Matthew Parris

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

The Westminster sex scandal is what psychologists call ‘displacement activity’

11 November 2017 9:00 am

There are three reasons why Britain’s political and media world finds itself in the present ludicrous uproar over sexual misbehaviour…

What I learned going naked on the green mountain

28 October 2017 9:00 am

The Japanese take a near-obsessive delight in washing, particularly in natural thermal baths

Why May must stay

14 October 2017 9:00 am

As from the Manchester conference hall I watched Theresa May’s big moment falling apart, as I buried my head in…

At last! The subversion of Brexit has begun

30 September 2017 9:00 am

The Brexit crowd are right to smell a rat. In any great national debate a columnist may feel tempted to…

The African bush took me back to my boyhood

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Entering the Bulawayo Club, you step out of the blinding African sunshine on that safe and friendly city’s wide streets,…

May’s opponents are the mad and the bad

2 September 2017 9:00 am

I first met Theresa May, or met her properly, way back in the last century. I’d been invited to speak…

In my other life, I’m a water engineer

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Friends arrived last week to find me in a mudhole, inside a cave-like tunnel into the hill, fiddling around with…

Chris Patten (image: Getty)

We need ideology in politics

5 August 2017 9:00 am

‘Studying history at Balliol,’ writes Chris Patten, ‘I knew that the one thing which made me uneasy was a grand…

We need ideology in politics

3 August 2017 1:00 pm

‘Studying history at Balliol,’ writes Chris Patten, ‘I knew that the one thing which made me uneasy was a grand…

You don’t have to be good to do good

18 March 2017 9:00 am

I am a regular listener to the Sunday morning service just after eight on BBC Radio 4. It’s a habit…

How Leave can win (or at least lose with honour)

28 May 2016 9:00 am

It may be too late. But with only about three weeks before our referendum on EU membership I am itching…

How a grumpy llama became the third person in our relationship

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Gussie is the name of a grumpy and ill-natured llama, her coat largely white and somewhat unkempt, and much given…

Leave campaigners aren’t being disrespected. They’re being paranoid

30 April 2016 9:00 am

There are moments when one wonders whether one is seeing and hearing the same things as others. For me such…

Tax avoidance and the wisdom of pitchfork-waving crowds

16 April 2016 9:00 am

In a way the headline to my fellow columnist Dominic Lawson’s Sunday Times commentary on 12 April said it all.…

I became a Conservative thanks to a little winged rabbit called Pookie

2 April 2016 9:00 am

His father’s dental cast, writes Graham Greene near the beginning of The Power and the Glory ‘had been [Trench’s] favourite…

It’s not the Corbynites who are in denial – it’s the Labour moderates

19 March 2016 9:00 am

It has become commonplace to remark that there exists in Britain a mainstream political grouping that seems to be dwelling…

Virtual reality news is coming - and the implications are ominous

5 March 2016 9:00 am

John Humphrys staggering around in a piece of ‘virtual reality’ headgear that looked like binoculars and made him feel sick…

Brexit campaigners remind me horribly of Ian Smith’s Rhodesian Front

20 February 2016 9:00 am

We are all of us to some degree prisoners of our own experience. Experience may teach, of course — may…

Why I now believe in positive discrimination

6 February 2016 9:00 am

The Prime Minister no doubt knew he would be fanning the flames when he waded into the argument about the…

Here’s my solution to the problem of what to do with the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Lobengula was the second king of the Matabele people in what is now Zimbabwe. He was also the last. Cecil…

On Europe, Iraq and Syria why can’t our politicians just tell the truth?

9 January 2016 9:00 am

It has been over a month since Parliament voted to bomb Isis in Syria, yet in that time there have…

The question Christianity fails to answer: ‘Who is my neighbour?’

12 December 2015 9:00 am

‘Fine old Christmas,’ wrote George Eliot, ‘with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in…

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Has the Archbishop of Canterbury forsaken God?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

The Archbishop of Canterbury, we heard during the BBC’s Songs of Praise broadcast last Sunday, ‘doubted God’ after the Paris…

Here’s what’s wrong with the ‘public sector ethos’

14 November 2015 9:00 am

An infuriating benefit of readers’ online comments beneath the efforts of a columnist like me is that as you read…

Without a word of advice, Paul Methuen set me free

29 October 2015 9:00 am

At the time he will barely have noticed me. In his mid-forties and (to me at 18) middle-aged, he was…