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.

Carrying cash is becoming a minority occupation like smoking

23 February 2019 9:00 am

The BBC reported on Tuesday that the proposed closure of Honda’s plant at Swindon was largely caused by the prospect…

It turns out I sound much cleverer in French

16 February 2019 9:00 am

On Tuesday, Le Monde published a piece it had commissioned from me to explain why, from a British point of…

The genius of Titania McGrath

9 February 2019 9:00 am

I am in a small minority in turning off the news when it is not about Brexit. The slow, agonising…

Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier must understand that without a deal their hard-border bluff collapses (Photo: Getty)

The EU’s hard-border bluff will soon collapse – and then it can get serious about Brexit

2 February 2019 9:00 am

The House of Commons does work better than it seems to, I promise you. When a big subject comes up,…

When ‘politician’ is the biggest insult of them all

26 January 2019 9:00 am

This column has laughed before at the BBC’s satirical wit in having a slot called ‘Reality Check’ on Brexit. If…

In defence of unicorns

19 January 2019 9:00 am

The scale of the government’s defeat on Mrs May’s deal is, as everyone keeps saying, amazing — yet also not.…

Behind the story of Anna Soubry being called a Nazi lies a classic Brexit sequence of events

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Behind the incident of Anna Soubry being called a Nazi by a small group of Leave yobs beside College Green…

When it comes to champagne, the English are on the French’s coattails

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Earlier this month, the Quorn and Cottesmore hunts took separate votes on merging. The Quorn voted for, the Cottesmore against.…

If May’s deal falls, there may be enough Labour MPs to gain a majority for ‘Norway plus’

8 December 2018 9:00 am

Inside the Dominic Grieve amendment carried on Tuesday is the embryo of a new political party. Any parliamentary majority for what…

Britain is making the same mistake it always does in negotiations with Europe

1 December 2018 9:00 am

Theresa May, William Hague and others say that the EU will not want to trap Britain in the backstop because…

Will the Daily Mail’s volte-face on Brexit make the slightest difference?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

It will be interesting to see whether the about-face of the Daily Mail on Brexit makes the slightest difference to…

If Corbyn’s PM, expect him to wear a white poppy and Frida Kahlo T-shirt

17 November 2018 9:00 am

‘It’s time for Bond — Basildon Bond,’ is the joke among pro-Leave MPs as Theresa May serves up her mess…

My great-grandfather’s personal remembrance day

10 November 2018 9:00 am

The sixth of November 1918 was remembrance day for my great-grandfather, Norman Moore. It was the fourth anniversary of the…

Bring on the next Black Wednesday

3 November 2018 9:00 am

At the Brexit-related cabinet last week — as revealed by James Forsyth in these pages — David Lidington made an…

George Orwell’s legacy has been monopolised by the left

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Mrs May says she is taking her stand on the issue of Northern Ireland and the integrity of the United…

The civil service’s anti-Brexit bias

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Can you think of a serious crime which does not involve hate or, at the very least, contempt? You must…

Why I wanted to be called C.H. Moore

6 October 2018 9:00 am

There are, one must admit, things to be said against Boris Johnson, but his leading critics do not understand that…

Why do we support the Iran regime when it is bitterly hostile to our way of life?

11 August 2018 9:00 am

President Trump has ended US participation in the Iran deal and imposed sanctions. No doubt this is annoying to the…

The attempt to deselect Frank Field tells you all you need to know about Corbyn’s Labour

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Early in his career — and mine — I got to know Frank Field. Then, as now, he was being…

Is it unchristian to support Brexit?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

At a speaker luncheon last week, someone I didn’t know passed me a note asking ‘Have you stopped supporting capital…

The sense of betrayal feeds the demand for a no-deal Brexit. Watch this space

21 July 2018 9:00 am

The collapse of Mrs May’s Chequers plan, followed by Tuesday’s failure of the Tory Remainers to defeat the government, creates…

Why did Theresa May ‘clear’ the EU deal with Merkel before consulting her colleagues?

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Why do the British turn to the Germans in their moments of European trouble? It never works. When Jacques Delors…

Does anyone know how we can entice our house martins back?

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Newsmax, the magazine of the eponymous US conservative multiplatform network, carries a full page advertisement for ‘The Presidential 1911 Pistol’,…

The internal logic of the NHS makes it ruthlessly cold-hearted

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Gordon Brown, echoing Aneurin Bevan, says that the greatest gift that the NHS brings to people is ‘serenity’. He is…

The government’s pledge to increase NHS spending is disgusting

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Seen from almost any point of view, the government’s decision to increase spending on the NHS is disgusting. It is…