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.

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…

Michelangelo’s David must fall

27 June 2020 9:00 am

‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ said the plane’s banner as it circled the club’s stadium just after the teams had ‘taken…

The grand names on Huawei’s payroll

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Why is it wrong, some ask, for senior British businessmen, former civil servants etc to work for Huawei UK? After…

What is Dominic Raab not telling us about Hong Kong?

13 June 2020 9:00 am

The government’s promised ‘pathway to citizenship’ to Hong Kong people is wonderful, but has the Foreign Office arranged a get-out…

What is it about Chinese totalitarianism that makes clever people so silly?

7 June 2020 6:00 pm

There is something about Chinese totalitarianism which brings out the silliness of many clever people. I suspect it is to…

The Spectator’s proud history of standing up for Hong Kong

6 June 2020 9:00 am

This week in 1989, the Chinese authorities massacred protestors in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. I was editing this paper. It struck…

The ferocious bias against Dominic Cummings

30 May 2020 9:00 am

At Dominic Cummings’s press conference on Monday, reporters tried two lines of attack. One was to behave like local detectives,…

Cambridge University is kowtowing to China

23 May 2020 9:00 am

Last month, writing elsewhere, I quoted the website of the China Centre at Jesus College, Cambridge: ‘Under the leadership of…

Mixed messaging is good for us

16 May 2020 9:00 am

A friend, a senior retired mandarin, emails. He complains that rural lockdown means that he and his wife have ‘got…

We should heed the world's warnings about China

10 May 2020 6:00 pm

Mathias Döpfner is that still rare thing — an outspoken German. I have known him slightly for many years and…

We have had enough warnings about China

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Mathias Döpfner is that still rare thing — an outspoken German. I have known him slightly for many years and…

Good news for the Jewish Chronicle

2 May 2020 9:00 am

During the second world war, the collection of the National Gallery had to be hidden in a mountain in Wales…

The secrets of The Spectator’s success

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

Although I once edited this paper, and have written for it for almost 40 years, I did not know that…

Should medics be hassling old people with 'do not resuscitate' forms?

19 April 2020 3:01 pm

A neighbour of ours, self-isolating and with poor lung function, has twice been telephoned recently by the medical authorities. After pleasant…

Covid-19 is giving me hyper-focus on the beauty of spring

18 April 2020 9:00 am

We know, because of the lack of widespread testing, that incidences of Covid-19 are under-reported. What is less well known…