Matthew Parris

At last! The subversion of Brexit has begun

30 September 2017 9:00 am

The Brexit crowd are right to smell a rat. In any great national debate a columnist may feel tempted to…

‘Levelling down’ in schools is the problem, not the solution

19 August 2017 9:00 am

The education gap Sir: It is disappointing that Toby Young (‘Parents, not schools, are key to the knowledge gap’, 5…

If Brexit is dying, what about democracy?

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Never meet your enemies — you might like them, and that ruins stuff. I had dinner with the former Archbishop…

Spectator Letters: Libyan oil must be allowed to flow freely

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Libyan solution Sir: Boris Johnson correctly reports glimmers of hope in Libya, but to say its problems can be solved…

The Tories could – and should – have got rid of John Bercow years ago

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Seeing off the Speaker Sir: If senior Tories in Buckingham had had their way, John Bercow’s career as Speaker could…

Speaker Bercow has split the House and dishonoured his office

11 February 2017 9:00 am

As we have been reminded this week, the most famous words (apart from ‘Order, order’) ever uttered by a Speaker…

What would Freud have to say about Matthew Parris?

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Freudian slap Sir: In his Notes (7 January), Charles Moore explores the uncharacteristic reaction of Matthew Parris to the referendum…

The problem with the internet is that it gives newspapers deniability

7 January 2017 9:00 am

‘My deep concern is that because of changed ways that news is now gathered, collated, packaged, delivered and displayed, the…

The problem with our golden age

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Golden age problems Sir: Johan Norberg’s ‘Our golden age’ (20 August) is absolutely right — we do live in a golden age;…

Hate crime is real – ask any Pole in Britain

13 August 2016 9:00 am

The hate is real Sir: It is clearly an exaggeration to call Britain a bigoted country (‘We are not a…

Matthew Parris is simply wrong about us Leavers

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Lurid about Leavers Sir: Matthew Parris has spent much of the past few months denigrating those of us who want…

Voting Remain is an act of heartless snobbery

14 May 2016 9:00 am

One of the interesting features of the Brexit debate is that it has laid bare a schism in British society…

Why I feel compelled to defend Boris

2 April 2016 9:00 am

I got Boris Johnson into trouble once, without meaning to. The two of us had been driven hither and thither…

Spectator letters: England’s defining myth, and another forgotten genocide

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Enemies within Sir: I thought Matthew Parris was typically incisive in his last column, but perhaps not quite as much…

Spectator letters: A GP’s cry of distress and a defence of Stephen Hawking

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Dreadful treatment Sir: I worked as a GP through the Thatcher, Major, Blair, and Brown eras, apart from a spell…

What will it take to live up to my father’s Great Life?

13 December 2014 9:00 am

I received a phone call the other day that I wasn’t expecting. It was a BBC producer calling about a…

How oneupmanship wrecks things for everyone

16 August 2014 9:00 am

‘There’s a little bit of a fascist in all of us. For some, the tragedy of human want may provoke…

Spectator letters: Fears for Scotland, and John Cornwell answers Melanie McDonagh

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Save our Scotland Sir: Matthew Parris is quite right to praise Lord Lang’s speech in the Lords on Scottish independence…

Spectator letters: On the Pope, Jesus and Mandy Rice-Davies

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Papal blessing Sir: In his excellent article on Pope Francis (‘Pope idol’, 11 January), Luke Coppen mentions the satirical rumour…

Why no guidance from the Good Book on how to prioritise?

29 June 2013 9:00 am

Why is Christianity so unhelpful on the very ethical dilemma that most concerns ordinary people in our everyday lives? Why…

Imperial Athens and imperial Brussels

8 June 2013 9:00 am

Last week Matthew Parris argued that Ukip was ‘extremist’ because its supporters thought of the EU’s ‘methods, despotism and oppression…

Cecil Parkinson, Charles Powell, John Simpson and Steve Hilton remember Margaret Thatcher

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Cecil Parkinson: Underestimated – but unbowed Even among Mrs Thatcher’s original shadow Cabinet, there were those who simply did not believe…

Why do amateur performers still flourish?

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Chesterfield is a medium-sized town just off the M1, near what were once the coalfields of north-eastern Derbyshire. Not without…

Letters

16 March 2013 9:00 am

Sir David must stand down Sir: Reading the reports of Sir David Nicholson’s evidence before the House of Commons Health…

Gay sympathy for Cardinal Keith O’Brien

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Were you to try to identify the sort of journalist least likely to feel sympathy for Keith O’Brien, I suppose…