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 pulls out of levelling up conference

18 June 2022 12:19 am

To Doncaster, home of the horses and the Northern Research Group conference. But there was only one race on the…

Another Boris diplomatic blunder

17 June 2022 4:20 am

Boris Johnson has never been one of nature’s diplomats. Unconventional, irreverent, Brexit-backing and norm-defying, the blonde bombshell’s two-year tenure at…

Putin's Davos flops after sanctions

15 June 2022 9:20 pm

Oh dear. It seems that starting an unprovoked war is not the best way to inspire foreign investment in your…

New Yorker claims 'racism' dominated jubilee

10 June 2022 1:49 am

Just what is it with New Yorkers and London? Normally Steerpike’s ire for the Big Apple is reserved for the…

Estonian PM: When will Macron stop talking to genocidal Putin?

6 June 2022 10:08 pm

Alongside Britain, Estonia has been among Kyiv’s staunchest allies in its efforts to repulse Putin’s forces, delivering more military equipment…

Does Macron have a police problem?

5 June 2022 8:45 pm

Things are spicing up over in France. Not content with tear-gassing British children, the Parisian gendarmerie seem to be turning…

Is the Financial Times ashamed of capitalism?

30 May 2022 7:36 pm

It seems no-one has a good word to say about capitalism these days. For now, even the Financial Times –…

Sue Gray releases her partygate pics

25 May 2022 8:30 pm

Well, it’s finally here. After five months of waiting, Sue Gray has today released her report into the parties that…

Top US pollster: don't ditch Boris

12 May 2022 1:55 am

To the CPS, the think-tank home of Thatcherite free-thinking. On today’s agenda: a sermon from Frank Luntz, the onetime populist Republican…

China's secret property empire

4 May 2022 10:30 pm

The Russian bear might be back but the Chinese dragon waits in the wings. Moscow’s spectacularly mismanaged invasion of Ukraine…

Ukraine triumphs on Russia's turf

26 April 2022 9:12 pm

‘Jaw jaw’ remarked Churchill ‘is always better than war war.’ And some of London’s finest jaws were being put to…

Former Tory chief whip calls for Boris to quit

20 April 2022 2:34 am

It never rains for No. 10 but it pours. After both Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were last week fined…

Partygate cuts through with voters

15 April 2022 1:27 am

The Tory task at the next election is enormous. No party in the democratic age has ever won a fifth…

Six times Boris and Rishi denied breaking the law

12 April 2022 11:40 pm

Well, that’s that then. This afternoon the Metropolitan Police fined the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of Exchequer for breaking…

CCHQ's unfortunate Jimmy Savile link

11 April 2022 8:20 pm

Oh dear. Just last week, on the day that Boris Johnson raised National Insurance, it was pointed out to the bright…

The Guardian goes for J.K. Rowling

8 April 2022 9:35 pm

It seems that taking gratuitous swipes at J.K. Rowling has become something of a competition for liberal broadsheets on both sides…

Five ways for Rishi to bounce back

7 April 2022 11:51 pm

Four weeks ago, Rishi Sunak was riding high, Boris Johnson was on the slide and the Chancellor’s daughter was proudly…

Five hysterical reactions to Channel 4's sell-off

5 April 2022 9:15 pm

Roll up, roll up! The great Channel 4 sell-off is now on. The Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries, is pushing ahead with…

Six Biden-Harris howlers on Ukraine

4 April 2022 5:05 pm

It’s 15 months since President Biden swept into the White House, where, judging by his current poll ratings, his tenure…

Ian Blackford's six step guide to untold riches

31 March 2022 11:15 pm

Inflation. Energy spikes. Tax hikes. Low growth. It’s a tough time for hard-pressed Britons at present. The cost of living…

Now the statue-topplers come for abolitionists

30 March 2022 7:36 pm

Susan Aitken, we meet again. The worst council leader in Britain is back in the news. What, pray, is it…

David Cameron gets an honour

24 March 2022 8:01 pm

When you’ve held the highest elected office in the land, subsequent honours might all seem a bit trivial. Gongs, trophies,…

Gary Neville moans about taxes

23 March 2022 10:40 pm

The political journey of Gary Neville continues to delight and astound. The former England right back now finds himself on the…

Hacks in uproar about Nazanin briefing

22 March 2022 9:40 pm

Welcome home Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, released after six years imprisonment. The 43-year-old returned to the UK last week after the government settled a…

Operation Ark returns to haunt Boris

22 March 2022 12:08 am

Boris Johnson is doing rather well on Ukraine at the moment, thanks to Britain’s role in sending arms and training…