Peter Oborne

Peter Oborne is associate editor of The Spectator and chief political commentator at The Daily Telegraph.


The wonderful, vanishing world of the handwritten letter

4 July 2015 9:00 am

In praise of the old-fashioned letter-writer

Pakistan take on Zimbabwe in Lahore (Photo: Getty)

Peter Oborne’s diary: My Pakistan cricket tour, and what the ‘no’ campaign needs

6 June 2015 9:00 am

For the first time since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team six years ago, a Test match side…


Lord Freud: the man who saved the welfare system

28 March 2015 9:00 am

Cameron was right about one thing: not sacking Lord Freud

Ed Miliband's Speech To Scottish Labour Party Conference

Ed Miliband’s critics hate him for his success

14 February 2015 9:00 am

The Labour leader’s fiercest critics hate him not for his failures but for his genuine successes


The unbearable vanity of Kevin Pietersen

11 October 2014 9:00 am

Pietersen’s self-indulgent tales of woe lack credibility


Whatever the European election result, Ukip has already won

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Whatever the election results, Nigel Farage’s insurgency has changed British politics for the better

Rupert Murdoch: a newspaperman at heart

With enemies like these…

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Rupert Murdoch’s last five years have been the worst of his career, but a new biography by Sydney University’s Rodney Tiffen is so unfair that even Peter Oborne, one of the newspaper magnate’s severest critics, found himself warming to him


Notes from Damascus

26 April 2014 9:00 am

As I looked out of the window of my hotel bedroom, studying the view of central Damascus, the mobile phone…

In it together? Matthew d'Ancona's book on the coalition is a huge letdown, says Peter Oborne

5 October 2013 9:00 am

There are two ways of being a political journalist. One is to stay on the outside and try to avoid…

Lord Finkelstein regularly offers commentary on government policies. But never admits he acts as an unpaid adviser.

A man of his Times - the curious case of Lord Finkelstein

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Ennobled after loyal service to the government, Lord Finkelstein embodies the collapse of boundaries between newspapers and politics

A burned out car sits on a roundabout ne

Will Boston still fund the Real IRA?

27 April 2013 9:00 am

One of the first world statesmen to send a message of sympathy to Boston after last week’s outrage was Gerry…

2013 Grand National - An Alternative View

Will the Guardian and the Independent kill the Grand National?

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Too many racing correspondents have an anti-hunt racing agenda

Shameful home truths

24 November 2012 9:00 am

One of our more cherished national myths is that we British do not torture prisoners of war and criminal suspects.…


Libya notebook

2 June 2012 2:00 pm

The battle had the busy, obsessive yet irrelevant air of a point-to-point. It was a social event, held outdoors, a good place to…

Dangerous territory

14 April 2012 11:00 am

Fifteen years ago Ahmed Rashid wrote an original, groundbreaking and wonderful book about the Taleban, a subject about which few…

Guilty by association

17 December 2011 8:00 pm

It has become increasingly obvious that something went terribly wrong with British intelligence-gathering, both its methods and morality, after the…

A tangled web

24 September 2011 12:00 am

Almost two decades ago, as a junior political reporter on the Evening Standard, I heard the cabinet office minister William…

The enemy within

3 September 2011 12:00 am

The most telling figure in Carey Schofield’s book on the Pakistan army is Faisal Alavi, a major general who was murdered in November 2008.


What the papers won’t say

7 July 2011 12:00 am

The omertà of Britain’s press and politicians on phone-hacking amounts to complicity in crime



7 May 2011 12:00 am

Karachi is a notoriously lively city, with gun battles on the streets a daily occurrence — so it seems only sensible to stay in the comfort and safety of the Sind Club, a grand institution built during British rule in the centre of the town.

Where’s the divide?

29 January 2011 12:00 am

The British debate about political Islam is catastrophically muddled


Tartan Taleban

6 November 2010 12:00 am

What Sir Walter Scott’s Highland tales can teach us about Afghanistan


Crying in the wilderness

12 May 2010 12:00 am

For 30 years Alastair Crooke was ostensibly a British diplomat working in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Columbia and Pakistan.


They were chanting ‘Kill, kill, kill’

31 March 2010 12:00 am

Peter Oborne reports from Jos, a once-peaceful town that has become the front line of a bloody, sectarian war between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria


Cricket’s foreign legion

3 March 2010 12:00 am

The number of South Africans playing for England is growing, says Peter Oborne. These foreign mercenaries may be brilliant, but are they undermining our precious game?