Diary

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…

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…