Alexander Chancellor

Alexander Chancellor was editor of The Spectator 1975-1984. He currently writes the Long Life column.

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How do you explain events that even adults can’t understand to a child?

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Seeing my ten-year-old daughter, Freya, a week after the massacre in Paris, I asked her if she had heard anything…

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How the Germans made Glyndebourne

21 November 2015 9:00 am

This is hardly the time of year for picnics on the lawn, but I have nevertheless had a week dominated…

Rags to riches: Ben Carson (Photo: Getty)

Distorting the truth — US presidential campaign-style

14 November 2015 9:00 am

It is hardly uncommon for politicians to lie, especially when their careers are threatened by a sexual transgression — John…


New Orleans is being reborn (without its Confederate statues)

7 November 2015 9:00 am

The last time I was in New Orleans was during the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico when…

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President Obama’s ‘secret’ lunch was no secret to me

29 October 2015 9:00 am

The Metropolitan Club in Washington is so close to the White House that President Obama chose to walk there for…


To tip or not to tip

24 October 2015 9:00 am

As I grow older, I find myself increasingly reluctant to travel, which is why it’s been a few years now…

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My home Stoke Park has become a hotbed of sex and violence

17 October 2015 8:00 am

When I’m not busy editing the Oldie magazine, I live near Towcester in south Northamptonshire where things are pretty unexciting.…


Oh, how I will miss the plastic bag!

10 October 2015 9:00 am

It has taken years, but finally England has joined the rest of the United Kingdom and other countries around the…

Robert Peston has got it all wrong about ties —viewers want broadcasters to look humbly respectful

3 October 2015 8:00 am

When Robert Peston, the economics editor of the BBC, interviewed George Osborne on television in an open-necked shirt with collar…

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Why could a robot replace a police chief – but not me?

26 September 2015 8:00 am

It’s hard to turn on the television nowadays without being shown a robot. It might be looking like a grasshopper…


Sexism and racism in outer space

19 September 2015 8:00 am

How do you address extraterrestrials in outer space? The main problem with this is that there may not be any…

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Sidney Blumenthal: peddler of tired old clichés about British politics

12 September 2015 9:00 am

I remember Sidney Blumenthal from my time in Washington in the late 1980s when I was there as the first…

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I lived next to St Paul’s Cathedral as a baby in 1940 – it’s a miracle I am alive

5 September 2015 9:00 am

While the Germans were raining bombs on London during the second world war, the architects’ department of London County Council…

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The young are miserable and the old are happy – shouldn’t it be the other way around?

29 August 2015 9:00 am

We learn from a new report that children in England are among the unhappiest in the world — more unhappy,…

A Good Layer

Who needs a chicken labelled ‘cook before eating’?

22 August 2015 9:00 am

I was saying the other week that my new hearing aids had come with a warning not to swallow their…

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Jeremy Corbyn’s debt to Silvio Berlusconi

15 August 2015 9:00 am

I’m going off Jeremy Corbyn. He seems more and more pleased with himself by the minute. But I understand why…


My deafness has become an impediment to domestic harmony

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Most people, when asked if they would rather be deaf or blind, say they would rather be deaf. I would…


My role in saving The Spectator

1 August 2015 9:00 am

I was wondering what to write about this week when I suddenly realised that exactly 40 years ago this Saturday…


Smartphones are wonderful – until they take over your life

25 July 2015 9:00 am

The smart phone is a wonderful thing. We are never out of touch anymore, neither with friends nor with the…


The dark heart of croquet

18 July 2015 9:00 am

I have always been what I suppose one could call a weed, and a cowardly one at that. I never…


How strange to feel nostalgic for the 1970s

11 July 2015 9:00 am

The 1960s were already more than halfway over when I realised that I was living through what was supposed to…


First I cursed the Calais migrants — then I thanked them

4 July 2015 9:00 am

The Eurostar train descended gently into the Channel Tunnel, went halfway along it, and then stopped. There it remained for…

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The pointlessness of outlawing hogging the middle lane

27 June 2015 9:00 am

It is nearly two years since the police were granted new powers to fine motorists for ‘hogging’ the middle lane…

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Alan Rusbridger’s final oath

20 June 2015 9:00 am

My friend Alan Rusbridger has just given up editing the Guardian after a distinguished 20-year reign that has climaxed, as…

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Dressing up for the opera is not elitist

13 June 2015 9:00 am

It’s June, and the country-house summer opera festivals are now in full swing. Glyndebourne, which opened the season last month,…