Matthew Parris

Matthew Parris is a columnist for The Spectator and The Times.

The truth about Britain’s Covid deaths

14 May 2022 9:00 am

There has been a considerable hoo-hah in the press about the recent World Health Organisation report estimating Covid-related deaths internationally…

What Rishi Sunak could learn from George Osborne

16 April 2022 9:00 am

I was walking last week from Canary Wharf tube station to my flat in east London – not far, little…

In defence of healthy opposition

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Glasses chinked. From massive chandeliers, lights glittered beneath the high vaulted ceiling; heroic statuary around the carved stone walls stared…

Nobody will forget what Russia has done

19 March 2022 9:00 am

At the heart of the West’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sits an ambiguity that it is convenient, perhaps…

I’ve found a little Eden in London

5 March 2022 9:00 am

I’m not one of life’s early risers but an exception had to be made on Wednesday last week. In an…

Taking Ukraine would finish Putin

19 February 2022 9:00 am

‘Never interrupt your enemy,’ said Napoleon, ‘when he is making a mistake.’ A Russian invasion and occupation of Ukraine would…

The Chancellor's horrible task ahead

5 February 2022 9:00 am

Whether Rishi Sunak is prime minister or still chancellor this spring, fate is handing him a poisoned chalice. Looking back,…

Good things can come from guilt

22 January 2022 9:00 am

I do not know anyone in the Sackler family. I wouldn’t even have heard of them were it not for…

How to wrongfoot an anti-vaxer

8 January 2022 9:00 am

The headline looked promising: ‘How to argue with a Covid anti-vaxxer.’ And, yes, a Times colleague had put together a…

The conflict at the heart of the migrant question

18 December 2021 9:00 am

A friend, a Cambridge professor, passing my old college last week, was startled to encounter a young lady standing outside…

Anticolonialists have their myths too

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Much is now being made of the evils of empire. As a child of empire I bridle. I acknowledge the…

Why can’t we remember our first few years?

20 November 2021 9:00 am

I begin this column on a train from Paris to London. Opposite me are a mother and baby. I don’t…

Do you really need to see the GP in person?

6 November 2021 9:00 am

Only later, perhaps even a decade later, as the pandemic of 2020-22 shrinks in our rear-view mirror, may we be…

The case for road pricing

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Thornton Wilder remarked that there are individuals who fall in love with an idea long before its appointed rendezvous with…

We should never have been in Afghanistan

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Two important studies have been published this autumn on the apparent failure of our almost 20-year war in Afghanistan. In…

The life of an ambassador’s wife

25 September 2021 9:00 am

‘One day,’ she writes, ‘we had the Minister for Northern Ireland for the night. He arrived wearing a kilt, which…

Champagne, sex or the Tories: what could you live without?

11 September 2021 9:00 am

In idle chatter the other evening, somebody pooh-poohed champagne. He was a brave soul because in certain circles — and…

Is it cruel to eat fish?

28 August 2021 9:00 am

It was a hot late evening on the Greek island of Tinos, and we were sitting at a quayside restaurant…

The case for travelling abroad

31 July 2021 9:00 am

I’m off. In the week when you may read this, my partner and I will be winging our way to…

The death of the dream my family fought for

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Before plunging into a vexed question, it’s sometimes wise to point out that one is aware how vexed it is.…

My voyage back through the landmarks of my life

3 July 2021 9:00 am

I was looking forward to my dinner at Daquise in South Kensington, a Polish restaurant that’s been there for ever…

The difference between looking and seeing

19 June 2021 9:00 am

By the side of the road from Sudbury in Derbyshire to Ashbourne, there is a lone eucalyptus tree. This is…

What Dominic Cummings and the Prime Misfit have in common

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Should the name of Dominic Cummings ever make it into the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, there’s one Cummings phrase…

The two halves of Ireland can’t be forced together

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Last week, Edwin Poots was elected leader of the DUP. You will have read all about him. I have. You…

Who regulates the regulators?

8 May 2021 9:00 am

This isn’t about David Cameron and Greensillgate; it isn’t about Boris Johnson and wallpapergate or Jennifer-Arcurigate. It isn’t about Westferrygate…