Matthew Parris

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

The next generation of gay men will be far more boring

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Last week we broadcast my BBC radio Great Lives episode on Kenneth Williams. The effervescent comedian and presenter Tom Allen…

Are liberal conservatives now history?

5 September 2020 9:00 am

It was a luminous late August sunset, and we were in France, dining outdoors with some friends who have a…

Why should anyone be forced to shield?

8 August 2020 9:00 am

The best way (and with politicians sometimes the only way) to know whether people are aware they’ve made a mistake…

In an age of science, why are face masks a matter of opinion?

25 July 2020 9:00 am

In 1846 Vienna, as across much of the world, a relatively new disease called puerperal (or ‘childbed’) fever had reached…

The Spanish approach to face masks

11 July 2020 9:00 am

We self-critical British should never forget that other nations are pretty crazy too. I write this from Andalusia, Spain; and…

Will the shock of Covid change anything?

27 June 2020 9:00 am

Earlier this month, a curious report caught my attention. Apparently there exists no rigorously established evidence that electric shock therapy,…

Toppling a statue isn’t erasing history – it’s writing it

13 June 2020 9:00 am

I couldn’t disagree more with Sir Keir Starmer (it was ‘completely wrong,’ ‘it shouldn’t have been done in that way’)…

Why has coronavirus fled London?

30 May 2020 9:00 am

My partner, Julian, hovered at my shoulder on Friday as I tapped out my Times Saturday column (about travel quarantine).…

You’re not special – just ask Google

16 May 2020 9:00 am

My research assistant, John Steele, is also a songwriter. A friend emailed him with the lyrics of a Fleetwood Mac…

Lessons from the plague village that isolated from the world

2 May 2020 9:00 am

Locked contentedly into the rhythms of farming life and digging for lead on its Derbyshire Peak District slopes, the village…

The difficult balance of public vs political agony

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

Fear is the politician’s friend. When terror grips the public, an opportunity arises for those in power to step forward…

We’re all guilty of recruiting this virus to our cause

18 April 2020 9:00 am

There must be a quote from Shakespeare for this, but so far I haven’t found it. It’s the way we…

Don’t let anyone tell you there’s a war on

4 April 2020 9:00 am

‘Shut up — don’t you know there’s a war on?’ Strong hints of that attitude have emerged in recent weeks,…

The secret excitement that lurks beneath our distress

21 March 2020 9:00 am

Something about the word ‘bomb’ has always thrilled me, and I know why. No school today. In the 1950s we…

The unbearable lightness of Boris Johnson

7 March 2020 9:00 am

Months ago, not long after Boris Johnson’s 2019 general election triumph, I wrote a Times column of a cautiously hopeful…

The concept of Evil is an evasion

7 February 2020 10:00 pm

A week of remembrance marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz last month had me thinking hard about…

Vegans are brave – and they have a point

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

It was a clear and icy night at home in Derbyshire last week. I love these times and, before bed,…

My fellow Remainers should not aim for a ‘soft Brexit’

11 January 2020 9:00 am

‘I like to write when I’m feeling spiteful,’ remarked D.H. Lawrence. ‘It’s like having a good sneeze.’ A perennial challenge…

Labour’s failure isn’t necessarily the Tories’ success

21 December 2019 9:00 am

A moment arrives when one does just have to admit defeat. We shall leave the European Union and there isn’t…

The Tories will win – but with no thanks to the North

7 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s time to stick my neck out. What follows is anecdotal and my hunches have often been wrong. But I…

What on earth are the Lib Dems up to?

23 November 2019 9:00 am

Jo Swinson is right. Most of the gains that it’s worth her party aiming for would be made at the…

I’ll vote Lib Dem – but I can’t join them

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I don’t believe that before last week I’ve ever quit any organisation on an issue of principle. I tend to…

The question a second referendum must ask

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Mostly I stay confident the Prime Minister’s team are playing a weak hand badly, but my confidence does occasionally falter.…

All ages are gullible – including our own

12 October 2019 9:00 am

In the great days of the Daily Telegraph’s Peter Simple column, when I was a youth, that acid but hilarious…

Eight reasons why I know I’m a Conservative

28 September 2019 9:00 am

‘Why don’t you just join the Liberal Democrats?’ If I’ve heard that once in the past couple of years I’ve…