House of Lords

The strangeness of voting in the Lords from my bed

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Having only recently entered the House of Lords, I must tread with caution, but I had always understood that it…

How to beat cancel culture

19 September 2020 9:00 am

One of the most extraordinary features of the ‘cancel culture’ is how well it works. All decent people hate it,…

How the Athenians would have handled the Lords

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Arguments about the purpose or indeed very existence of anything resembling the House of Lords would have struck classical democratic…

Is Chris Packham finally facing facts on shooting?

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Chris Packham is widely seen as the most extreme of well-known animal rights activists. His obsessions against hunting and shooting…

Letters: Will office workers ever want to return?

15 August 2020 9:00 am

The future of offices Sir: I agree with much of Gerard Lyons’s article about the future of the capital (‘London…

Portrait of the week: Local lockdowns, busy beaches and an explosion in Beirut

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Home Some 2.7 million people in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and West Yorkshire, where many Muslims live, were…

Letters: How to slim down the nation

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Peer review Sir: A neat solution to the levels of inactivity of some members of the House of Lords (‘Peer…

How Boris should pick his peers

1 August 2020 9:00 am

It is no credit to British democracy that we have the second largest legislative chamber in the world. The only…

Boris should take back control from the House of Lords

7 February 2020 2:57 am

I imagine that in recommending Philip Hammond and Ken Clarke for peerages, Boris Johnson sees himself in engaging in a…

Forget moving the Lords – lets have an elected senate instead

20 January 2020 3:18 am

In two weeks’ time, we will finally escape the European Union, freeing ourselves from its monumental waste. Waste, that is,…

Letters: Is this a solution to the post-Brexit world?

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Lords reform Sir: How astonishing that the historian Robert Tombs (‘Beyond Brexit’, 15 December) should think that the Lords might…

The Spectator’s Notes

29 July 2017 9:00 am

The pre-commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales is already in full swing. She…

Why the next Tory leader is likely to be in the ‘Leave’ camp

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Here is a thought for all those Tory MPs calculating their personal advantage in the forthcoming EU referendum: unless the…

Dear Mary solves problems for Nicky Haslam, Nigel Slater, Professor Mary Beard and others

12 December 2015 9:00 am

From Nicky HaslamQ. Being considered something of a guru on the subject of things common, can you advise me how…

Lords of misrule block the Tories at every turn

29 October 2015 9:00 am

A few days after the general election, I bumped into one of David Cameron’s longest-standing political allies, one of those…

Charles Moore’s Notes: The government needs someone who knows how Parliament works

29 October 2015 9:00 am

An enjoyable aspect of parliamentary rules and conventions is that almost no one understands them. This has become acutely true…

Portrait of the week

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Home After it was twice defeated in the Lords on its plans to reduce working tax credits, the government announced…

Charles Moore’s Notes: Mr Cameron swings wildly between toughness and compassion

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Presumably Britain has some sort of policy on immigration, asylum and refugees, but instead of struggling to understand it, you…

Does anyone else have an upper house as undemocratic as the Lords?

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Peers’ peers Forty-five new peers were created. Are we alone in having an upper house of parliament made up of…

Spectator letters: Cutting the Lords, and a defence of Edwin Lutyens

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Trimming the ermine Sir: I am a new boy in the House of Lords compared with Viscount Astor — though…

We don’t need an elected Lords – just a much smaller one

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Something needs to be done about the overstuffed House of Lords

Look beyond the Sewel video: the House of Lords still works

1 August 2015 9:00 am

The shaming of Lord Sewel was a classic tabloid exposé. The fact that a peer of the realm (albeit one…

Just how hard is it to sack a lord?

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Safe house Lord Sewel is unique in leaving the House of Lords in disgrace. Until the House of Lords Reform…

Charles Moore’s Notes: Cameron should bring back twice-weekly PMQs

16 May 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron is taking a bit of trouble to unite his parliamentary party. Having built a coalition outside it last…

Why did the House of Lords ever have a rifle range?

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Gun lords The House of Lords shooting range is to be turned into a cupboard, having previously survived an attempt…