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.

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…

Civil servants strike back: 'arrogant and offensive'

25 May 2020 3:04 am

Oh dear. For some time there have been reports of tension between Downing Street and the Civil Service. Now it…

Why was this lockdown sceptic's video removed from YouTube?

22 May 2020 2:22 am

Professor Karol Sikora is a rare voice of reason in these strange times. So why was a video featuring him discussing…

Lancet editor’s Chinese propaganda

2 May 2020 11:39 pm

Ever since the coronavirus first began to spread in the UK, one of the government’s staunchest critics has been the…

Bail out the Italians and Spanish? 'No, no, no'

30 April 2020 6:31 pm

While most of us have been hunkering down at home, Brussels big wigs have been trying to thrash out of…

Chinese diplomat's Covid-19 PR exercise backfires

25 April 2020 7:41 pm

As countries around the world try to work out a way to live with coronavirus, there’s a growing hostility towards…

Oxford professor: We’ve got to be brave now to come out of lockdown

21 April 2020 6:50 pm

As those who have been keeping a close eye on the number of daily coronavirus cases and deaths in the…

'You are endangering the world': German tabloid goes to war with China

21 April 2020 2:04 am

Could China have done more to prevent the coronavirus pandemic? One tabloid editor in Germany certainly thinks so and an extraordinary…

What pandemic? Labour finds a way to keep talking about itself

14 April 2020 2:50 am

There’s nothing like a national crisis to get your priorities in order. With the coronavirus death toll in the UK…

Diane Abbott's most memorable shadow cabinet moments

9 April 2020 10:46 pm

This week Keir Starmer’s formed his new Shadow Cabinet replacing several Corbynista stalwarts with his own favoured MPs on the frontbenches. As a…

Watch: Boris struggles to say if he'll change nappies

5 March 2020 10:35 pm

After a prolonged spell of avoiding media interviews, Boris Johnson finally came out of hiding today and appeared on breakfast television. The…

Boris’s baby – Westminster’s worst kept secret

1 March 2020 6:42 am

There’s much speculation (and conspiracy theory) about why Boris Johnson chose today to announce that he’s becoming a father for…

The five stages of Brexit grief

31 January 2020 3:40 am

It’s been more than three years since the Brexit referendum, and we’re only a day away from actually leaving the…

Labour official election report: result nothing to do with Corbyn

29 January 2020 11:55 pm

There’s nothing like a period of reflection after a historic election defeat. It offers those involved a chance to look…

‘It’s still not Jeremy’s fault’ – more Corbynite excuses for Labour’s collapse

18 December 2019 8:00 pm

As the week rolls on, the recriminations just keep coming. One thing is for sure, its still not Jeremy’s fault.…

Listen: Labour MP claims BBC ‘consciously’ undermined Corbyn

16 December 2019 10:00 pm

The last few days have seen a rapidly coarsening Labour debate over who is ultimately responsible for the party’s historic…