Peter Oborne

Peter Oborne is associate editor of The Spectator and chief political commentator at The Daily Telegraph.

Famous cricketers of the 1880s include James Lilywhite (far left) and W.G. Grace (centre). Credit: Getty Images

Farewell to cricket as the archetypal English game

10 November 2018 9:00 am

At the beginning of August this year, the England test team played what is supposed to have been the 1,000th…

As Assad recovers, Syria is returning to stability

13 October 2018 9:00 am

In order to avoid the Labour conference and yet more predictable media attacks on Jeremy Corbyn, I escaped late last…

What does friendship with Israel really mean?

19 May 2018 9:00 am

Harold Macmillan once remarked that: ‘There are three bodies no sensible man ever directly challenges: the Roman Catholic Church, the…

In defence of Olly Robbins

5 May 2018 9:00 am

After reading Christopher Isherwood’s Lions and Shadows, Somerset Maugham remarked: ‘That young man holds the future of the English novel…

Real democracy or a tribal bloodbath? Zimbabwe is on the brink

18 November 2017 9:00 am

History will curse Robert Mugabe. When he took over as prime minister in the wake of the Lancaster House agreement…

Netanyahu’s triumph means a one-state Israel must soon choose democracy – or apartheid

4 November 2017 9:00 am

There are many reasons political journalists get so many things so badly wrong. One is our tendency to overvalue liberal…

Imran’s biggest test

7 October 2017 9:00 am

It’s been a long journey for Imran Khan. He founded his political party, PTI (Pakistan Movement for Justice), in 1996,…

Brexit, George Osborne, and the art of post-factual politics

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Sir John Chilcot’s report into the Iraq invasion, due to be published on 6 July, is expected to highlight the novel…

Aleppo Notebook: the city’s terrorist besiegers will now be besieged

13 February 2016 9:00 am

I had been trying to get to Aleppo for ages, but was unable to do so because rebel activity had…

Voices from Benghazi: ‘We have lived through the worst five years’

2 January 2016 9:00 am

In their interview in the Christmas edition of The Spectator, Fraser Nelson and James Forsyth asked the Prime Minister whether…

The wonderful, vanishing world of the handwritten letter

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Those who write letters and send them by post are a dying breed. I was fortunate to have served as…

Peter Oborne’s diary: My Pakistan cricket tour, and what the ‘no’ campaign needs

6 June 2015 9:00 am

For the first time since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team six years ago, a Test match side…

Lord Freud: the man who saved the welfare system

28 March 2015 9:00 am

It was mid-October and Downing Street was in a panic. Lord Freud, the welfare minister, had been secretly recorded suggesting…

Ed Miliband’s critics hate him for his success

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Most political commentators consider Ed Miliband a useless leader. In a narrow sense they are right. He is not very…

The unbearable vanity of Kevin Pietersen

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Seven years ago Kevin Pietersen produced his first attempt at autobiography, Crossing the Boundary: The Early Years in My Cricketing…

How Nigel Farage gave British democracy back to the voters

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Whether or not Ukip wins, this month’s European election campaign has belonged to one politician alone: Nigel Farage. Single-handedly he…

Rupert Murdoch: a newspaperman at heart

With enemies like these…

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Rupert Murdoch is not simply a great newspaperman; he is also one of the greatest businessmen of the second half…

Notes from Damascus

26 April 2014 9:00 am

As I looked out of the window of my hotel bedroom, studying the view of central Damascus, the mobile phone…

In it together? Matthew d'Ancona's book on the coalition is a huge letdown, says Peter Oborne

5 October 2013 9:00 am

There are two ways of being a political journalist. One is to stay on the outside and try to avoid…

A man of his Times - the curious case of Lord Finkelstein

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Thomas Barnes, who edited the Times from 1817 to 1841, declared that the ‘newspaper is not an organ through which…