Matthew Parris

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

Mandelson’s story could have been so very different

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Matt Forde, the stand-up comedian and presenter of his regular Political Party Podcast, has hit on an overlooked technique for…

My cure for the common cold

19 December 2020 9:00 am

You really don’t want to know about my coughs and sneezes, particularly during the festive season, but bear with me…

The importance of giving offence

12 December 2020 9:00 am

As dons at Cambridge vote on a new protocol on constraints to free speech, we mark this month the 500th…

Soft-left squatters have taken over the Lib Dems

28 November 2020 9:00 am

I was never afraid of Jeremy Corbyn, never afraid of Momentum. I’ve never really feared Britain’s hard left at all.…

It’s shameful how we have locked down our elderly

14 November 2020 9:00 am

There’s a lot I don’t know about care home visits during this pandemic. I don’t know how straightforward it would…

Why I’m ducking the Rashford debate

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Moments arrive when it becomes clear you’re losing the zeitgeist. Whatever might be the spirit of the era, you don’t…

Get yourself to Sweden – while you still can

17 October 2020 9:00 am

An idea gains ground that we shouldn’t go abroad any more: that the very act of travelling without urgent reason…

The memo Dominic Cummings never sent

3 October 2020 9:00 am

There’s something about Dominic Cummings I will always like, and perhaps partly it’s the danger. I hardly know him well…

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,…