Matthew Parris

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

Europe

In an age of science, why are face masks a matter of opinion?

Nobody sane disputes the scientific method. So why are we wasting time talking about face masks?

By Matthew Parris

Will the shock of COVID change anything?

Collectively, we’ve had a sort of out-of-body experience — looked at our lives from outside

By Matthew Parris

Europe

In praise of statue-toppling

Sir Edward Colston’s statue was not about history but estimation. Our era is entitled to its own response

By Matthew Parris

Internet

You’re not special — just ask Google

I have quietly accepted that my interior life (and yours) may be rather accurately guessed at by an algorithm

By Matthew Parris

Europe

Lessons from Eyam, the plague village that isolated from the world

Estimates of mortality range between a third and two-thirds of all the inhabitants

By Matthew Parris

Europe

The difficult balance of public vs political agony

Along comes a crisis that offers a Conservative government a historic chance to show that they care

By Matthew Parris

Home

Don’t let anyone tell you there’s a war on

A grown-up citizenry does not confuse intelligent questioning with unpatriotic breaking of the ranks

By Matthew Parris

Home

The secret excitement that lurks beneath our distress

In the corner of your mind, keep alive the small, flickering flame of suspicion

By Matthew Parris

Faith

The concept of Evil is an evasion

It’s a way of hiding our eyes from what men are or can be, or can do

By Matthew Parris

Europe

Only Boris can bury Brexit

The next PM will have promised the electorate something that she or he is quite unable to deliver

By Matthew Parris

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