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.

Whitehall hit by party cancellations

11 December 2021 1:30 am

After a fraught few months, you’d have hoped the hard-pressed masters and mandarins of Whitehall could let their hair down with…

Saint Jacinda's war on fags

10 December 2021 1:20 am

It is a curious irony that the West’s leading progressive icon is probably the most authoritarian leader in the free world…

Hillary Clinton's latest masterclass

10 December 2021 12:10 am

It’s been a tough few years for poor old Hillary. Since losing the 2016 contest to Donald Trump, the ‘most…

Durham students' Rod Liddle protest in pictures

9 December 2021 5:37 am

After eighteen months of Covid, there were some who feared the age-old tradition of the campus leftie had died out.…

Watch: No. 10 staff joking about Downing Street Christmas party

8 December 2021 5:38 am

Downing Street have spent the week trying to play down reports of a secret No. 10 party last Christmas when the rest of…

Durham University to probe Rod Liddle speech

8 December 2021 12:11 am

The masters of Durham University have reacted with Olympian swiftness to the hysteria which greeted Rod Liddle’s dinner speech at…

Pope blasts 'Nazi dictatorship' EU

7 December 2021 10:30 pm

With England and France feuding, Russia mobilising and Brussels incurring the wrath of Rome, it all feels a bit 1530 in…

Lords blows six figures on correcting its peers

7 December 2021 9:55 pm

While much ink has been spilled over the Covid Commons, far less has been written about the Lords. Overlooked and…

Rees-Mogg's No. 10 party jibe

7 December 2021 7:40 am

It’s a difficult time for liberty lovers in the cabinet. The country is £400 billion in debt, the risk of…

Six highlights from Mark Francois's memoirs

7 December 2021 4:10 am

Certain dates will go down in the annals of Brexit: 23 June 2016, 12 December 2019 and 31 January 2021. To…

Durham students try to cancel Rod Liddle

7 December 2021 12:00 am

The University of Durham has boasted many distinguished students over the years: Sir Harold Evans, Justin Welby, Andrew Strauss and…

Kay Burley's party hypocrisy

6 December 2021 11:05 pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – except if you’re working in Boris Johnson’s press office. Much has been…

Anti-cancel culture conference cancelled

2 December 2021 3:51 am

Oh no! What’s behind the cancellation of GETTR’s ‘Counter Conference’? The right wing festival – due to take place later this…

Exclusive: Zemmour will run for President

30 November 2021 9:49 am

It may be the worst kept secret in France but Eric Zemmour will tomorrow announce his candidacy for his country’s presidential…

The mystery of Downing Street's cinema

28 November 2021 1:30 pm

As a former court room, the No. 9 Downing Street briefing hub has seen its fair share of drama –…

German euthanasia clinics refusing unvaccinated customers

27 November 2021 10:19 am

Irony has been declared many times in this pandemic but now, from Covid-riddled Germany comes the final proof: you can’t…

Theresa May's risqué joke

25 November 2021 8:45 pm

Boris couldn’t make it but fortunately there was one Tory premier at last night’s Spectator parliamentarian awards. Former Prime Minister…

Fears over Mandarin shortage in Whitehall

24 November 2021 1:45 am

‘China Spy Blitz’ blared the Sun this morning: ‘UK spooks hiring Mandarin speakers in cyber war.’ Spy bosses, the paper…

Boris Johnson's Peppa Pig disaster

23 November 2021 7:48 am

Oh dear. Boris Johnson’s much-trailed speech to the Confederation of British Industry has caused something of a social media storm…

Harry and Meghan finally fly commercial

22 November 2021 11:00 pm

It takes a lot to surprise Mr S these days but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have indeed managed…

Revealed: Azeem Rafiq in antisemitism storm

19 November 2021 8:45 am

Cricketer Azeem Rafiq shocked the political word on Tuesday with his revelations about the abuse he suffered while a young…

Exclusive: Sadiq Khan no-platforms Eric Zemmour

19 November 2021 4:04 am

As the race for the Elysée hots up, presidential candidates are busy courting voters and raising funds. And with Macron’s poll…

Blue on Blue: May savages Boris

17 November 2021 2:50 am

The faults in the Tory party were on show for all to see today, as MPs were forced to debate…

Truss fails her first big test

16 November 2021 10:40 pm

Can anything stop the irresistible rise of Liz Truss? The power-dressing insta lover reinvented herself at International Trade, becoming the…

Prince Harry declares war on disinformation

16 November 2021 8:15 am

Democracy is in crisis, faith in institutions is at an all-time low. The public’s trust in our leaders has collapsed;…