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Why I wanted to be called C.H. Moore

6 October 2018 9:00 am

There are, one must admit, things to be said against Boris Johnson, but his leading critics do not understand that…

What Theresa May’s successor must do

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Jeremy Corbyn used to be a punchline at the Conservative party conference. Tories believed that his election as Labour leader…

The truth is we prefer to lie

6 October 2018 9:00 am

There are no necessary truths any more. Everything is contingent. And those contingencies are the consequence not of what happens…

The curse of having to go vegan

6 October 2018 9:00 am

I’m on a no-alcohol, no-caffeine, no-sugar, vegan diet. It’s less fun than it sounds. Occasionally I cheat, but mostly I…

Yes, we London cyclists really are a nasty lot

6 October 2018 9:00 am

One morning a long time ago, when the Spectator offices were still in Bloomsbury, I hopped my bike up onto…

If the Tories are ‘the party of business’, the PM should listen – before it’s too late

6 October 2018 9:00 am

‘Let me say it, loud and clear: the Conservative party is, and always will be, the party of business,’ declared…

Rod Liddle: In defence of marriage

29 September 2018 9:00 am

I took part in a debate organised by the Times this week about reform of our divorce laws. Well, I…

The cuddly new John McDonnell is more dangerous than Corbyn

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘Wherever Sir Stafford Cripps has tried to increase wealth and happiness,’ wrote the Conservative Scottish journalist Colm Brogan, ‘grass never…

What's wrong with hearing #MeToo men's side of the story?

29 September 2018 9:00 am

‘There are two sides to every story’ is an aphorism you don’t hear often lately. Ask anyone amidst a family…

McDonnell’s one-term mission to turn Britain into the new Venezuela

29 September 2018 9:00 am

The least convincing thing said by Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell at the Labour party conference in Liverpool was ‘I…

Forget hard and soft Brexit – we’re heading for a blind Brexit

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Brexit won’t be over by 29 March 2019. Britain will legally leave the European Union on that date. But that…

Claire Foy accepts the best actress Emmy for her role as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown. Photo: Getty

Men and women are born equal but different. Deal with it

22 September 2018 9:00 am

I was delighted to see Claire Foy win an Emmy award for her portrayal of the Queen in the fine…

Be sure to lose your wallet in Germany. Photo: Getty

15 reasons to fall in love with Germany and Germans

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Things I learned about the Germans after a fortnight living as a non–tourist in Frankfurt:   1. Germans, and Germany…

The production line at the Jaguar Land Rover factory in Solihull, England. Photo: Getty

Jaguar’s boss isn’t scaremongering. The UK car industry is in big trouble

22 September 2018 9:00 am

‘I’m afraid I think he’s making it up,’ was the retort of Tory MP Sir Bernard Jenkin on Monday’s Today…

Is it possible to draw Serena Williams without being racist?

15 September 2018 9:00 am

[Update: Mark Knight, the Australian cartoonist accused of racism for drawing Serena Williams, has deleted his social media accounts after…

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…

It’s not transphobic to question transgenderism

15 September 2018 9:00 am

This column is not in my interest. But then, not for the first time. I cannot count the conversations conducted…

Ten years after Lehman’s fall, how close is the next crash?

15 September 2018 9:00 am

Our cinema is showing Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and I’m reminded of a remark attributed to Mark Twain,…

A Canada-style Brexit deal might come back on to the table

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Over the summer, a no-deal Brexit became less likely. Eurosceptic ultras have been forced to be less blasé. The return…

It’s not just the moon landings. Everywhere, the PC brigade is rewriting history

8 September 2018 9:00 am

I remember the moon landing very well. I was nine years old. I can remember too my sense of outrage…

Explained: Why you’ll never understand memes

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Boy and I have been driving the Fawn mad by singing the ‘Johny Johny Yes Papa’ song. It goes (roughly…

It’s time to take on the paedophiles

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Abusing children is one of the most terrible things men do. We all agree about that. And I think we’re…

Why can’t Britain hang on to its best new companies?

8 September 2018 9:00 am

Costa, in my opinion, sells a decent cup of coffee. It employs polite youngsters who seem happy in their work.…

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…

Millennials aren’t taking offence. They’re hunting for victims

1 September 2018 9:00 am

In a recent column, I vowed to return to a point made in passing. To refresh your memory, the American…