Steerpike

Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

Prince Harry: America’s free speech protection is 'bonkers'

15 May 2021 7:00 pm

Much has been written here in the UK about Prince Harry’s Thursday appearance on Hollywood actor Dax Shepard’s ‘Armchair Expert’ podcast.…

Americans baffled by monarch's role in Queen's Speech

13 May 2021 5:22 pm

Her Majesty the Queen might have thought any concerns about the State Opening of Parliament were behind her on Tuesday,…

Tories unveil anti-woke manifesto

12 May 2021 7:52 pm

TheQueen’s Speech yesterday may have seen the government’s fairly dry visionfor modern Britain but a group of Conservative backbench MPs…

Build Le Wall: Barnier backs a French migration ban

11 May 2021 6:51 pm

Since the conclusion of Brexit, former EU negotiator Michel Barnier has been keeping himself busy, releasing his own ‘secret journal’…

Jon Lansman finally gets a left victory

10 May 2021 6:13 pm

While the Conservatives in Cornwall may celebrate winning control of the council in last week’s election, they had one notable…

Diane Abbott calls for Labour to embrace free movement

10 May 2021 5:58 pm

Left-wing figures are picking over the carcass of the Labour party this morning, after the party performed poorly in Hartlepool…

Defeated Labour councillor: ‘The voters have let us down’

9 May 2021 11:02 pm

With dozens of Labour councillors defeated across the country, the recriminations and inquests have already begun. Various reasons have been…

Laurence Fox loses his deposit

9 May 2021 7:49 pm

The London election results have finally been declared and it turns out the poll were not lying: Laurence Fox is…

Hartlepool meltdown: best of the left round-up

7 May 2021 9:51 pm

Oh dear. Labour’s loss of Hartlepool on a 16 point swing to the Tories has not gone down well with…

Las Vegas resident urges Scots to vote SNP

5 May 2021 5:16 pm

Sunday’s anti-climactic finale looked set to be the biggest Line of Duty let-down for fans of the hit BBC series.…

Watch: Hillary Clinton blames the Russians for Brexit

5 May 2021 2:43 am

Ever since the Brexit vote in 2016, there has been a committed group of activists and politicians convinced that only…

BBC makes a cameo in SNP election campaign

4 May 2021 4:35 am

The SNP’s latest election graphic will make for uncomfortable viewing at BBC Scotland. As tweeted by Nicola Sturgeon today, the…

Zac Goldsmith, No. 10's rapid rebuttal service

1 May 2021 8:12 pm

It’s a tough gig defending this government. So tough in fact that the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson Allegra Stratton left…

A politician's guide to non-denial denials

28 April 2021 4:50 pm

Michael Gove was deployed to the Commons on Monday afternoon to answers questions on the ministerial code, an hour-long appearance…

Merkel's vaccine nationalism threatens India

23 April 2021 9:56 pm

You might have thought that Europe’s leaders would be wary of handing Brussels greater powers, given the various mishaps of the…

Pollster consistently overstated Scottish independence support

22 April 2021 4:24 pm

Few events are as eagerly anticipated in Scotland as the release of a bombshell new poll. Unionists and nationalists eagerly…

Has the shine come off Saint Jacinda?

20 April 2021 7:47 pm

For a short time it seemed as if Jacinda Ardern, the popular premier of New Zealand, could do no wrong…

Now even Richard Dawkins is cancelled by the humanists

20 April 2021 7:29 pm

For years, the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins enjoyed the acclaim and approval heaped upon him by universities and institutes across the…

China's belt and road to nowhere

20 April 2021 1:26 am

Sinoscepticism is on the rise in Parliament, with China’s controversial ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ increasingly being the subject of attention…

Trudeau's Canada hit by Covid third wave

16 April 2021 2:39 am

It was just two days ago that Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau was claiming in his country’s parliament that Britain was ‘facing a…

Labour’s union trouble

15 April 2021 11:40 pm

It’s arguably been a good week for Labour, as the Tory party becomes more and more implicated in the Greensill…

Trudeau claims Britain faces 'very serious third wave'

14 April 2021 8:21 pm

Steerpike was surprised to learn this morning that the UK is facing a ‘very serious third wave’ – not from…

Now even Nick Clegg turns on Brussels

13 April 2021 6:44 pm

The last four months have not been a happy time for those in power in Brussels. The unedifying squabbles over…

Simon McCoy's warning shot to the Beeb

12 April 2021 3:55 pm

It was just a fortnight ago that the BBC’s grumpiest new presenter Simon McCoy announced he was off to join…

Prince Philip's best public encounters

12 April 2021 3:13 am

Prince Philip’s death on Friday has led to an outpouring of tributes over the weekend, often prompted by personal recollections…