Diary

Ayesha Hazarika’s Edinburgh diary: The most offensive thing about Boris’s burka joke? It wasn’t original

18 August 2018 9:00 am

Taking my new stand-up show Girl on Girl to the Edinburgh festival this year and playing at the prestigious venue…

Why British weather is like a bad boyfriend

11 August 2018 9:00 am

The British weather is just like the worst boyfriend. The kind that keeps you in a state of permanent insecurity…

Susan Hill's diary: The return of the eels

4 August 2018 9:00 am

The swifts had not arrived by June, nary a one, though a Yorkshire Dales friend reported their return, and there…

Boris Johnson: Why we should chuck Chequers

28 July 2018 9:00 am

Surely there is a bit of humbug in this outrage about the two remaining jihadi Beatles, Kotey and Elsheikh, and…

What Uber rides taught me about immigration

21 July 2018 9:00 am

It was blessedly cool inside the Romanesque nave, its massive arches resisting the heat as they had done everything else…

This is what happens when you put Brexit in the hands of unbelievers

14 July 2018 9:00 am

Well, we did it. No, not Brexit, the World Cup or my (somewhat less) ambitious scheme at Legal & General…

Dominic Lawson: The day Boris claimed I was an MI6 agent

7 July 2018 9:00 am

Happy 190th birthday, dear Spectator. And in what fine health you are, at such an advanced age. This was hardly…

Why are men so obsessed with dieting?

30 June 2018 9:00 am

In this gloriously sunny week, the cavalry horses are off on their summer break to Bodney, Norfolk. They can be…

Winston Churchill painting beside Lake Geneva (Photo: Getty)

Andrew Marr's Diary: In praise of David Dimbleby

23 June 2018 9:00 am

At Chequers last week to interview the Prime Minister, I hear some sad news of Churchill’s mouse. The story goes…

To reverse the Daily Mail’s Brexit stance would be editorial suicide

16 June 2018 9:00 am

Awake to the Today programme and ordure being dumped on me by Polly Toynbee while the Mail’s legendary Dame Ann…

It’s the Year of the Slug and I’m at war with the slimy little bastards

9 June 2018 9:00 am

I know some people are fretting about Brexit, and others about the drive-by violence the President is doing to the…

aption: Old age has its pitfalls – but it isn’t without its joys (Photo: Getty)

In my illness and old age, children give me hope

2 June 2018 9:00 am

By 74 it is easy to feel that you have seen it all, done it all, that nothing much surprises…

Cressida Bonas’s diary: Why do I find wedding hats so tricky?

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Monday morning. Sitting in Ed the physio’s waiting room. He is theatreland’s go-to man for fractured bones and torn muscles…

My fans say I could have won the Nobel – if it wasn’t for the bizarre sex

19 May 2018 9:00 am

The family ranch, which my father acquired when I was about six years of age, lay along the banks of…

The perils of speaking in public

12 May 2018 9:00 am

I spend my life moving. Over recent years it was research. Now it’s caused by that research. But I have…

In defence of Olly Robbins

5 May 2018 9:00 am

After reading Christopher Isherwood’s Lions and Shadows, Somerset Maugham remarked: ‘That young man holds the future of the English novel…

Enoch Powell wasn’t racist – he just craved attention

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Dining in splendour beneath Van Dycks as we forked in the delicious venison, it was hard not to agree with…

Racism and the RSC: why I was a sitting duck for the arts mob

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Our ducks are back. Two wild mallard have spent the last five springs on the brook which gurgles past us…

Can fiction really cure cancer?

14 April 2018 9:00 am

If you write a book, even a novel, about Shakespeare you must at least consider the theory that Will of…

Warner and Smith are paying for the sins of a generation of Australian cricket players

7 April 2018 9:00 am

When the much-admired (and very tall) literary agent Gillon Aitken died in October 2016, he left most of his estate…

Tristram Hunt’s diary: Work and play on the Persian Gulf

31 March 2018 9:00 am

On the gently lapping shores of the Persian Gulf, in the steely shadow of the Burj Khalifa, I bump into…

Brexit saved my marriage. Could Putin wreck it?

24 March 2018 9:00 am

I went to a dinner for Toby Young, who has had some troubles of late, at this magazine’s gracious HQ,…

California is the unexpected antidote to censorious liberalism

17 March 2018 9:00 am

If I needed a safe space, I would nominate California. Against most odds this seedbed of censorious liberalism has thrown…

Paul Mason: In a parallel universe, Cameron is delivering Brexit

10 March 2018 9:00 am

At the BBC early doors for the Today programme, to preview Corbyn’s speech advocating membership of a customs union. I…

Andrew Marr: It’s volunteers, not the state, who are tackling London’s stabbing epidemic

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Of all the villages of London, it seems to me, most of the time, that I live in the happiest:…