Matthew Parris

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

You're not as special as you think

2 November 2013 9:00 am

My preferred route from the Times’s offices in Wapping on to the main road takes me across a precinct then…

The human condition in a scuffed yellow line

31 October 2013 3:00 pm

My preferred route from the Times’s offices in Wapping on to the main road takes me across a precinct then…

Matthew Parris: Atheists deserve better opposition

19 October 2013 9:00 am

I wish I were a religious conservative: the field’s wide open. It must be dispiriting for believers to encounter so…

Religious sceptics deserve better enemies

17 October 2013 2:00 pm

I wish I were a religious conservative: the field’s wide open. It must be dispiriting for believers to encounter so…

Matthew Parris: The Tories mustn't cuddle up to Ukip — just imagine if it happened on the left

5 October 2013 9:00 am

Such is my respect for Spectator readers that I offer you a column whose subtext is in Latin. Ours is…

The Tories would be mad to cuddle up to Ukip

3 October 2013 1:00 pm

Such is my respect for Spectator readers that I offer you a column whose subtext is in Latin. Ours is…

Coalition with Labour would suffocate the Liberal Democrats

21 September 2013 9:00 am

I write this in Glasgow, at the Lib Dem conference. Nick Clegg has invented a constitutional doctrine. The doctrine teaches…

Nick Clegg should stick with the devil he knows

19 September 2013 1:00 pm

I write this in Glasgow, at the Lib Dem conference. Nick Clegg has invented a constitutional doctrine. The doctrine teaches…

You can’t demand democracy in Syria but ignore it at home

7 September 2013 9:00 am

After David Cameron’s decision to seek parliamentary approval for air strikes against Syria, two lobbies came charging in, banners aloft.…

The awkward truth about democracy in action

5 September 2013 1:00 pm

After David Cameron’s decision to seek parliamentary approval for air strikes against Syria, two lobbies came charging in, banners aloft.…

I don’t think it’s over in the Balkans

24 August 2013 9:00 am

I returned last week from a short break in the Balkans; travelling by train in Serbia, walking from village to…

I don’t think it’s over in the Balkans

22 August 2013 1:00 pm

I returned last week from a short break in the Balkans; travelling by train in Serbia, walking from village to…

Gay civil partners should resist pressure to 'upgrade' to marriage

10 August 2013 9:00 am

Apparently I’ve proposed to my civil partner. He claims that on BBC Radio 2, on the Jeremy Vine show (he…

Must we celebrate gay weddings twice?

8 August 2013 1:00 pm

Apparently I’ve proposed to my civil partner. He claims that on BBC Radio 2, on the Jeremy Vine show (he…

When party leaders depart from the script, all hell breaks loose

27 July 2013 9:00 am

It is within the experience of even the humblest of MPs that those who oppose what you do will berate…

No one else will say it. But right now, both Milband and Cameron are heroic

25 July 2013 1:00 pm

It is within the experience of even the humblest of MPs that those who oppose what you do will berate…

Why partisan columnists (like me) are doomed

13 July 2013 9:00 am

An email exchange with a Conservative-leaning friend this week left me feeling sheepish. But if shameful my behaviour be, I’m…

Columnists are still partisan. Our readers aren’t

11 July 2013 1:00 pm

An email exchange with a Conservative-leaning friend this week left me feeling sheepish. But if shameful my behaviour be, I’m…

If it’s a race that only one horse can win, am I wrong to want it to be mine?

27 June 2013 1:00 pm

Why is Christianity so unhelpful on the very ethical dilemma that most concerns ordinary people in our everyday lives? Why…

The day I awoke my inner predator

13 June 2013 1:00 pm

Gweru on the central Highveld of Zimbabwe used to be called Gwelo when I was there as a boy but…

Why Ukip is a party of extremists

30 May 2013 1:00 pm

Last Saturday I wrote for my newspaper a column whose drift was that it was time for the sane majority…

The wheat and the chaff of online comments

16 May 2013 1:00 pm

What’s to be done about the online comments sections in daily newspapers? These (for those estimable Spectator readers who have…

What do the innocent have to fear? Ask Google

2 May 2013 1:00 pm

Forgive me, but let’s go straight in. Readers of a sensitive disposition look away, but there’s a serious reason for…

Why I won’t be selling my gold or silver

18 April 2013 1:00 pm

It must be a couple of years since, spooked by the banking crisis and walking past the Savoy hotel on…