Diary

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:…

Steven Pinker’s Diary: my advice to the new president of Harvard

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Everyone’s mood is affected by the news, especially bad news. A recent review found that heavy news-watchers show ‘misperception of…

My trip to Pakistan’s ‘Jihadi Disneyland’

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Not so long ago, Barack Obama called Waziristan ‘the most dangerous place in the world’. It was the losing front…

Joan Collins: Want to know why all the Oscar films are boring? I’ll tell you

10 February 2018 9:00 am

I’ve been meaning to write a Spectator diary since the summer but as a Gemini with Aries rising I find…

Why women are still fuming over my Desert Island slips

3 February 2018 9:00 am

It never occurred to me, when I was interviewed for Desert Island Discs back in November, that I’d actually be…

George Osborne: Davos diary

27 January 2018 9:00 am

We Citizens of Nowhere have made our home in Davos this week. Where else? Those who think we’re a remote…

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…