Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson was editor of The Spectator 1999-2005.

To a Turkish president

21 May 2016 9:00 am

There was a young fellow from Ankara Who was a terrific wankera Till he sowed his wild oats With the…

Boris Johnson’s diary: Amid the China hype, remember Japan

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Frankly I don’t know why the British media made such a big fat fuss last week when I accidentally flattened…

The secrets of London's Athenian golden age

13 September 2014 9:00 am

The forces that made the world’s first democracy great are alive and well in modern London

'I laughed until I cried, then retched': Boris Johnson on the wit of Simon Hoggart

11 January 2014 9:00 am

I really can’t remember exactly how I came to appoint Simon Hoggart the wine correspondent of this magazine, but I…

Nick Garland’s take on the Thatcher legacy in the 13 April issue

A tribute to Margaret Thatcher

7 December 2013 9:00 am

The Iron Lady’s legacy is that, thank goodness, the free-market economy is the only show in town

Is my rod big enough? Boris Johnson’s fishing notebook

6 July 2013 9:00 am

You remember the climax of Jaws — the primeval moment when Quint the crazed Ahab-like fisherman goes mano a mano…


11 August 2012 6:00 am

Omigosh I don’t know why I allowed myself to go in for this one. It is Tuesday afternoon, I am…


15 January 2011 12:00 am

Boris Johnson opens his Diary

More power to the press

9 June 2010 12:00 am

As politicians become ever more cowed and curtailed, the press only grows in power, says Boris Johnson. Ministers may complain, but in fact this is exactly as it should be


16 September 2009 12:00 am

Boris Johnson opens his diary

Beijing Notebook

27 August 2008 12:00 am

Boris Johnson recalls his recent jaunt to China on the occasion of the Olympic games

How, as Mayor, I would help our brave troops

13 December 2007 9:15 am

Boris Johnson is appalled by the indifference towards veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Whatever our views, we should honour those who have performed their duty

James Michie, gentle genius

7 November 2007 6:22 pm

Jaspistos remembered

The pursuit of happiness

23 May 2007 4:50 pm

Boris Johnson issues a clarion call against the new Puritanism of the coming Brown era, in which risk, pleasure, bunking off, poetry and all forms of play will be imperilled


24 January 2007 8:14 pm

It is one of the great mysteries of modern geopolitics. How the hell has Condoleezza Rice got away with it for so long?

Talking about their generation: Britain’s golden youth

25 October 2006 4:24 pm

Interviewing applicants for a research job, Boris Johnson was astonished by their accomplishments, pleasantness and lack of anger. Life is very good for these beneficiaries of Thatcher’s Britain, the memories of its conflicts long forgotten

Farewell to the Young Ones

24 May 2006 4:31 pm

Higher education needs thorough reform

They love capitalism, but not elections

22 April 2006 12:00 am

Boris Johnson goes to Beijing on a mission to sell democracy, but finds his hosts — as wedded to authority as they have been for the last 4,000 years — politely declining his offer


11 February 2006 12:00 am

The reason this magazine didn’t run those Danish cartoons was nothing to do with taste

How to live for ever

10 September 2005 12:00 am

Boris Johnson on the relationship between Horace the poet and Augustus the emperor, and why the poet identified with Mercury


3 September 2005 12:00 am

It is always nice to get back and find you haven’t been burgled

Just don’t call it war

16 July 2005 12:00 am

Boris Johnson says it is time to reassert British values in the face of extremist Islam


30 April 2005 12:00 am

We are winning back the buggy vote


9 April 2005 12:00 am

This election is a swindle. It is a fraud on the electorate.