Matthew Parris

Must ‘the will of the people’ always be respected?

15 September 2018 9:00 am

I’ve always respected Alistair Darling and cannot imagine him saying anything ill-considered. But listening to him interviewed last Monday on…

Jeremy Corbyn’s bumbling has silenced legitimate criticism of Israel

1 September 2018 9:00 am

If I were Benjamin Netanyahu (and I’m not) I would be thanking whatever gods there be for sending me, at…

Obsessed with politics? Then your life is going seriously wrong

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Timeless in its wisdom, the book Parkinson’s Law is of course famous for Parkinson’s law itself: that ‘work expands to…

Ukip should return – our politics depends on it

4 August 2018 9:00 am

‘The return of Ukip’ declared the headline on our cover story last week. The polling boffin Matthew Goodwin to whose…

Brexit is in chaos. It’s time to delay it – then stop it

21 July 2018 9:00 am

Omissions can be as instructive as inclusions. I noted a curious example in a column Nick Timothy wrote last month…

The term ‘marriage’ needs to be untangled

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Rebecca Steinfeld (37) and Charles Keidan (41) have a moral objection to marriage. They’ve been together since 2010, have two…

How does anyone manage to navigate the maze of our second-rate NHS?

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Next month the National Health Service turns 70. The institution is greatly loved, and not for nothing. The fear of…

Sweet sorrow: the only grief we mention is that with comfort buried inside it

9 June 2018 9:00 am

It was the phrase ‘sad sweet feeling in your heart’ that arrested my attention. But who would have thought it…

Is ‘woman’ now an offensive word?

26 May 2018 9:00 am

I do not know whether the Speaker of the House of Commons called the present Leader of the House a…

Yes, I know that Brexit is driving me (slightly) mad. But I'll never shut up about it

12 May 2018 9:00 am

Rosé wine is, I know, considered naff. Were you unaware of this you’d fast conclude as much from the incidence…

They say Enoch Powell had a fine mind. I’m not so sure

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Enoch Powell has been in many minds this month. It’s the 50th anniversary of his famous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech…

I can never resist a trip to the rubbish dump

14 April 2018 9:00 am

I was back at the tip on Sunday. I cannot help it. What art galleries or rock concerts or online…

All was calm at the elephant safari camp. Then the river began to roar...

31 March 2018 9:00 am

When Rudolf Hess, Hitler’s deputy, ejected from the aeroplane he was flying solo to Scotland, he parachuted to the ground…

To those with a taste for desolation, Lake Turkana may be the most beautiful place on Earth

17 March 2018 9:00 am

As I write, a great gale is blowing in from Lake Turkana. The dry hills on the other side, always…

It’s not all Twitter mobs – the internet can be a force for good

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Few readerships of any intelligent national magazine will be more alive to the perils and downsides of 21st–century cyber-life than…

I miss Auberon Waugh. He’d know what to say about relentless women’s issues

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Every now and then one suddenly misses somebody. I miss Bron, who died 17 years ago last month. There’s an…

There is no housing crisis. It would be easier if there were

10 February 2018 9:00 am

The problem is not a lack of homes, but a skewed market

Nigel Farage is wrong: the French are doing us a big favour in Calais

27 January 2018 9:00 am

Last week Nigel Farage described the deal we’ve done with France over the refugee camp near Calais as a ‘humiliating…

No, minister: the John Worboys case should stay closed

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Hard cases make bad law. The release on parole of the ‘black cab rapist’, John Worboys, is a hard case.…

Leave Brexit alone and get on with governing

16 December 2017 9:00 am

I return often to Cambridge and was there recently. Julian Glover, my partner, was talking to the History Society at…

How I learned to stop worrying and love the monarchy

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Prince Harry does not exist and soon Meghan Markle will cease to exist too. None of the royal family exist.…

The era when you could love a car is over

25 November 2017 9:00 am

There are four of us in this relationship: my partner and I, his horse and my truck. His horse is…

The Westminster sex scandal is what psychologists call ‘displacement activity’

11 November 2017 9:00 am

There are three reasons why Britain’s political and media world finds itself in the present ludicrous uproar over sexual misbehaviour…

What I learned going naked on the green mountain

28 October 2017 9:00 am

‘I was last night sent officially to witness the execution by harakiri (self-immolation through disembowelling) of Taki Zensaburo… As the harakiri…

Theresa May isn’t destructive, duplicitous or mad. So she’s the Tories best hope

14 October 2017 9:00 am

As from the Manchester conference hall I watched Theresa May’s big moment falling apart, as I buried my head in…