Diary

The fire and fury of America’s abortion debate

14 May 2022 9:00 am

I wonder at times how some of my fellow hacks in America get out of bed in the morning. The…

It takes courage to be vulnerable like me

7 May 2022 9:00 am

It has been wonderful to welcome seven refugees – and their four dogs – to my home in Suffolk. I’ve…

How can James Bond survive?

30 April 2022 9:00 am

I have just got back from Cannes, where I was the president of a jury, judging TV dramas. I’ve never…

My secret invitation from Michael Gove

23 April 2022 9:00 am

As you may have heard (if you haven’t, I’m losing my narcissistically self-promotional touch) my new TV show Piers Morgan…

How do we celebrate Easter in the shadow of war?

16 April 2022 9:00 am

This week has been Passiontide, which means lots of wonderful plainsong in the choir of Canterbury Cathedral as my predecessors…

Putin’s war is a disaster for Russia

9 April 2022 9:00 am

  Strasbourg Europhobes will never have a better argument against European integration than the seat of the European parliament in…

Oscars diary: a jaw-dropping night

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Oscar week is intense – and it’s been a while since it’s been as intense. The red carpet is full…

Why I drove a lorry to Poland

26 March 2022 9:00 am

‘Why the hell did you hire a lorry without a spare tyre?’ asked Rizvana. Fair question. Luckily we had just…

I'll stick my neck out: Russia may be heading for an outright defeat

19 March 2022 9:00 am

  Skopje, North Macedonia In the West, it’s tempting to believe that revulsion at Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is…

The courage on Ukraine’s front line

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Central to the question of whether or not Ukraine can survive as an independent state is that of re-supply, not…

In Lviv, the mood is inspiring – and fanatical

5 March 2022 9:00 am

  Lviv, Ukraine On the Ukrainian side of the Polish border, near a place called Shehyni where the refugee crisis…

The West missed its chance to help Ukraine

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Yet another east European tragedy is unfolding before our eyes. We have watched this movie for more than 80 years.…

Why I should never look at Twitter

19 February 2022 9:00 am

Foreign trips can offer a sense of perspective. Heading to Saudi Arabia, I prepare for my first stint of diplomacy.…

When did artists become the mob?

12 February 2022 9:00 am

‘The mob’s going to want a chicken to kill and they won’t care much who it is,’ wrote John Steinbeck.…

Can I really be turning 80?

5 February 2022 9:00 am

A princess of Hanover wrote in her diary: ‘My 30th birthday. There must be some mistake.’ Substitute 30th for 80th…

My encounter with Sue Gray

29 January 2022 9:00 am

I only voted in one no-confidence motion. The leader was Iain Duncan Smith, and it was a bit awkward. I…

My clash with Maureen Lipman

22 January 2022 9:00 am

After my Unapologetic Diaries were published recently, I was apparently accused of offending several people. At a lavish Christmas lunch…

My thoughts on Helen Mirren’s casting

15 January 2022 9:00 am

On Monday, I had a whinge-walk with Lizzie, my friend of 47 years. We met at breathing classes for our…

Diary

8 January 2022 9:00 am

More than 200 non-US residents stood in the queue ahead of me. A grand total of four Homeland Security officers…

My snogging spat with Boris

18 December 2021 9:00 am

I have not given up on my Build Back Boris campaign, which is the most pressing concern facing the UK.…

Sheffield, our great underappreciated city

11 December 2021 9:00 am

I was born and raised in Sheffield, a proud steel-making city which drew much of its energy from a sense…

The birth of the culture wars

4 December 2021 9:00 am

The last time I wrote for The Spectator’s diary slot, over the summer, theatres were tentatively beginning to turn their…

Europe’s unvaccinated don’t take kindly to being turned into second-class citizens

27 November 2021 9:00 am

  Amsterdam These are dangerous times in the Netherlands. Anti-lockdown mobs have torched cars, thrown rocks and attacked the police.…

It’s hard not to pity Ghislaine Maxwell

20 November 2021 9:00 am

This week, I’m having puppies! First litter! The Johnsons were not doggy as we always moved around too much (my…

How to be a heretic

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Two weeks ago, I resigned my post as philosophy professor at Sussex University. For three years, I’ve faced bullying and…