Press

What shocks me about the BBC: occasionally it isn’t biased

25 March 2017 9:00 am

There’s one thing that bothers me a lot about the letter sent by ‘more than 70’ MPs to the director-general…

Fighting Isis to the bitter, bloody end

25 March 2017 9:00 am

As troops surround Iraq’s last Isis stronghold in Mosul, Gareth Browne meets victims of the savage fighting

Prue Leith: My Bake Off ‘fake news’ moment

4 March 2017 9:00 am

A fortnight ago I got a taste of what being far too famous might feel like. A leak that I’m…

The American way with ‘pick’ is over here to stay

4 March 2017 9:00 am

I have long pondered the motive with which Michael Wharton, for long the author of the Daily Telegraph’s Peter Simple…

Justin Welby is the victim of some very old-fashioned dirty tricks

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Many are still questioning the enthusiasm with which newspapers have implicated Archbishop Justin Welby, as a young man, in the…

Famous people don’t need personal publicists. But they all have them

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Why do the famous pay people to make them even more famous?

My advice to Trump: study President Nixon’s fall

11 February 2017 9:00 am

When I was young my recurring nightmare was that I would die and be reincarnated as a polo pony. I…

Remembering Alexander Chancellor: the man who saved The Spectator

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Remembering Alexander Chancellor, the man who revitalised The Spectator

Ghastly — sometimes no other word will do

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Tatler is turning its back on an irreplaceable word

Donald the Elephant’s days are numbered

28 January 2017 9:00 am

I keep finding myself singing ‘Nellie the elephant’ who, packing her trunk and saying goodbye to the circus, went off…

New grammar schools need not bring back the problems of the old ones

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Those who want to revive grammar schools are accused of ‘bring backery’ — the unthinking idea that the past was…

Thank God for Sir Philip Green, the perfect modern hate figure

6 August 2016 9:00 am

Good old Sir Philip Green. Where would we be without him? So often, those national hate figures let you down.…

Stupid attacks on Russia only help Vladimir Putin

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Lazy, bigoted and conspiracy-minded criticisms of Russia only help Vladimir Putin

The problem with Jeremy Corbyn’s populist media-loathing

19 September 2015 8:00 am

The new leader walks across a bridge, in the dark, while the journalist asks him questions. He’s not shouting, this…

Jonathan Portes, master of the political correction

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Jonathan Portes, master of the political correction

Ipso: a great new way for bullies to muzzle the press

6 June 2015 9:00 am

One of the fundamental principles of English common law is that you are innocent until proven guilty. And rightly so,…

Matt Ridley’s diary: Why a Guardian contributor wants me beheaded

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Martin Williams, former head of the government’s air quality science unit, has declared that the reason we have a problem…

How the other half of the press parties – a war correspondent’s letter from Washington

9 May 2015 9:00 am

This week has been all about the election, the US presidential election that is. It is 18 months away but…

It’s not Netanyahu’s fault that Jews in Europe are afraid

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Have you seen the prices for houses in Israel? Astronomical, mate. You wouldn’t believe it. An arid and perpetually embattled…

Aristophanes on Mazher Mahmood

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Undercover journalist Mazher Mahmood, otherwise known as the Fake Sheikh, has been accused of dodgy dealing in luring the innocent…

All Worsthorne’s men: Hoover, surprisingly nice; Truman, smiling until Perry spoke; Eisenhower, who mocked his name; Kennedy, a hero; LBJ, a boor; Nixon, a friend; Reagan; and the first Bush

Bourbon from Bush, envy from Nixon... and running into Herbert Hoover: encounters with eight presidents

25 October 2014 9:00 am

Encounters with leaders of the free world – as a journalist, as a friend, and as a boy running in the hallway

Now that everyone’s a journalist, anyone can be sued

12 July 2014 9:00 am

When everyone’s a potential journalist, it’s time to tame libel costs

Saddam on money

Baghdad notebook: "Things were better in Saddam's time"

5 July 2014 9:00 am

In the passport queue at Baghdad airport, my heart sinks. This place vies with Cairo for the title of most…

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…

At the Chiltern Firehouse, smugness should be on the menu

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Here then is Gatsby’s house, after an invasion by the Daily Mail. It is called the Chiltern Firehouse. It is…