Long life

It's sheer madness for Cameron to resurrect the hunting issue

22 March 2014 9:00 am

My house in south Northamptonshire looks out over parkland on which Henry VIII used to hunt deer with Anne Boleyn.…

I want to age like the Three Tenors

15 March 2014 9:00 am

In February each year the Oldie magazine gives ‘Oldie of the Year Awards’ to people who show unusual vigour and…

Dear Bill de Blasio: there are better reasons to boycott the St Patrick's Day parade

8 March 2014 9:00 am

The new mayor of New York, who despite his name (Bill de Blasio) claims Irish ancestry, is boycotting this month’s…

I was forced on to the internet in the 1980s. I still don't belong there

1 March 2014 9:00 am

With regard to modern technology, I find that people of around my age — by which I mean people in…

Was Graham Greene right about Shirley Temple? 

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Shirley Temple, who died last week at the age of 85, was the most successful child film star in history.…

In praise of Milton Keynes

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Who would ever have thought it, but I have become quite fond of Milton Keynes. Although I live slightly closer…

Local protests don't stop windfarms. Subsidy cuts do

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Here in the valley of the River Tove in south Northamptonshire my chickens are laying copiously, my ducks are quacking…

Why I get my health advice from the Daily Mail

1 February 2014 9:00 am

When one is in one’s seventies, as I am, one begins to fear the horror of dementia and to carry…

If America can't put a person to death painlessly, it should stop executions altogether

25 January 2014 9:00 am

I have never supported the death penalty. Maybe I was influenced when I was six or seven years old by…

Forget the sex scandal. Why does Francois Hollande have only one pair of shoes? 

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Of all the interesting revelations by the French magazine Closer about François Hollande, the most interesting for me is its…

Alexander Chancellor: The Chinese must save the cigar from extinction

11 January 2014 9:00 am

In Dorchester during the Christmas holiday I bought a two-slice electric toaster at Currys. It was a nice little toaster…

Alexander Chancellor: I think my doctors are trying to frighten me

4 January 2014 9:00 am

The date of this issue of The Spectator is 4 January 2014, which also happens to be my 74th birthday.…

Alexander Chancellor: This Christmas it’s nice to be able to pity the stinking rich for a change

14 December 2013 9:00 am

This is the season of goodwill when one should think about people less fortunate than oneself and wish them better…

Remembering the journalist John Thompson, who turned down the editorship of The Spectator

7 December 2013 9:00 am

John Thompson, who died last week at the age of 93, could have been editor of The Spectator if he…

Alexander Chancellor: A slice of Italy in Milton Keynes

30 November 2013 9:00 am

Back home from a week in Italy, I almost feel that I haven’t left. For I go almost at once…

Alexander Chancellor: What Pope Francis and Silvio Berlusconi have in common

23 November 2013 9:00 am

It’s filthy wet weather in Tuscany, so I’m lying on my bed in the afternoon reading through the Italian newspapers.…

Alexander Chancellor: Can one be addicted to making emergency calls?

16 November 2013 9:00 am

The police have been complaining a lot lately about frivolous calls to the emergency services. All over the country people…

Alexander Chancellor: Do you think you should read this piece for free?

9 November 2013 9:00 am

I was in Nottingham last Sunday to address university students about journalism. The occasion was a one-day ‘media conference’ organised…

A dog mess or two is not too high a price to pay for an owner’s happiness

2 November 2013 9:00 am

A month ago I was reporting complacently that peace and calm had returned to Stoke Park after a series of…

'Too Fat Polka', and other politically incorrect songs of the 1940s

26 October 2013 9:00 am

When I was a child, growing up in Hertfordshire just after the second world war, my parents employed a cook…

Alexander Chancellor: Why aren't Italians angrier about Nazi atrocities?

19 October 2013 9:00 am

Given that more than 9,000 innocent Italian civilians, many of them women and children, died in Nazi massacres during the…

Alexander Chancellor: I don’t like traffic jams or lager louts but that doesn’t mean I hate Britain

12 October 2013 9:00 am

The Italians are often thought of as being unpatriotic, and one can see why. They relentlessly denigrate their national institutions,…

Good news from Alexander Chancellor’s menagerie

5 October 2013 9:00 am

There is at last good news to report on the poultry front. In the past, when I have mentioned my…

Alexander Chancellor: The Kindle is marvellous, but it cannot satisfy an addiction to books

28 September 2013 9:00 am

My brother John’s great book sale, about which I wrote on this page a couple of weeks ago, finally took…

Alexander Chancellor: It seemed a little creepy that thousands of people wanted to

21 September 2013 9:00 am

My village, Stoke Bruerne in south Northamptonshire, is just getting back to normal after a great influx of visitors for…