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.

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…

The problems of a sick prime minister

11 April 2020 9:00 am

It is good of President Trump to offer Boris Johnson his best wishes and the best American pharmaceuticals (though no…

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…