High life

I’m back in New York: the city that’s perennially offended

23 March 2019 9:00 am

New York   Goodbye, snow-capped peaks; hello, swampy brown East River. So long, fresh alpine air; greetings to choking diesel…

Hulton Archive

The four times I have lied in 42 years writing this column

14 March 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   As Emperor Maximilian told his convulsed-by-tears servants as he was about to be executed by the Mexicans: ‘Who…

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Watching my grandchildren schussing down a mountain is what makes me happy now

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   As everyone knows, the definition of serendipity is searching for a needle in a haystack, and instead finding…

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I’ve contributed greatly to animal welfare, via the casino

2 March 2019 9:00 am

A rare British species, a womanising ex-foreign secretary, kissed and told about his brief affair with a yellow-eyed temptress last…

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I’m all for abolishing flying: first-class on a liner is far more fun

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   It’s party time here. From the richest billionaires down to those impoverished souls with only a few million…

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Faithless husbands can be the best husbands

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   Who was it that said we always hurt those we love the most? I did just that last…

In Gstaad neither poor nor rich worry about inequality

9 February 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   Here in Gstaad there is no worker alienation. Nor are the rich especially worried. The talk is about…

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Why New York loves John Bercow

2 February 2019 9:00 am

‘The British political class has offered to the world an astounding spectacle of mendacious, intellectually limited hustlers.’ This is a…

Roger Federer during his fourth round match against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the 2019 Australian Credit: photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images

My hero Roger Federer

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Asked how he was feeling as he was about to give a speech to a ladies group, Mark Twain, looking…

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Taki: Should I just move to a cave in France?

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   Do any of you know what cisgender is? I just found out. Cisgender is a term that describes…

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Why 1919 wasn’t the year it’s cracked up to be

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad The funny thing is that I was at school with a man called Ted Widmer, and I recently read…

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In praise of pomposity

5 January 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad My annual end-of-year party in the Bagel was a bust. Too many people brought their friends and I ended…

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House, March

Why I have fallen out of love with Donald Trump

15 December 2018 9:00 am

Here we are, 41 years down the road, and I’m once again writing for The Spectator’s Christmas issue. This is…

Times Square

New York: the fact – and fiction

8 December 2018 9:00 am

New York At times I used to think the place was real. The New York of films, that is. The…

Homo floresiensis, living on the Indonesian island of Flores as recently as 18,000 years ago, had a skull the size of a grapefruit

Human evolution: a short essay

1 December 2018 9:00 am

This makes Brexit take a back seat: hints of ancient life have appeared on Mars. Carbon building blocks and other…

An extraordinary encounter in a New York taxi

24 November 2018 9:00 am

New York   If I wrote this in one of those newspaper diaries about metropolitan life, no one would believe…

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I love life – and girls – too much to act my age

17 November 2018 9:00 am

New York A little Austrian count was born to my daughter last week in Salzburg, early in the morning of…

The New York Times is leader of the pack in its anti-Trump agenda

Trump has driven the American media mad

10 November 2018 9:00 am

New York   An old-fashioned party is a gathering of friends invited by the host or hostess, who foots the…

Ah, Brooklyn I miss you: Brooklyn Heights, New York

A love letter to Brooklyn Heights

3 November 2018 9:00 am

New York I now know it by heart. Brooklyn Heights, that is. It takes 35 minutes by cab from where…

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Requiem for New York

27 October 2018 9:00 am

New York   In the dark she still looks good. The mystery and magnetism linger until dawn, then you slowly…

Fear and loathing in New York

Why truth gets you nowhere

20 October 2018 9:00 am

New York   There is fear and loathing in this city, with men looking over their shoulders for the thought…

Partying with the Clintons

13 October 2018 9:00 am

Gstaad   The bells are ringing, the bells are ringing, ding dong, ding dong. The cows are down from up…

If Jeremy Corbyn gets in, then I’m out

6 October 2018 9:00 am

To London for much too brief a visit: a marriage, lunch with Commodore Tim Hoare, and a look-see for a…

I’m an equal of Socrates and Wittgenstein — and if anyone disputes it they can go to hell

29 September 2018 9:00 am

The grandest view of Gstaad and the surrounding Saanen valley bar none — and that includes the vista from my…

An audience with the Pope

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Perception and reality, truth and falsehood, black and white; nowadays the salivating chattering classes don’t know their arse from a…