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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Why the Economist’s film is the libertarian version of 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.…

Margaret H. Thatcher

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…

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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…

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David Cameron, take heed. This is the conference speech that you should learn from

7 October 2015 11:47

Maybe it was because of the contrast with Theresa May’s chilly, disingenuous monotone minutes before, but I really think Boris…

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No, Radio 3, not everyone can be an artist

1 October 2015 13:23

Radio 3 on Saturday had interesting, if over-long programmes about the effect of music on the mind. In one of…


The emotional appeal of Tony Benn’s apostle

20 September 2015 9:37

When the history of Corbynism comes to be written, many will assume that his form of leftism arose as a…


Manhole covers are not gender neutral. Does this bother Jeremy Corbyn?

19 September 2015 8:30

Mr Corbyn’s hobby is manhole covers, on which he is an expert. I was about thoughtlessly to mock this leisure…

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Assisted dying treats people like animals

11 September 2015 13:08

Arguing for assisted dying of the very ill, people often say, ‘I wouldn’t let my dog live like that.’ This…

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Can you answer Charles Moore’s slang quiz?

6 September 2015 15:22

An American friend who has just read volume one of my biography of Margaret Thatcher asks for elucidation of three…

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The Tories’ adoption of the Living Wage is entirely bogus

6 September 2015 10:00

Was there ever a more unilluminating political idea — for voters rather than practitioners — than triangulation? For those readers…

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When will the paedophile witch-hunt reach Pitt the Younger?

5 September 2015 11:00

The more one thinks about the current witch-hunt against alleged paedophiles in the establishment, the more beyond satire it seems.…

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Do Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall look like leaders?

23 August 2015 10:00

A hidden reason for Mrs Thatcher’s victory in 1975 was that lots of older Tory backbenchers fancied her. She was…

Jeremy Corbyn Takes The Lead In The Labour Leadership Race

If Jeremy Corbyn joins the No to EU campaign, he’ll drive voters to Cameron

22 August 2015 10:00

If the man with the dull beard does win, where will Labour stand in the European Union referendum? Jeremy Corbyn,…

Robert Conquest

Remembering Robert Conquest, 1917 – 2015

5 August 2015 16:04

Last month, in Stanford, California, I had lunch with Robert Conquest, poet, historian, literary editor of this paper in the…

Jeremy Corbyn Takes The Lead In The Labour Leadership Race

There’s nothing hip about Jeremy Corbyn’s beard

3 August 2015 12:36

Mr Corbyn has a beard. If he becomes leader, he will be the first bearded leader of any main party…