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.

Winning here: the Lib Dems' links with China

13 August 2021 9:28 pm

Earlier this week Mr S brought you news of the latest interminable row splitting the Lib Dems: what to do about Vince…

Cambridge XR academic brags after prosecution dropped

12 August 2021 6:55 pm

Since being formed in May 2018, the eco-warriors of Extinction Rebellion have done their best to endear themselves to commuters across…

The BBC's woke guide to gender

11 August 2021 6:59 pm

Earlier this week, Mr S brought you the BBC’s internal guide to talking about climate change and how to win…

Revealed: the BBC guide for covering climate change

10 August 2021 7:48 am

Climate change is once again dominating the news agenda. A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that even if…

Guy Verhofstadt claims Olympic gold for the EU

6 August 2021 7:00 am

Who is on top of the gold medal table at the Tokyo Olympics? China? The United States? According to former European…

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…