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.

Tim Farron is the victim of a witch hunt

26 April 2017 14:36

Journalists have hunted down Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, about Christian views of homosexuality. Originally, they asked him the…

Those who want a clear Brexit will need to make sure it is in the manifesto

22 April 2017 10:00

Mrs May’s decision to call a snap general election is not very welcome, and I had thought she would think…

Theresa May doesn’t trust enough people for a power ‘circle’. A triangle, maybe

21 April 2017 14:40

The fact that nothing leaked about Mrs May’s snap election tells you much of what you need to know about…

In defence of the stiff upper lip

20 April 2017 17:14

At the time of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997, Prince William and Prince Harry were in…

Every Easter, I think of the artist and poet David Jones

14 April 2017 12:00

Each Easter, I think of David Jones (1895-1974). He was a distinguished painter and, I would (though unqualified) say, a…

The Brexit battle is only just beginning

8 April 2017 9:00

Nick Robinson, of the BBC, compares the Brexiteers and Remainers to ‘fighters who emerge after months of hiding in the…

The National Trust is compromised by its own success

6 April 2017 17:30

Cadbury and the National Trust stand accused of taking the Easter out of Easter eggs. The Trust’s ‘Easter Egg Trail’…

Battersea Dogs’ Home’s political advocacy is a step too far

2 April 2017 11:00

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is running a poster campaign to increase sentences for cruelty to animals. The current maximum…

When our armed police open fire have we got their backs?

1 April 2017 14:00

I walked past Parliament, five days after Khalid Masood’s fatal attack. I looked at all the armed policemen on all…

Let’s compare Sturgeon and May’s sure-footedness – not their legs

1 April 2017 10:00

One must not make odious comparisons between Mrs May’s legs and those of Ms Sturgeon, but it is not sexist…

Could Health and Safety kill off home cooking?

26 March 2017 8:45

If Health and Safety is (are?) your thing, you must always be dreaming, like Alexander the Great, of new worlds…

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…