Matthew Parris

You don’t have to be good to do good

18 March 2017 9:00 am

I am a regular listener to the Sunday morning service just after eight on BBC Radio 4. It’s a habit…

From now on, I’ll greet Brexiteers with a grin

4 March 2017 9:00 am

I’m cheering up about Brexit. The moaning has to stop. Why be downhearted and edgy when you’re confident of your…

In (conditional) defence of John Bercow

18 February 2017 9:00 am

James Duddridge is not wrong. The Tory MP for Rochford and Southend East, who has put down a ‘no confidence’…

My Brexiteer friends need some ladders to climb down

4 February 2017 9:00 am

I am worried about the mental state of many Brexiteers. The author of The Spectator’s weekly Notes, Charles Moore, always…

From safaris to cups of tea, our motives are seldom what they seem

21 January 2017 9:00 am

When were you last in a game reserve? Perhaps most Spectator readers will be familiar with the experience and if…

There’s a revolution on Britain’s streets that newspapers never mention

7 January 2017 9:00 am

‘Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers,’ remarked the journalist and screenwriter Ben Hecht,…

One thing that really gets better with age

10 December 2016 9:00 am

On the London Underground last week the carriage was crowded. No seat. No problem. I’m only 67 and content to…

We live in a golden age of swearing

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Authors’ book tours are often fun but rarely easy. For me the long train journeys are a delight, but on…

After Trump, I'm losing faith in democracy

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The election of Donald Trump as president of the United States may have signalled the death of the closest thing…

Why I didn’t celebrate Oscar Wilde’s birthday

29 October 2016 9:00 am

On Wednesday 19 October at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane in London, a reception was held to celebrate…

Real politics blossoms outside the conference hall

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Perhaps it’s age, perhaps disillusion, or perhaps party conferences really aren’t what they used to be, but I have struggled…

The metropolitan elite must lead the way

1 October 2016 9:00 am

How does one join the Liberal Metro-politan Elite? What should be the qualifications? I must be an LME member because…

A remarkable testament of hope for Zimbabwe

17 September 2016 9:00 am

‘One who never turned his back but marched breast forward, Never doubted clouds would break, Never dreamed though right were…

My fascist moment on the ship of failures

3 September 2016 9:00 am

There are no roads from the Peruvian river port of Iquitos, but the rich take aeroplanes. Those who cannot pay…

Wales is not an emergency – it’s worse than that

20 August 2016 9:00 am

On Monday 25 July we climbed Cader Idris. No particular reason except a free Monday and a memory of what…

I can’t sleep for anger at the Spectator review of my friend’s book

6 August 2016 9:00 am

May I write a review of a review? I have to get this out of my system, having been unable…

Of course Tony Blair made a ‘secret deal’. That’s what good PMs do

23 July 2016 9:00 am

As a founder member of the Guild of Blair-Bashers, someone who reacted strongly against him from our first encounter at…

For the first time in my life, I feel ashamed to be British

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Before even writing this I know what response it will meet. Some who fought for Leave on 23 June will…

How hard would it have been not to traduce Cliff Richard?

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Sir Cliff Richard will not be charged with historic sex offences, say the police and Crown Prosecution Service. There is…

How Leave can win (or at least lose with honour)

28 May 2016 9:00 am

It may be too late. But with only about three weeks before our referendum on EU membership I am itching…

How a grumpy llama became the third person in our relationship

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Gussie is the name of a grumpy and ill-natured llama, her coat largely white and somewhat unkempt, and much given…

Leave campaigners aren’t being disrespected. They’re being paranoid

30 April 2016 9:00 am

There are moments when one wonders whether one is seeing and hearing the same things as others. For me such…

Tax avoidance and the wisdom of pitchfork-waving crowds

16 April 2016 9:00 am

In a way the headline to my fellow columnist Dominic Lawson’s Sunday Times commentary on 12 April said it all.…

I became a Conservative thanks to a little winged rabbit called Pookie

2 April 2016 9:00 am

His father’s dental cast, writes Graham Greene near the beginning of The Power and the Glory ‘had been [Trench’s] favourite…

It’s not the Corbynites who are in denial – it’s the Labour moderates

19 March 2016 9:00 am

It has become commonplace to remark that there exists in Britain a mainstream political grouping that seems to be dwelling…