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.

Are our churches safe from Justin Welby?

21 November 2020 9:00 am

‘Frost & Lewis’. It sounds like a programme amalgamating two of the most famous TV detectives. The former diplomat, Lord…

The strangeness of voting in the Lords from my bed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Having only recently entered the House of Lords, I must tread with caution, but I had always understood that it…

Churches are more Covid-secure than trains or takeaways

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Monday night’s murderous gunman in Vienna is officially described as ‘Islamist’. Brahim Aioussaoi, the man accused of murdering worshippers in…

Did Panorama use tabloid methods to lure Diana?

31 October 2020 9:00 am

As time passes, there is — blessedly — ever less need to pay attention to ‘untold’ stories about Diana, Princess…

Trump tried to bribe my daughter-in-law

24 October 2020 9:00 am

You have to give it to Donald Trump: he never stops trying. In a letter dated 25 September, he wrote…

The BBC can’t resist speculating on the science

17 October 2020 9:00 am

In this column (26 September), I pointed out that the National Trust’s new ‘Gazetteer’ of its 93 properties linked with…

The National Trust’s shameful manifesto

26 September 2020 9:00 am

The National Trust has brought out its ‘Interim Report’, with the clumsy title ‘Addressing our histories of colonialism and historic…

Peerless: what it’s like to become a Lord

20 September 2020 4:00 pm

As from this Thursday, I am a peer, although I must wait until next month before I can take my…

How to beat cancel culture

19 September 2020 9:00 am

One of the most extraordinary features of the ‘cancel culture’ is how well it works. All decent people hate it,…

The BBC has given up properly reporting on China

13 September 2020 4:00 pm

Totalitarian powers mostly want foreign journalists to go, but sometimes they want them to stay. China recently detained Michael Smith…

Are we seeing the last push against Brexit?

12 September 2020 9:00 am

Large parts of the senior civil service regard Brexit as almost illegal. Some of them regard loyalty to the EU…

Boris needs to do more to fight back in the culture war

31 August 2020 4:00 pm

As one battles on, a reluctant volunteer in the culture war which the left is fighting on every front with…

In defence of Hans Sloane

29 August 2020 9:00 am

‘The British Museum stands in solidarity with the British Black community, with the African American community, with the Black community…

Without Black Wednesday there would have been no Brexit

22 August 2020 3:44 pm

Last Sunday, BBC Radio 4’s The Reunion devoted 40 minutes to ‘Black Wednesday’, as our exit from the ERM was…

Should Gavin Williamson resign as a career move?

22 August 2020 9:00 am

Amid all the puzzlement and recrimination about why the government got into this mess about A-level and GCSE results, one…

Coronavirus and the BBC's anti-American bias

16 August 2020 4:00 pm

One keeps hearing, particularly on the BBC, that the United States is ‘the worst in the world’ for coronavirus, stated…

Is Chris Packham finally facing facts on shooting?

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Chris Packham is widely seen as the most extreme of well-known animal rights activists. His obsessions against hunting and shooting…

Will HSBC protect its pro-democracy staff in Hong Kong?

8 August 2020 5:00 pm

Noel Quinn, the chief executive of HSBC, declines to say whether his bank will disown pro-democracy staff who fall foul…

Why poetry matters

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Juan Carlos, ex-King of Spain, behaved foolishly in relation to money and sex, and so his decision to leave Spain…

Jesus College’s China problem

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Although Stephen Toope, vice-chancellor of Cambridge University, is committed to openness, it is a struggle to get information out of…

The politics of email sign-offs

25 July 2020 9:00 am

I think Anne Applebaum is a friend of mine. I certainly hope so, since I have always admired her writing,…

The ruthlessness of Huawei

18 July 2020 4:01 pm

Huawei’s 5G path is blocked. In a few months’ time, Huawei may no longer see the point of paying six-figure…

Why did we not ban Huawei earlier?

18 July 2020 9:00 am

‘Just rejoice’, as Mrs Thatcher once said about something else. The government’s decision to debug our national security by getting…

Will Cambridge stand up for free speech in China?

12 July 2020 5:06 pm

Last month, Dr Priyamvada Gopal, of Churchill College, Cambridge University, tweeted ‘White Lives Don’t Matter’. She was abused online and…

Now Gladstone must fall?

11 July 2020 9:00 am

There are far more Chinese students in British universities than there are from the entire Commonwealth. Many universities have been…