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.

Ukraine triumphs on Russia's turf

26 April 2022 9:12 pm

‘Jaw jaw’ remarked Churchill ‘is always better than war war.’ And some of London’s finest jaws were being put to…

Former Tory chief whip calls for Boris to quit

20 April 2022 2:34 am

It never rains for No. 10 but it pours. After both Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were last week fined…

Partygate cuts through with voters

15 April 2022 1:27 am

The Tory task at the next election is enormous. No party in the democratic age has ever won a fifth…

Six times Boris and Rishi denied breaking the law

12 April 2022 11:40 pm

Well, that’s that then. This afternoon the Metropolitan Police fined the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of Exchequer for breaking…

CCHQ's unfortunate Jimmy Savile link

11 April 2022 8:20 pm

Oh dear. Just last week, on the day that Boris Johnson raised National Insurance, it was pointed out to the bright…

The Guardian goes for J.K. Rowling

8 April 2022 9:35 pm

It seems that taking gratuitous swipes at J.K. Rowling has become something of a competition for liberal broadsheets on both sides…

Five ways for Rishi to bounce back

7 April 2022 11:51 pm

Four weeks ago, Rishi Sunak was riding high, Boris Johnson was on the slide and the Chancellor’s daughter was proudly…

Five hysterical reactions to Channel 4's sell-off

5 April 2022 9:15 pm

Roll up, roll up! The great Channel 4 sell-off is now on. The Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries, is pushing ahead with…

Six Biden-Harris howlers on Ukraine

4 April 2022 5:05 pm

It’s 15 months since President Biden swept into the White House, where, judging by his current poll ratings, his tenure…

Ian Blackford's six step guide to untold riches

31 March 2022 11:15 pm

Inflation. Energy spikes. Tax hikes. Low growth. It’s a tough time for hard-pressed Britons at present. The cost of living…

Now the statue-topplers come for abolitionists

30 March 2022 7:36 pm

Susan Aitken, we meet again. The worst council leader in Britain is back in the news. What, pray, is it…

David Cameron gets an honour

24 March 2022 8:01 pm

When you’ve held the highest elected office in the land, subsequent honours might all seem a bit trivial. Gongs, trophies,…

Gary Neville moans about taxes

23 March 2022 10:40 pm

The political journey of Gary Neville continues to delight and astound. The former England right back now finds himself on the…

Hacks in uproar about Nazanin briefing

22 March 2022 9:40 pm

Welcome home Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, released after six years imprisonment. The 43-year-old returned to the UK last week after the government settled a…

Operation Ark returns to haunt Boris

22 March 2022 12:08 am

Boris Johnson is doing rather well on Ukraine at the moment, thanks to Britain’s role in sending arms and training…

Parliament full of vermin: official

21 March 2022 6:30 pm

It was Nye Bevan who claimed that the Conservative party was ‘lower than vermin.’ But in today’s House of Commons,…

Does Twitter think Trump is worse than Russia?

19 March 2022 2:25 am

Who decides what gets counted as ‘misinformation’? For the increasingly large number of people who get their news from social…

Why do Russian tennis stars need to condemn Putin?

16 March 2022 9:14 am

Nigel Huddleston is Under-Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism, Heritage and Civil Society, hardly the biggest job in government. Yet…

Macron, the reverse Zelensky

15 March 2022 5:12 am

Which Western leader has been the most shameless when it comes to Ukraine? America’s Vice President ‘Calamity’ Kamala Harris is another…

Mail man changes his 'Russian-sounding' name

9 March 2022 10:40 pm

Sanctions, boycotts, bans, penalties of all kind: there’s no end to the punishments being slapped on Moscow. But amid the…

Labour flounders to define the word 'woman'

9 March 2022 1:30 am

Happy International Women’s Day! To mark this auspicious occasion, the Radio 4 programme Woman’s Hour today hosted a conversation between…

Now JK Rowling takes on the critics

8 March 2022 8:40 pm

Away from the scenes in eastern Europe, a very different terf war was playing out on Twitter yesterday between JK…

KitKat-loving MPs consume £250k in snacks

3 March 2022 11:15 pm

After surviving his Covid scare in spring 2020, Boris Johnson was positively evangelical about the importance of weight loss. Launching…

Now Lebedev turns on Putin

1 March 2022 1:30 am

Looks like this war isn’t going terribly well for Vladimir Putin. The Russian dictator now finds himself something of an international pariah, with…

Harry and Meghan speak out on Ukraine

25 February 2022 11:30 pm

Amid all the gloom, a sliver of light has emerged from the rubble of Ukraine. As Sun-Tzu said: ‘In the midst of…