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Charles Moore was editor of The Spectator 1984 – 1990. He continues to write a weekly column, The Spectator’s Notes. You can read extracts of his column here.

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The Pope's brilliant PR

19 April 2014

‘Show, don’t tell’ is the mantra of PR advisers when telling public figures how to communicate. Pope Francis’s technique does both at once. By confessing his sins to what the… Read more


The Spectator’s Notes: In defence of Maria Miller

12 April 2014

Maria Miller’s forced resignation is a disgrace. No iniquity was proved against her. Over her expenses, I suspect her motive was innocent: she was trying to work out childcare with… Read more


The Spectator's Notes: Politicians and bankers both treat their most loyal backers like dirt

5 April 2014

The Daily Telegraph’s revelation last Friday that the Financial Conduct Authority was going to arraign companies for 30 years of mis-selling pensions and other products ‘wiped’, as papers like to… Read more

Mayor Boris Johnson Visits Building Site For New Homes

The Spectator's Notes: If Putin can have a referendum, so can Boris

29 March 2014

Everyone can see that the West has no idea what to do about Russian power in the Ukraine. Britain, in particular, is at the margins. It is time for the… Read more

Former editor and Long life columnist of The Spectator, Alexander Chancellor

How I became editor of The Spectator - aged 27

22 March 2014

Thirty years ago this Saturday, I became editor of this magazine. In the same month, the miners’ strike began, Anthony Wedgwood Benn (as the right-wing press still insisted on calling… Read more

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The Spectator's Notes: In the radical 1970s, logic was on the side of the Paedophile Information Exchange

8 March 2014

People seem bewildered that the National Council for Civil Liberties in the late 1970s gave house-room to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE). It is certainly embarrassing for Harriet Harman and… Read more

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The Spectator's Notes: What's the difference between the Sachs case and sexual harassment?

1 March 2014

It is 15 years since the publication of the Macpherson Report into the investigation of the death of Stephen Lawrence. The report may have done some good by making the… Read more


The Spectator's Notes: When all three parties agree, something must be wrong

22 February 2014

Those of us who want a referendum on the European Union need to be cautious in our approach to the Scottish one. What is sauce for Alex Salmond’s goose may… Read more

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The Spectator's notes: What shall we call the Country Formerly Known as Britain?

15 February 2014

Last week, David Cameron said that we have ‘seven months to save the most extraordinary country in history’. He meant the United Kingdom. It was a powerful speech, part of… Read more


The Spectator's Notes: Quangos - a world of perfect hypocrisy

8 February 2014

The accusation that the Tories have been installing their people in public appointments should evoke only a hollow laugh. They have been comatose on the subject. One of the greatest… Read more

What medieval farmers knew – and the Environment Agency doesn't

1 February 2014

Our neighbour Philip Merricks is a farmer on Romney Marsh, 90 per cent of whose land is below sea level. The marsh would not exist without the medieval ingenuity which… Read more

Chancellor George Osborne Speech On EU Reform

The Spectator's Notes: George Osborne's personal recovery

25 January 2014

Now that the economic statistics are looking better, people are beginning to rediscover the once-fashionable thought that George Osborne is a great strategist. Things are coming together before the 2015… Read more

French President Francois Hollande waits

The Spectator's Notes: French presidents used to have a touch of the monarch. Not any more

18 January 2014

When I interviewed Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the former president of France, for my biography of Margaret Thatcher, I asked him why, when she lunched with him at the Elysée Palace… Read more

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Mugabe envy in Scotland

11 January 2014

Who owns Scotland? The people who most commonly ask this question believe that the land has been wrested from ordinary Scots by evil lairds and rich foreigners (by which they… Read more


Charles Moore's notes: Why Ireland fears Scottish independence

14 December 2013

In Dublin, where I am writing this column, people are watching the Scottish referendum campaign more closely than in London. Despite the polls, they almost expect a Yes vote, but… Read more


Charles Moore: What would we call what's left of the country if Scotland leaves? Obviously Former UK (FUK) won't do...

7 December 2013

Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher Lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies attracted attention for its remarks about IQ, but the media ignored its central thesis. The speech is against equality,… Read more

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Charles Moore's notes: Peston and co would have done more Co-op digging if the Tories had been involved

23 November 2013

There has naturally been plenty of unfavourable comment on how the Revd Paul Flowers, the ‘crystal Methodist’, was allowed by the Financial Services Authority to become chairman of the Co-op… Read more

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Charles Moore: State broadcasting allows fascism — and we're paying the fees for it

16 November 2013

There has not been much good news out of Greece since the eurozone powers decided to crush the country, but it is heartening that the state broadcasting company, ERT, has… Read more

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Charles Moore: Teaching qualifications must include a stint in business — or the army

9 November 2013

The most extraordinary thing about the scandal of Unite at Grangemouth and in Falkirk is how long it took the outside world to notice. Partly, this is an effect of… Read more

Prince Charles, speaks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the World Islamic Economic Forum

Charles Moore's notes: It's great there's a World Islamic Economic Forum — now can we have a Jewish one?

2 November 2013

As I write, the World Islamic Economic Forum is opening in London, the first time it has been held in a non-Muslim country. David Cameron boasts that investors will now… Read more


Charles Moore: Nelson has lost the battle to a fat, stupid blue cockerel

26 October 2013

I do not know whether the Greek gypsy couple accused of abducting a girl called Maria are guilty, but I am surprised by how the media, even the politically correct… Read more

Queen Elizabeth II Attends The Government's Weekly Cabinet Meeting

Charles Moore: I'm on Twitter! But what do I say?

19 October 2013

AS THE WHOLE Leveson wrangle approaches its climax (or anti-climax), one collateral, innocent victim of it all is the Queen. The government ruse to make its proposed system of statutory… Read more


Charles Moore's notes: People want revenge on energy companies

12 October 2013

Friends of mine called Georgiana and Mouse Campbell recently bought a new house. In the period between completion and moving in, Mouse arranged for British Gas, who supplied the electricity,… Read more


Charles Moore's notes: At last! Reds under the beds again

5 October 2013

 Manchester For those of us of a certain age, Ed Miliband’s speech last week was exhilaratingly nostalgic. His promise to freeze energy prices reminded us of happy times when Labour… Read more

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Sixteen-year-olds don't pay tax. Why should they vote?

28 September 2013

No doubt it will happen, because the Tories will not dare oppose it, but is there any conceivable good reason why 16-year-olds should have the vote, as first Alex Salmond,… Read more