Matthew Parris

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

In defence of Carrie Johnson

25 June 2022 9:00 am

One is not usually surprised by opinions volunteered to parliamentary hopefuls by voters on whose doors the candidate has knocked;…

I’m out to get Boris

11 June 2022 9:00 am

‘Steady on, old chap. You’re a bit hard on the boy.’ The arm around my shoulder was that of Boris…

The close friend I never really knew

28 May 2022 9:00 am

I have just read an extraordinary new book. It’s by a close and old pal whom I’d count as one…

The truth about Britain’s Covid deaths

14 May 2022 9:00 am

There has been a considerable hoo-hah in the press about the recent World Health Organisation report estimating Covid-related deaths internationally…

What Rishi Sunak could learn from George Osborne

16 April 2022 9:00 am

I was walking last week from Canary Wharf tube station to my flat in east London – not far, little…

In defence of healthy opposition

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Glasses chinked. From massive chandeliers, lights glittered beneath the high vaulted ceiling; heroic statuary around the carved stone walls stared…

Nobody will forget what Russia has done

19 March 2022 9:00 am

At the heart of the West’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sits an ambiguity that it is convenient, perhaps…

I’ve found a little Eden in London

5 March 2022 9:00 am

I’m not one of life’s early risers but an exception had to be made on Wednesday last week. In an…

Taking Ukraine would finish Putin

19 February 2022 9:00 am

‘Never interrupt your enemy,’ said Napoleon, ‘when he is making a mistake.’ A Russian invasion and occupation of Ukraine would…

The Chancellor's horrible task ahead

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Whether Rishi Sunak is prime minister or still chancellor this spring, fate is handing him a poisoned chalice. Looking back,…

Good things can come from guilt

22 January 2022 9:00 am

I do not know anyone in the Sackler family. I wouldn’t even have heard of them were it not for…

How to wrongfoot an anti-vaxer

8 January 2022 9:00 am

The headline looked promising: ‘How to argue with a Covid anti-vaxxer.’ And, yes, a Times colleague had put together a…

The conflict at the heart of the migrant question

18 December 2021 9:00 am

A friend, a Cambridge professor, passing my old college last week, was startled to encounter a young lady standing outside…

Anticolonialists have their myths too

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Much is now being made of the evils of empire. As a child of empire I bridle. I acknowledge the…

Why can’t we remember our first few years?

20 November 2021 9:00 am

I begin this column on a train from Paris to London. Opposite me are a mother and baby. I don’t…

Do you really need to see the GP in person?

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Only later, perhaps even a decade later, as the pandemic of 2020-22 shrinks in our rear-view mirror, may we be…

The case for road pricing

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Thornton Wilder remarked that there are individuals who fall in love with an idea long before its appointed rendezvous with…

We should never have been in Afghanistan

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Two important studies have been published this autumn on the apparent failure of our almost 20-year war in Afghanistan. In…

The life of an ambassador’s wife

25 September 2021 9:00 am

‘One day,’ she writes, ‘we had the Minister for Northern Ireland for the night. He arrived wearing a kilt, which…

Champagne, sex or the Tories: what could you live without?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

In idle chatter the other evening, somebody pooh-poohed champagne. He was a brave soul because in certain circles — and…

Is it cruel to eat fish?

28 August 2021 9:00 am

It was a hot late evening on the Greek island of Tinos, and we were sitting at a quayside restaurant…

The case for travelling abroad

31 July 2021 9:00 am

I’m off. In the week when you may read this, my partner and I will be winging our way to…

The death of the dream my family fought for

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Before plunging into a vexed question, it’s sometimes wise to point out that one is aware how vexed it is.…

My voyage back through the landmarks of my life

3 July 2021 9:00 am

I was looking forward to my dinner at Daquise in South Kensington, a Polish restaurant that’s been there for ever…

The difference between looking and seeing

19 June 2021 9:00 am

By the side of the road from Sudbury in Derbyshire to Ashbourne, there is a lone eucalyptus tree. This is…