Diary

Sajid Javid: My isolation diary

24 July 2021 9:00 am

You always remember when a prime minister calls you to ask you to take on a new role, and you…

The unsettling sensation of a full diary

17 July 2021 9:00 am

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pageant was officially launched last week, with a splashy press call in the Raphael Court of…

A quiet revolution for our times may have begun

10 July 2021 9:00 am

I’ve been amazed by the response to my decision to leave my band, Mumford & Sons. The article in which…

The true cost of theatre closures

3 July 2021 9:00 am

It turns out that if there’s one thing more expensive than making theatre, it’s not making it. Empty buildings haemorrhage…

I’m calling my removal from office ‘the great betrayal’

26 June 2021 9:00 am

I’ve always maintained I go to Fermanagh for sanity, and after the past few months, I need a return to…

British broadcast news has gone badly wrong

19 June 2021 9:00 am

I’ve worked for some media thoroughbreds — including the Financial Times, ITN and CNN — so I know the sense…

Why do my American friends keep asking me to marry them?

12 June 2021 9:00 am

My diary has been filled with dental appointments, reflecting a truism that American dentists pray for British teeth. The tally…

What Donald Trump told me about Theresa May

5 June 2021 9:00 am

Following my abrupt departure from Good Morning Britain after declining to apologise for disbelieving Meghan ‘Princess Pinocchio’ Markle, I’ve been…

My enduring love for Ewan McGregor

29 May 2021 9:00 am

In the New York Times, the celebrated journalist Maureen Dowd describes Crieff as ‘a sleepy town in Scotland’. Well. There…

At the V&A, we’ve done some Marie Kondo-style reordering

22 May 2021 9:00 am

‘We humour them when they suggest absurd reforms, we placate them with small material comforts, but we heave sighs of…

The Trump nightmare isn’t over

15 May 2021 9:00 am

What would happen to the Republicans after Donald Trump? That has been one of the pundits’ favourite themes in the…

In Hartlepool, I’m aiming for a noble defeat

8 May 2021 9:00 am

By the time you read this you may know if the Tories triumphed in the Hartlepool by-election — or if,…

The truth about the government and ‘herd immunity’

1 May 2021 9:00 am

I spent much of the 1980s and 1990s reporting on company chief executives who didn’t understand the distinction between mine…

Why I don’t regret leaving the BBC

24 April 2021 9:00 am

I have just had my second jab and it poses a dilemma. As an assiduous Covid rule-taker, I have been…

My painstaking preparations for Prince Philip’s funeral

17 April 2021 9:00 am

The files arrived marked ‘STRICT EMBARGO’ and ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ and ‘FORTH BRIDGE REVISED’ and stamped with various crests and insignia. My…

The hidden death toll of lockdown

10 April 2021 9:00 am

The last patient I treated was 105 years old. She has lived through two world wars, a depression and at…

In America, politics has become a form of religion

3 April 2021 9:00 am

When I finally head back to church this weekend, after a year of Covid-avoidance, it is going to feel a…

Scottish Unionists must rethink – and fast

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Spring Cannot Be Cancelled arrives on the doorstep. It is a gloriously illustrated book by Martin Gayford about his conversations…

Why I won’t be replacing Piers Morgan

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Piers Morgan may have been the UK equivalent of a TV shock-jock, but there’s another side to him. I’ve known…

The poetic beauty of science

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Safe spaces, diversity quotas, gender-neutral pronouns, culturally relative facts, heteronormative hegemony. Are my right-on credentials right on enough? Am I…

Hollywood can’t believe Harry’s dissed Queen Oprah

6 March 2021 9:00 am

Santa Monica is a soothing place to be locked down. I moved here from New York for four months in…

George Osborne: Why I’m going into banking

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Spring in Somerset — again. If someone had told me last February that I’d spend seven of the next 12…

Salmond, Sturgeon and why The Spectator went to court

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Did Nicola Sturgeon lie to the Scottish parliament? A Holyrood committee into the now infamous Alex Salmond affair has been…

Trump is being defended by Foghorn Leghorn

13 February 2021 9:00 am

We weren’t long into Bruce Castor’s opening speech defending Donald Trump in his impeachment trial before we knew it was…

Minority groups should ignore the anti-vax charlatans

6 February 2021 9:00 am

My great-great-grandmother, born on a Barbadian plantation and transported to what was British Guiana in the 19th century, gave rise…