Diary

Justin Webb: the day I was forced to hide from John Humphrys

20 January 2018 9:00 am

My friend John Humphrys has managed to get on to the front pages again. We first met in the 1980s…

Trump may be stupid or crazy, but the people enabling him are neither

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Like every journalist in Washington, I’m enthralled by the new Michael Wolff book, Fire and Fury, which depicts Donald Trump…

Sarah Vine: Why Jeremy Corbyn is the new Oliver Cromwell

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Owing to the spectacular uselessness of Ticketmaster, my son missed out on his birthday treat, seats for Hamilton at the…

Why I'm bombarded with ads for funeral insurance and knitted animals

16 December 2017 9:00 am

This year began badly with the death of Alexander Chancellor, former editor of this magazine. He was the most fun…

Max Hastings’ Diary: Historian Sir Michael Howard and a tale of E.M. Forster and sardines

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Lunch with the great Sir Michael Howard, 95 last week. During a conversation about BBC1’s Howards End, he said: ‘I…

It’s not just the Queen who approves of Meghan – the corgis do, too

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Meghan Markle certainly knows how to impress the in-laws. She has announced that she and Prince Harry are going to…

I once worshipped ‘freedom fighters’ but Mugabe just looked like a teacher

25 November 2017 9:00 am

At the top of Machu Picchu last week, I saw two wide-winged condors swoop over Sacred Valley through a rainbow…

Rachel Johnson: The trouble with today’s porn? Older men are terrified by it

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Long letter from the High Mistress of St Paul’s Girls’ School, addressing me as ‘Dear Old Paulina’ (I thought we…

Between Trump and Harvey Weinstein, America is fast approaching outrage overload

11 November 2017 9:00 am

It’s remarkable how fast the unthinkable becomes the expected. It felt almost routine to pick up the New York Post…

Peter Hitchens: Why I climbed on my soapbox after refusing to sign a university’s ‘free speech’ contract

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Where better to be than in Liverpool on a crisp autumn evening, haranguing an open-air meeting of students? I hadn’t…

Richard Madeley’s Diary: My stint at being Piers Morgan

28 October 2017 9:00 am

To ITV’s London headquarters at the ungodly hour of 3.30 a.m. Piers Morgan is sunning himself in Beverly Hills and I’m…

Anthony Horowitz: Harvey Weinstein killed off the Alex Rider movies – but I got my revenge

21 October 2017 9:00 am

New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Raleigh, Dallas… I’m on a book tour in Donald Trump’s USA, which feels much like the…

A spectre of Spanish revenge haunts Boris Johnson and the Brexit gang

14 October 2017 9:00 am

I used to long for mid-October when I could say goodbye to the hot rooms, cold buffets, and warm white…

Andrew Marr: Feeling the fear at the Tory conference

7 October 2017 9:00 am

The best reason for visiting party conferences is to sniff the air. It’s fragments of conversation drifting through a bar,…

Golden autumn days, birds and beasts, and memories of my publishing past

30 September 2017 9:00 am

I don’t know why party conferences no longer take place in Scarborough. As a child, I saw many an important…

Sarah Sands: George Osborne turns up to Radio 4 with an entourage; he thinks he’s Don Corleone

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Next month, the Today programme marks its 60th anniversary, so I have been mugging up on the archives. If there…

Sebastian Faulks: Seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland was incredible. Eating Puffin wasn’t

16 September 2017 9:00 am

I never expected to visit Iceland, let alone play cricket there. But the Iceland national team was off to play…

Voted Leave? It’s one way to lose friends, says Sarah Vine

9 September 2017 9:00 am

September is my time of year. Summer is all very well if you’re one of those golden-haired, long-limbed types who…

The special envoy is on his way... and Boris is in his swimming trunks

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Boris Johnson is inspecting the guard of honour and we are doing our best not to giggle. The Foreign Secretary…

Why I’ll never vote for a useless Tory Brexit government

26 August 2017 9:00 am

It has been a summer of tears, both of joy and sorrow. The latter first: how could stones not weep…

Don’t hold your breath for my follow-up to A Very British Coup

19 August 2017 9:00 am

To the Business School at the University of Edinburgh to be interviewed on the theme of ‘Great Political Disasters’. Main…

For the perfect summer holiday, just go into the garden and do jigsaws

12 August 2017 9:00 am

No sympathy from me for the Brits stuck in the European heatwave. I’ve never understood people who go abroad for…

How I fell in love with Diana over lunch

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Diana Spencer has been dead for 20 years. I was a journalist on the Evening Standard in those days and…

My compromising photo of Jack Whitehall

29 July 2017 9:00 am

As pictures go, it could be career death. An amazing young talent caught in a compromising position with two older…

Edward VIII abdicated with less fuss than Kirstie Allsopp left Twitter

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Monday morning and I am heading south on Harley Street towards a rendezvous with ramifications, a date that is also…