2016

Will disgruntlement prevail again in 2017?

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Most of my predictions for 2016 were wrong; so let’s not revisit them. But I was right, in January, to…

Digital is taking away one of the treasured aspects of radio: its serendipity

31 December 2016 9:00 am

It’s been a turbulent year, and not just in the outside world. Inside radio, digital is changing not just when…

2016 has been my annus mirabilis

31 December 2016 9:00 am

What a great year this has been, what a good mood I’m in, why, it’s almost like being in love.…

It’s been a fraught, divisive year but there’s a glimmer of hope in Raynes Park

31 December 2016 9:00 am

What a fraught, divisive, infuriating sort of year it’s been. It started with me attempting to go on a blind…

Lesson of 2016: if you address people's concerns, "populism" goes away

10 December 2016 9:00 am

When The Spectator was founded 188 years ago, it became part of what would now be described as a populist…

One thing I learned in 2016 – it’s hateful being right all the time

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Merry Christmas everyone. Here are some things I learned — or relearned — in 2016.   1. That which does…

How to put a positive spin on this bizarre year

10 December 2016 9:00 am

This is going to be a positive, optimistic column. I promise. Because, look, let’s be honest, I’ve been a bit…

2016 will be a vintage year for tech billionaires and jihadis

2 January 2016 9:00 am

This is going to be one hell of a year, hell being the operative word. It will be the year…

The left-wing lunacy of Tooting Honey Toilets

2 January 2016 9:00 am

‘Sadly, the world is filled with apathy,’ said my friend, as we looked at our sad little list of conscripts…

Father Christmas will be 400 next year

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Christmas birthday Next year has a claim to be the 400th birthday of Father Christmas. Ben Jonson wrote a short…

Without childhood traumas, how did Alan Bennett ever become a writer?

10 January 2015 9:00 am

‘So — take heart,’ said Alan Bennett, sending us out from his play, Cocktail Sticks, on a cheery note. The…