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.

Boris's Brexit bonanza

27 January 2022 10:00 pm

Tory whips are working overtime to win round waverers as Boris Johnson struggles to rescue his flailing premiership. Among the arguments being…

Six of the silliest 'cakegate' defences

27 January 2022 3:41 am

Polls might show that two in three voters think Boris Johnson should quit over No. 10’s parties but crucially less…

Did Boris lie about the Afghan dog evacuation?

26 January 2022 11:50 pm

With Sue Gray keeping the lobby on tenterhooks, it’s a good day to bury bad news. Earlier today, the Foreign…

The Daily Mail's curious partygate U-turn

26 January 2022 8:30 pm

The Daily Mail has long been the favoured mid-market newspaper of the masses, as the self-styled champion of Middle England.…

Boris Johnson's lockdown birthday

25 January 2022 5:22 am

‘Wait for Sue Gray’ has been the mantra on every ministers’ lips these past few weeks. But with just days…

Where next for 'party Marty'?

24 January 2022 7:00 pm

Westminster is gearing up for ‘Sue Gray week’ as the top civil servant is due to finally release her long-awaited…

Science Museum axes slavery exhibits

23 January 2022 9:25 pm

An iconoclastic spirit has swept much of Britain’s institutions over the past two years. Just last month Mr S revealed that…

Harry and Meghan's tax wheeze

20 January 2022 10:40 pm

Money is very important to Harry and Meghan – as evidenced by their multi-million dollar deals with a string of top…

The Met Office’s bizarre forecasts

19 January 2022 12:05 am

Now that the government has stuck its neck out and frozen the BBC licence fee, will its next target be…

Is this the BBC's best defence?

18 January 2022 2:17 am

Proposals by Nadine Dorries to scrap the BBC licence fee have produced something of a meltdown over at Broadcasting House.…

Fresh fears over parliamentary police

15 January 2022 10:25 pm

It’s been a pretty dreadful week for security at the Palace of Westminster. First, there was the admission that a…

Will anyone stand by Prince Andrew now?

14 January 2022 4:40 am

Well, at least someone’s having a worse week than Boris Johnson. For the Queen has announced this afternoon that Prince Andrew has…

Chinese spy suspect infiltrates parliament

14 January 2022 12:40 am

As if there wasn’t enough drama in parliament today. Peers and MPs have just been warned that a suspected agent working for the…

Will the Queen get her just desserts?

10 January 2022 6:30 pm

Victoria sponge, cherries jubilee and coronation chicken: a trio of Britain’s best loved foods, all of which share a monarchical theme. Each of…

Will universities declare their China funding?

8 January 2022 3:50 am

Britain’s leading universities are just one sector having to grapple with the recent decline in UK-China relations. Barely six years…

Guardian pulls poll after JK Rowling wins

2 January 2022 8:30 pm

Oh dear. There seems to be something of an ongoing campaign against JK Rowling at the moment. The Harry Potter writer…

Revealed: Huawei's Oxbridge millions

30 December 2021 8:15 pm

British universities have received twice as much funding from Huawei as previous estimates suggest, according to new figures obtained by The Spectator.…

David Cameron winds his office up

30 December 2021 5:01 am

In 2021 we bid many things farewell: Philip Green’s retail empire, England’s Euro chances and Donald Trump’s presidency. And now, joining them…

Labour MP demands 'free movement for all'

29 December 2021 8:50 pm

New year, old Labour. As 2021 draws to a close and Keir Starmer’s managers seek to establish Labour as A…

Labour in limbo over Covid curbs

28 December 2021 7:52 pm

Wes Streeting has enjoyed something of a dream start since his promotion to shadow health secretary a month ago. Confident…

Diane Abbott’s Zero Covid crusade

28 December 2021 3:40 am

With Christmas over, the turkey consumed and Maughamtide been and gone, the eyes of an anxious nation have turned once…

Braverman's brush with the law

26 December 2021 9:20 pm

Ah student politics: is there anything quite like it? The strange creatures it attracts, the passions it unleashes, the adolescent…

Liverpool's painting purge

24 December 2021 6:30 pm

Merseyside – the home of Roger McGough, Willy Russell and the Beatles. But it seems that despite the area’s reputation as…

The BBC's mysterious missing Xinjiang evidence

23 December 2021 8:50 pm

Parliament has packed up for the holidays, with MPs and peers spending their final days in SW1 desperately dodging the…

Mail exodus to The Times continues

23 December 2021 6:45 am

The shenanigans at Northcliffe House have given Mr S much to write about in recent months. Whether it’s Geordie Greig’s…