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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.

Job swap: Oliver Letwin and Lady Stowell

Our spies have stopped chasing subversives. That's why we're in so much trouble

26 July 2014

Peter Clarke’s powerful report on the Trojan Horse affair in Birmingham schools is confirmation of the weakness of David Cameron in demoting Michael Gove. When Mr Gove appointed Mr Clarke… Read more

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The Spectator's Notes: this is the worst reshuffle since 1989

19 July 2014

This must be the worst reshuffle since Mrs Thatcher demoted Geoffrey Howe in 1989. Unlike that one, its errors are unforced. This year, David Cameron had established a surprisingly strong… Read more

Prime Minister David Cameron Meets Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani

The real scandal is that government files are 'lost' all the time

12 July 2014

Like almost everyone else, I have no idea whether the accusations about paedophilia in Parliament in the 1980s are true. One thing I do feel quite confident about, though, is… Read more

Rolf Harris leaves court after being found guilty of 12 indecent assault charges

The Spectator's Notes: Hunting down dirty old men is not a challenge to the current culture

5 July 2014

‘A culture changes by example and a licentious old man being found guilty will help do that,’ says a leader in the Times. Perhaps, but I would be much more impressed… Read more

Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski Photo: Getty

Why the 1989 revolutionaries still love the European Union (and why they're still wrong)

28 June 2014

Radek Sikorski, the Polish foreign minister, is undoubtedly one of the most dashing figures on the world stage. I first met him in the mid-1980s, possibly when I was a… Read more

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace Photo: AFP/Getty

The Spectator's notes: Diana's bed, Boris's dirty trick and Prince Philip's mystery tie

21 June 2014

On Friday night, I went to Althorp, childhood home of Diana, Princess of Wales, to speak at its literary festival. My first duty was to appear on the panel of… Read more

European People's Party's (EPP) choice to head the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker

Jean-Claude Juncker is stale, grey and likes his booze. That's why Cameron should back him

7 June 2014

David Cameron is surely right to think that Jean-Claude Juncker is not the man to relieve the European Union’s woes, but I wonder if it is worth a fight. It… Read more

Tony Blair's Keynote Speech On The Middle East and North Africa

What is Tony Blair after now? I fear I know...

31 May 2014

Tony Blair appeared on the Today programme on Tuesday morning to talk about Europe. The televised version showed him against the backdrop of the Brandenburg Gate. He said somewhat predictable… Read more

Main Political Parties Take Heavy Losses In UK Euro Vote

David Cameron's plot to keep us in the EU (it's working)

24 May 2014

I write this before the results of the European elections, making the not very original guess that Ukip will do well. Few have noticed that the rise of Ukip coincides… Read more

Eurovision winner, Conchita Wurst Photo:AFP/Getty

My tax avoidance tip – win literary prizes!

17 May 2014

David Cameron is said to want a woman to be chairman of the BBC Trust, now that Chris Patten has had to retire early because of ill health. Perhaps he… Read more

The funeral of Fusilier Lee Rigby Photo: Getty

It's time for Muslim agitators to stop suing and start debating

10 May 2014

Not long after the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich last summer, I wrote a piece in the Daily Telegraph criticising the concentration on the alleged backlash against Muslims.… Read more

Jury Reaches Verdict In The Trial Of Publicist Max Clifford

The Spectator's Notes: Max Clifford's conviction vindicates juries. But so did the acquittals

3 May 2014

The conviction of Max Clifford for indecent assaults feels like a vindication of the jury system, as did the acquittal of the many other showbiz characters charged under Operation Yewtree.… Read more

Jim Fixed Up

Was I abused by Jimmy Savile?

26 April 2014

‘Twenty-six million people in Europe are looking for work. And whose jobs are they after?’ asks the Ukip poster for the euro-elections, beside a Lord Kitchener-style pointing finger. Obviously, Ukip… Read more

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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

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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

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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

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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

"Maajid Nawaz, the brave and moderate Muslim Liberal Democrat candidate for Hampstead" Photo: Getty

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

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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