Charles Moore

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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Why was I able to 'vote' twice in the EU referendum?

20 August 2016 9:00 am

When you vote in Britain, there is a relaxed feeling in the polling stations. This is a long-established part of…

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New grammar schools need not bring back the problems of the old ones

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Those who want to revive grammar schools are accused of ‘bring backery’ — the unthinking idea that the past was…

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Don’t rage at Cameron’s honours, but at the bureaucrats who blocked them

6 August 2016 9:00 am

The Daily Telegraph revealed on Tuesday that Michael Spencer, the chief executive of Icap, has been blocked for a peerage…

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To beat Islamist terror, France must close the gulf between church and state

30 July 2016 9:00 am

At the beginning of his war memoirs, Charles de Gaulle famously wrote, ‘All my life I have had a certain…

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Andrea Leadsom’s line about children? Thatcher did it first

16 July 2016 9:00 am

On Tuesday night in London, I spoke to Women2Win, a Conservative organisation dedicated to recruiting more women candidates. My title,…

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Why is Theresa May so proud of picking fights with the police?

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Also in The Spectator’s Notes: no Orgreave inquiry; relaunch Vote Leave; a party for Remainers; planning for parliamentary sovereignty; HS2

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We now need Vote Leave more than ever

2 July 2016 9:00 am

It sounds logical that Vote Leave should now disband, since the people have obligingly voted Leave, but is it wise?…

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In praise of referendums – this one in particular

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Commentators have complained about this referendum — its ‘lies’, bad manners, bitterness. Without exactly disagreeing, I would nevertheless argue that…

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Who do Remain have left — the Queen, perhaps?

18 June 2016 9:00 am

The Remain campaign takes as its model the ‘No’ one in the 2014 Scottish referendum. First and last — hence…

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The voice we all needed to hear in the Brexit debate

11 June 2016 9:00 am

One of the most influential and learned figures in the British European debate is Rodney Leach. In the 1990s, he…

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The EU hasn’t settled the ‘German question’. It’s reopened it

4 June 2016 9:00 am

‘No one can seriously deny that European integration brought an end to Franco-German conflict and has settled the German question…

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If we vote Leave, will Juncker have us shot?

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Obviously there is no such thing as ‘Cameronism’, as there is ‘Thatcherism’; but once upon a time, David Cameron did…

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Why did Cameron call a referendum if he thought it could start a war?

14 May 2016 9:00 am

One of the many problems with David Cameron’s threat that leaving the European Union could plunge us into war is…

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We didn’t have a real choice in the 1975 referendum. We do now

7 May 2016 9:00 am

The comparison between the referendum questions — that asked in 1975 and the one which we shall be asked on 23…

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De Gaulle knew it: Britain does not belong in the EU

30 April 2016 9:00 am

‘England in effect is insular, she is maritime, she is linked through her interactions, her markets and her supply lines…

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The ‘leave’ campaign is right not to lay out a plan for Britain’s future

23 April 2016 9:00 am

The ‘remain’ campaign is having some success with the line that the ‘leave’ camp cannot say what Britain outside the…

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An object lesson in PR from David Cameron and Justin Welby

16 April 2016 9:00 am

I don’t think there is a Royal College of Public Relations, but if there were, it should teach a course…

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Hate tax havens? Try imagining a world without them

9 April 2016 9:00 am

However wicked tax evasion is and however distasteful some tax avoidance may be, people should imagine a world without tax…

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The Lahore attacks reflected hatred of Christians. Why must we deny it?

2 April 2016 9:00 am

You might expect that the murder of Christians would excite particular horror in countries of Christian heritage. Yet almost the…

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George Bell: witness to the truth

2 April 2016 9:00 am

George Bell (1883–1958) was, in many respects, a typical Anglican prelate of his era. He went to Westminster and Christ…

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How Cameron and Osborne lost so much of their party

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Why have David Cameron and George Osborne overreached? Why are so many in their own party no longer disposed to…

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Two foreign leaders could swing the EU referendum: Erdogan and Assad

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Do Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Bashar Assad support ‘leave’ or ‘remain’ in Britain’s EU referendum? I ask because they are…

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Brexit is none of Mark Carney's business

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Surely there is a difference between Mark Carney’s intervention in the Scottish referendum last year and in the EU one…

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Trade comes before trade agreements (but the ‘in’ campaign don’t think so)

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The government, or at least David Cameron’s bit of it, seems to think that trade is something that takes place…

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Why does no one in the cabinet admit to being a Europhile?

27 February 2016 9:00 am

One of the oddest features of the cabinet majority for staying in the EU is that almost no one in…