Matthew Parris

Matthew Parris is a columnist for The Spectator and The Times.


Real politics blossoms outside the conference hall

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…

London's Economic Boom Continues

The metropolitan elite must lead the way

1 October 2016 9:00 am

How does one join the Liberal Metro-politan Elite? What should be the qualifications? I must be an LME member because…

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A remarkable testament of hope for Zimbabwe

17 September 2016 9:00 am

‘One who never turned his back but marched breast forward, Never doubted clouds would break, Never dreamed though right were…

Boat on the Amazon

My fascist moment on the ship of failures

3 September 2016 9:00 am

There are no roads from the Peruvian river port of Iquitos, but the rich take aeroplanes. Those who cannot pay…

Scenic Wales Offers A Diverse Range Of Holiday Opportunities

Wales is not an emergency – it’s worse than that

20 August 2016 9:00 am

On Monday 25 July we climbed Cader Idris. No particular reason except a free Monday and a memory of what…

Holy Bible

I can’t sleep for anger at the Spectator review of my friend’s book

6 August 2016 9:00 am

May I write a review of a review? I have to get this out of my system, having been unable…

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Of course Tony Blair made a ‘secret deal’. That’s what good PMs do

23 July 2016 9:00 am

As a founder member of the Guild of Blair-Bashers, someone who reacted strongly against him from our first encounter at…

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For the first time in my life, I feel ashamed to be British

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Before even writing this I know what response it will meet. Some who fought for Leave on 23 June will…

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How hard would it have been not to traduce Cliff Richard?

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Sir Cliff Richard will not be charged with historic sex offences, say the police and Crown Prosecution Service. There is…

Keep Calm and Vote Remain

Six reasons to keep calm and vote Remain

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Like almost everyone, I’ve piled angrily into this fight. But as the debate nears resolution I feel ashamed of all…


How Leave can win (or at least lose with honour)

28 May 2016 9:00 am

It may be too late. But with only about three weeks before our referendum on EU membership I am itching…


How a grumpy llama became the third person in our relationship

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Gussie is the name of a grumpy and ill-natured llama, her coat largely white and somewhat unkempt, and much given…

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Leave campaigners aren’t being disrespected. They’re being paranoid

30 April 2016 9:00 am

There are moments when one wonders whether one is seeing and hearing the same things as others. For me such…


Tax avoidance and the wisdom of pitchfork-waving crowds

16 April 2016 9:00 am

In a way the headline to my fellow columnist Dominic Lawson’s Sunday Times commentary on 12 April said it all.…


I became a Conservative thanks to a little winged rabbit called Pookie

2 April 2016 9:00 am

His father’s dental cast, writes Graham Greene near the beginning of The Power and the Glory ‘had been [Trench’s] favourite…

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It’s not the Corbynites who are in denial – it’s the Labour moderates

19 March 2016 9:00 am

It has become commonplace to remark that there exists in Britain a mainstream political grouping that seems to be dwelling…

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Virtual reality news is coming - and the implications are ominous

5 March 2016 9:00 am

John Humphrys staggering around in a piece of ‘virtual reality’ headgear that looked like binoculars and made him feel sick…

exit from the eurozone concept

Brexit campaigners remind me horribly of Ian Smith’s Rhodesian Front

20 February 2016 9:00 am

We are all of us to some degree prisoners of our own experience. Experience may teach, of course — may…

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Why I now believe in positive discrimination

6 February 2016 9:00 am

The Prime Minister no doubt knew he would be fanning the flames when he waded into the argument about the…

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Here’s my solution to the problem of what to do with the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Lobengula was the second king of the Matabele people in what is now Zimbabwe. He was also the last. Cecil…

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On Europe, Iraq and Syria why can’t our politicians just tell the truth?

9 January 2016 9:00 am

It has been over a month since Parliament voted to bomb Isis in Syria, yet in that time there have…

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The question Christianity fails to answer: ‘Who is my neighbour?’

12 December 2015 9:00 am

‘Fine old Christmas,’ wrote George Eliot, ‘with the snowy hair and ruddy face, had done his duty that year in…

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Has the Archbishop of Canterbury forsaken God?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

The Archbishop of Canterbury, we heard during the BBC’s Songs of Praise broadcast last Sunday, ‘doubted God’ after the Paris…

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Here’s what’s wrong with the ‘public sector ethos’

14 November 2015 9:00 am

An infuriating benefit of readers’ online comments beneath the efforts of a columnist like me is that as you read…


Without a word of advice, Paul Methuen set me free

29 October 2015 9:00 am

At the time he will barely have noticed me. In his mid-forties and (to me at 18) middle-aged, he was…