Alexander Chancellor

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

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Why I won’t be picking up litter for the Queen

13 February 2016 9:00 am

I am sure that the Queen disapproves of litter as much as anyone else, but she’s hardly ever exposed to…

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The Oldie of the Year awards face life without Terry Wogan

6 February 2016 9:00 am

There was a cloud over the ‘Oldie of the Year’ awards luncheon this week, which was the death only a…

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Why it's better to give money to a beggar than to a charity

30 January 2016 9:00 am

No good deed goes unpunished. This is a saying that applies with special poignancy to Olive Cooke, the 92-year-old poppy…

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Mark Twain was right: it is our redeeming petty vices that make life worth living

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Here I go again. I have stopped smoking. Until recently I had been smoking about 40 cigarettes a day, but…

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When Mickey Rooney came to Milton Keynes

16 January 2016 9:00 am

Before the start of Aladdin in Milton Keynes this week a promotional video showed Brian Blessed in oriental costume bellowing…

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A tale of a Teflon-coated hen pheasant

9 January 2016 9:00 am

This is an uplifting story of survival with which to usher in the New Year. At Stoke Park, my home…

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Mark Zuckerberg should be applauded — whatever his motive

2 January 2016 9:00 am

The Egyptian driver of a London minicab said almost nothing during our journey but dropped me off at my destination…

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The Lord’s Prayer is no more offensive than Jeremy Clarkson or deodorant

12 December 2015 9:00 am

There was a time not so very long ago when the most common complaint about Christmas was that it had…

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There’s nothing British about it but one in six Britons now celebrates Thanksgiving

5 December 2015 9:00 am

I have always found Thanksgiving, which was celebrated in the United States last week, the most agreeable and least stressful…

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How do you explain events that even adults can’t understand to a child?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Seeing my ten-year-old daughter, Freya, a week after the massacre in Paris, I asked her if she had heard anything…

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How the Germans made Glyndebourne

21 November 2015 9:00 am

This is hardly the time of year for picnics on the lawn, but I have nevertheless had a week dominated…

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Distorting the truth — US presidential campaign-style

14 November 2015 9:00 am

It is hardly uncommon for politicians to lie, especially when their careers are threatened by a sexual transgression — John…

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New Orleans is being reborn (without its Confederate statues)

7 November 2015 9:00 am

The last time I was in New Orleans was during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico when…

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President Obama’s ‘secret’ lunch was no secret to me

29 October 2015 9:00 am

The Metropolitan Club in Washington is so close to the White House that President Obama chose to walk there for…

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To tip or not to tip

24 October 2015 9:00 am

As I grow older, I find myself increasingly reluctant to travel, which is why it’s been a few years now…

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My home Stoke Park has become a hotbed of sex and violence

17 October 2015 8:00 am

When I’m not busy editing the Oldie magazine, I live near Towcester in south Northamptonshire where things are pretty unexciting.…

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Oh, how I will miss the plastic bag!

10 October 2015 9:00 am

It has taken years, but finally England has joined the rest of the United Kingdom and other countries around the…

Robert Peston has got it all wrong about ties —viewers want broadcasters to look humbly respectful

3 October 2015 8:00 am

When Robert Peston, the economics editor of the BBC, interviewed George Osborne on television in an open-necked shirt with collar…

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Why could a robot replace a police chief – but not me?

26 September 2015 8:00 am

It’s hard to turn on the television nowadays without being shown a robot. It might be looking like a grasshopper…

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Sexism and racism in outer space

19 September 2015 8:00 am

How do you address extraterrestrials in outer space? The main problem with this is that there may not be any…

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Sidney Blumenthal: peddler of tired old clichés about British politics

12 September 2015 9:00 am

I remember Sidney Blumenthal from my time in Washington in the late 1980s when I was there as the first…

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I lived next to St Paul’s Cathedral as a baby in 1940 – it’s a miracle I am alive

5 September 2015 9:00 am

While the Germans were raining bombs on London during the second world war, the architects’ department of London County Council…

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The young are miserable and the old are happy – shouldn’t it be the other way around?

29 August 2015 9:00 am

We learn from a new report that children in England are among the unhappiest in the world — more unhappy,…

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Who needs a chicken labelled ‘cook before eating’?

22 August 2015 9:00 am

I was saying the other week that my new hearing aids had come with a warning not to swallow their…

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Jeremy Corbyn’s debt to Silvio Berlusconi

15 August 2015 9:00 am

I’m going off Jeremy Corbyn. He seems more and more pleased with himself by the minute. But I understand why…