Matthew Parris

The African bush took me back to my boyhood

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Entering the Bulawayo Club, you step out of the blinding African sunshine on that safe and friendly city’s wide streets,…

May’s opponents are the mad and the bad

2 September 2017 9:00 am

I first met Theresa May, or met her properly, way back in the last century. I’d been invited to speak…

In my other life, I’m a water engineer

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Friends arrived last week to find me in a mudhole, inside a cave-like tunnel into the hill, fiddling around with…

Chris Patten (image: Getty)

We need ideology in politics

5 August 2017 9:00 am

‘Studying history at Balliol,’ writes Chris Patten, ‘I knew that the one thing which made me uneasy was a grand…

We need ideology in politics

3 August 2017 1:00 pm

‘Studying history at Balliol,’ writes Chris Patten, ‘I knew that the one thing which made me uneasy was a grand…

Dear Leavebugs, it’s time to admit your mistake

22 July 2017 9:00 am

‘Brexit,’ says my friend David Aaronovitch, ‘is dying.’ We Remainer irreconcilables certainly hope so. But there’s a slim chance the…

How not to handle an independence referendum

8 July 2017 9:00 am

If David Cameron seeks any testament to his handling of Britain’s difficulties with Scottish separatism, the mess that Spain is…

What should party leaders be allowed to believe?

24 June 2017 9:00 am

‘If he can’t be in politics,’ the Archbishop of Canterbury tweeted last week after Tim Farron resigned the leadership of…

The Tories have been diminished by this election

10 June 2017 9:00 am

There’s an expression used in football to describe an approach to the game that discounts the virtues of elegance, style,…

A dementia tax would be a euthanasia bonus

27 May 2017 9:00 am

Had Theresa May not on Monday summarily abandoned her manifesto threat to raid the savings of those who end up…

Why it’s obvious that morality precedes religion

13 May 2017 9:00 am

At a beautiful church service recently I encountered again a Gospel parable that left me, again, torn between sympathy and…

What would Darwin make of trainspotters?

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Why are men so much more likely to be interested in trains than women? I believe this to be a…

Give me the Anglican option

14 April 2017 11:00 pm

The Algerian government’s official tourist guide describes ‘the walled town of Beni Isguen — normally closed to foreigners — where…

Our dangerous impulse to make sense of murder

1 April 2017 9:00 am

‘On Friday noon, July the 20th, 1714,’ begins the small, perfect 20th-century novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey, ‘the…

You don’t have to be good to do good

18 March 2017 9:00 am

I am a regular listener to the Sunday morning service just after eight on BBC Radio 4. It’s a habit…

From now on, I’ll greet Brexiteers with a grin

4 March 2017 9:00 am

I’m cheering up about Brexit. The moaning has to stop. Why be downhearted and edgy when you’re confident of your…

In (conditional) defence of John Bercow

18 February 2017 9:00 am

James Duddridge is not wrong. The Tory MP for Rochford and Southend East, who has put down a ‘no confidence’…

Brexiteers need ladders to climb down

4 February 2017 9:00 am

I am worried about the mental state of many Brexiteers. The author of The Spectator’s weekly Notes, Charles Moore, always…

What really drives us in the big game of life?

21 January 2017 9:00 am

When were you last in a game reserve? Perhaps most Spectator readers will be familiar with the experience and if…

An age of bright new lights on ugly new estates

7 January 2017 9:00 am

‘Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers,’ remarked the journalist and screenwriter Ben Hecht,…

The one thing that really gets better with age

10 December 2016 9:00 am

On the London Underground last week the carriage was crowded. No seat. No problem. I’m only 67 and content to…

We live in a golden age of swearing

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Authors’ book tours are often fun but rarely easy. For me the long train journeys are a delight, but on…

Can we trust the people? I’m no longer sure

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States may have signalled the death of the closest thing…

Why didn’t I celebrate Oscar Wilde’s birthday?

29 October 2016 9:00 am

On Wednesday 19 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London, a reception was held to celebrate…

At all three party conferences, I felt cut adrift

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Perhaps it’s age, perhaps disillusion, or perhaps party conferences really aren’t what they used to be, but I have struggled…