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.

In defence of Angela Rayner

2 October 2021 9:00 am

On the one occasion when I spent any time with Angela Rayner, she was funny, direct and friendly. We were…

The legacy of Stephen Toope

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, has begun this academic year by announcing it will be his last in the…

Is the world we value falling apart?

4 September 2021 9:00 am

From time to time, people get worried and ask one another: ‘Is the world falling apart?’ I imagine this is…

The BBC exaggerates Britain’s importance in Afghanistan

28 August 2021 9:00 am

This week, the media pressure was on the British government to extend the deadline for the evacuations from Kabul airport.…

It is shabby of Biden to blame the Afghans

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Q. Is a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan now inevitable? The President: No, it is not.Q. Why? The President: Because you…

Margaret Thatcher vs everyone else: the making of the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement

21 August 2021 9:00 am

Diplomatic negotiations are rarely fully described by their participants in books, for two reasons. They are usually secret until much…

Joe Biden’s shabby treatment of the Afghan army

19 August 2021 12:26 am

Is a Taliban takeover of Afghanistan now inevitable?The President: No, it is not. Q. Why? The President: Because you —…

What ministers won’t admit about A-levels

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The tale of A-levels shows how ministers can sometimes find themselves in a position when it is simply too dangerous…

Chris Packham’s suggestions to save the world

7 August 2021 9:00 am

On Monday 2 August, the BBC Today programme offered its ‘Countdown to COP26’. For the rest of the month, Amol…

The West’s moralising over climate change will cost India

31 July 2021 9:00 am

On Tuesday, I chaired a session at Policy Exchange addressed by Tony Abbott, the eloquent former prime minister of Australia,…

Let’s hope the Third World prevails at COP26

28 July 2021 4:20 pm

On Tuesday, I chaired a session at Policy Exchange addressed by Tony Abbott, the eloquent former prime minister of Australia,…

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…