Diary

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…

Joan Collins: Oh, the abuse I get for having a fake Christmas tree

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Every year, from mid-November to mid-January, dozens of DVDs drop through my letterbox. These are most of the movie releases…

Oh no! Do I have to save the world as well as writing books?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Novelists can’t merely tell cracking tales. We’re supposed to save the world. At the University of Kent, a student implored…

The suddenly world-famous Nazi whose job I stole

3 December 2016 9:00 am

It is odd when someone you know becomes a world-famous Nazi. You may not recognise the name Richard Spencer, but…

America's capital has become a pit of despair

26 November 2016 9:00 am

 Washington DC Washington has been, for the past two weeks, indescribably depressed. When I walked into the deli down the…

The law of movies now applies to world politics: nobody knows anything

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Nobody knows anything. William Goldman’s famous first law of the movie business — that no one can say before the…

Joan Collins’s diary: From Dynasty to Trump

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Seeing Trump win reminds me of a season of Dynasty in which my character, Alexis, ran for governor of Colorado…

Astrologers, brawls and voodoo dolls: my time on the Trump trail

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Polite, well-heeled New Hampshire is the last place you’d expect to see a voodoo doll. But there it was, pointed…

‘Donald’s always been the outgoing one’: meeting the Trump parents

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I have never met Donald Trump, but I knew his parents. A fact that makes me feel about 100 years…

Why won’t the RSPB join my war on squirrels?

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The week began badly when I spotted three grey squirrels gathering beechnuts in our arboretum. During our time at our…

I marry my ‘toyboy’ and go climbing in high heels

15 October 2016 9:00 am

To Edinburgh to get married, but first my toyboy groom John Playfair (he’s a mere 69) shows me the city…

Chris Mullin’s diary: The air lobby always gets what it wants

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Any day now, the government will make its long delayed announcement on whether a third runway should be built at…

Trump’s bad debate performance won’t stop Americans voting for him

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Monday night’s US presidential debate should convince a majority of American voters that Hillary Clinton is their only credible choice…

Tristram Hunt's diary: where to find hope at Labour conference

24 September 2016 9:00 am

‘Are you here to seek political asylum?’ asked a clever young student after my lecture at the National University of…

My eerie visit to Buckingham Palace in the 1830s

17 September 2016 9:00 am

The borderline between fact and fiction becomes ever hazier, I find. Last February, Daisy Goodwin — the author of the…

Harold Evans on the damage done by Donald Trump

10 September 2016 9:00 am

At weekends in our summerhouse at Quogue on Long Island, we go out to buy the newspapers and paper-cup coffee…

The bullet-ridden plaque to Nelson in Napoleon’s Corsica

3 September 2016 9:00 am

European unions come and go. Back in 1794, one of the more improbable ones was founded when Corsica joined Britain…

The only way to make a ‘safe space’ for conservatives at universities

27 August 2016 9:00 am

To Edinburgh for the book festival, where I am to explain Fools, Frauds and Firebrands to respectable middle-class Scots, who…

Team GB is a near-perfect post-Brexit ideal

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Throughout our holiday, reports from Rio rippled in — last thing at night, first thing in the morning — a…

Can anything stop the curse of the sequel?

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Walking along the Brighton seafront, I was struck by posters advertising endless tribute acts; among them Suspiciously Elvis, the Small…

Why we’re past peak tattoo

6 August 2016 9:00 am

I was born in 1958 and turned 58 in June, so for the next five months my age coincides with…

In defence of David Cameron

30 July 2016 9:00 am

When asked to write the Spectator diary, I diligently collated a list of topics to cover. But the problem is…

Dictators’ new argument against free speech

23 July 2016 9:00 am

These days, you only need to turn your back for five minutes and you’ve missed another horror. The Turkish coup…