Boris Johnson

Spectator letters: The best ‘never’ ever is in the Declaration of Arbroath Plus: BST for England, the problem for social workers, and C.P. Snow was not cold

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Never say never Sir: Dot Wordsworth (Mind your language, 20 September) quotes various telling usages of ‘never’ for rhetorical or…

Spectator letters: In defence of the EU, the Welsh and Mary Wakefield

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Breaking the unions Sir: By the time this letter appears we shall know whether the land of my birth has…

The Boris Island of ancient Athens

13 September 2014 9:00 am

During his lecture on Athens at the Legatum Institute (see p. 22), Boris Johnson placed great emphasis on Athens’ development…

Rona Fairhead will be good for the BBC – but who was so keen to nobble her rival?

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Hats off to Rona Fairhead, the former Financial Times executive who will succeed Lord Patten as chairman of the BBC…

Portrait of the week

30 August 2014 9:00 am

Home Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said that Britons who went to Syria or Iraq to fight could be stripped…

Radek Sikorski's diary: Show Putin what you think of him – eat a Polish apple

16 August 2014 9:00 am

I made a welcome escape from sweltering Warsaw to the cloudy cool of Bodø, halfway up the coast of Norway,…

Demosthenes’ lessons in ambition for Boris Johnson

16 August 2014 9:00 am

The ancient Greek word for ‘ambition’ was philotimia: ‘love of high esteem in others’ eyes’. Both Boris and Alex Salmond…

Is Boris Johnson standing for Parliament — or running for it?

16 August 2014 9:00 am

‘Boris Johnson broke cover yesterday to declare that he will run for parliament,’ the Times reported last week. The Mirror…

Here comes Boris! The next Tory leadership fight has just begun

9 August 2014 9:00 am

The next Tory leadership battle has just begun

For Boris, choosing the right seat will only be half the battle

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Choosing the right seat is only half the battle for Boris

Spectator letters: VAT and sugar, Boris Johnson and cricket, whisky and bagpipes

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Sugar added tax Sir: Julia Pickles (Letters, 14 June) suggests a sugar tax to combat the obesity epidemic and discourage…

Ed Miliband’s problem isn’t his image. It’s us

28 June 2014 9:00 am

That bacon bap earlier this month was not the cause of Ed Miliband’s unpopularity. Ed Miliband’s unpopularity was the cause…

The Spectator's notes: Diana's bed, Boris's dirty trick and Prince Philip's mystery tie

21 June 2014 8:00 am

On Friday night, I went to Althorp, childhood home of Diana, Princess of Wales, to speak at its literary festival.…

Spectator letters: The trouble with religion, alternatives to HS2, and whisky-drinking dogs

14 June 2014 9:00 am

Old cabby’s tale Stephen Rommei’s London cabby story (Diary, 7 June) reminded me of catching a cab one cold night…

Spectator letters: The trouble with religion, alternatives to HS2, and whisky-drinking dogs

14 June 2014 8:00 am

A history of persecution Sir: Colin Brown (Letters, 7 June) ignores some good reasons for keeping religion out of society.…

Fight Thomas Piketty or face a mansion tax

31 May 2014 9:00 am

The postman at the door is stooped by his burden like an allegorical statue of Labour Oppressed by Capital. His…

Paul Johnson’s diary: Boris would make a great PM – but he must strike now

10 May 2014 9:00 am

I feel an intense antipathy for Vladimir Putin. No one on the international scene has aroused in me such dislike…

Governments have failed — mayors are the future

12 April 2014 9:00 am

The power to effect real change may lie with dynamic city halls rather than ossified national governments

Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and the return of Tory wars

15 March 2014 9:00 am

From the moment he took his job, Michael Gove knew that he would make energetic and determined enemies. The teachers’…

Why Boris is wrong to say that the children of jihadis should be taken into care

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Do your children have a bleak and nihilistic view of the world? It’s hard to tell, really, when they spend…

Conrad Black’s diary: Why I won’t join the campaign against Rob Ford

1 February 2014 9:00 am

When visiting Britain and Australia last November, I discovered that the mayor of Toronto, Robert Ford, is now the world’s…

Why I'm on board for the homophobic bus

1 February 2014 9:00 am

London has long since lost its allure for me — altogether too many cars, foreigners, cyclists, middle-class liberals and people…

Charles Moore: What would we call what's left of the country if Scotland leaves? Obviously Former UK (FUK) won't do...

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Boris Johnson’s Margaret Thatcher Lecture to the Centre for Policy Studies attracted attention for its remarks about IQ, but the…

Jeremy Clarke: Why has Ed Miliband hidden his comic genius from the world?

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Theresa May must have been a little disappointed. Her government limousine rolled silently to a halt at the rear entrance…

Toby Young: Please, Boris, don't allow a Waitrose in my neighbourhood

2 November 2013 9:00 am

Five years ago I joined forces with some local worthies to object to the opening of a strip joint on…