Steerpike

Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

Charles Moore on BBC reform

28 September 2020 1:00 am

Former editor of The Spectator and Daily Telegraph Charles Moore is tipped to become chairman of the BBC. Despite being…

Paul Dacre and Boris Johnson: 'the Boston strangler' and the 'alley cat'

27 September 2020 7:28 am

Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail, has reportedly been asked by the Prime Minister to chair the…

Amal Clooney’s curious resignation

19 September 2020 3:06 am

This afternoon, leading human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney (and wife of George) handed in her resignation to the government. Clooney has…

The Covid cancelling of Van Morrison

18 September 2020 11:03 pm

Cancel culture has come for Belfast’s finest son. Ulster singer-songwriter Van Morrison, consociationally worshipped god of Norn Irn dad rock,…

Why is Sky UK's Kay Burley so obsessed with Tony Abbott?

17 September 2020 5:10 am

Robert Buckland was touring the Westminster studios this morning, batting away questions over the Internal Market Bill and touting his…

Geoffrey Cox: I’m a Brexiteer to my core but can’t support Boris’s Bill.

14 September 2020 7:58 am

When Geoffrey Cox was Theresa May’s Attorney General it was his refusal to go give his blessing to her Brexit…

Want to 'save the Earth'? Buy the Guardian

11 September 2020 8:58 pm

Nothing like a bit of alarmism to flog a few newspapers. In an apparent bid to capitalise off the Extinction…

Kay Burley's bizarre takedown

4 September 2020 6:01 pm

What a scandalous idea, drinking with someone you might disagree with. Rather than grilling the transport secretary over his own…

Is Extinction Rebellion extinct?

3 September 2020 11:12 pm

When Extinction Rebellion took over the streets of London last year, even some of those who disagreed with the aims of…

Justin Trudeau’s prorogation memory loss

20 August 2020 10:05 pm

A prime minister better known for his charisma than his policy achievements proroguing parliament to ride out a political storm.…

Evening Standard sacks nearly half its journalists after Covid crunch

7 August 2020 11:00 pm

Last Friday, Evgeny Lebedev, owner of the Independent and the Evening Standard, was celebrating his nomination for a peerage. But…

Palmerston's retirement leaves Larry as top cat

7 August 2020 9:33 pm

Power struggles at the heart of government continued today, with a key member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office announcing…

Games organiser's Olympic oversight

25 July 2020 12:45 am

Given this year’s Tokyo games had to be called off because of the Covid pandemic, you would think those sitting…

The Wall Street Journal hits back at staff's 'cancel culture'

24 July 2020 8:32 pm

Last month, the New York Times published an opinion piece by the US senator, Tom Cotton, calling for the army…

Corbynites turn on Starmer

23 July 2020 9:18 pm

As MPs head home for the holidays, Keir Starmer goes into the recess having put clear water between himself and his…

Watch: Huawei execs grilled on Hong Kong

9 July 2020 11:06 pm

A handful of Huawei executives testified in front of the Commons’ Science and Technology Committee on Thursday morning, to discuss…

'Whitelisting' banned in Whitehall

9 July 2020 6:44 pm

Brexit, coronavirus and an upcoming Whitehall shake-up is enough to keep the Cabinet Office busy – but it seems some civil…

The New York Times hits out at panto

6 July 2020 10:57 pm

Pantomime has been an essential part of British theatre for generations. Not only is it often a child’s first, magical…

The Black Lives Matter UK reverse-ferrets

4 July 2020 9:47 pm

As the first Black Lives Matter protests began to take place in the UK, following the killing of George Floyd…

What would Thatcher do?

20 June 2020 5:05 pm

No one seems to think Boris Johnson has handled this crisis particularly well. But who might have done a better…

Watch: Andrew Neil on why The Spectator is returning furlough money

19 June 2020 12:51 am

Earlier this month, The Spectator‘s chairman Andrew Neil announced that we would be handing back the government furlough money. He…

The five most explosive Trump claims in Bolton's new book

18 June 2020 6:57 pm

Donald Trump’s former national security advisor John Bolton has made a series of bombshell revelations in a new tell-all biography. Claims…

UKTV’s bizarre Fawlty Towers ban

12 June 2020 4:48 pm

It’s been 45 years since the Fawlty Towers episode ‘The Germans’ first aired on the BBC, in which Basil Fawlty…

Watch: Tory MPs clean Churchill’s statue

9 June 2020 1:11 am

Yesterday, protestors at a Black Lives Matter demo in London vandalised the statue of Winston Churchill which stands in Parliament…

The civil war inside the New York Times

5 June 2020 8:49 pm

After the New York Times published an op-ed written by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton – calling for the military to be…