Matthew Parris

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

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Here’s what’s wrong with the ‘public sector ethos’

14 November 2015 9:00 am

An infuriating benefit of readers’ online comments beneath the efforts of a columnist like me is that as you read…


Without a word of advice, Paul Methuen set me free

29 October 2015 9:00 am

At the time he will barely have noticed me. In his mid-forties and (to me at 18) middle-aged, he was…

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OK: I’m convinced: one EU referendum might not be enough

17 October 2015 9:00 am

We now have to take seriously the possibility that in the EU referendum Britain will vote to leave. I had…

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What Jeremy Corbyn, like David Cameron, understands about the cold, dark heart of the British public

3 October 2015 9:00 am

There’s a hard, hard mood out there among the public and I don’t think our newspapers get it at all.…

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Some day soon we’ll all accept that useless lives should be ended

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Throughout the short life of the Assisted Dying Bill which failed last week in the Commons, the ‘faith community’ (a…

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Millions of us honestly don’t know what our duty is to migrants – and Christianity doesn’t help

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Proximity shouldn’t make a difference — should it? We were on a beach on the European side of the Mediterranean,…

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Freedom of information killed ambassadors’ valedictory dispatches. Could blogging bring them back?

22 August 2015 9:00 am

‘All I ever tried to do was hold a mirror up and show you how beautiful you really are. Shine…

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How Jeremy Corbyn could destroy the Tories (yes, really)

8 August 2015 9:00 am

‘Why this sudden restlessness, this confusion?’ asked C.P. Cavafy in his poem ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’: Because night has fallen…


My new addiction: road-building

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Many years ago I was encouraged to read Roger Hutchinson’s Calum’s Road. The small and quirky book made a deep…

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William Waldegrave: too nice ever to have been PM

25 July 2015 9:00 am

‘Lobbying,’ writes William Waldegrave in this extraordinary memoir, ‘takes many forms.’ But he has surely reported a variant hitherto unrecorded…

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Greeks just want to keep what they’ve got

11 July 2015 9:00 am

We were breakfasting outside on the morning of the Greek referendum. The result could only be guessed at and all…

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Labour’s campaign was fine. It’s the party that Britain rejected

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Patrick Wintour is one of the best political editors around. For the Guardian he’s been for decades a cool and…

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In Irish Catholicism, it seems, God can be outvoted

30 May 2015 9:00 am

I see. So now we have the result of the Irish referendum on gay marriage, and now we’ve heard the…

The final "projection" from polling firm Populus. It gave David Cameron a 0.5% chance of a majority.

It wasn't just pollsters who were useless in the election; pundits were too

16 May 2015 9:00 am

It takes some agility to shoot yourself in the foot and saw off the branch you’re sitting on, while hoisting…

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This election has made me understand how it felt to be a lefty under Thatcher

2 May 2015 9:00 am

On the weekend of 25 April 2015 I started to believe that the party I supported might not win an…

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Scotland knows the power of a common enemy. We English don’t

18 April 2015 9:00 am

When last Sunday Pope Francis took the brave step of acknowledging the Armenian tragedy as the ‘first genocide of the…

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Peru's Indians are repressed with more efficiency than blacks ever were in South Africa

4 April 2015 9:00 am

In The Spectator of 21 March a column by Toby Young caught my eye. Discussing the pros and cons of…

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Anti-Muslim prejudice is real, and it’s scary

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Something dangerous is brewing beneath the surface in our country, and it worries me that warning lights are not flashing…

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Skunk has changed me. But art has changed me, too

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Two recent preoccupations have led me to the same reflection. The first is a Channel 4 programme on the effects…

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Of course you can choose to get up early (and maybe you can choose to be gay)

21 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Oh, I’m an owl,’ said my friend Nick. ‘You’re probably a lark.’ I raised an eyebrow. He explained. Apparently all…


To reform the NHS, use the politics of envy

7 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Let’s make the rich pay more.’ Does that sound so right-wing? To me it has a positively socialist ring. It…


The iron law of volunteering: the nicer the cause, the nastier the people

24 January 2015 9:00 am

I watched the video with some trepidation. Stonewall (the campaigning gay and lesbian equality organisation) had just sent me the…


When did we become a nation of police informers?

10 January 2015 9:00 am

There’s a danger that in what follows your columnist may seem to be recommending an attitude. Please don’t think that.…

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Why it’s time to revive the commonplace book

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Among the gifts that have come my way this Christmas season, none has given me pleasure more immediate or more…