Matthew Parris

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

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…

How to get a police record (without committing a crime)

24 April 2021 9:00 am

I couldn’t quite believe it when first I read the newspaper subscriber’s letter. Columnists for the Times and Spectator do…

Shirley Williams: a woman apart

13 April 2021 1:25 am

Shirley Williams, the Liberal Democrat politician, died peacefully at her home this morning, aged 90. In 2009, our columnist Matthew Parris reviewed her…

Vaccine passports are a ticket to freedom

10 April 2021 9:00 am

In principle I’m in favour of vaccination passports, and don’t understand how — again in principle — anyone could be…

The sad decline of Britain’s buses

27 March 2021 9:00 am

‘If anybody can write an interesting column about buses, Matthew,’ the then comment editor on the Times told me decades…

Why Elon Musk should fly me to the moon

13 March 2021 9:00 am

I have just applied to fly around the moon. My chances of being selected are slim, but is it impossible?…

The 31 inventions that Britain really needs

27 February 2021 9:00 am

‘Get Brexit done, then Arpa’ read Dominic Cummings’s WhatsApp profile. Arpa was what’s now the American Defense Advanced Research Projects…

The sticky truth about Navalny

13 February 2021 9:00 am

His courage is exhilarating. Even if you think his cause hopeless, Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader and Putin-baiter, deserves…

‘Inessential’ workers have helped keep the country afloat

30 January 2021 9:00 am

A common sight across Britain these past ten months has been those rainbow flags fluttering in urban and village streets:…

Mandelson’s story could have been so very different

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Matt Forde, the stand-up comedian and presenter of his regular Political Party Podcast, has hit on an overlooked technique for…

My cure for the common cold

19 December 2020 9:00 am

You really don’t want to know about my coughs and sneezes, particularly during the festive season, but bear with me…

The importance of giving offence

12 December 2020 9:00 am

As dons at Cambridge vote on a new protocol on constraints to free speech, we mark this month the 500th…

Soft-left squatters have taken over the Lib Dems

28 November 2020 9:00 am

I was never afraid of Jeremy Corbyn, never afraid of Momentum. I’ve never really feared Britain’s hard left at all.…

It’s shameful how we have locked down our elderly

14 November 2020 9:00 am

There’s a lot I don’t know about care home visits during this pandemic. I don’t know how straightforward it would…