Charles Moore

Charles Moore was editor of The Spectator 1984 - 1990. He continues to write a weekly column, The Spectator's Notes. You can read extracts of his column here.

What Dominic Cummings gets wrong

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Anyone who thinks Boris Johnson lacks statecraft should pay attention to Dominic Cummings’s attacks on him. They often to seem…

The rise of the robot lawnmower

17 July 2021 9:00 am

A special animus is aimed at Priti Patel, perhaps because the combination of being Indian, female and firmly Tory is…

Should trains have mask and non-mask carriages?

10 July 2021 9:00 am

In deciding whether or not to wear a mask after 19 July, I am sure Boris Johnson is right that…

‘Fear and bullying’ at the National Trust

3 July 2021 9:00 am

Is Winston Marshall — guitarist, banjo player, composer of Mumford & Sons, and father of the west London ‘Nu-Folk’ music…

Why the BBC believed Martin Bashir

19 June 2021 9:00 am

If it is true, as Lords Hall and Birt told a Commons committee this week, that Martin Bashir succeeded in…

Would you pay £80 for a video from John Bercow?

12 June 2021 9:00 am

There is much to be said for meritocracy, and Adrian Wooldridge, in his new book, The Aristocracy of Talent, says…

Broken Trust: the crisis at the heart of the National Trust

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The National Trust now has the chance to return to its roots

The first step towards restoring the National Trust

29 May 2021 9:00 am

It is poetically fitting that the resignation of the chairman of the National Trust, Tim Parker, was announced on the…

A tree is for centuries, not just for COP26

22 May 2021 9:00 am

We are being urged — and, in some cases, paid — by the government to plant more trees. Actually, this…

Should monuments to past Archbishops of Canterbury come down?

15 May 2021 9:00 am

This week, the Church of England issued its document ‘Contested Heritage in Cathedrals and Churches’. It is guidance for what…

‘Religious literacy’ rules risk gagging the press

8 May 2021 9:00 am

There should be more ‘religious literacy’. So says the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Religion in the Media, chaired by Yasmin…

The difference between private and public conversation

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Like almost everyone else writing on the subject, I have no idea whether Boris Johnson told colleagues in October that…

The strangeness of Britain’s BLM mania

24 April 2021 9:00 am

The conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd makes last summer’s Black Lives Matter mania in British…

A word about Prince Philip and religion

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The recent Sewell report on Race and Ethnic Disparities has been much abused and little read. It is full of…

Aintree is doing Rose Paterson proud

10 April 2021 9:00 am

On Grand National Day at Aintree this Saturday, the Rose Paterson Trust will be launched. This time last year, Rose…

By banning what we dislike, we create a secular shariah

3 April 2021 9:00 am

‘Interior silence’ is not a phrase I associate with Sarah Sands, until recently the editor of the BBC Today programme…

In defence of hereditary peers

27 March 2021 9:00 am

As the former editor of a Sunday newspaper, I know their front pages can be rather confected. There is sometimes…

What happens when Facebook pays for news?

20 March 2021 9:00 am

The recently departed head of MI6, Sir Alex Younger, wants to balance China’s ideological antagonism to the West with the…

Are Harry and Meghan legally married at all?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

I have been slow in the uptake. When I saw the Duchess of Sussex complain in her interview clips about…

Emmanuel Macron’s vaccine muddle

6 March 2021 9:00 am

In 2000, this magazine dipped its toe in murky Irish water. Stephen Glover wrote three articles, one provocatively entitled ‘The…

Will social kisses survive Covid?

27 February 2021 9:00 am

There is a ‘pervasive presence of Chinese military-linked conglomerates and universities in the sponsorship of high-technology research centres in many…

The unintended consequences of the Macpherson report

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Sir William Macpherson of Cluny has died. His obituaries praise him for his 1998 inquiry into the Stephen Lawrence case.…

Where would politics be without fighting talk?

13 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Tencent Wykeham’ has a ring to it. It captures how easily British universities can be bought. It is the new…

Lockdowns can destroy the lives they’re intended to protect

6 February 2021 9:00 am

Some Leavers are perturbed that Lord Frost was suddenly stood down as the next National Security Adviser. This anxiety may…

Will Samuel Pepys be cancelled next?

30 January 2021 9:00 am

A seemingly obscure battle in an ecclesiastical court could threaten the security of every historic monument in the care of…