Alexander Chancellor

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

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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…

Croquet at Roehampton - 15-May-1934

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…

Prince William meets a rescued elephant called 'Ran Ran' (Photo: Getty)

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…

Long life - 23 Sep

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…

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife pledged 99 per cent of their Facebook shares to a charitable organisation (Photo: Getty)

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…

Ivan the Terrible

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…

Margaret Thatcher with her daughter Carol and son Mark (Photo: Getty)

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,…

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In the aftermath of Brexit, we need our Queen as never before

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Amid the bloodshed and chaos that followed David Cameron’s resignation as prime minister, Theresa May earned praise for seeking to…

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My dog and chickens have got it right on Brexit

2 July 2016 9:00 am

The Brexit vote has thrust this country into chaos. It has left it with neither a government nor an opposition…

Show Boat at the New London Theatre (Photo: Johan Persson)

Why Show Boat is still relevant 90 years after it was written

25 June 2016 8:00 am

One of my first outings while recovering from a little stroke has been to the New London Theatre in Drury…


The left were wrong about Brexit in 1975. The right are wrong now

18 June 2016 9:00 am

It was 41 years ago that The Spectator first urged its readers to vote Brexit in a referendum, but the…

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The consolations of being an invalid

11 June 2016 9:00 am

I’m back in England after travelling from Italy by railway, because I have been forbidden to fly in case the…

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The first real gaffe of the EU referendum? It’s from Charles Moore

4 June 2016 9:00 am

It was a famous American editor and columnist Michael Kinsley who once defined the political ‘gaffe’ as something that occurs…

Long life

What the world looked like after my brain haemorrhage

28 May 2016 9:00 am

When your mind suddenly goes wonky, you may be the one person who doesn’t realise that there is something wrong…

An offshore platform a stone's throw from Dante's beach on Italy's Adriatic coast has become the focus of a politically charged national referendum on the country's oil and gas (Photo: Getty)

A lesson from Italy on the futility of referendums

23 April 2016 9:00 am

As we prepare in Britain for our momentous referendum in June, Italy has just had one. It happened last Sunday…

The headquarters of the Royal College of Nursing (Photo: Getty)

A forgotten hospital that was the British Empire’s gift to our Russian allies

16 April 2016 9:00 am

The Royal College of Nursing (founded in 1916 with 34 members, but now with 440,000) is busy celebrating its centenary;…

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Trying to smear Europhiles just makes me more pro-EU

9 April 2016 9:00 am

Forgive me if I feel a little depressed at the moment. There are a lot of contributory factors — among…