Matthew Parris

Matthew Parris discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.

Matthew Parris is a columnist for The Times and presents Great Lives on BBC Radio Four. He was a Conservative MP from 1979 to 1986 and was a Parliamentary Sketchwriter for the Times for nearly fourteen years. He has been Columnist of the year at the British Press Awards. His books include Fracture: stories of how great lives take root in trauma, which discusses geniuses who have suffered childhood trauma, and Scorn: The Wittest and Wickedest Insults in Human History.  His autobiography Chance Witness: An Outsider’s Life in Politics won the Orwell Prize. He was an awarded an RSPCA medal for jumping into the River Thames and rescuing a dog.

1. Britain did not win the Second World War

2. A dessert spoon of vinegar in a glass of cold water

3. The Boer War was a small British disgrace 

4. Calvados

5. The English treatment of the Irish

6. How to empty a bottle of ketchup

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