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.

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…

Parliament full of vermin: official

21 March 2022 6:30 pm

It was Nye Bevan who claimed that the Conservative party was ‘lower than vermin.’ But in today’s House of Commons,…

Does Twitter think Trump is worse than Russia?

19 March 2022 2:25 am

Who decides what gets counted as ‘misinformation’? For the increasingly large number of people who get their news from social…

Why do Russian tennis stars need to condemn Putin?

16 March 2022 9:14 am

Nigel Huddleston is Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism, Heritage and Civil Society, hardly the biggest job in government. Yet…

Macron, the reverse Zelensky

15 March 2022 5:12 am

Which Western leader has been the most shameless when it comes to Ukraine? America’s Vice President ‘Calamity’ Kamala Harris is another…

Mail man changes his 'Russian-sounding' name

9 March 2022 10:40 pm

Sanctions, boycotts, bans, penalties of all kind: there’s no end to the punishments being slapped on Moscow. But amid the…

Labour flounders to define the word 'woman'

9 March 2022 1:30 am

Happy International Women’s Day! To mark this auspicious occasion, the Radio 4 programme Woman’s Hour today hosted a conversation between…

Now JK Rowling takes on the critics

8 March 2022 8:40 pm

Away from the scenes in eastern Europe, a very different terf war was playing out on Twitter yesterday between JK…

KitKat-loving MPs consume £250k in snacks

3 March 2022 11:15 pm

After surviving his Covid scare in spring 2020, Boris Johnson was positively evangelical about the importance of weight loss. Launching…

Now Lebedev turns on Putin

1 March 2022 1:30 am

Looks like this war isn’t going terribly well for Vladimir Putin. The Russian dictator now finds himself something of an international pariah, with…

Harry and Meghan speak out on Ukraine

25 February 2022 11:30 pm

Amid all the gloom, a sliver of light has emerged from the rubble of Ukraine. As Sun-Tzu said: ‘In the midst of…

The Globe adds Shakespeare anti-Semitism warnings

22 February 2022 2:50 am

Mr S enjoys a good show: many of the best dramas are to be found on the Westminster stage. After all, what…

The New York Times takes aim at J.K. Rowling

18 February 2022 9:50 pm

It looks like the New York Times is at it again. In recent years, America’s least-reliable news source has developed a…

Poll: UK wary of sending troops to Ukraine

17 February 2022 9:45 pm

Another day and another wait to see what, if anything, will happen in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin still has thousands of soldiers…

Will Prince Andrew fuel a republican boom?

16 February 2022 10:06 pm

So that’s then. After years of claims and counter-claims, Prince Andrew has settled with Virginia Giuffre for an eight-figure sum…

Does the Bodleian really need a race adviser?

11 February 2022 4:40 am

It’s a difficult time for libraries. Budget cutbacks, online competitors and rival forms of media all point to a grim…

Why is the BBC saying Boris’s Savile claims are false?

10 February 2022 12:55 am

Is Boris Johnson’s claim that Keir Starmer failed to prosecute Jimmy Savile ‘false’? The BBC certainly thinks so. During the…

Mob hound Starmer outside parliament

8 February 2022 6:40 am

An uneventful Monday was enlivened this evening by some rather unappealing scenes outside parliament. Walking back from a Ministry of…

SNP councillor: 'Prosecute Jimmy Carr's audience'

8 February 2022 1:13 am

Oh dear. It seems that the most illiberal party in Great Britain is at it again. In the nationwide haste…

New No. 10 press chief: Boris is 'not a complete clown'

7 February 2022 11:14 pm

If Boris Johnson thought his new No. 10 hires would be less high-profile than their predecessors, he might want to…

Five ways Boris might save his premiership

2 February 2022 3:36 am

Boris Johnson doesn’t even like parties, by all accounts. He prefers to be left alone with women. Yet parties are…

Did Keir Starmer fail to prosecute Jimmy Savile?

2 February 2022 12:20 am

One of the stranger moments of yesterday’s drama in the House of Commons, following the release of the Sue Gray…

Five unanswered questions from Sue Gray's report

1 February 2022 2:40 am

At long last, it’s finally here. This afternoon’s release of Sue Gray’s report into the Downing Street parties marks the…

China's 'useful idiots' keep their honours

31 January 2022 11:36 pm

Ministers like to talk a good game on China. But, as the Commons witnessed just two weeks ago, all too…

Has Cressida bailed out Boris?

28 January 2022 9:02 pm

‘Wait for Sue Gray’ was the ministerial mantra last week. And wait, we all have, as the days have ticked…