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.

Why is the EU attending the butcher of Tehran’s inauguration?

5 August 2021 6:18 am

At the beginning of the year Donald Trump’s Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, was forced to hastily cancel a diplomatic…

BBC (finally) upholds complaint on gender-transitioning article

1 August 2021 2:50 pm

The BBC has had its fair share of reporting controversies in recent years. But transgender issues have been a particularly…

Revealed: Top mandarins' bumper pandemic bonuses

31 July 2021 3:30 am

The news this month that the government will offer nurses a 3 per cent pay rise didn’t exactly go to as…

Floods force Labour reconciliation

29 July 2021 3:07 am

The morass of flooding politics have claimed a fair few scalps over the years. Those with long memories will recall the…

Five experts who predicted daily Covid cases would hit 100,000

28 July 2021 9:28 am

A lot was said and written about the UK’s decision to press ahead with July 19, the so-called ‘Freedom Day’…

LSE students demand abolition of Hayek Society

27 July 2021 9:13 am

Another day, another student fiasco. This time the scene of the crime is the London School of Economics and a…

Tory conference to require vaccine passports

23 July 2021 8:03 am

Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday that Covid passports could be introduced for mass events from September did not got down…

Gove addresses Westminster rumours

22 July 2021 4:23 pm

The wine was flowing at last night’s Policy Exchange summer soirée as attendees unburdened themselves of the stresses of the past…

Will PETA be given a veto on all UK policy?

22 July 2021 1:30 am

The government’s flagship Animal Sentience Bill is (slowly) making its way through parliament, with Monday afternoon seeing the Defra select committee…

Six things we’re unlikely to read in Prince Harry’s memoir

21 July 2021 4:23 pm

In a fresh bid to secure privacy for himself and his family, Prince Harry has announced this week that he…

Isolation stats delayed as statisticians forced to isolate

21 July 2021 8:15 am

A spectre is haunting Britain: the spectre of the ‘pingdemic.’ With Covid cases on the uptick, it is no surprise that more than…

Corbyn crashes Corbyn's protest

21 July 2021 1:12 am

Two Corbyns descended on Downing Street today as Westminster was treated to a family reunion. The first, the better-known Jeremy, was…

Did Dom Cummings save the Queen?

20 July 2021 4:11 pm

For a man who professes to despise the media, Dominic Cummings is certainly adept at courting it. The former No…

Double-vaxxed Saj tests positive: who's getting pinged?

18 July 2021 12:12 am

As the government prepares to lift nearly all legal Covid restrictions on Monday, ministers are at pains to emphasise that…

Three horse race to join the 1922 executive

17 July 2021 5:33 pm

There are just six days left before the Commons rises for recess but there’s still time for one last election.…

Starmer's youth wing backs Cuban dictatorship

16 July 2021 10:30 pm

Oh dear. Having squeaked home in the Batley by-election and with the summer recess less than a week away, Sir…

The Marcus Rashford mural – an anatomy of a moral panic

16 July 2021 6:51 pm

Late on Sunday night, less than an hour after England lost on penalties to Italy in the European championship final,…

Michael Gove's paper-thin case for Covid passports

15 July 2021 8:35 am

Next Monday is ‘freedom day’ when all social distancing restrictions are removed. Clubs will reopen, pubs will be packed, sports…

Is Tony Blair on the verge of a comeback?

14 July 2021 12:24 am

The last few years have been tough for Jeremy Corbyn. One minute you’re being heralded by the trustafarians of Glastonbury; the next you’re…

Oxford college's Rhodes hypocrisy revealed

13 July 2021 7:06 am

Regular readers of Steerpike may recall last month the 150 Oxford academics who made headlines by boycotting Oriel College and refusing to teach…

The Queen praises England's 'spirit, commitment and pride'

11 July 2021 4:07 am

In a heartfelt letter addressed to Gareth Southgate, HM the Queen has sent her ‘good wishes’ to the team and praised…

Terf war embroils Guardian HQ

10 July 2021 10:14 am

Fractious times over at Guardian towers. The long-running battle between Kath Viner, the paper’s editor, and Anette Thomas, the media…

Lords bombard flagship Animal Sentience Bill

7 July 2021 11:25 pm

Speak to battle-scarred Tory veterans of the 2017 snap election and they’ll regale you with horror tales about animal sentience. A…

Michael Gove and Sarah Vine announce divorce

3 July 2021 2:27 am

It’s been a bad week for marriages in Westminster. First the revelation of Matt Hancock’s affair with adviser, friend and…

A complete history of Jew-baiter George Galloway's electoral defeats

2 July 2021 6:55 pm

Labour’s Kim Leadbeater may be celebrating her triumph in Batley and Spen (though not as much as her leader Keir Starmer)…