Diary

Bernie Sanders may have wowed Hay festival – but the crowd shouted ‘Corbyn’

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Five years after I swore I’d finished with him, it’s odd to be back on the road with Alex Rider.…

Nick Timothy: Where we went wrong

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Nobody inside CCHQ was prepared for election night’s 10 p.m. exit poll. Lynton Crosby’s last text to me predicted that…

The best way to combat radical Islam? Teach British values in school

10 June 2017 9:00 am

Hundreds of terrorists and suspected terrorists have gone through the British educational system. Yet amid all the pre-election talk about…

Scots Tories will get the unionist vote but they have far too few troops

3 June 2017 9:00 am

In such gorgeous weather the best part of Scotland to visit is not (as so many seem to think) the…

Rachel Johnson: Gary Lineker, the People’s Snowflake, is the only true opposition now

27 May 2017 9:00 am

The chances of my 20-year-old student son being at an Ariana Grande concert on a Monday night were, my head…

Does Donald Trump have dementia?

20 May 2017 9:00 am

On the heels of the Today programme’s invitation to discuss ‘cultural appropriation’ (again), the New York Times reported the disheartening…

George Osborne: Diary of an editor

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Watching the general election from my newsroom is an out-of-body experience. I’ve been involved in the last five general elections…

My bank holiday of sex and violence

6 May 2017 9:00 am

The Prosperity UK conference over a week ago kicked off with a dinner at Hatfield House that brought together Leavers…

Sun readers are 100-to-one on my side in the confected Ross Barkley row

29 April 2017 9:00 am

When Trevor Phillips stood down as chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, he had served nine years. His…

Theresa May has brutally carved away the tradition of Tory pro-EU politics

22 April 2017 9:00 am

We are all drama queens, really, we political hacks; and so we were all thoroughly delighted by Theresa May’s Tuesday…

Diary

15 April 2017 9:00 am

Don’t get old! Everything takes so long – it’s an hour to get down to breakfast. And I’m not only…

What use is a Washington mole hunt if the chief mole is in the Oval Office?

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump’s Washington is a city of many secrets, but no mysteries. So much about the Trump-Putin story remains unknown,…

Putin’s Russia is a much greater threat than Muslim fanaticism

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Last week’s events in London raised a recurrent dilemma for journalists, including me. It is a huge story when a…

In defence of George Osborne, by the Evening Standard’s departing editor

25 March 2017 9:00 am

So I am feeling a bit better about my lack of radio experience. These are exciting times for free movement…

We promised better help for people with autism. Too little has changed

18 March 2017 9:00 am

In the NHS clinic where I work, adults who suspect they may have Asperger syndrome wait almost a year for…

The romance – and importance – of independent bookshops

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Oh dear. Usually writers who contribute to these diaries start with something like, ‘To Paris. To launch my novel at…

Prue Leith: My Bake Off ‘fake news’ moment

4 March 2017 9:00 am

A fortnight ago I got a taste of what being far too famous might feel like. A leak that I’m…

I love Brighton’s rail chaos: it’s the perfect excuse not to go to London

25 February 2017 9:00 am

More than 20 years ago, I left my fast life in London for a rather more relaxed one in Brighton…

Hippy Neil took over my life... even my mum thought I was veggie like him

18 February 2017 9:00 am

I’m boning up on conversational Spanish for a trip to the Primera Persona festival in Barcelona with Alexei Sayle. We’re…

Saint Anthony was right — my bank card was in the bathroom

11 February 2017 9:00 am

February Fill-Dyke. But north Norfolk is dry, at least in terms of rain. Instead we have coastal flooding. Three years…

Why don't the EU's pensioners in the Lords have to declare their interest?

4 February 2017 9:00 am

 ‘A Bill to confer power on the prime minister to notify, under Article 50(2)…’. When it comes to the House…

BT hung up on me for using the f-word. Why?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Did you know that if you use the f-word while talking to a BT representative, they hang up on you?…

Donald Trump's quite right to be confused about the EU's presidents

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump was gushing about one European leader in his Times interview this week. But it was the wrong one.…

Diary

14 January 2017 9:00 am

In December I was in a group of writers on a British Council visit to Moscow, where the UK was…

On a wintry clifftop, I stumble on one of the great sights of British nature

7 January 2017 9:00 am

On New Year’s Day I went for a swim off Broad Haven beach in Pembrokeshire. The water was 10.3ºC: pretty…