael Gove angling for a cabinet return?

1 March 2017 14:04

I never expected to be writing the following, since Michael Gove is, to me, one of the few heroic figures…

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…