Charles Moore

Charles Moore was editor of The Spectator 1984 - 1990. He continues to write a weekly column, The Spectator's Notes. You can read extracts of his column here.

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Charles Moore’s Notes: cheap trickery in the Economist’s assisted dying campaign

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Because, it says, of its ‘liberal values and respect for human dignity’, the Economist has put out a film about…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: Jeremy Corbyn, fanatic

21 November 2015 9:00 am

When Jeremy Corbyn says it is better to bring people to trial than to shoot them, he is right. So…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: Who’d be a diplomat now?

14 November 2015 9:00 am

The other day, a friend told me, he had been chatting to an old friend of his who has spent…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: Why the V&A needs Thatcher’s clothes

7 November 2015 9:00 am

It is good to learn that the current management of the V&A want to reverse their predecessors’ lack of interest…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: The government needs someone who knows how Parliament works

29 October 2015 9:00 am

An enjoyable aspect of parliamentary rules and conventions is that almost no one understands them. This has become acutely true…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: If we want to save the elephant, we must legalise the ivory trade

24 October 2015 9:00 am

How good a deal for Britain is it that the president of China got a state visit and a nuclear…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: Diane the Posh Goddess and Osborne’s mania

17 October 2015 8:00 am

When I arrived at Cambridge in 1975, a nervous freshman, I remember walking with a friend past Newnham and being…

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Charles Moore’s notes: Boris’s brilliance; Labour’s Joe McCarthy

10 October 2015 9:00 am

Maybe it was because of the contrast with Theresa May’s chilly, disingenuous monotone minutes before, but I really think Boris…

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Jeremy Corbyn must have brilliant spin doctors

3 October 2015 9:00 am

Contrary to the sneers of what he calls the commentariat, Jeremy Corbyn has already acquired brilliant spin doctors. In advance,…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: what the Labour party needs is a parliamentary representation committee

19 September 2015 8:00 am

When the Labour party began, its purpose was the representation of labour (i.e. workers) in the House of Commons. Indeed,…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: Mr Cameron swings wildly between toughness and compassion

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Presumably Britain has some sort of policy on immigration, asylum and refugees, but instead of struggling to understand it, you…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: the Tories’ adoption of the Living Wage is entirely bogus

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Was there ever a more unilluminating political idea — for voters rather than practitioners — than triangulation? For those readers so…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: Why Labour keeps failing to choose a woman leader

22 August 2015 9:00 am

Watching the very pleasant Liz Kendall on television this week, I was struck by how extraordinary it is that more…


Charles Moore’s Notes: A meditation on my son’s marriage

15 August 2015 9:00 am

Our son, William, celebrated his marriage on Saturday. You would expect me to say that it was wonderful, sunny occasion.…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: I’ve rarely written a word in favour of Edward Heath, but I don’t believe these accusations

8 August 2015 9:00 am

As someone who has rarely written a sentence in praise of the late Sir Edward Heath, I hope I can…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: If peers aren’t to be elected, they should be impossible to get rid of

1 August 2015 9:00 am

Obviously when one attends what the papers call ‘cocaine-fuelled orgies’, one expects to find several members of the peerage present,…


Charles Moore’s Notes: Why the Greek No is a great moment for socialism

11 July 2015 9:00 am

Even if everything goes wronger still, the Greek No vote is a great victory for the left. Until now, the…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: Now even the FT has joined in issuing threats to the Greek people

4 July 2015 9:00 am

‘The Greek people,’ the Financial Times leading article said on Monday, ‘would be well advised to listen closely to the…

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Charles Moore’s notes: Grexit isn’t like Brexit (and that’s why it won’t be allowed to happen)

27 June 2015 9:00 am

People write about ‘Grexit’ and ‘Brexit’ as if they were the same, but they need not be. Grexit is about…

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Charles Moore’s notes: The anti-EU camp need to be sure what No means

20 June 2015 9:00 am

It is natural to assume that, if a majority votes No in the referendum on Britain’s EU membership, we shall…

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Charles Moore’s notes: A warning from Prince Charles’s lost speech

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Two beautiful volumes in a cloth-bound case reach me. They are Speeches and Articles by HRH The Prince of Wales…

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Charles Moore’s notes: Does Chuck Blazer exist?

6 June 2015 9:00 am

We in the West all hate Sepp Blatter, so we pay too little attention to the manner in which the…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: people who love making new laws like to present them as human rights

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Amnesty International and others have placed a large newspaper advertisement telling Michael Gove ‘Don’t Scrap Our Human Rights’. The ad…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: Who benefits from Prince Charles shaking Gerry Adams’s hand?

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Who benefits from Prince Charles’s handshake with Gerry Adams? Not the victims of IRA violence, including the 18 soldiers who…

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Charles Moore’s Notes: Cameron should bring back twice-weekly PMQs

16 May 2015 9:00 am

David Cameron is taking a bit of trouble to unite his parliamentary party. Having built a coalition outside it last…