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.

Perhaps we are all communists now

4 April 2020 9:00 am

‘I am a columnist for the Daily Telegraph,’ I began a text message to an NHS executive last week. Due…

The psychological and economic dangers of enforced idleness

28 March 2020 9:00 am

‘Lourdes shrine closes healing pools as precaution against coronavirus,’ says a discouraging headline in the Catholic Herald. Jesus ‘made the…

Coronavirus has even kept the sex-strikers at home

21 March 2020 9:00 am

When we left this Britain on Thursday last week, life was almost as usual. Shops and restaurants were open. The…

Coronavirus might not be all bad news for the stock market

15 March 2020 6:30 pm

There cannot be many positive aspects to the coronavirus outbreak, but I wonder if it carries one for stock markets.…

Coronavirus is a metaphor for our vulnerability over Huawei

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Monday night’s Commons rebellion over Huawei was on a surprisingly serious scale for a new government with a big mandate.…

The ugliness of carbon zero

8 March 2020 6:27 pm

The government is trying to get onshore windfarms going again, defying the damage they do to unique environments. I am…

The government’s zero-carbon policies will do harm to Britain’s beautiful landscapes

7 March 2020 9:00 am

The government is trying to get onshore windfarms going again, defying the damage they do to unique environments. I am…

Jean Vanier’s sad fall from grace

29 February 2020 9:00 am

The fall from grace of Jean Vanier is truly a sad story. The founder of the L’Arche communities did extraordinary…

The perils of owning an erotic Nazi toy

21 February 2020 10:00 pm

My parents told me that their wartime childhoods were punctuated by the expression: ‘Don’t you know there’s a war on?’…

The BBC’s big problem is its obsession with itself

16 February 2020 7:00 pm

One reason people are disillusioned with the BBC is its obsession with itself. Here is the text of a question…

Does anyone really think HS2 will be good for the country?

15 February 2020 9:00 am

How depressed should one be about the HS2 go-ahead? The cost is stupefying. The offering to the north — considered…

Boris has fallen into a trap by sucking up to David Attenborough

8 February 2020 6:36 pm

Regardless of one’s views on climate change, one should welcome the fact that Boris Johnson removed Claire Perry O’Neill from…

The real reason Glasgow’s UN climate summit will be a nightmare

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

Regardless of one’s views on climate change, one should welcome the fact that Boris Johnson removed Claire Perry O’Neill from…

The reason our civil service is soft on China

1 February 2020 6:30 pm

The creation of the National Security Council under David Cameron was supposed to join up parts of British government which…

Philip Pullman is right about the Oxford comma

1 February 2020 9:00 am

It was with regret that I read that Albert, retired King of the Belgians, has finally had to admit, following…

Do alarmists know the difference between weather and climate?

25 January 2020 7:00 pm

Until recently, those expressing scepticism about climate-change catastrophe have been hauled over the coals (or the renewables equivalent) for not…

I won’t be applying to be director-general of the BBC

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Despite huge public pressure, I shall not be applying to be director-general of the BBC. It was kind of Tony…

Anyone for a Sussex Royal potato?

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Earlier this week, we accompanied our daughter-in-law, Hannah, to her British citizenship ceremony, she having passed the necessary tests. (Hannah…

Why bother joining the Labour party?

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Now that there is yet another chance to vote for a leader of the Labour party, if you are prepared…

Am I in the mainstream now?

27 December 2019 12:00 am

The moment of Boris’s victory makes me stop and look back. In the referendum of 1975 — my first vote…

What a relief Jeremy Corbyn never became PM

21 December 2019 8:10 pm

It is worth fixing for posterity the feelings which, on polling day, swirled in the breasts of many who wanted…

The mysteries of the Corbyn world-view

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It is worth fixing for posterity the feelings which, on polling day, swirled in the breasts of many who wanted…

My run-in with Westminster’s TV news circus

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Leaving an evening meeting in Westminster on Monday night, I walked to Charing Cross. Approaching the public path which runs across…

Never mind Big Pharma and Big Oil – watch out for Big Uni

8 December 2019 5:30 pm

Climate alarmists and Corbynistas (the former increasingly a front organisation for the latter) often put the word ‘Big’ in front…

Six weeks is too long for an election campaign

7 December 2019 9:00 am

The number of parties represented in national election debate multiplies. There are now seven crowding on to television podiums and…