Diary

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…

Strawberries with one man Brexit’s making very rich

16 July 2016 9:00 am

I first met a boyish, sunny Tony Blair more than 20 years ago. Our encounters have always been slightly tense…

Elizabeth Hurley: Facebook rescued my cat

9 July 2016 9:00 am

All hail social media. In January, I lost my beautiful pussycat Mr Mew, and I have spent six long months…

Trade deals in two years: ‘You’re joking, right?’

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Referendum day is as nondescript and wet as the day before, happily spent in Cambridge at my son’s Leo’s graduation.…

Has Jeremy Corbyn rebelled against himself and voted Leave?

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Also in Andrew Roberts’s diary: the email ‘con’ that paid my daughters school fees; how I predicted Brexit in 1995

Andrew Marr: I believe the Brexit chatter

18 June 2016 9:00 am

Also in his Spectator diary: life without coffee, the birth of modern popular fiction, and ‘home rule all round’

Lionel Shriver: The Trump election is starting to feel like a civil war

11 June 2016 9:00 am

When an old friend X came to dinner in London, I sampled what it must have been like during the…

China’s students aren’t so scary any more

4 June 2016 9:00 am

In 1873, when Jules Verne published his Around the World in Eighty Days, it seemed worth betting that a circumnavigation…

Prue Leith: British hotels still serve filthy food

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Why do we assume all doctors are good? We don’t think there are no bad cooks or bad plumbers. But…

Joan Collins: The celebrity trend I just can’t stand

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Not only are today’s young girls having to work hard on their abs, butts and glutes, now the likes of…

Ruth Davidson's diary: Why I hid behind a pillar on election day

14 May 2016 9:00 am

On Thursday morning I’m woken by day three of a tension headache firing tentacles up the back of my neck…

Donald Trump is an awkward ginger snob – and he owes me £20

7 May 2016 9:00 am

I am no admirer of Donald Trump — not because he is a doomsayer and professional patriot but because he…

Michael Dobbs’s diary: Talking House of Cards with President Xi

30 April 2016 9:00 am

I’m a lucky man. My novel House of Cards transformed my life, yet I wrote it almost by accident nearly…

The 90th birthday present that the Queen really wants

23 April 2016 9:00 am

The Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations start this week with the real thing and barely stop until her official birthday in…

Rachel Johnson’s diary: My brother’s whopping tax return

16 April 2016 9:00 am

With hindsight maybe it was silly for me to bleat, ‘As everyone knows, the Johnsons are neither posh nor rich’…

After 50 years, I’m out of the agony-aunt business

9 April 2016 9:00 am

It’s clear that Vladimir Putin has had a facelift, which might explain why Wendi Deng would take an interest in…

A dispatch from a family of fooshers

2 April 2016 9:00 am

I’d like this to have been one of those Spectator diaries that gives the ordinary reader a glimpse into the…