Matthew Parris

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

History will soon judge this fraught time

31 August 2019 9:00 am

Good stories have a dénouement. The Act III moment when all is revealed and the narrative comes in to land…

I’m giving £200 to whoever can tell me who has made the nation’s buttocks ache

17 August 2019 9:00 am

Look out. Here comes a column banging on about something that, in the grand scheme of things, really doesn’t matter.…

I’ve started talking like a hardline Leaver

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Our involuntary responses know us better than we know ourselves. As I left King Charles Street in Whitehall last week…

We Remainers aren’t going away

20 July 2019 9:00 am

My voice is often recognised by people who don’t know me. My face, which is unmemorable, less so. But once…

Re-wilders forget that humans are nature too

6 July 2019 9:00 am

‘Life pours back in.’ A score of us, listening to Charlie Burrell at the Knepp estate ten days ago, will…

Why are sensible Tories backing Boris Johnson?

22 June 2019 9:00 am

It was when Matt Hancock went over to Boris Johnson that something snapped. ‘Every time a child says “I don’t…

Internet scammers can fool anyone – including me

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Please don’t suppose I’m unaware I’ve been an idiot. I recount what happened to me last week without expecting your…

Only Boris can bury Brexit

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Sit down, my swivel-eyed Brexiter friend, and pour yourself a stiff whisky. I’ve something to tell you that’s going to…

Tweedy or Trainer: Which kind of Brexiteer are you?

11 May 2019 9:00 am

‘Too tweedy? Goodness gracious me!’ Rory Stewart sounded startled. A contender for the Tory leadership, he was being interviewed by…

How will history judge Brexit?

27 April 2019 9:00 am

How will future generations revisit the Brexit years? Through what glass will we be seen? This spring and, I suspect,…

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My advice to Leavers: go for a second referendum – you might just win

13 April 2019 9:00 am

My first encounter with a plan to hold not one but two referendums on Britain’s European Union membership happened more…

What you learn standing on a street corner in Beirut

16 March 2019 9:00 am

A pale sun had emerged from wintry clouds and the hillsides were topped snowy white. But all around me was…

A teenage Shamima Begum, before she left Britain (Getty Images)

Why we must make an example of Shamima Begum

2 March 2019 9:00 am

The three most popular justifications for punishment under the law all (as it happens) begin with R. They are retribution,…

The day I had enough of experts

16 February 2019 9:00 am

‘Don’t even try,’ said the man on the car deck as Brittany Ferries’ Finistère tied up on the dock in…

Leavers have just killed the best chance of Brexit ever happening

19 January 2019 9:00 am

When intelligent, informed and rational people make a choice that onlookers can see confounds their own declared interests, we are…

We don’t need new categories for sexuality – we need to abolish categories

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Long-suffering Spectator readers deserve a seasonal break from yet another Remoaner diatribe from me. My last on this page, making…

Why I don’t, never have, and never will trust the people

15 December 2018 9:00 am

It was late, and a friend and I were left to talk Brexit. He’s a keen and convinced Tory Brexiteer…

Why are children so fearful about the future?

8 December 2018 9:00 am

For any bosses from the Singapore education department reading this, I have a message. It comes from (I’d guess) most…

What does it mean to be ‘moved’ by something?

24 November 2018 9:00 am

Catching a train last week at London’s St Pancras I encountered a man playing a piano. You can do this…

Is there a moral difference between an NDA and blackmail?

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Reader, may I call you John? Now imagine, John, that you are my employer and I know (or claim) that…

In defence of Nick Clegg

27 October 2018 9:00 am

As I write, the sneering at Nick Clegg has started. The first cuckoo I’ve heard in this chorus is calling…

What Darcy the demented sheepdog taught me about life

13 October 2018 9:00 am

I met the late Darcy ten years ago, and wrote about him. I was 59 and he was 12. I…

The cuddly new John McDonnell is more dangerous than Corbyn

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘Wherever Sir Stafford Cripps has tried to increase wealth and happiness,’ wrote the Conservative Scottish journalist Colm Brogan, ‘grass never…

Must ‘the will of the people’ always be respected?

15 September 2018 9:00 am

I’ve always respected Alistair Darling and cannot imagine him saying anything ill-considered. But listening to him interviewed last Monday on…

Jeremy Corbyn’s bumbling has silenced legitimate criticism of Israel

1 September 2018 9:00 am

If I were Benjamin Netanyahu (and I’m not) I would be thanking whatever gods there be for sending me, at…