The Spectator’s Notes

The Spectator's Notes: Politicians and bankers both treat their most loyal backers like dirt

5 April 2014 9:00 am

The Daily Telegraph’s revelation last Friday that the Financial Conduct Authority was going to arraign companies for 30 years of…

The Spectator's Notes: If Putin can have a referendum, so can Boris

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Everyone can see that the West has no idea what to do about Russian power in the Ukraine. Britain, in…

How I became editor of The Spectator - aged 27

22 March 2014 9:00 am

Thirty years ago this Saturday, I became editor of this magazine. In the same month, the miners’ strike began, Anthony…

The Spectator's Notes: In the radical 1970s, logic was on the side of the Paedophile Information Exchange

8 March 2014 9:00 am

People seem bewildered that the National Council for Civil Liberties in the late 1970s gave house-room to the Paedophile Information…

The Spectator's Notes: What's the difference between the Sachs case and sexual harassment?

1 March 2014 9:00 am

It is 15 years since the publication of the Macpherson Report into the investigation of the death of Stephen Lawrence.…

The Spectator's Notes: When all three parties agree, something must be wrong

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Those of us who want a referendum on the European Union need to be cautious in our approach to the…

The Spectator's notes: What shall we call the Country Formerly Known as Britain?

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Last week, David Cameron said that we have ‘seven months to save the most extraordinary country in history’. He meant…

The Spectator's Notes: Quangos - a world of perfect hypocrisy

8 February 2014 9:00 am

The accusation that the Tories have been installing their people in public appointments should evoke only a hollow laugh. They…

What medieval farmers knew – and the Environment Agency doesn't

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Our neighbour Philip Merricks is a farmer on Romney Marsh, 90 per cent of whose land is below sea level.…

The Spectator's Notes: George Osborne's personal recovery

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Now that the economic statistics are looking better, people are beginning to rediscover the once-fashionable thought that George Osborne is…

The Spectator's Notes: French presidents used to have a touch of the monarch. Not any more

18 January 2014 9:00 am

When I interviewed Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the former president of France, for my biography of Margaret Thatcher, I asked him…

Mugabe envy in Scotland

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Who owns Scotland? The people who most commonly ask this question believe that the land has been wrested from ordinary…

Charles Moore's notes: Why Ireland fears Scottish independence

14 December 2013 9:00 am

In Dublin, where I am writing this column, people are watching the Scottish referendum campaign more closely than in London.…

Charles Moore: What would we call what's left of the country if Scotland leaves? Obviously Former UK (FUK) won't do...

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher Lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies attracted attention for its remarks about IQ, but the…

Charles Moore's notes: Peston and co would have done more Co-op digging if the Tories had been involved

23 November 2013 9:00 am

There has naturally been plenty of unfavourable comment on how the Revd Paul Flowers, the ‘crystal Methodist’, was allowed by…

Charles Moore: State broadcasting allows fascism — and we're paying the fees for it

16 November 2013 9:00 am

There has not been much good news out of Greece since the eurozone powers decided to crush the country, but…

Charles Moore: Teaching qualifications must include a stint in business — or the army

9 November 2013 9:00 am

The most extraordinary thing about the scandal of Unite at Grangemouth and in Falkirk is how long it took the…

Charles Moore's notes: It's great there's a World Islamic Economic Forum — now can we have a Jewish one?

2 November 2013 9:00 am

As I write, the World Islamic Economic Forum is opening in London, the first time it has been held in…

Charles Moore: Nelson has lost the battle to a fat, stupid blue cockerel

26 October 2013 9:00 am

I do not know whether the Greek gypsy couple accused of abducting a girl called Maria are guilty, but I…

Charles Moore: I'm on Twitter! But what do I say?

19 October 2013 9:00 am

AS THE WHOLE Leveson wrangle approaches its climax (or anti-climax), one collateral, innocent victim of it all is the Queen.…

Charles Moore's notes: People want revenge on energy companies

12 October 2013 9:00 am

Friends of mine called Georgiana and Mouse Campbell recently bought a new house. In the period between completion and moving…

Charles Moore's notes: At last! Reds under the beds again

5 October 2013 9:00 am

 Manchester For those of us of a certain age, Ed Miliband’s speech last week was exhilaratingly nostalgic. His promise to…

Sixteen-year-olds don't pay tax. Why should they vote?

28 September 2013 9:00 am

No doubt it will happen, because the Tories will not dare oppose it, but is there any conceivable good reason…

Charles Moore’s notes: Liberal-leaning Muslims are the people most opposed to the niqab

21 September 2013 9:00 am

We are not allowed to know any details about the Muslim woman, charged with intimidating a witness, who has been…

Charles Moore's notes: The corruption of the BBC - and what was in my GQ goodie bag

14 September 2013 9:00 am

‘Corruption’ is a subtle word, because it describes a process rather than an event. It does not merely mean bad…