Matthew Parris

What ancient Roman Remainiacs can teach Matthew Parris

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Matthew Parris feels that he has become a genuine Remainiac, and kindly readers, fearing for his mental health, have been…

Labour, lizards and the problem of anti-Semitism

31 March 2018 9:00 am

There’s a very funny moment in Jon Ronson’s book Them: Adventures with Extremists, part of which follows the New Age…

Letters: pipeline politics, non-boozy drinks and a defence of Sunderland

10 March 2018 9:00 am

Pipeline politics Sir: In his article ‘Putin’s gamble’ (3 March), Paul Wood quite rightly mentions that one of the key reasons…

Max Hastings’ Diary: Historian Sir Michael Howard and a tale of E.M. Forster and sardines

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Lunch with the great Sir Michael Howard, 95 last week. During a conversation about BBC1’s Howards End, he said: ‘I…

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…