Matthew Parris

Matthew Parris is a columnist for The Spectator and The Times.

Are ultra-processed foods really so bad?

25 May 2024 9:00 am

Last week saw a flurry of media reports, of whose headlines one of the worst preceded one of the best…

Save us from the plague of plastic tree protectors

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Can nothing protect us from a plague of plastic tree protectors? They’ve descended on us like locusts, covering our hills,…

Donating to charity is too easy

27 April 2024 9:00 am

It’s been a torrid few weeks for anyone who knows anyone who was running in the London Marathon. In have…

What is there left to say about the Tories?

13 April 2024 9:00 am

Spare a thought for us political commentators. We stare into the void between now and a (presumed) decisive Labour victory…

Euthanasia is coming – like it or not

31 March 2024 7:27 pm

Throughout the short life of the Assisted Dying Bill which failed in the Commons, the ‘faith community’ (a quaint term…

When righteous anger goes wrong

4 November 2023 9:00 am

From abroad I’ve returned to a country where, in language to which the word ‘shrill’ hardly does justice, fellow British…

The four big questions our politicians need to answer

21 October 2023 9:00 am

Anyone would think (anyone, that is, who has followed our three main annual party conferences this autumn) that Britain’s principal…

The folk wisdom that’s just wrong

7 October 2023 9:00 am

I was only a boy when I first began protesting against the idiocy of so much of the folk wisdom…

Australia’s disastrous indigenous voice referendum

23 September 2023 9:00 am

My partner and I have just returned from the most magical trip. As guests of Western Australia’s tourist board we’ve…

Britain has an entitlement problem

9 September 2023 9:00 am

An Institute for Fiscal Studies paper, published at the end of last month, makes grim reading. Through the prism of…

The hypocrisy of Nigel Farage’s supporters

12 August 2023 9:00 am

Much heartened by the barrage of criticism I’ve been receiving from both Spectator and Times readers, I’m returning to the…

In defence of Coutts

29 July 2023 9:00 am

Dame Alison Rose should not have resigned as head of NatWest over the Nigel Farage affair – and ministers who…

Don’t write off Rishi

15 July 2023 9:00 am

Were I sure this was about me alone, I’d hardly bother to mention it: but I may be typical of…

Our God complex

1 July 2023 9:00 am

Pantomime is meant to be silly and perhaps superficial, but fun. One does not (for example) join an audience for…

Why Conservatives must get behind Rishi

17 June 2023 9:00 am

The hubbub about Boris Johnson is blocking the view. He is, of course, an easy and undemanding topic of conversation.…

Price caps are a slippery slope

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Sometimes it’s the little things that depress most. I groaned last week to hear the news item. The government is…