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A last chance to save the BBC

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Whoever becomes the next director-general of the BBC should take a close look at last week’s Question Time. It came…

Why do monsters make such good writers?

25 January 2020 9:00 am

Did any of you know that most of the 20th-century monsters — Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Ceausescu, Duvalier, and even the…

Whisky and striptease: stories from an old people’s home

25 January 2020 9:00 am

For the last four years of her long life, this upstairs room and this magnificent sea view belonged to Mrs…

What has Mr Benn got to do with horse insurance?

25 January 2020 9:00 am

‘Time to begin your adventure with Mr Benn!’ said the letter that came through my door, in a big loopy…

We want one thing from our royals: patriotism

18 January 2020 9:00 am

There is a fascinating social media group which I think we should all join. It is called ‘DeMOCKracy — 2019…

Two books that made me forget everything else

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad I’ve been hitting the books rather hard lately, the ritzy-glitzy crowd having gone the way of natural snow. There’s…

War has broken out between me and my siblings

18 January 2020 9:00 am

Last night I watched a boxed set. Parade’s End is a small box set as box sets go, and quite…

How to catch a thief

18 January 2020 9:00 am

My tech guy Andy appeared on the doorstep in a puff of smoke. I had just texted him to ask…

This bungling Iranian regime is a threat only to the Iranian people

11 January 2020 9:00 am

If this is the start of the third world war, as some quivering liberal commentators seem to believe, then my…

The Middle East for dummies

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Gstaad   The French have a saying: ‘Il n’y a rien de plus bête que le sourire du gagnant.’ In…

The death of my desert-island fantasy

11 January 2020 9:00 am

I was on the back seat of a golf buggy being driven down to the marina from my beachside villa…

How my new pony swept me off my feet – literally

11 January 2020 9:00 am

‘This is the one I was thinking of for you,’ said the lady I might feasibly call my mother-in-law, in…

Caroline Flint could have beaten Boris

21 December 2019 9:00 am

There were not many moments of gloom on election night. I spent most of it, so far as I can…

Why 2019 has been a wonderful year

21 December 2019 9:00 am

I received my Christmas present earlier than usual. It was a message sent via The Spectator from a gentleman who…

A young Rwandan scholar left a profound impression on me

21 December 2019 9:00 am

In the Rwandan Genocide Memorial gift shop I bought a handy Kinyarwanda–Kiswahili–English phrase book. The tipping point in the decision…

The strange case of the everlasting bonfire

21 December 2019 9:00 am

The bonfire burned and burned, choking out black smoke, and when my headache got so bad I could barely see…

Will Boris Johnson stand up for the white farmers in Zimbabwe?

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Laikipia   After a year of peace and plentiful rain, my farm in Kenya is fantastic. Peace, rain — leave…

I’ve found a lovely new home – in Russia

14 December 2019 9:00 am

Staraya Russa. About two thirds of the way from Moscow to St Petersburg, in the historic Novgorod Oblast, once the…

My friend Margaret Thatcher

14 December 2019 9:00 am

By the time you read this it will all be over, but will it? I’ve had a bad feeling all…

Smoking opium with Mr Nazim – and a gecko

14 December 2019 9:00 am

‘I used to go to India for a few months every year. A couple of times we even drove there.…

Our local Tory candidate’s leaflet was the most disturbing of them all

14 December 2019 9:00 am

‘Oh, it’s you!’ said the builder boyfriend to the Tory MP in his shooting jacket, as he made his way…

Who are we kidding – of course terror is a political issue

7 December 2019 9:00 am

It was pleasing to see that old clip of Gerry Adams endorsing Jeremy Corbyn re-emerge, just before the acts of…

The TV show that rots young minds

7 December 2019 9:00 am

How can I phrase it without sounding pompous? When very talented people dine together, it sometimes turns into a contest…

Hell is an expat dinner party

7 December 2019 9:00 am

I just don’t understand it. Emigrating from Britain to France is a big step. Shifting from one culture to another…

I’ve practically solved the crime myself but still the police won’t help

7 December 2019 9:00 am

‘Thank you for calling Surrey Police. We want to help you with your inquiry as quickly as possible. Did you…