Alexander Chancellor

Alexander Chancellor was editor of The Spectator 1975-1984. He currently writes the Long Life column.

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There are plenty of ‘ordinary people’ in the liberal elite

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, likes making and keeping New Year resolutions. In recent years he has learnt Mandarin,…

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A small oasis of peace in the upheaval and tragedy of 2016

7 January 2017 9:00 am

The past year has been tumultuous, full of upheaval and tragedy, but my chickens have been spared it all. Indeed,…

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Happy New Year, you say? 2017 will be a continuation of 2016 — only worse

31 December 2016 9:00 am

New Year’s Day is the most depressing of holidays. It doesn’t celebrate anyone or anything worth celebrating. It simply marks…

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Who will save Havana now Castro has gone?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

While American conservatives, including Donald Trump and the Cuban exiles in Florida, whooped with joy at the news of the…

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27 exotic ways with the ashes of your deceased

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Most people who die in Britain are now cremated — more than 70 per cent of them — but there…

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Liberace and Donald Trump have a lot in common

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Do you remember Liberace? Yes, of course you do. Who could forget him? The Wisconsin-born son of a poor Italian…

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Could a monarchy save America?

19 November 2016 9:00 am

I started watching The Crown, the £100-million television series on the early years of the Queen’s reign, on Netflix but…

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Trump and Clinton's ‘traumatic’ campaign will have a toxic legacy

12 November 2016 9:00 am

At the beginning of November 1980, one week before Ronald Reagan won a landslide victory in the presidential election, Henry…

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What goes on in a pope’s bedroom

5 November 2016 9:00 am

For almost 400 years, since it was built on the orders of Pope Urban VIII in the 17th century, the…


They won, so why are the Brexiteers so miserable and chippy?

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I may have made the odd disparaging remark about Brexiteers during the heat of the referendum campaign, but I have…

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Eyes, teeth, hair, ears: it’s all downhill from the age of 30

22 October 2016 9:00 am

‘Welcome, Mr Chancellor, to the Age UK community,’ said the voice. It was a warm, friendly woman’s voice, but bearing…


Can dogs cure depression?

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Monty Don, the television gardening presenter, always comes across on screen as irrepressibly cheerful and enthusiastic, but this is a…

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What really motivates Trustpilot’s Feedback requests

8 October 2016 9:00 am

In olden days, before the internet arrived, shopping was quite simple. You’d go into a shop and buy something, and…

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Prince William should stop lecturing us about African elephants

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Every threatened species of wildlife can count on the friendship of a member of the British royal family. There are…

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Social media, Michael Gove and me

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The publication of private emails by Colin Powell has spread panic in Washington. Now nobody feels safe. Some prominent people…

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Hillary should have paid attention to Britain’s referendum

17 September 2016 9:00 am

It’s been a very patriotic weekend, ablaze with Union flags. In London there was the Last Night of the Proms…

If you want a long and happy life, don’t retire to the country

10 September 2016 9:00 am

There is no cherished assumption that now goes unchallenged. The latest one is that country air is good for you.…


The health check all American presidential candidates should be subject to

3 September 2016 9:00 am

Americans want a president with the steadiest possible finger on the nuclear button, which is why they worry about the…

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It's better to be a lottery winner than the Duke of Westminster

27 August 2016 9:00 am

The 6th Duke of Westminster, who died this month, was living support of the claim that wealth doesn’t make you…

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I'm not sure I'd ever have passed my brain test

20 August 2016 9:00 am

In the four months since I had a brain haemorrhage I have had several tests to find out how my…

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Why I want the monument to Ivan the Terrible built

13 August 2016 9:00 am

A hoo-ha has broken out in the city of Oryol, south-west of Moscow, over a proposal by the officials there…

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Could your office be killing you?

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Japanese housewives are so convinced of the value of office work that they get angry if their husbands come home…

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Why Sir Philip Green should keep his knighthood

30 July 2016 9:00 am

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that Sir Philip Green’s knighthood is under investigation because of his part in the destruction…

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Sacking isn't easy – even for Theresa May

23 July 2016 9:00 am

One of David Cameron’s last decisions as prime minister was to get the brass doorbell of No. 10 cleaned. I…

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History shows us that children are no asset for a prime minister

16 July 2016 9:00 am

When you are recovering from a stroke, you spend much of the time asleep. But when you are not sleeping,…