Conrad Black

Paul Dacre: I made Boris Johnson cry

27 July 2019 9:00 am

So the party of family values has chosen as leader a man of whom to say he has the morals…

Boris Johnson and Petronella Wyatt at The Spectator’s summer party in 2016 (Alan Davidson/Shutterstock)

Petronella Wyatt: I’ve been turned into a curiosity – and Boris is to blame

13 July 2019 9:00 am

I am beginning to feel like a sort of fairground curiosity: one of those pickled things in jars that Victorians…

My feud with Conrad Black

25 May 2019 9:00 am

Goody goody gumdrops! The Donald has pardoned Lord Black and I couldn’t be happier. Conrad got a bum deal and…

You’re an editor now George Osborne... it’s time you made some enemies

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Dear George Osborne, I thought it worth passing along some advice about your new job. I’ve never edited a news-paper,…

Looking for 'false news'? Try the front page of the Times

19 November 2016 9:00 am

On a day when much fuss was being made about ‘false news’ on the net, it was amusing to study…

How London nearly killed me

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I was not on the winning side of the debate, despite giving it the old college try. Thank god for…

Trade comes before trade agreements (but the ‘in’ campaign don’t think so)

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The government, or at least David Cameron’s bit of it, seems to think that trade is something that takes place…

The delicious cant of the Guardian is such a treat on a Saturday morning

14 February 2015 9:00 am

One of the highlights of my week comes on a Saturday morning, when I make myself a cup of fair-trade…

The missed New Year opportunities I would have rowed the Atlantic for

10 January 2015 9:00 am

 Gstaad The very end of 2014 laid an egg, and an expensive one at that. I missed David Tang’s bash…

From jailbird to social butterfly – the return of Conrad Black

5 July 2014 9:00 am

The former proprietor of this magazine, Conrad Black, is in London at the moment with his gorgeous wife Barbara, and…

I think I just went to the greatest ball in history

5 July 2014 9:00 am

To Fort Belvedere for a ball that most likely will discourage any more balls because of its brilliance and perfection.…

The week that tripled the size of my liver

1 March 2014 9:00 am

 Gstaad Walking into a dinner party for 50 chic and some not-so-chic people in a nearby village last week, I…

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…

Remembering the journalist John Thompson, who turned down the editorship of The Spectator

7 December 2013 9:00 am

John Thompson, who died last week at the age of 93, could have been editor of The Spectator if he…

Conrad Black’s farewell to the British press

3 August 2013 9:00 am

The astonishing level of enthusiasm over the birth of the new prince goes far beyond the pleasure that people naturally…