Notebook

Torture a Tory, make him an MEP? Not any more

25 January 2020 9:00 am

‘Epiphany.’ That was the word that Robert Rowland, soon-to-be-ex-MEP for the Brexit party, used to describe his discovery of the…

Cressida Bonas: Everyone seems to have very strong opinions about my wedding

18 January 2020 9:00 am

White House Farm began last week on ITV; a six-part factual drama about the notorious murders. I play Sheila Caffell,…

Ben Schott: I’m Tony Blair’s brother (according to Google)

11 January 2020 9:00 am

The globe (Golden and otherwise) has rightly fallen h-o-h for Olivia Colman who, before The Crown, The Favourite and Peep Show,…

Joan Collins: I’m an actress, not an actor. And yes, it matters

21 December 2019 9:00 am

I recently tried to put my profession down as ‘actress’ on Instagram, but the only option available from the drop-down…

Andrew Marr: Twitter fooled everyone during this election

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s an unfashionable thought, but having spent many hours in the university sports hall where constituency votes for Boris Johnson…

Petronella Wyatt: The time I saw Boris cry

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Boris Johnson is nothing like Churchill, a view with which my friend Andrew Roberts concurs. But in the 20-odd years…

Corbyn’s problem was not that the media hated him – but that he hated the media

21 December 2019 9:00 am

On the morning of the election, we buried my lovely mum. I write this 24 hours later, now on a…

Lady Hale’s Christmas diary (as told to Quentin Letts)

21 December 2019 9:00 am

They say I must retire next month when I turn 75. Irritating. I have been a member of the Supreme…

Anne Glenconner: My Christmas gift from Queen Mary

21 December 2019 9:00 am

At the age of 87 I find myself not just a first-time author, but a bestseller. I’ve always told stories,…

Michael Moorcock: I feel I’ve been cheated by the British state

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Back to Texas to prepare for guests arriving for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Once again we left our Paris home not…

A.N. Wilson: The V&A’s Tristram Hunt is a modern Prince Albert

21 December 2019 9:00 am

We don’t have Thanksgiving in Britain, but this does not stop us giving thanks and Christmas is a good time…

'For the Jenni, not the few': the anti-Boris attack line Labour missed

30 November 2019 9:00 am

If the age of deference were still with us, the mortuary tag has now been tied to its toe following…

Franco’s exhumation could help decide the Spanish election

9 November 2019 9:00 am

I was no sooner in Madrid than General Franco was exhumed from his mausoleum not far from El Escorial. An…

Joan Collins: why I love London taxi drivers

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Percy and I have seen quite a few movies recently and enjoyed many of them, which is rare. But the…

Paul Dacre: Do I regret the ‘Enemies of the people’ front page? Hell no!

5 October 2019 9:00 am

So what to make of the extreme language, veering from the histrionic to the hysterical, dominating political discourse? The words…

Paul Embery: Labour is too much Hampstead, not enough Hartlepool

28 September 2019 9:00 am

Arrived in Remain-on-sea (also known as Brighton) for Labour party conference. As an old-fashioned trade unionist hailing from a working-class…

For the first time since 1171, Ireland has more power than England

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Watching Boris Johnson in Dublin, where he came to ask Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to get him out of a hole,…

Algeria reminds us that the current of colonisation doesn’t always run just one way

7 September 2019 9:00 am

As you glide in to land at the airport outside Algiers, the landscape resembles that of Tuscany: a coastal plain…

In Afghanistan, Trump and the Taleban want the same thing – Americans out

24 August 2019 9:00 am

‘Incoming! Incoming! Incoming!’ As morning alarms go, this one leaves a lot to be desired. Normally I wake up to…

Right-wing comics are bringing variety back to the Fringe

17 August 2019 9:00 am

I’ve been coming to the Edinburgh Fringe for five years, but this is the first time I’ve dipped my toe…

Nicky Haslam: How will Boris decorate No. 10?

10 August 2019 9:00 am

‘Volcanic temper… suspicious of everyone… irritability, mood swings… terror stalking the shadows… devastating collapse of Europe’s economy… rampant insecurity, unbridled…

Lebanon: the world’s best failed state

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Look down from the mountains outside Beirut and, on most days, you’ll see a grey blanket of smog choking the…

Tim Rice at the cricket stump surrounded by Disney characters, by Michael Heath

Tim Rice: I left Lord’s during that cricket final... to see The Lion King

27 July 2019 9:00 am

As I left Lord’s at around 3 o’clock in the afternoon to go to The Lion King European premiere I…

The Saracenic darkness of Sicily – the place where Europe ends

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Northern Italians often speak of Sicily as a Saracenic darkness — the place where Europe ends. The Arabic influence remains…

I once fell for Boris’s charm – I won’t make the same mistake again

29 June 2019 9:00 am

Someone should write a guide to the best literary festivals. Sydney and Auckland would certainly be there, along with Sri…